Community Almanac


Psychology in the movies

Gila Community College presents a free 5-week seminar, “A Look at Psychology in the Movies.” Attend this free seminar series from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, on the Gila Community College campus.

The course will look at why people want and appreciate psychological thrillers and how movies have characterized mental illness. Each week, participants will view and discuss movie segments. Five of the following movies will be presented: “Little Miss Sunshine,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Michael Clayton,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Black Swan,” “Misery.”

Enjoy fry bread at the library

As part of the ongoing Smithsonian exhibit, “Key Ingredients: America by Food” at the Payson Public Library, there will be another Fry Bread for Families Fry Bread Lunch Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 328 N. McLane Road.

July 29 is deadline to register for 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is presenting a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Aug. 6. Registration will be taken through Friday, July 29. The cost is $50 per team (teams are limited to three members). The minimum age for participants is 12, and age divisions will be created based on registrations.

There is a three-game guarantee. Parents must sign a waiver for every player under 18. Register in person at the Parks & Recreation office in Green Valley Park.

The tournament will be held at Rumsey Park on the outdoor courts.

Payson Farmers Market open Saturday from 8 to noon

There’s always something new at the Payson Farmers Market. So collect your favorite summer recipes and come shop for fruits and vegetables, all from within 100 miles of Payson. You will find ripe, red tomatoes and tasty okra, along with cucumbers, squash, onions, peppers, potatoes and much more. Add in some ripe, juicy melon or fresh local beef and you will have a feast.

This week, enter a free raffle to win tickets to AZ Sea Life Aquarium.

The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s. For more information, go online to www.Payson

Sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Are you dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, thyroid issues, hard to get rid of cellulite and/or tired of being overweight?

Join Natural Health Educators Cindy Bryant and Vivian Seville to discuss root causes of these issues; effective options to successfully improve your quality of life and manage your weight without shots, prescriptions, stimulants, juices or fad treatments.

Lectures will be presented, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 30 and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11.

Reservations are required. Call (928) 472-7120 to reserve a spot.

Pine/Strawberry Historical Society plans dinner, concert

The Pine/Strawberry Historical Society is having a dinner and concert July 30. The event is at the Pine Community Center’s ramada and Cultural Hall.

The Deep Pit Barbecue dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the concert, featuring “the Ravines” a Randall family musical group from Mesa, is at 7 p.m.

Adult tickets are $20 and children under 12 are $12. There will be a silent auction during the dinner. Get tickets at the door or during business hours at the Pine Museum. Call (928) 476-3547 for more details. All proceeds go to help the PSAHS with the Pine Museum.

Robin Mark in concert

Live from Belfast Northern Ireland, Christian recording artist Robin Mark and band will present a concert at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Saturday July 30. Admission is free; but a love offering will be taken.

Back to School special

Time Out, Inc. and Payson Community Kids are partnering to collect school supplies for the children of Time Out and PCK.  Boxes for donations are at Walmart, Walgreen’s and Beall’s Outlet. Donations may also be left at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway.

Backpacks, three-ring binders and socks are needed, but all donations are appreciated. Schools can no longer afford to provide even simple items like pencils, hand sanitizer, facial tissue and so on.

PB&J Drive

Summer is here, and kids are out of school (for a few more days). Many of the families in the Payson area are struggling to feed their families. Again, St. Vincent de Paul is teaming up with Channel 12 News and Bashas’ for its annual peanut butter & jelly drive. Please stop by the checkout counters to donate, purchase a pre-filled bag or purchase some peanut butter and jelly while shopping.

Wells Fargo food drive

Local food shelves that are filled during the holiday season are nearly depleted by summer. Wells Fargo is pleased to announce it is conducting its annual summer food drive to collect donations for food banks throughout Arizona until July 30. The event remains the only statewide food drive held in Arizona.

A collection bin is located at Wells Fargo Bank, 115 E. Highway 260 in Payson. To donate cash, send checks to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, 2100 N. Central Ave., Ste. 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Donations also may be made online at

Aug. 1 is ticket deadline for Champagne in the Garden

Time Out, Inc. will have a fund-raising event, Champagne in the Garden, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 at Freegard Ranch, 27 Freegard Lane in Star Valley.

The event will be a ladies’ luncheon and hat social. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased before Aug 1.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Charlotte at Time Out Thrift Shop, (928) 474-3989 or Judi at (928) 517-1034 before 7 p.m.

New Visions Academy hosting open house

New Visions Academy is hosting an open house starting at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2 to introduce new staff members Sherry and Curtis Foltz.

Both are certified teachers who are working to make the school better than ever and are excited to have an opportunity to meet students, parents and community members who would like to know more about the school and what is being planned for the new school year.

The staff is also happy to welcome back former site director Gary Hampsch, who will be returning to assist students with math; and Sage Gabel, who is starting his sixth year as the instructional and administrative assistant for New Visions, which serves grades 9-12.

New Visions Academy is located at 198 Ezell Lane in Star Valley and is accessible from Highline Dr., passing through The Knolls. Anyone wishing for more information may call (928) 468-1401.

Chamber events

Upcoming events planned by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of commerce include: Pine Country Vet ribbon cutting, 11:30 a.m., Aug. 3, 401 W. Main St., Payson; Cutting Edge Processing mixer, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 210 W. Longhorn Road, Payson; Rodeo mixer, Chapman Auto Center, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 17, Beeline & 260, Payson; August Doin’s Parade, 9 a.m., Aug. 20, Green Valley Park.

