Community Almanac



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The American Legion Riders Tonto Rim Post 69 is hosting its Fifth Annual Fun Run to benefit Payson Supply Line on Saturday, May 7. The American Legion Post at 709 E. Highway 260 will be the start and finish. Sign in is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with participants returning to the Post by 2:30 p.m. for the closing ceremonies. For further information, call Post 69 at (928) 474-6969.

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

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

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

• Spring Fling: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Julia Randall Elementary, carnival, book fair and more

• 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:

First Friday sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a First Friday sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 6. Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be half off.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across the street from Wendy’s.

All proceeds from the sales at the Time Out Thrift Shop benefit Time Out, Inc.

Spring Tea fund-raiser

The PAWS in the Park organization is starting a campaign to raise funds to provide non-lethal solutions to pet overpopulation 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.

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.

Spring Fling at JRE

The Julia Randall Elementary Parent Teacher Organization invites the community to the school’s annual Spring Fling Carnival from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, May 6 on the JRE grounds.

New this year are eight inflatables (bounce houses). The cost is $1 per use; or buy a wristband for $8 for unlimited use. The event will also feature food; games with prizes; crafts; music; a Scholastic Book Fair; and a silent auction for gift baskets, including one with four tickets to Disneyland.

There will also be an opportunity to participate in tours of the new 3-5 school facility.

First Friday

May is the fourth anniversary of the First Friday Block Party on Main Street in Payson. Beginning with this celebration, Friday, May 6, Main Street will not be blocked off for parking.

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.

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., will have Dennis Weber demonstrating sculpting in paper clay. Also featured will be bronze sculptor Gail, who will be showing many of the various steps in creating a bronze sculpture from armature to patina.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art on May 6 will feature John Carpino, food and more — including anniversary cake and punch.

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. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served as well. 

GCC art student show, sale

The art students of Gila Community College will have 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.

May 7 Saturday

• Pancake breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Calvary Chapel, benefits youth program

• Benefit breakfast: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Shepherd of the Piines Lutheraan Church, benefits PHS band for trip to Pearl Harbon anniversary celebration

• American Legion Fun Run:registration starts at 8 a.m. at Legion post, benefits Payson Supply Line

• Electronic Waste Recycling: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Payson Event Center

• Book and Bake sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Walgreens, benefits American Cancer Society

• 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

Pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast to raise funds for the Calvary Chapel youth program will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Saturday, May 7 at Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

Aloha benefit breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will have a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7.

This is the first of a series of benefits planned by the church to help send the Payson High School Marching Band to Hawaii to perform at the 70th Anniversary celebration of Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7, 2011.

Adults are asked to make a $5 donation for the breakfast, and children under 10 will be served free of charge. For more information, call Clayton Hatfield (928) 474-4435.

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, May 7 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, May 8 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .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. 

Book and bake sale

Payson Regional Medical Center and Walgreens plan a book sale and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at Walgreens. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Electronic waste recycling event is Saturday

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials will hold an electronics waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Payson Event Center across the Beeline Highway from the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Dispose of unwanted electronics such as televisions, computers, monitors, printers, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, fax machines, small appliances, cables and cords during the event.

E-Waste Harvesters uses state-of-the-art software to erase all hard drives and will provide a certificate of disposal.

May 8 Sunday

• Special service: 10 a.m., Payson United Methodist Church

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

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

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge

• Charity golf tourney:12:30 p.m., Payson Golf Course

• Jazz concert: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

PUMC celebrates Women

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation of the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 8 to celebrate women of all ages.

Join members for fun and inspirational music including a Billy Joel song, a Spiritual, Grace Notes Bell Choir and Daria Mason on the flute. Refreshments will be provided.

Charity golf tournament

A benefit golf tournament for Payson Community Christian School is planned for Sunday, May 8.

Enjoy an afternoon of 18 holes of golf (with cart) and a steak dinner with all the trimmings for $80 per person or $300 per team. Have guests meet you after golf for dinner, prizes and raffles.

The tourney will be held at Payson Golf Course, 1504 W. Country Club Drive, (928) 474-2273. Shotgun starts at 12:30 p.m. Mulligans, raffle tickets, string and additional dinner tickets can be purchased the day of the tournament for $10.

Mother’s Day jazz concert

Bring Mom out to Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 8 for a jazz concert with Lew Turano on piano and guest vocalist LeAnne Leman, accompanied by Tony Vacca, sax and flute; Steve Douglas, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

A donation of $5 is requested. For information or to RSVP, reply to gerryreynolds


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