Community Almanac



Photo courtesy of Gerry Reynolds

Vocalist LeAnne Leman and pianist Lew Turano will be the featured guests at the Mother’s Day Jazz Concert at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 8. A donation of $5 or more for each person includes refreshments. For information or to RSVP, reply to

May 4 Wednesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 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

• Schools dismiss early: Elementary schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m.; High school dismisses at 12:05; RCMS is out at 12:30 p.m.; Center for Success is on regular schedule

• Mother’s Day Luncheon: noon, Payson Senior Citizens Center

• Discounted sports physicals: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wilson Dome, middle school and high school student athletes

• Family Math and Literacy Night: from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at RCMS Bldg. C

Half-day at public schools

The Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day on Wednesday, May 4.

Elementary schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

Senior Center honors mothers

There will be a Mother’s Day Luncheon May 4 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The menu includes baked ham, sweet potatoes, vegetables, rolls and dessert.

A $3 donation is requested from seniors; $6 from those under age 60. Lunch starts at noon. Please make reservations 24 hours in advance by calling (928) 474-4876.

Discounted sports physicals

Discounted sports physical exams will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 in the Payson High School Dome. All Payson Unified School District athletes are encouraged to take advantage of this service. The exams will be good for the 2011-2012 school year. The cost is only $10 per student and all proceeds will be used to support the PHS Sports Medicine program.

Math and Literacy Night

Rim Country Middle School invites students, families and community members to a Family Math and Literacy Night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 in Building C.

Prayer practices

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will present a program on prayer practices and more with Pat Julian of the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no charge.

May 5 Thursday

• National Day of Prayer: multiple events throughout Payson and Pine, starting at 6:45 a.m. and continuing through the evening

• 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 7 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

• Cinco de Mayo celebrations: 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Payson Public Library; noon, Payson Senior Center

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Learn about copper mining: 6 p.m., Tiny’s Family Restaurant

Cinco de Mayo celebration

The Payson Public Library will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in style Thursday, May 5.

Lucy’s Tacos To Go Lunch — reserved in advance — will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The $6 lunch includes two tacos, rice, beans, salsa and chips.

Then the library will have a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Master storyteller Alice Natale will present “Mariposa Mariposa.” There will be butterfly tissue paper crafts, face painting, refreshments, piñatas and more. All for free!

The Payson Public Library is at 328 N. McLane Road. Call (928) 474-9260 for more information and to reserve your Lucy’s Tacos To Go Lunch.

Rim Country National Day of Prayer services

There will be seven services for National Day of Prayer in the Rim Country on Thursday, May 5. The earliest event will be at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar, Payson, from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.; Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson, will host a prayer gathering from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in Building C, this observance will also include a message by Mike Latsco of Frontiers Mission. Both the Crossroads and Mountain Bible programs will also include a light breakfast.

Prayer gatherings in Pine include a gathering at the flagpole on the school grounds from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.; a continental breakfast and program with Pine Strawberry School Superintendent Mike Clark speaking on prayer in the schools, at 7:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Pine, 4039 N. Highway 87; then an observance will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at the Pine Community Center Ramada.

The traditional noon gathering, with a patriotic emphasis, will be from noon to 1 p.m. at Ramada 5 in Rumsey Park, with music and prayer leaders from Payson Community Christian School, along with area ministers and prayer leaders.

The evening prayer event is at 7 p.m. at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline. Pastor Joe Falkner will give a message in addition to the time for prayer, with emphasis on praying for community leaders.

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship invites Rim Country residents and visitors to attend at least one of these events. Both Kenny Evans, mayor of Payson, and Bill Rappaport, mayor of Star Valley, have issued formal proclamations making May 5, 2011 the National Day of Prayer in their respective communities.

A National Day of Prayer has been observed for 60 years. For more information, go to or call (928) 472-8178.

Seniors celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The Payson Senior Center will have a Cinco de Mayo luncheon at noon, Thursday, May 5. The center is at 514 W. Main St.

The menu will include chicken enchiladas, pinto beans, zucchini, Spanish rice and flan. Seniors are requested to make a $3 donation for the meal; those under 60 are asked to donate $6.

Please make reservations 24 hours in advance at (928) 474-4876.

Mine jobs and taxes

All people who are interested in helping the Rosemont Copper Mine near Tucson get through the red tape are invited to meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 5 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. This is the normal time for Tea Party to meet, but this is for everyone interested in helping Arizona to gain great tax revenues and jobs to benefit our corner of the world.

