Community Almanac



Check out the collections of members of the Payson Rimstones Rock Club and others at the annual Gem & Mineral Show presented by the club at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, Saturday and Sunday.

Nov. 18 Friday

• Holiday Craft and Bake Sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Payson First Assembly of God Church, by Green Valley Park, continues Saturday

• 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

• Entries due for Electric Light Parade: call the town parks office, (928) 474-5242, ext. 272, or stop by

Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park), will hold its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19.

Entry to the sales area is from the upper level parking area. The sale will feature a variety of delicious baked goods, handmade quilts, throws, baby blankets, crafts, holiday items, curios and more.

The public is invited to come and do their holiday shopping early. All proceeds go to charities.

Electric Light Parade entries due Nov. 18

The clock is ticking down to the annual Electric Light Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. Entry applications must be submitted to the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department by Friday, Nov. 18. Entry fees are between $10 and $25.

The theme is “North Pole Fantasy” and among the suggested ideas: reindeer in their barn, Santa in his workshop or elves asleep after their work is finished.

Title sponsor for the event is Chili’s. The parade is an annual event on Payson’s Historic Main Street and will start at Green Valley Park and go east on Main to Sawmill Crossing. It will take place regardless of the weather, so get those entries in and get to work on those float plans.

For more information, go to the parks Web site or contact Deb Rose at (928) 474-5242, ext. 272.

Nov. 19 Saturday

• Tonto Basin Craft Fair: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tonto Basin School

• Turkey Trot 5k: 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race starts, Green Valley Park

• Gem & Mineral Show: Mazatzal Hotel & Casino event center, continues Sunday

• Parenting Class on raising teens: 9 a.m., Mountain Bible Church

• Turkey Shoot: 9 a.m., Northern Gila County/Jim Jones Shooting Range

• 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

• Benefit for Patty Kaufman: noon, Rumsey Park

• Super Hero Day: 2 p.m., Payson Public Library

• Benefit Barbecue: 3 p.m., American Legion

• Tellabration: 7 p.m., Pine Community Center Cultural Hall

• Dinner dance for holiday party funds: 5 p.m., Greater Payson Moose Lodge

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. 19 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. 20 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.  

Tonto Basin craft fair

There will be a craft fair in Tonto Basin at the elementary school off Route 188 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. 

There are still spots for vendors, just call (928) 468-6093 for a spot. Find all made in America and wonderful craft ideas for the upcoming holidays without having to travel very far.

Turkey Trot 5k Run

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to register now for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s annual 5k run beginning and ending at Green Valley Park.

The run, known as the Turkey Trot 5k, will be Saturday, Nov. 19. Check-in is at 8 a.m.

The cost is $25 per person and registration is taking place now.

There is no T-shirt guarantee for late registrants, however day-of registration is available.

Call the parks department at (928) 474-5252, extension 7 for details.

Gem & Mineral Show

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club 14th Annual Gem & Mineral Show is Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino event center Bingo Hall.

Admission is $3 for adults and children under 12 are free. Discount tickets are available at the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce in Payson, the Payson Public Library, the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at Green Valley Park and the Forest Service Office on E. Highway 260, Payson.

Gems, minerals, fossils and lapidary equipment will be available to purchase. There will be an education center for the children (and adults) with a spinning wheel as well and a silent auction. All our proceeds support scholarships for students at Payson High School and the Payson Campus Gila Community College, books and educational materials for the local schools and libraries.

Call Margaret Jones at (928) 476-3513 or (928) 970-0857 for additional details about the show or the Payson Rimstones Rock Club.

Class on ‘Raising Teens’

Arizona Children’s Association will present a free parenting training class on Raising Teens from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 19 at building C of the Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

The training is free, however, there is no childcare available at this event.

The training is designed to help have more effective interaction with teens and youngsters about to enter their teen years and how to interrupt and deal with unhealthy behaviors.

Register by calling Cindy Paul at (928) 232-7149 or contact her by e-mail at

Turkey Shoot

The Tonto Rim Sports Club will hold a Turkey Shoot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19.

There will be four options to win a turkey: Archery, Shotgun, Rifle or Pistol. The fee is $2 per shooter per option, so a participant could win up to four turkeys.

For information, call Ed at (602) 999-3388. The Northern Gila County/Jim Jones Shooting range is located on Highway 87, go 2.2 miles south of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino (.3 mi South of Gibson Ranch Road), turn left (east) on to gravel road, then go 1.5 miles to the entrance.

Benefit for Patty Kaufman

A benefit to help Patty Kaufman with medical expenses — Patty’s Day — will be from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5. The John Scott Band will perform from noon to 2 p.m. There will be barbecued pulled pork, hamburgers and brats. 

Organizers are looking for people to donate time and materials for the event. To contribute either or for more information, call Terry Broce at (928) 474-5005 or Shawn Prince at (928) 468-8662.

Super Hero Day

The Payson Public Library will have a Super Hero Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 for youngsters ages 3 to 7.

