Community Almanac



The residents and businesses of the Rim Country deserve a big thank you for their generosity as the area approaches what promises to be one of the tougher holiday seasons in recent memory. Two businesses recently stepped forward with their annual campaigns to help area food banks and other service organizations. Paper and Metal Scrappers has held a food drive for the past month — it concludes Nov. 16. Owners Barbara and Brenda invited their regular customers to bring in cans of food to donate to both St. Vincent de Paul and the Community Presbyterian Church food bank. As of Thursday, Nov. 10, more than 233 pounds had been donated, plus cash contributions. This is the seventh year of the food drive. Payson Concrete has held a special campaign to raise funds for area charities for about the past 15 years, according to Tim Hughes. Each year the company gives a $5 discount on any load of materials for residential projects with the donation of a can of food for the food banks. For any job where concrete is poured at a residence, the company puts $2.50 in a kitty and divides it among several area charities. This year, Payson Concrete was able to give $1,000 each to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, the Humane Society of Central Arizona, Time Out Inc. and Special Olympics. Hughes said there were quite a few contractors who participated with food and cash contributions even though they did not have any work.

Nov. 11 Friday

• Quilt Roundup: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Mazatzal Hotel & Casino event center, continues through Sunday featuring quilts from through the Rim Country and U.S.

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

• Deadline to order Celebration of Life ornament: the annual Celebration of Live is Nov. 30, however, the deadline to order a commemorative ornament is Nov. 11

• Deadline to order wreaths to help horses: New Hope Equine Rescue needs all orders for holiday wreaths placed by today, see details below

New shoe drive

Kaitie’s Closet’s Annual New Shoe Drive is being held in November and December this year to help kids in need get through the winter with new, warm shoes. 

There are several locations where pink boxes are located in which to drop off the shoes. Look for them at all elementary schools, Walmart, Beeline Business Equipment, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Tiny’s Restaurant, Payson Physical Therapy and Central Arizona Board of Realtors. 

Those who would like to contribute, but have no time to shop, send a donation to Kaitie’s Closet Inc., 304 W. Corral Drive, Payson, 85541. The goal this year is 200 pairs of new shoes.

Reading Corner

Want your kids reading more? Then come to the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

There are great mentors at the library who are dedicated to step in and work with a child one-on-one to help with reading for 30 minutes once a week.

Come in and set up a time or call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Rim Country Quilt Roundup

Some of the nation’s best quilters, as well as gifted hobbyists and novices, will have their work displayed at the 7th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup. The Arizona Centennial Quilt, made by quilters from all over the state, will also be showcased.

The event is Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13 in the Exhibition Hall at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, off Highway 87 at milepost 251 on the southeast side of Payson.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12; and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13. Admission is $3 per person or $2 with the donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for local food banks. Children 12 and under will be admitted at no charge.

Celebration of Life

Remember and honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life.

Hospice Compassus, Messinger’s Funeral Home, the Rim Country Hospice Foundation and Gerardo’s Italian Bistro invite the public to the annual Celebration of Life.

The commemoration begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Mountain Bible Church. The evening includes prayers, music, remembrances, a power point presentation, a beautiful signing performed by one of our hospice home health aides, and a tree lighting ceremony.

Gerardo’s Italian Bistro will provide a full-course meal at the end of the evening.

The Celebration of Life is free of charge and open to the community. However, each participant is asked to bring a can of food to be given to St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank to help those less fortunate during the holidays.

Personalized crystal butterfly ornaments can be ordered prior to the evening event for $12 per ornament.

Anyone interested in attending or ordering ornaments should contact Hospice Compassus by Friday, Nov. 11; call (928) 472-6340 to R.S.V.P. and order ornaments.

Last chance to order wreaths

The deadline for ordering a wreath in New Hope Equine Rescue’s Holiday Gift program is this Friday, Nov. 11. Free delivery direct from Minnesota will be Dec. 5 through Dec. 9. Each decorated wreath, made with fresh evergreen boughs from Minnesota, comes with a hanger and, for each purchase, a tree will be planted.

A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the animals at New Hope PMU Equine Rescue, an all-volunteer 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. For more information and an order form, see the Web site, or, for information, call Jean at (928) 978-5155. 

Nov. 12 Saturday

• Benefit for Children in Crisis: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tiny’s, raffle, lunch special and music

• Holly Berry Fair: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Payson Womans Club; raffle, baked goods, green chili burro lunch

• Literacy Book Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., behind Knotty Pine Cafe, continues Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• High Country Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., presented by the Community Presbyterian Church at the Julia Randall Elementary gym

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• AARP Driving Class: 9 a.m. to noon, Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline, veterans can have training for free

• Pine-Strawberry Christmas Boutique: 10 a.m., presented by the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild in the craft room at the Pine Community Center

• 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

• Second Saturday Shop Hop: find specials at merchants in Pine, including the Thrift Store at the Community Center

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. 12 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. 13 the Pine Pit will be CLOSED due to excessively muddy conditions from recent storms.

