Community Almanac



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Slather on the sunscreen and head down the hill to Rye and the Randall Ranch for a benefit for the Humane Society of Central Arizona from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday June 4.

June 3 Friday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• Mountain High Games: 3 p.m., continuing through Sunday

• Piano recital: 3 p.m., Gila Community College community room

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., various venues on historic Main Street

Piano recital

The piano recital of Dr. Victoria Harris’ students will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, June 3 at Gila Community College Room 301, the Community Room, not at Lomona Lodge, as previously announced.

Mountain High Games

Payson Mountain High Games begin on-site registration today at 3 p.m. at the Payson Event Center. ATV, Loggers Sawdust Festival, archery, Dutch oven cook-off, barbecue dinner and a dance at the historic Ox Bow are part of the activities. See the special edition of the Rim Review in today’s paper for details.

First Friday events

• The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a First Friday sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 3. Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be half off.

For additional information or to schedule a pick up of larger donations, call (928) 474-3989.

All proceeds from the sales at the Time Out Thrift Shop benefit Time Out, Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and other domestic violence programs and services in Gila County.

• The Community Presbyterian Church will present a Sloppy Joe Supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 3, along with entertainment by the group Anything Goes.

The menu includes Sloppy Joes, salad, chips, and drink for $5.

The shuttle bus will be running too, so park at the church, eat dinner and then hitch a ride up and down Main Street.

Dinner proceeds go to the Child Learning Center’s children’s programs. The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W Main St., Payson.

• June’s First Friday, June 3 at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art features Payson’s favorite band, Junction 87. 

Gourmet chef Gary Bedsworth and Diane Frederick Bedsworth are back grilling Charlie’s brats.  Purchase a brat, chips, and a soda for $5.  All proceeds benefit PAWS, the group that built the off-leash dog park at Rumsey Park. 

Payson’s Pro-Rodeo Committee and the Humane Society of Central Arizona will be selling raffle tickets. See’s Chocolates from the Soroptimists and ice cream from Scoops will also be available for purchase.

• Down the Street Art Gallery is having a “New Moon” sale to make room for new incoming artwork.

Stop by and enjoy light refreshments with the art, music and fun on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• The Artists of the Rim Gallery will feature three new partners at the June 3 First Friday festivities: Claudine Margottin, oil landscapes; David Halgrimson, photography; and Jim Bayles, stained glass and stained glass clocks. Each will be available to show and discuss their work from 5 p.m.

Music, great food, and lots of fine art await. 

4-H fund-raiser at Mountain High Games June 3-June 5

Members of Northern Gila County 4-H will be selling bottles of water at the Mountain High Games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The community group of the Northern Gila County 4-H clubs will be using the money raised for educational programs for the many clubs here in northern Gila County.

The group will be walking around the Payson Event Center grounds with a wagon and coolers full of bottles of water. The bottles will be selling for $1 each.

June 4 Saturday

• Benefit motorcycle poker run: starts at Spur in Star Valley

• Payson Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Sawmill Crossing center

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Humane Society benefit: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Randall Ranch in Rye

• Concert Under the Stars: 7 p.m., Green Valley Park amphitheater featuring Candyce Kain and the Raizen Kain Band

Motorcycle poker run to help Justice McNeeley Foundation

The Justice McNeeley Foundation Motorcycle Charity Run, presented with the Rim District of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona, is Saturday, June 4.

It begins at the Spur in Star Valley, journeying up the Rim, and returning to the Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry.

For more information visit www.justice

Payson Farmers Market

Come sample the amazing artisan bread that everyone’s talking about from Orion Bakery and the wonderful handmade pastas by DeCio Pasta, along with all the other foods you love. 

Listen to lively country, rock and Irish music of Kathleen Kelly and Jim West Saturday, June 4.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon, every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway at Sawmill Crossing. Go online to for more details.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, June 4 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson. Sunday, June 5 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located 0.7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings, and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes.

Humane Society benefit

Slather on the sunscreen and head down the hill to Rye and the Randall Ranch for a benefit for the Humane Society of Central Arizona from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday June 4.

Make a difference for the animals at the Humane Society of Central Arizona by attending the “Reds, Whites, Bronzes & Bluegrass” benefit.

Patrons will enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with delectable desserts, fine wines, great music and a bronze art display. There will also be canine demonstrations, lip print readings, chair massages and a raffle to win a trip to California’s wine country.

Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at or by calling the shelter at (928) 474-5590.

Arizona vintners Mark and Jacque Cook of Coronado Vineyards in Willcox, as well as California wine maker Mark Lyons of Sebastiani Vineyards and Foley Family Wines are providing the wine for the day.

The bronzes scheduled for display are from Chris Navarro, whose sculptures are said to glow with realism.

You can’t have a Humane Society benefit without dogs, and they will be part of this event, with a demonstration of loose leash and musical freestyle demonstrations.

The benefit will also provide something unique — lip print reading by Pam Fox, one of just four certified lipsologists in the world.

Concert Under the Stars

The annual Concert Under the Stars series opens at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 4 with a performance by Nashville recording artists Candyce Kain and the Raizen Kain Band at the Green Valley Park amphitheater.

The performance is free and vendors will be selling food and drink to concertgoers. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy the music.

Kain and her band will also be performing for the Payson Mountain High Games at 9 a.m., Friday, June 3 at the historic Ox Bow Saloon.

June 5 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

June 6 Monday

• Road work: Houston Mesa Road, starts today and continues through Thursday, expect delays

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — still time to register children for Summer Reading Program

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Home-schooling open house: 7 p.m., Scoops, Sawmill Crossing

Almost New Thrift Shop Sale

Select from clothes, shoes, belts, etc.  Anything you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags can be purchased for just $1. This sale takes place the first Monday of every month. This month’s sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 6.

Proceeds help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Houston Mesa Road work set

The Gila County Road Department will be chip sealing Houston Mesa Road (FSR 199) and the entrance to Beaver Valley (FSR 199A) Monday, June 6, through Thursday, June 9. Please be prepared to expect delays and stay alert to traffic control.

Payson Library Summer Reading Program

Experience adventure with the Payson Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. There will be puppet shows, stories, games, crafts, snacks and prizes.

The Dino-Mite program is at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday or Wednesday for ages 3 to 12.

The Raptors program is at 4 p.m., Tuesday for ages 10 to 18.

The Baby program is at 10:30 a.m., Thursday for those ages 6 months to 3 years.

The program began May 31 and continues through June 22. Sign up until June 15. For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Learn about home-schooling

Considering home-schooling? Rim Country Home Educators are sponsoring an open house at Scoops, in the Sawmill Crossing, at 7 p.m., Monday, June 6.

Topics include: how to get started, reasons to attend the home-school convention this July in Phoenix and a time for questions and answers. For more information, contact Kim at


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