Participants should come dressed as their favorite super hero for an amazing adventure filled with super hero food, drinks, games, crafts, stories and prizes.

Space is limited to 30. Sign up in the kids’ room or call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Benefit barbecue

American Legion Post 69 will have a benefit Deep Pit Barbecue from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. For details, call Cathy Alston at (928) 474-6969. Proceeds will go to benefit American Legion Charities.

Tellabration time in Pine

Once again, storytellers will gather in Pine at the Community Center Cultural Hall to celebrate the grand old tradition of storytelling at Tellabration, Saturday, Nov. 19.

Enjoy a meet and greet and dinner at 5 p.m. for $25 (including the show). Or just come hear the great tales to be told by the artists at 7 p.m. for $5 at the door.

Only a limited number of tickets are available for the dinner, and they can be purchased by calling Mike Blaes at (928) 476-6427.

Pay at the door for the show or purchase tickets in advance by calling the same number.

Storytellers participating in the 12th Annual Tellabration in Pine are Don Doyle, Dee (Buckshot Dot) Strickland Johnson, Doug Bland, Kindra Hall, Victor McCraw and Liz Warren.

Dinner, dance to benefit holiday party

The Greater Payson Moose Lodge will host a benefit dinner and dance starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. Dinner will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the dance, featuring Junction 87, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. For the dance only, admission is $5 per person.

Members of the Moose will be serving St. Louis style ribs, potatoes, a vegetable, salad, rolls and dessert. For tickets or information, please call the Lodge at (928) 474-6212 after 1 p.m. All proceeds from this event will go to the annual Children’s Christmas Party the Moose give area children.

Nov. 20 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

• Concert: 6 p.m., Star Valley Baptist Church

Concert of praise and encouragement

The Star Valley Southern Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley, will present Payson’s Phil Dickey in a concert of praise and encouragement at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20.

Nov. 21 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

• DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays: 6 p.m., free workshop at Mountain Bible Church

• GCC and ASU: 6 p.m., how credits from GCC can work with a degree from ASU

• DivorceCare Surviving Holidays workshop: 6 p.m., Mountain Bible Church

Order a special holiday treat

The members of Kiwanis-Tonto Basin are taking orders until Dec. 5 for the Kiwanis Butter Braid Pastry Dough benefit.

Proceeds will benefit the club’s building fund. Orders can be taken at the Kiwanis Thrift Store.

Fillings available include: apple, Bavarian crème with chocolate icing, blueberry and cream cheese, cinnamon, and cream cheese. The cost is $12 per loaf and payment must be made at the time of the order with cash or a check. Checks should be made payable to Kiwanis-Tonto Basin.

Orders can be picked up at the Kiwanis Thrift Store between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19. Afterward, pick-up will be by appointment only.

For more information, call the Kiwanis Thrift Store at (928) 479-2795.

DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays program

DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays is a free, two-hour event to learn practical, effective strategies to help make it through the holidays.

Held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson, the seminar begins with a video featuring interviews with respected Christian counselors, psychologists and authors speaking on pertinent topics. The video portion of the program also includes practical advice from those with first-hand experience, who have faced a least one holiday season following a separation or divorce.

Participants will be given a Holiday Survival Guide that includes 30 daily readings.

To register or find out more about DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays, call (928) 970-9511 or e-mail

GCC credits and ASU

Brooke Barmore, transfer admissions specialist at Arizona State University, will be on the Gila Community College Payson Campus at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21 in Room 111 to explain in detail the benefits and requirements of two partnership programs.

To be discussed are the Transfer Admission Guarantee Program (TAG) and the RN-BSN Pathway Program. These programs provide 32 degree options for students who wish to study at GCC and transfer to ASU.

Benefits of the programs include: guaranteed admission to ASU degree programs; a cost-effective pathway ensuring that all courses transfer and apply to an ASU degree; eligibility for participation in the ASU Tuition Commitment program; and access to ASU transfer advising by phone and occasionally in person.

For more information, go to

Reservations are suggested for this informative session regarding partnerships between GCC and ASU, call (928) 468-8039 or e-mail to reserve a space.

Nov. 22 Tuesday

• Turkey Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bashas’, donate turkeys, more for food bank

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

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

Turkey Tuesday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Payson, Bashas’ Supermarket and Channel 12 News will join to collect turkeys once again this year.

Last year, St. Vincent de Paul distributed 350 turkey dinner boxes. This year, the need is even greater. The work cannot be done without the generosity of the citizens of Payson and the surrounding the communities.

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at Bashas’ Supermarket Tuesday, Nov. 22, manning the doors from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accept turkeys, non-perishable food items and cash donations.

Also, turkeys, food items and cash donations can be dropped off at the Food Bank on or before Nov. 22. The location is 511 S. St. Philip St., Payson, and (928) 474-9104. It is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All donations will be kept in the Rim Country and distributed by St. Vincent de Paul.


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