Community Almanac



Rim Country Celtic Festival this weekend


The 2nd Annual Rim Country Celtic Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 at the Payson Elks Lodge dirt parking lot, located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

This is an outdoor festival and is open to the public. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for both days for adults; for children 6 to 16 it is $5 per day or $8/2 days; those under 6 will be admitted free. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with a formal opening ceremony at noon; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with the Kirking of the Tartan around 11 a.m.

Many Celtic clans will be represented and there will be vendors with Celtic wares. There will be continuous Celtic music each day and Alice Natale, teller of Celtic tales, will also participate. There will be American and Celtic food available.

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society will have a tent to provide help in tracing family heritage and the Daughters of Scotia will have a Tea Garden Tent. For information, contact President Lloyd Gibson at (575) 649-5015 or go online to or

April 13 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

• SuddenLink ribbon cutting: 11:30 a.m., new offices at 252 E. Hwy. 260, next to the Pizza Factory

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

April 14 Saturday

• 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

FFA Family Rodeo

The 2nd Annual FFA Family Rodeo takes place Saturday, April 14 at the Payson Event Center. Events for all age groups include family roping, musical hay bales, barrel racing, pole bending and many more. Prizes will be awarded to a cowboy and cowgirl in each age group. Children under 8 do not have to have a horse to participate.

Admission is free to spectators. Come early, stay late and enjoy a barbecue lunch and exciting competition in between. Contact Payson High School Agriculture Education teacher Jadee Rohner at (928) 474-2233 for more details and information.

PATS hike

Hike the Peach Loop trail starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 14.

This is a challenging hike that includes a very steep, rocky hill, so participants should come prepared for rough hiking.

Park at the Payson Golf Course and walk south across the street to the trailhead.

Big sale at Masons

The Order of the Eastern Star will have a big sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 14 at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

The sale will feature both gently used items from 15 or more families, and baked goods. There will also be raffle tickets on sale for two Diamondbacks tickets for handicap seats behind home plate. The tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Auction at Mount Cross

Mount Cross Lutheran Church is holding an auction to raise funds for a new building and its after-school program. The event will be Saturday, April 14.

Among the auction items: a time share, antiques, golf passes, quilts, jewelry, art, sports items and much more. The auction will take place at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 in the log building. Items can be previewed at 5 p.m., with the bidding starting at 5:45 p.m. There will also be food and entertainment.

April 15 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., Impact Choir performs at Nazarene Church

British Soccer Camp sign-up

To make sure your child or teen gets a T-shirt, register them for the summer’s British Soccer Camp by April 15.

Youngsters between the ages of 3 and 18 can learn from soccer pros from the United Kingdom from June 4 through June 8 on the Rumsey Park south soccer field.

Fees range from $84 to $180 and late fees will be charged for registration after May 20. Register online at www.challenge

Impact Choir concert

Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will present the Nazarene District Impact Choir at 5 p.m., Sunday, April 15.

This is a traveling choir with 43 teens who are some of the most dedicated and exceptional teens with a single goal in mind — to praise and worship the Lord. Impact ministers to a number of churches throughout the year with a unique blend of praise, worship, and fun that is sure to touch the hearts of all in attendance. Everyone is invited to come and be blessed.

April 16 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

• Early Arizona photos: 10:30 a.m., Library Friends of Payson hear about early Arizona photo postcards

• Learn about being hungry: 3:30 p.m. Soup Kitchen even at PHS cafeteria

• Letter-writing event: 6:30 p.m., Payson Amnesty International hosts at Mountain High Coffee Works

Early Arizona photos

After the turn of the century, there was an explosion in amateur photography and changes in postal regulations made the photographic postcard a popular communication medium. “Post Card Images of Arizona, 1900-1920,” a stimulating visual presentation depicting a broad range of subjects, will be presented by Dr. Jeremy Rowe at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 16 in the meeting room at Payson Public Library. 

The Library Friends of Payson invite the public to attend this free event, which follows a short business meeting at 10 a.m. that is also open to the public. A potluck luncheon will follow the morning’s presentation.

Dr. Rowe is the executive director of the School of Computing and Informatics at Arizona State University. He has collected, researched, and written about 19th century photographs for 25 years. He worked with the Library of Congress American Memory project, a digital historic photographic collection, and manages 

For more information, contact the Payson Public Library at (928) 474-9260 or visit

Soup Kitchen lesson

The Payson High School Achievement Club is holding its third annual Soup Kitchen to bring awareness to hunger issues in the community from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, April 16 at the PHS cafeteria. Tickets are $2 to sample soups; also available will be soda, 75 cents; bread, 50 cents; salad, $1.50.

Come hungry, leave hungry. All proceeds go to the Payson food bank.

Maternal Health is a Human Right

Every 90 seconds a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. That’s nearly 1,000 women every day who are dying unnecessary and preventable deaths due to a lack of access to timely, quality health care. In the United States, women face a greater lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy-related complications than do women in 49 other countries. Amnesty International is taking action to end the human rights crisis of maternal death.

Payson Amnesty International is taking part in a national letter-writing campaign to urge Congress to take action to insure maternal heath in the United States. Join members at their monthly meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, April 16 at the new meeting location, Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway (formerly Fireside Espresso). For information about Payson Amnesty International, call Penny at (928) 978-1268.

Relay for Life

Interested in finding out what Relay for Life is all about? Please attend the team captain meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, April 16 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Looking ahead

Rim Country Museum events

The Rim Country Museum will have a guest speaker at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 17.

Robert Flores, project coordinator of the Capitol Museum in Phoenix, will speak about Arizona’s early history, including the Territorial period and the shifting sites of the state capitol in the early years. 

Flores served 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring in 2001. After spending time traveling, he accepted the position of museum project coordinator at the Capitol Museum. This event is free and open to the public.

Gosar staffer in Payson

U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-1) has announced that his staff will be holding office hours in Payson from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19. Gosar’s representative will be at the office of Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin, 610 E. Highway 260.

Staff will answer questions and provide help with the Veterans Administration and veterans’ benefits, Social Security, issues with federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, or issues with the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other federal agencies.


American Tenors

Parking for TCCA April 19 concert

Concertgoers will have the following parking options to access Payson High School Auditorium for the Tonto Community Concert Association’s American Tenors performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

The north parking lot on Longhorn Road is closed due to construction. There is no access to the auditorium from any parking lot on Longhorn Road.

The recommended parking lot is the west lot on McLane Road. It has good lighting, plenty of spaces and adequate handicapped parking.

There will be a very limited number of parking places for patrons that require close access to the auditorium. These patrons should pull into the Wilson Dome parking lot on Wade Lane; there a student will direct them to on-campus parking just steps away from the auditorium. 

For more information about the Payson High School parking status, please contact Susan Campbell at (928) 474-2070.


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