Community Almanac


April 27 Friday

• Genealogy Society Yard Sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at society library, 302 E. Bonita, Payson, 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

• Beeline Cruise-In: 4 p.m., Green Valley Park and through town, parade cruise of vehicles participating in 19th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show, show at park Saturday

• Carnival: 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., PHS football field to raise funds for high school clubs

• Kick-off for Benefit Poker Ride: 6 p.m., the Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin (ride is Saturday)

Genealogy society yard sale

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society will be holding its Annual Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.

The yard sale is at 302 E. Bonita St., Payson. All proceeds will go to the operating costs of the Genealogy Library.

Beeline Cruise-In

Look for the roads around Payson to sparkle in high style around 4 p.m., Friday, April 27 — that is when the 19th Annual Beeline Cruise-In parade cruise around Payson starts at Green Valley Park.

This year the cruise will head west over Country Club, up Vista, down Airport, up Highway 87, over Tyler Parkway, head west on Highway 260 to hook up with 87 again, then head south to Historic West Main and end back at Green Valley Park.

The balance of Friday’s Cruise-In events are for participants in the show, members of the Rim Country Classic Auto Club and sponsors of the event.

The public part of the festivities are all day Saturday, April 28, beginning at 8 a.m. at Green Valley Park with the show, raffles, 50-50 drawings and more.

Look for a preview of the show and details in The Rim Review inside this edition of the Roundup.

Carnival at Payson High

High school clubs — from Key Club to band and athletics — will hold a Carnival on the football field from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 27. Proceeds will be used for club activities.

To participate at booths, tickets may be purchased at the gate: 5 for $1, 10 for $2, 20 for $4, 25 for $5, and 50 for $8.


Poker Run

The 4th Annual Lorraine Cline Memorial Fund poker run events are Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 in Tonto Basin. The festivities kick off with a dinner at the Butcher Hook at 6 p.m., Friday, April 27, followed by dance music by Moonshine Mafia and the drawing for a 2012 Polaris Ranger 800 XP, donated by Four Seasons Motorsports. While the raffle tickets for the Polaris have all been sold, there will be many more raffle items offered at the dinner, plus a 50-50 drawing.

Dinner tickets are $7 per person, with those under 5 admitted for free, and can be purchased at the door. The poker ride will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 28 at the O bar C Ranch in Tonto Basin. The cost is $20 per hand, with payouts to the top three hands. To learn more, call (928) 978-1254 or e-mail

April 28 Saturday

• Benefit garage sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Arizona Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Hwy. 260.

• Community Garden Dedication: 9 a.m., 300 E. Tyler Parkway following an 8 gardening class on-site hosted by Plant Fair Nursery owner Glen McCombs;.plots are still available for $50 for the summer, the plots are. 8-feet-by-15-feet and include water

• Poetry program: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Payson Senior Center, $10 per person

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

• Flea market: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Payson Elks, 1206 N. Beeline

• Conference for Women: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Payson Area Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa, free, with lunch

• Low cost rabies clinic: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Street Animal Clinic

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

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Kiwanis 17th Annual Auction for Youth: 5:30 p.m., Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

In the Pink

Student needs more funds for music camp

Benefit garage sale

A huge garage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at the office of the Central Arizona Board of Realtors, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson (by Tiny’s).

The funds are to help Eileen Austin’s 11-month-old grandson, who has been diagnosed with Chiaria malformation and has been in intensive care at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and will be there for two more months. The child’s mother is unable to work and the father is commuting back and forth.

Community garden dedication

Payson’s community garden, at 300 E. Tyler Parkway, will officially open Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. with a dedication ceremony. Mayor Kenny Evans will attend, along with dozens of volunteers who helped break ground on the garden only a few months ago.

The 9 a.m. ribbon cutting follows a free gardening class on-site at 8 a.m. hosted by Plant Fair Nursery owner Glen McCombs. Everyone is welcome to attend, and plots are still available. Each plot is 8-feet-by-15-feet and includes water for the summer. Each plot rents for $50.

Goodies at the Car Show

Among the vendors participating at the 19th Annual Beeline Cruise-In, which opens at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 28 in Green Valley Park, will be the Women’s Ministries of the Payson First Assembly of God Church. Members will be selling cookies, brownies and caramel corn for $1 per bag. Proceeds will help support the group’s home and foreign missionaries.

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, April 28 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, April 29 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.

Flea Market at Elks

Join the Payson Elks for a Flea Market Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 28.

The Payson Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Award-winning poet shares secrets, tips

Learn some poetry tips from Carrie Backe, a Payson poet and winner of the Arizona Senior Poet Laureate competition for several years. She will speak at a poetry workshop on April 28, sponsored by the Rim Country District of Arizona Press Women to celebrate National Poetry Month.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Senior Citizen’s Center, 214 W. Main St. The fee is $10 and reservations should be made by April 26, however, registration will be accepted at the door. For reservations and information, call APW at (928) 472-7132 or (928) 468-9269.

Conference for Women  

A Women’s Conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 28, with lunch immediately following.

The free event is open to all women of the Rim Country and will feature four classes and a keynote address by former Payson Chief of Police Gordon Gartner.

Gartner’s address will focus on the theme of the conference, “Following the Savior by Living and Teaching With the Spirit.”