The brush pits 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.

Children in Crisis benefit

A raffle to benefit the Time Out Shelter’s Children in Crisis program and the shelter is planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

The raffle drawing is at 2 p.m. and among the prizes are gift baskets, a Mexican dinner for 12 (prepared and delivered for a special occasion), a Chaparral Pines golf package for four, tickets for a trip on the Verde Valley Railroad, a night at the Majestic Inn and dinner at Fargo’s. Raffle tickets are $1 each.

Sponsored by Tiny’s Restaurant, the afternoon will also feature a lunch special of a hamburger and fries for just $3.95 and music by the Starlighters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Holly Berry Fair

The Annual Holly Berry Fair, sponsored by the Payson Woman’s Club will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Payson Woman’s Club building, 510 W. Main St.

There will be a raffle of new and handmade items, a bake sale featuring homemade pies, cakes, cupcakes, etc., and a lunch of green chili burros, Mexican potato soup, chips and salsa.

The public is invited to attend. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Chairman of the event, Dixie Jones, can be contacted at (928) 474-3409.

Rim Country Literacy book sale this weekend

The Rim Country Literacy’s Program’s 12th Annual Used Book Sale is this weekend from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13.  The sale will be held at RCLP’s new offices at 1001 S. Beeline Highway, behind the Knotty Pine Cafe.

Books will be displayed outside and throughout the classrooms.

This is the major fall benefit for the Rim Country Literacy Program. Thousands of books will be available. Cost of the books is a donation. A goal of raising $3,000 has been set.

In addition, copies of RCLP’s new International Cookbook “International Recipes from RCLP — The Language of Great Food” will be available. The cookbook, which costs $16, is dedicated to the diversity of Rim Country and features recipes from around the world. 

Stock up on winter reading and get a head start on holiday shopping. All proceeds from the Book Sale stay in the community and are used to run the Rim Country Literacy Program’s free services.

Call the RCLP Office, (928) 468-7257 for more information.

High Country Holiday Bazaar is Saturday at JRE

The Community Presbyterian Church’s High Country Holiday Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

A variety of arts and crafts and baked goods will be available, along with a barbecue beef sandwich lunch. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for the children.

AARP driving class

The AARP Driver Safety Program is having a Veterans Promotion in which all veterans may attend a driving safety class at no charge.

The Payson class will be presented from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

To make reservations or for more information, call (928) 472-9290.

Pine-Strawberry Christmas Boutique

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 Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13; Nov. 19-20; and Nov. 26-27. The Pine Community Center is located at 3886 N Highway 87 in Pine. Great Christmas Shopping

Saturday, Nov. 12 the monthly Second Saturday Shop Hop will be held in Pine. Take advantage of the great sales and specials that local shops offer on the second Saturday of the month. The Thrift Store in Pine will have 50 percent off their already low prices on all clothing, except coats.

The gift of more books

During November, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will feature an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books and more. There will also be bookstore gift certificates available for only $3 — these make the perfect gifts for those hard to shop for people on your list and as great stocking stuffers as well. 

All hardback books are two for the price of one throughout November. Since the hardback books range in price from $3 to $1, this is an extraordinary opportunity to stock up on inexpensive Christmas gifts.

All Bookstore proceeds directly support the library. 

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson website at www.library

Muscle testing class

Payson residents have an opportunity to learn the unique skill of muscle testing in a one-day class that includes learning effective techniques from the field of kinesiology to help deal with daily stresses. Shiranda Deerwoman offers the class. She has worked with kinesiology and muscle testing since 1993. The class is $75 and includes materials. It is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and requires pre-registration. Call Deerwoman at (928) 478-6928.


Photo courtesy of Gerry Reynolds

Renee Patrick and Judy Roberts will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church. Hosted by the Payson Friends of Jazz, the women will be sharing music from their recently released CD, which will also be on sale at the event.

Nov. 13 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

• Wine tasting benefit: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., MoJoe’s Grill to help Rim Country Friends of Ferals

• Jazz concert: 3 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church with Renee Patrick and Judy Roberts

Raise a Glass for Feral Cats

Wine and food from California are on the list at Rim Country Friends of Ferals’ last wine tasting event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at MoJoe’s Grill. Noble Collins of The Beverage Place will lead wine and food pairing discussions.

Enjoy RCFF’s fourth wine tasting event with proceeds going to Rim Country’s feral cat organization. These events have been great fun, and space is limited, so get your tickets now at The Beverage Place, MoJoe’s or from Lisa Boyle, (928) 474-1836.

Jazz concert

Popular jazz artists Renee Patrick and Judy Roberts are returning to Payson for a CD release concert from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

The CD, “Feel the Rain,” was inspired by the Payson Community jazz listeners, according to concert coordinator Gerry Reynolds.

Reserve a spot for the concert via e-mail to:


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