Community Almanac



The Kiwanis and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will host the big Easter egg hunt — Eggstravaganza — at Rumsey Park Saturday, April 7. The Resurrection Celebration, sponsored by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship, will also be at Rumsey Park on Saturday, so arrive a little early to get a good parking spot and plan to have fun.

April 3 Tuesday

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

• County Unified Development Code meeting: 5 p.m., Tonto Basin School

County sets meetings on Unified Development Code

Gila County is in the process of consolidating several codes into one document. These codes include: Gila County Zoning Ordinance; Gila County Subdivision Regulations; Gila County Hearing Officer Guidelines; Gila County Minor Land Division Ordinance; Gila County Wastewater Ordinance; Gila County Grading and Erosion Control Manual and Gila County Outdoor Lighting Code

The new code will be referred to as the Unified Development Code. Most of the time when people go to develop or change permitted land use activities, more than one code book will be required. In fact they may need six or seven for one project. Having everything placed in one code book should be a great help. Public input is needed.

The county’s intent at this time is not to make major changes to the regulations, but to create a package to facilitate better distribution of information needed to develop. The code will be discussed at several public meetings throughout Gila County. The dates, times and locations for these meetings include: April 3 - Tonto Basin at 5 p.m. at the Tonto Basin School; April 18 - Pine at 6 p.m. the Pine School; and April 23 - Payson at 6 p.m. at the Gila County Offices at 608 E. Highway 260.

April 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.

April 5 Thursday

• Cross display: 9 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, continues Friday 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 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

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

Christian crosses on display

The Community Presbyterian Church invites local residents and visitors to come view a wide variety of Christian crosses on display during part of Holy Week in the narthex and sanctuary. 

Cross display hours will be from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, April 5 and on Good Friday, April 6. Viewing hours on Easter Sunday will be before church service from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and following church service from noon until 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact the church office at (928) 474-2059.

April 6 Friday

• Krispy Kreme benefit: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Safeway for PHS Hike & Ski Club

• 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

• ReStore First Friday sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Time Out Thrift Shop First Friday Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus Customer Appreciation events

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

• First Friday on Main: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., shops and galleries will have special attractions

Krispy Kreme doughnut sale

The Payson High School Hike and Ski Club is sponsoring a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale to assist in raising funds for students to visit Japan this coming summer.

To place an order, please contact Anna VanZile at The cost is $10 per dozen. Doughnuts will be available for pick-up in front of Safeway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 6. A limited number of extra donuts will also be available to purchase Friday, April 6 for those who did not place an order.

Customer Appreciation Sale at Time Out Thrift Shop

The Time Out Thrift Shop is having a Customer Appreciation Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., First Friday, April 6. 

Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be 50 percent off and all regular clothing will be only $1 a bag.

Shoppers can also register for a $25 Time Out Thrift Shop gift certificate and enjoy refreshments until 3 p.m. as the shop’s staff and volunteers show their appreciation to their customers for making it Rim Country’s Best Thrift Shop for 10 years in a row.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

All profits from sales at the shop support Time Out, Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and other domestic violence programs and services in our community.

ReStore has First Friday sale, new hours

The Habitat ReStore has new operating hours. It is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Donations may be dropped of at the rear of the building only during these hours. A free collection service for oversized appliances or furniture in good condition can be arranged by calling (928) 474-4247.  Celebrate this First Friday of April at the ReStore with 25 percent off furniture and 50 percent off everything else in the store. Spring is here and it’s time to start fixing up your home for summer.

Gallery seeks food bank donations

First Friday, April 6 the Artists of the Rim Gallery on Main Street will be celebrating Good Friday and Passover by feeding the poor.

Bring canned goods to the gallery and exchange them for raffle tickets, which will be placed in a drawing for several pieces of art donated by members of Artists of the Rim. Additional items in the gallery will be discounted for sale. All food collected will be donated to the food bank.

Please plan to visit the gallery, talk to the artists and enjoy refreshments from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 6, 408 W. Main St.

Celebrate spring

Celebrate spring at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art grooving to the music of Sounds Unlimited on First Friday, April 6.  Join this gathering of friends for music, refreshments, and lots of fun. Donate to the Humane Society of Central Arizona or purchase a raffle ticket for their latest prize.  First Friday is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 6. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is at 520 W. Historic Main St. 

Down the Street Art Gallery egg raffle tickets on sale

Eggs are a symbol of the new life that returns to nature at Easter time. The custom of exchanging eggs began long before Easter was celebrated though; it was a custom of the Egyptians and the Persians. They exchanged eggs decorated in spring colors. They believed Earth hatched from an egg, which contributed to this custom.

Early Christians used red colored eggs to symbolize the Resurrection. In England they began writing messages and dates on their eggs and exchanging them with friends and loved ones. In the 1800s, candied eggs were introduced. They were open on one end and a scene was put inside. They were used as table centerpieces.

On First Friday, April 6, Down the Street Art Gallery’s traditional egg raffle will be held. The sale of chances in the raffle have already begun — decorated “eggs” are available for $1 each, with the purchaser’s donation going to charity. Each holds a prize.

Enjoy a beautiful spring evening between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m, Friday, April 6 at 703 W. Main St., Payson.

Looking ahead

Free tax help and free e-filing

AARP volunteers in Payson are preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available through Thursday, April 12 at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, located at Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson: Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Payson: Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 5 and 12.

No appointments will be taken. For more information, call Joan Stephens, AARP Tax Help coordinator, (928) 472-6229 (do not call the Elks or GCC).

Trail cleanup

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join representatives of the U.S. Forest Service in cleaning up the City Creek Trailhead and fix the Mazatzal Divide Trail from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 7.

Dress appropriately: closed-toe shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts; bring water and snacks. All tools will be provided.

Participants can meet at the Payson Ranger District Office to caravan to the site, or drive the approximate 11 miles out on Doll Baby Ranch Road, west of the Payson Country Club (watch for the Forest Service vehicles).

For details, contact Rachael Hohl or Chelsea Muise at (928) 474-7900.


The annual Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt, presented by Kiwanis and co-sponsored by the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, will be at Rumsey Park, on Field 2, Saturday, April 7.

This free program is for children 12 and younger and allows them to collect eggs filled with candy and prizes.

The fun starts at 9:30 a.m. for infants to toddlers, to age 3; those 4 and 5 get their chance on the field at 9:45 a.m.; 6- and 7-year-olds will search for their eggs starting at 10 a.m.; those 8 and 9 get their turns at 10:15 a.m.; those 10 to 12 search starting at 10:30 a.m.; special needs children will search at 10:45 a.m. (times are approximate).

Celebrate Easter in Pine

The third annual Easter Egg Fun Day will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 7 at the Pine Trailhead. The free event includes an egg hunt, coloring area, snacks, prizes, the fire truck, Easter bunny and handmade candy carriers.

Easter candy sale

Springtime is here and Easter is coming.  Celebrate with delicious See’s Candies.

It is always available at Four Seasons Realty, at the corner of Main Street and Highway 87 and there will be a special See’s Candy booth at Walgreen’s Drugstore, corner of Highway 260 and Highway 87, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 7. All profits benefit local organizations through the Soroptimist Club of Zane Grey Country. 

For more information, call Jean Oliver (928) 474-6167 or Audrey Wilson (928) 472-9380.

Books Are Fun Fair set

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the Books Are Fun Fair at Payson Regional Medical Center.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 in the west lobby (Labor & Delivery) at PRMC.

The items available for purchase: photo albums, stationery, music and much more.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.


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