The classes are: “From This Day Forth” with Payson Mayor Kenny Evans; “Influencing Future Generations” with Chris Lorenzen; “How is Your Day Going?” with Colleen Shumway; and “Every Good Thing” with Grant Coley.

The Payson Area Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 913 S. Ponderosa St., is sponsoring the conference.

Church attire is recommended. 

Low-cost rabies vaccination clinic

The Town of Payson, Town of Star Valley and Gila County Rabies Control will sponsor a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St., Payson.

The rabies vaccine is $10 (cash only). Licensing fees for all dogs are as follows: Town of Payson, $20 unaltered, $7 altered; Town of Star Valley, $7 unaltered, $5 altered; Gila County $15 unaltered, $7 altered.

Other vaccines will not be available. Your pet must be secured at all times.

For more information, please call (928) 474-9292.

17th Annual Auction for Youth

The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country will host a Parade of Stars evening for its 17th Annual Auction for Youth program Saturday, April 28 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for happy hour, and a prime rib dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. There will be music, raffles, a live auction and a silent auction. The cost is $60 per person or $450 for a table of eight. Proceeds will be used to help elementary, middle and high school programs, plus fund scholarships.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway, or at the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce. Call (928) 978-4323 with questions or to make a donation.

April 29 Sunday

• Spring Fest: noon, Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Bingo: 1 p.m.; pool tournament, 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

Spring Fest with free food

Enjoy free brats, hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings, along with soft drinks at noon, Sunday, April 29 at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

It is a casual event, open to everyone and totally free. Come out and enjoy. All are welcome to attend the casual services planned at 10 a.m. as well.

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.

April 30 Monday

• J.R.E. Book Fair: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at school library, continues through Friday

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

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Comforting the grieving: 11 a.m., Payson Senior Center, learn what to say to those who have lost a loved one

• County attorney and superintendent speak: 11 a.m., Tiny’s, 600 E. Hwy. 260, hosted by Rim Country Republican Club

J.R.E. Book Fair

It’s time again for the Julia Randall Elementary School Book Fair. The book fair offers a wide variety of books that are sure to catch readers’ interests. Proceeds from the book fair go to the purchasing of books for the school library. 

The book fair will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4 at the J.R.E. library. The school is on Main Street, across form Green Valley Park.

Comforting the grieving

Join Jean Ramsey, a social worker at Payson Care Center and former hospice bereavement coordinator, for an informative lecture on the best way to comfort family and friends who are grieving the loss of a loved one. 

The lecture will be held at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 30. This lecture is brought to the community by Payson Care Center.

For more information about this and other upcoming lectures, please contact Christy VanderMolen at (928) 951-2305.

Republicans host county attorney, superintendent

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, April 30 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Guest speakers will be Daisy Flores, Gila County Attorney, and Dr. Linda O’Dell, Gila County School Superintendent. Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and socialize. The speakers’ program begins at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

May 1 Tuesday

• Scholarship deadline: last day to apply for one of two scholarships from the Central Arizona Board of Realtors

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

• Rodeo needs volunteers: 6 p.m., Best Western Inn of Payson, volunteers are needed for the spring rodeo, attend the committee meeting tonight to learn how to help

Scholarships available

The Central Arizona Board of Realtors will award two $2,500 scholarships to qualified Payson High School seniors graduating in May 2012. 

Seniors interested can pick up an application in the PHS counselor’s office or at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 12, Payson. All completed applications need to be turned in to the CABR office no later than Tuesday, May 1.

Rodeo volunteers wanted

Come work with one of the greatest giving groups in Payson — the Payson Rodeo Committee. Be a part of Payson’s heritage and help with students’ education at the same time.

The committee is looking for help at the upcoming Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, to be held May 18 and 19. Volunteers can work in areas like the ticket booth or the souvenir booth, doing 50/50 ticket sales, security and other non-livestock areas.

See what it is all about and how you can meet some great people this next Tuesday. The committee will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 and May 8 at the Best Western Inn of Payson. For information, call John Landino (928) 468-0023.

Looking ahead

National Day of Prayer

This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is “One Nation Under God,” based on Psalm 33:12 — “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” 

The event is Thursday, May 3. A light continental breakfast will be available at Crossroads Church at 6:30 a.m., with prayers at 6:45 a.m. After the event at Crossroads, participants will be encouraged to go on a “progressive prayer” to the Gila County Courthouse flagpole area where at 8:15 a.m. others will join for additional prayer for governmental authorities and to remember the Christian heritage of our land. Also scheduled: Pine Strawberry Elementary School flagpole, 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.; Pine Community Center, 11 a.m. to noon; Rumsey Park Ramada 5, noon to 1 p.m.; and Mountain Bible Church, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Payson Art League ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour

More than 20 artists will be sharing their work and their studios with the public in the annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6.

Presented by the Payson Art League, the tour gives participants a chance to see the area where creative endeavors are conceived and brought to life. Some artists in the tour will be demonstrating their work and many will have pieces for sale as well.

A printed tour guide with a map to the participating artists’ studios will be inside the Tuesday, May 1 edition of the Payson Roundup.

Threadplayer exhibition

The Threadplayers fiber arts group will have an exhibition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

The theme is “Branching Out” and the exhibit will feature “Threadville,” a village of fabric art houses.

Other features will include wall hangings, wearable art, jewelry, framed art, baskets, etc.


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