To make a reservation for the mixers, call (928) 474-4515; admission is $3 for chamber members and $5 for all others.

Zumbathon for Literacy

On First Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Senior Citizens Center will be rocking with a Zumbathon for Literacy. Once again, Christy Walton will be leading the Zumbathon and our Payson ZUMBA enthusiasts can enjoy another fantastic energy-charged ZUMBA dance celebration. Wear your favorite BLUE shirt and bring a friend…..Wear Blue for Zumbathon 2. 

This fund-raiser is structured a little differently than the original Zumbathon.

Doors will open at 4:30, and at 5 p.m., Christy will lead a review of the basic Zumba steps. From 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., the Zumbathon will take place. This event is not a contest or a competition, it’s an international fiesta, where participants are welcome to come and go as they please. “Que te Mueve”….what moves you.

For an additional donation, international refreshments from the brand new Rim Country Literacy Program International Cookbook will be available throughout the Zumbathon. Water and sport drinks will be available for sale.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from Christy Walton, RCLP volunteers, the Senior Center, and the Roundup. Advance ticket prices are $10 for dancing only and $12 for dancing and refreshments. Tickets will be sold at the door as room permits. Prices at the door are $12 for dancing only, $15 for dancing and refreshments and $5 for refreshments only. The Senior Center is located at 514 S. Main St. in Payson.

All proceeds from the Zumbathon will go to support the Rim Country Literacy Program and its endeavors. All dollars collected remain in the community.

For more information, call Christy Walton at (928) 595-0406, or RCLP at (928) 468-7257.

Monsoon 4-Miler

The Payson, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will host the Monsoon 4 Miler Saturday, Aug. 6. Check-in is at 6:15 a.m., with the race starting at 7 a.m. at Ramada 5 in Rumsey Park.

The route runs through Payson’s neighborhoods. There is a 90-minute time limit (the clock turns off at 8:30 a.m.). Sign up now.

Call the parks office at (928) 474-5242, extension 7, for additional details.

Mountain Daze

The Pine/Strawberry Business Community is planning a Mountain Daze celebration in conjunction with the August Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

The celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Pine Strawberry ramada at the Pine Community Center. No admission will be charged to enjoy vendors, food, music and antique cars.

Also taking place the first weekend in August will be the Pine/Strawberry Health Fair.

Go online to for more information.

Payson Choral Society auditions are Aug. 8

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Anyone interested in joining the group of talented singers is invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

This is the first step in preparing for the annual holiday concert, which will be Saturday, Dec. 17. Rehearsals begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15 at the same location.

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and you are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come be a part of the Payson Choral Society.

For further information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

Quilt auction

The Strawberry Patchers will hold their 3rd Annual Quilt Auction Aug. 13 in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall, at milepost 267.8 on Highway 87.

Doors open at 10 a.m. for registration and preview. The auction will start at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. However, those who bring a non-perishable food item will be entered into the drawing for a special quilt held for after the auction. A piece entitled “Sylvester” made by Sharon Schamber could be yours! Opportunity quilt tickets will be available, along with ‘buy it now’ quilts.

Those who have a quilt they would like to put in the auction can find the appropriate forms are available online.

Additional information is available on the Web site, or call Kathy at (928) 472-4410, cell (928) 951-0413.

AARP Driving Safety Class

The next AARP Driving Safety Class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The course will be taught by Doug Eckert.

Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Jazz concert

Dr Jass and The Heartbeats will perform in concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Reserve a seat by e-mail to or leave message at (602) 619-3355.

Donation includes refreshments.

2011 Rodeo Parade entrants wanted by Aug. 14

The 2011 August Doin’s Rodeo Parade, produced by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country, will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 on Payson’s Historic Main Street. The parade route will be from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing, and will start at 9 a.m.

The judges’ stand will be at the Payson Senior Center, with announcers at Community Presbyterian Church, the Payson Senior Center and Pine Country Veterinary Clinic.

The theme this year is “Western Leather & Lace” honoring the pioneers of the West, both men and women in their roles in “Taming the Old West.” This year, the Wagon Master Sponsor of the parade is Steve Coury Automotive Family and the Grand Marshals are Mr. & Mrs. Steve Coury.

Entrants from all over Arizona are expected, as well as the El Zaribah Shriners — a parade in their own right. The rodeo queens and their courts from as far away as Yuma will also be part of the parade.

Parade entrants are still being sought —please go to the chamber office or to for an entry form. Sponsorships are also still available by calling John Stanton at (928) 474-4515.

NFL Flag Football

The NFL Flag Football league registration is now open. The program offers youth the opportunity to learn athletic skills and football knowledge in a fun, safe and educational setting. Registration includes a football jersey and mouth guard. The cost is $35 per participant.

Registration closes Aug. 15, with games scheduled to start at the end of August and continue until early October at the Rumsey 1 outfield.

Fall Soccer

Registration is now open for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s fall soccer league. The program gives youngsters, ages 4 through the sixth-grade, the opportunity to further their soccer skills. The fee is $30 per participant.

Registration closes Aug. 19, with games held Saturdays from Aug. 27 to Oct. 1 on the Rumsey North Soccer Field


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