Community Almanac

Youngsters and area businesses are participating in the the Kids Standing for Kids “fun” raiser supporting the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund this weekend. 

Youngsters and area businesses are participating in the the Kids Standing for Kids “fun” raiser supporting the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund this weekend. 


Clothing, food sought

Kaitie’s Closet is once again looking for clothing, shoes and donations for area school children. The demand is greater than ever this year, so please help us help the children here in Rim Country.

The Kaitie’s Closet organization is also working with the local food bank to help fill shelves that are at an all-time low.

Look for Kaitie’s pink boxes at local schools and various stores around town as well as A.P.S. boxes for the food bank.

Also join in helping to fill Payson Community Kids boxes with school supplies for the children in the community — these donation boxes are also in various locations around town.

If you’d like to be a much-needed volunteer for Kaitie’s Closet, we would be very happy to have you join us, please call (928) 468-1036.

Remember, Kaitie’s Closet, Inc., the St. Vincent de Paul Rim Country Food Bank and Payson Community Kids are all non-profit organizations and donations are tax deductible.

Back to School Drive

Payson Community Kids needs your help! PCK has started its annual Back-to-School Drive and needs your help filling up our donation boxes. Boxes are located at Walgreens, Bashas’, Walmart, Safeway and the Time Out Thrift Store. Supplies such as hand sanitizer, Kleenex, hygiene supplies, backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons and anything school-related are needed.

Thank you for supporting PCK and the children of this community. For more information, call PCK President Suzy Tubbs at (928) 978-3256.


Free pancake breakfast

Free pancake breakfast

There will be a free pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Dr. Guests will get a chance to Talk to the Doc, Dr. Terry Rousseau and receive free emergency information provided by the Payson Fire Department to include in the Vials for Life. Donations for the upcoming Alzheimer’s walk will be accepted at the breakfast.

Breakfast for a buck

Guests eat free and other guys pay just $1 for a great breakfast at Payson’s Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4. Breakfast includes sausage gravy with biscuits, hash browns and a fruit bowl, plus juice and coffee. The featured speaker will be Tom Lampkin, sharing his life story, which includes five miracles. Also on the agenda will be times of fellowship and encouragement. Come hungry, leave happy, this Saturday morning.

Child Find in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Elementary School District is announcing its annual Child Find activities for all 3- and 4-year-olds in the two communities.

Child Find is a state-mandated program to identify children who may require services to address a potential disability in learning, speech, vision, hearing, physical growth or some other possible developmental delay.

The district will screen all 3- and 4-year-olds by appointment the third Monday of each month during the school year. Special arrangements may be made for alternate days.

To schedule a preschool screening for your child or for more information, please call the Pine Strawberry Elementary School at (928) 476-3283, ext. 1112.

First Friday festivities

Dessert at Presbyterian Church

Come join members of the Community Presbyterian Church on First Friday, Aug. 3 for dessert, coffee and music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pastor Chuck Proudfoot will be making his infamous “Black Beast” dessert — a chocolate lovers’ delight.

Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St. Music will be provided and the shuttle bus will be running to take guests to other First Friday venues.

Down the Street Art Gallery

Be an artist for an evening and paint a watercolor art card. Artist Susan Palmer will guide you and Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., will supply the materials for free at this make-and-take project that promises to be fun for all ages.

The event is part of the First Friday block festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug 3.

Anniversary celebration

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is celebrating six years of business and 63 First Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3. On Bootleg Alley’s porch will be a free concert with Payson’s favorite band, Junction 87. Guests can buy rodeo tickets and buttons from the Rodeo Jail Girls and Rodeo Committee, and also donate to the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Main St. where the Payson Rodeo began 128 years ago.

National Night Out Family Fun Day planned in Payson

Payson’s fifth annual National Night Out Family Fun Day will be from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at Green Valley Park. See page 8A for a story on the event.

The actual National Night Out — Tuesday, Aug. 7 — will feature block parties and neighborhood gatherings. Contact Kim Becker at Payson Police Department, (928) 474-5242, ext. 209 or e-mail kbecker to arrange for a police officer to come visit your event.

$1 Bag Sale

Almost New Thrift Shop will have $1 Bag Sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6. Select from clothes, shoes, belts — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags.

This sale will take place the first Monday of every month.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come help us to support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Books Are Fun Fair

The Mogollon Health Alliance will have a Books Are Fun Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the west lobby (labor and delivery entrance) of Payson Regional Medical Center.

