Community Almanac



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Boasting the only full-length concert tribute to John Denver, Jim Curry will lend his voice and remarkable resemblance to the star in his crowdpleasing production of “Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Nov. 4 Friday

• St. Philip’s Holiday Craft & Bake Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 511 St.Philips St., continues Saturday and Sunday

• 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

• Jason Schechterle speaks at PHS: 10 a.m.

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

• First Friday festivities: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., various shops and galleries, Payson’s Historic Main St.

Knights of Columbus to host annual Tootsie Roll drive

Members of the Payson fraternal group known as the Knights of Columbus will once again be at the entrances of Walmart, Safeway and Bashas’ stores giving out free Tootsie Rolls Friday, Nov. 4, Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6.

Each Knight will be holding a yellow canister hoping to collect money for the handicapped in Payson and for the Payson Special Olympics.

This is an annual worldwide event for the Knights of Columbus. The Knights in Payson have been doing this for 20 years.

St. Philip’s Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

St. Philip’s Catholic Church’s annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale will be held the first weekend in November in the Parish Hall, 511 S. St. Philip St.

Offered for sale are beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts, seasonal decorations and useful household items handmade with love by members of the Mystical Rose Sodality. A bargain table is also featured with gently used, but useful items. 

Delicious, freshly baked goods may be sampled with coffee while shopping. A wide variety of pies, cookies, breads and some sugar-free treats are also available to purchase. 

For added fun, shoppers may try their luck buying tickets for three exquisite prizes: a popcorn-stitch afghan, a Regency porcelain doll and an angel afghan. 

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. Then on Sunday, Nov. 6, fresh plain and iced cinnamon rolls will be available in addition to the remaining sale items from 9 a.m. to noon when the raffle winners will be drawn. 

Loving and generous Mystical Rose Sodality members will use all of the money generated to perform many good works throughout the year. 

Jason Schechterle to give presentation at PHS

Jason Schechterle will be making a presentation at Payson High School at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 4 to inspire area high school students with his story of triumph over adversity.

Schechterle’s visit is made possible through a grant from Pfizer to the Mogollon Health Alliance, adding a new component to this year’s Community Health and Care Fair.

In 2001, he suffered third- and fourth-degree burns over 43 percent of his body. His positive attitude has served him through more than 50 surgeries and he believes each day life just gets better.

The Mogollon Health Alliance board and staff hope that Schechterle’s presentation inspires each of the teens in the community to believe in their dreams and know that they can overcome adversity.

First Friday festivities

Sale at Time Out Thrift Shop

Shop and save from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., First Friday, Nov. 4 at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway in Payson, across the street from Wendy’s.

All profits from the sales at the thrift shop benefit Time Out, Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and domestic violence services in the community.

Young learners help area’s homeless students

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center’s Pre-Kindergarten class wants to help the homeless students in Payson. So, it is inviting Rim Country residents and visitors to come to dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. 

The menu will feature a Beef Stroganoff dinner with hot vegetable, roll, drink and dessert along with musical entertainment by the Trio Plus 1. 

The cost of dinner is $5 plus a non-perishable food item. 

All proceeds will go to sponsoring homeless Payson students at Christmas time.

Art raffle for food donors

As Thanksgiving approaches, we find ourselves thankful for what we have and mindful of those who are less fortunate.

First Friday, Nov. 1 will be a time to share at the Artists of the Rim Gallery. Members are asking for donations of nonperishable food for the Payson food banks. The gallery’s artists have donated artwork to be raffled off that evening. For every one item of food donated, the donor will receive one raffle ticket. Raffle tickets will also be sold. Join members of the Artists of the Rim Gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 4 and make the event a memorable success.

New area artists featured

Down the Street Gallery is featuring new to the area artists during its First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 4. Enjoy a showcase of works by Melanie Capps and Nancy Frost, along with music and refreshments.

Melanie Capps recently moved to the Payson area from northern Idaho to escape the severe winters. Growing up, to occupy her time she did arts and crafts. Then 10 years ago her interest exploded when she discovered wire-sculpture.

Capps uses only 14k gold-filled wire or the Argentium silver wire to create heirloom quality jewelry. Each wire-sculpture piece is one of a kind.

Capps will be demonstrating her wire wrapping techniques and will be offering workshops in the near future.

Nancy Frost recently returned to Arizona from California. She spent most of her formative years in the west and that life experience has influenced her art greatly.

She is currently working in acrylics, often used like watercolors. Frost will demonstrate this First Friday Nov. 4 at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., Payson.

Bootleg Alley hosts John Carpino

It’s the season to be thankful. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is thankful to be a part of Payson and First Friday.