Rod Pace, chief executive officer of Rosemont, will share information to show how activists can assist (this is a different operation from Resolution Copper underground mine near Globe).

For more information about the meeting, call Dan Adams at (928) 474-8161; Ed Blair, (928) 472-3021; Shirley Dye, (928) 468-1131; Jerry Foster, (928) 478-4031; or Andy McKinney, (928) 951-0325.

May 6 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

• Spring Tea: 2 p.m., Payson Golf Course clubhouse, benefit for Humane Society of Central Arizona

• Quilted Clothing Fashion Show: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., GCC campus, Payson

• First Friday events: 5 8 p.m., various sites, Historic West Main Street, Payson

• GCC Student Art Show: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 100 N. Tonto St., Payson:

Spring Tea fund-raiser

The PAWS in the Park organization is starting a campaign to raise funds to provide non-lethal solutions to pet over-population by assisting area pet owners with affordable spaying and neutering of their pets.

The first fund-raising event for the campaign will be an afternoon tea at 2 p.m., Friday, May 6 at the newly refurbished clubhouse at the Payson Golf Course.

Members of the Payson Choral Society will serenade guests. The menu will include petite sweets; chicken, cranberry and pecan croissants; salmon puffs; pastries; cream cheese open face sandwiches; and fresh fruit prepared by Teri McKee Catering. Vita Mart will provide teas, and coffee will also be available.

There will be an optional hat contest for guests, with prizes awarded for the most creative, largest, smallest and funniest hats.

Tickets are $25 per person. Call Julie at (928) 951-4884 or Phyllis at (928) 472-4716 for reservations as space is limited.

Quilted clothing show

The Rim Country community is invited to attend Gila Community College’s Quilted Clothing Fashion Show.

This free event will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 5 on the campus Community Room.

First Friday

May is the fourth anniversary of the First Friday Block Party on Main Street in Payson. Beginning with this celebration, Friday, May 5, Main Street will not be blocked off for parking. Some of the events to enjoy this month:

Dinner and music

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will present an evening of good food and entertainment from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 6. The group Anything Goes will provide the music, and a dinner of beef Stroganoff, salad, dinner roll, dessert and a drink will be available for $5 per person.

Dinner proceeds go the Child Learning Center’s children’s programs. The shuttle bus will be running, too, so park at the church, eat dinner and then hitch a ride up and down Main Street for the other activities.

Sculpture Month

The public is invited to the opening reception for the newest member artist at Down the Street Art Gallery, Dennis Weber, who will be demonstrating techniques of his chosen medium — sculpting in paper clay. Also featured will be bronze sculptor Gail, who is renowned for her exquisite bronze sculptures of western women and wildlife. She will be showing many of the various steps in creating a bronze sculpture from armature to patina.

Visit the gallery at 703 W. Main St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 6. Mexican-inspired refreshments will be served in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art

After hosting 48 First Fridays on Historic Main Street, Ken and Brenda Mooney of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art are still having fun. As they celebrate the four years of this Arizona Main Street Award-winning event, the Mooneys have an impressive list of entertainment for the summer.

Those gathering on May 6 can enjoy one of Payson’s favorites, John Carpino; another “Best of Payson” group, Junction 87, will entertain for First Friday in July and August.

Brats will be available with all proceeds benefiting local charities. The Humane Society of Central Arizona and the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee will be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations. See’s Chocolates can be purchased from the Soroptimists. Anniversary cake and punch will also be served. 

All are invited to join in the celebration of First Friday on Historic Main Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 6.


New to Main Street, the Law Offices of Jo Ellen Vork at 501 Main Street will be featuring a “Pop-up” Art Gallery from several local artists: Oberg Arts; Connie Lucas’ graphite art of wildlife, military and various portraiture; Dee Oberhaus’ manzanita decorative and functional pieces and more. Daryl Oberg will be displaying and discussing his collection of Japanese Katana. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served as well. 

GCC art students have show, sale

The art students of Gila Community College, who have been drawing and painting with the encouragement of their instructor, Jacqui Jeffrey, are excited to announce a Spring Art Show and Sale to be held at 100 N. Tonto at the corner of Longhorn Road.

The show and sale will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, May 6.

In addition to art on display, the students are also providing wine and cheese. The students are presenting their professional-quality pieces in many different mediums: watercolor, acrylic, pastels, pencil sketches, oils and more. 


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