Community Almanac



The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is presenting the annual Resurrection Celebration at Rumsey Park from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 7. There will be music by Cavu and RU Bands, as well as by praise bands from area churches; free food; a clothing giveaway; lots of fun and fellowship. See additional details on Page 6B.

April 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

• 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.

• 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

April 7 Saturday

• Trail cleanup: 9 a.m. to noon, City Creek Trailhead and Mazatzal Divide Trail

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Eggstravaganza: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (approximately), Rumsey Park

• Resurrection Celebration: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Rumsey Park (see details on Page 6B)

• Easter fun in Pine: 10 a.m., egg hunt and more, Pine Trailhead

• 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

• Soroptimists selling Sees Candy: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Walgreens

• Easter parade of baby goats: 4 p.m., Fossil Creek Creamery, Strawberry

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 at (928) 474-6167, or Audrey Wilson at (928) 472-9380.

Fool’s Day Fun event

It’s never too early to talk to children about the dangers of drinking and drugs. To emphasize the importance of communication between parents and children, the Fool’s Day Fun theme for 2012 is: “Alcohol and Drugs Destroy Families.”

The Community Prevention Council is sponsoring its annual Fool’s Day Fun Event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at the gym of Julia Randall Elementary School.

The Community Prevention Council presents the event in cooperation with Southwest Behavioral Health, the Payson Police Department, and a number of local organizations and businesses.

Baby goat Easter parade at Fossil Creek Creamery

Easter means egg hunts for some, but at Fossil Creek Creamery it means 70 adorable baby goats — all born within the last week.

The creamery owners have started the Kids Feeding Kids program and invite the public to visit between noon and 4 p.m. daily. People can bottle feed the baby goats. The charge is $3 per bottle and part of the donation goes to disadvantaged children of Rim Country. 

On Easter Sunday there will be an Easter parade of baby goats and their moms at 4 p.m. The entrance fee is $3 per person or $10 per carload. Children under five are admitted for old free.

Fossil Creek Creamery is at 10379 W. Fossil Creek Road, Strawberry (3-1/2 miles down Fossil Creek Road). For more information, call (928) 476-5178.

April 8 Sunday

• EASTER: See listings on page 6B

April 9 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.

April 10 Tuesday

• Book fair: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Payson Regional Medical Center, west lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance)

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

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

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.

Looking ahead

Free tax help and free e-filing

AARP is 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 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).

Cenpatico community forum

Cenpatico invites residents of Payson and the surrounding communities to attend a community forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11 at the Presbyterian Community Church, 800 W. Main, Payson.

Learn about the services available through Cenpatico. Share concerns and ask Terry Stevens, the chief executive officer, questions and share ideas about how to improve services.


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