On Nov. 4, while sitting around the fire pit, those gathering from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 520 W. Main St. will be treated to a concert by Payson favorite, John Carpino. They can be thankful for our furry friends and donate at the Humane Society table. Raffle tickets can be bought as well. Donations of money or food can be made for the local food bank.

So, come out and enjoy and give thanks for good friends, wonderful music and loads of ambiance at the celebration of First Friday on Historic Main Street.

Nov. 5 Saturday

• Community Health & Care Fair: 8 a.m. to noon, Julia Randall Elementary gym

• Child ID project: 8 a.m. to noon, Community Health & Care Fair, JRE gym

• Trail clean up: 8 noon, Monument Peak/Granite Dells Trail

• Rummage Sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Order of the Eastern Star at Masonic Lodge

• 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

• Christmas Boutique: 10 a.m., every weekend through the end of November at Pine Community Center Craft Room

Community Health and Care Fair

The 13th annual Community Health and Care Fair is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 5 in the Julia Randall Elementary School gym.

This year’s event will host many free screenings for adults and children, as well as flu shots and blood tests for reduced fees. About 40 different health care providers will provide services or information.

Child ID Project at health fair

The Payson Masonic Lodge in cooperation with Payson Police Department is sponsoring the free Child ID Project at the Community Health and Care Fair, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Julia Randall Elementary School gym.

Volunteers take Amber Alert compatible electronic fingerprints, photos and biographical information on each child, which are put on a CD and given to the parents. The Masons also provide the parent with a DNA swab kit and laminated ID card to take home.

The Payson Lodge began Child ID as a pilot project about 18 months ago and through grants and contributions the Masons were able to buy their own equipment to provide this valuable service to the community.

For more information on Child ID, contact Herzig of Payson Masonic Lodge #70, (928) 951-2662 or e-mail: cbherzig@

Trail cleanup day

Volunteers are needed to help the Forest Service clean and improve the Monument Peak/Granite Dells Trail.

Cleanup will be from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 5 and will include placing trail signs and removing graffiti and garbage.

Meet at the Monument Peak Trailhead and be sure to bring water and snacks and gloves; wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts.

For details, call Rachael Hohl or Chelsea Muise at the Payson Ranger District, (928) 474-7900.

Rummage Sale

The Ponderosa Chapter No. 64 Order of the Eastern Saturday Star will present a Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5.

The sale will be at the Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, Payson, located a quarter block south of the roundabout at Airline and Beeline. Proceeds will benefit scholarships, cancer and heart funds and the Time Out Shelter.

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, Nov. 5 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, Nov. 6 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. 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.  They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Christmas Boutique in Pine

The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be open every weekend in November. The annual Christmas Boutique features handmade Christmas ornaments, gifts and holiday decor created by local artists and crafters in the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild.

The annual Christmas Boutique is in the Craft Room at the Pine Community Center every weekend in November, starting at 10 a.m. The dates are Nov. 5-6, Nov. 12-13, Nov. 19-20 and Nov. 26-27. The Pine Community Center is located at 3886 N Highway 87 in Pine.

Nov. 6 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

Nov. 7 Monday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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

• Write for Rights: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., literacy offices, behind Knotty Pine

Irish ancestry workshop deadline extended

The Rim Country Celts are sponsoring a two-hour workshop titled “Ireland Research” by specialist Valerie Sullivan from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Payson Elk Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. This workshop is to help anyone in researching their Irish ancestry.

The deadline to register for the workshop has been extended to Monday, Nov. 7. There is a $20 fee, payable upon registration. There must be 20 participants to provide this service. 

Please call Lloyd or Nancy Gibson at cell (575) 649-5015 to make arrangements for payment.

Write for Rights with Amnesty International

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people across the world mark International Human Rights Day Dec. 10 by taking part in Amnesty International’s Global Write-a-thon, the world’s biggest letter-writing event.

Members and volunteers send faxes, email and letters to demand that the rights of individuals are respected, protected and fulfilled. In doing so, we show solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses and demand oppressors free those unjustly abused and jailed.

Payson’s chapter of Amnesty International is gearing up for Human Rights Awareness Month, planning its upcoming Write-a-Thon and other human rights events at the Rim Country Literacy building, 1003 S. Beeline Highway (behind the Knotty Pine Cafe) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7.

For information about Payson Amnesty, call Penny at (928) 978-11268 or go to paysonamnesty@

Pine blood drive

United Blood Services will have a blood drive in Pine from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the First Baptist Church gym, 4039 N. Highway 87.

To schedule an appointment, donors may call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) toll free or visit www.UnitedBloodServices


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