Select from a large and varied inventory of not only books, but also unique gift items including photo albums, stationery, music and much more; sold to the public at great discounts. 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.


Youngsters and area businesses are participating in the the Kids Standing for Kids “fun” raiser supporting the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund this weekend. 

‘Kids Standing for Kids’ Lemonade Stands open Aug. 4

Youngsters and area businesses are participating in the the Kids Standing for Kids “fun” raiser supporting the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund this weekend. 

Youngsters will have lemonade stands at one of the following locations around town. The stands will be open for business from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4.

The following businesses are sponsoring our lemonade stands: AZ Coil, Bashas’, Plant Fair Nursery, Circle K, Buffalo Bar & Grill, Chapman Auto Center, Vita-Mart, Bob’s Western Wear, Chrisy’s Cottage, Town of Payson at Green Valley Park, Walmart, Mazatzal Casino, Macky’s Grill, Payson Feed & Pet Supply, Safeway, El Rancho, Walgreens, National Bank of Arizona, Ace Hardware and Hike, Bike & Run.

Quilt Auction coming Aug. 11 to Pine Cultural Hall

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Friends of the Strawberry Patchers are presenting the Fourth Annual Quilt Auction in the Pine Cultural Hall, in the center of Pine on the west side of Highway 87. Doors open at 11 a.m. for registration and preview. The auction will start at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a non-perishable food item and get entered into the drawing for a quilt to be held after the auction.

For those with quilts to put in the auction, forms are available online.

The Strawberry Patchers’ opportunity quilt tickets will be available along with “buy it now” and “make me an offer” quilts. Additional information is available on the Web site, or call Elaine at (928) 978-3464.

Good News Club resumes

Once a week, at both Julia Randall Elementary and the Pine-Strawberry Schools, right after classes are out, the Good News Club meets for Bible study, missionary stories, verse explanation and games.

The Good News Club meets at JRE from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., starting Tuesday, Aug. 7 and at P-S School from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., starting Wednesday, Aug. 8.

To learn more, call (928) 468-1240.

Elks plan fashion show, lunch

The Payson Elks will have its “Like New Fashion Show” and lunch at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 at the lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Hwy.

Tickets, purchased in advance are $10; purchased at the door, the cost is $15. Tickets are available at the Payson Elks Lodge or contact Mary Smith, (928) 468-8766.

Lunch will be a choice of taco salad or chicken salad.

Some of the clothes in the show will also be auctioned and others will be available to purchase.

Animal Welfare Fund benefit

This year’s Champagne in the Garden will benefit the Animal Welfare Fund, a non-profit organization that provides humane shelter to animals in need after disasters, and strives to eliminate cruelty to all animals.

It will be held in the Freegard Garden in Star Valley from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18.

The tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from Judi (517-1034) or at the MissFitz’s 260 Cafe on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, or at the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop, 434 S. Highway 87, behind the Time Out Shop.

There will be great food, drinks, champagne and lots of fun and laughter. Special items will be offered for sale in the gazebo.


Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake meet and greet at Republican Headquarters

U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake, who is in a hotly contested primary race with Wil Cardon, will appear at a Meet and Greet at the Payson Republican Club Headquarters, 616 S. Beeline Hwy. from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Please park in the county lot to the south or the large dirt lot to the north to attend this event.

Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

Gun and Knife Show next weekend in Payson

Firing Pin Enterprizes, Inc. presents the 10th Annual Payson Gun and Knife Show at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium in Payson Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12. Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For additional information, visit www. or call (928) 485-0437.

Missoula Children’s Theatre

The famed Missoula Children’s Theatre Company is coming to Payson the week of Aug. 13.

Longhorn Theatre, which is co-producing this exciting live theater event, has confirmed with the MCT directors that 50 to 60 area youngsters in the first through 12th grades will be cast on Monday, Aug. 13 in MCT’s version of “Betty Lou and the Country Beast.”

Children do not need to prepare an audition piece. The directors will take them through readings, movement and songs.

The cast list will be announced after auditions are completed and participants will go home with scripts and rehearsal calendars. Rehearsals will take place Tuesday, Aug. 14 through Thursday, Aug. 16. Certain cast members will rehearse from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; others from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and some will be asked to stay for both sessions. 

Performances will take place at 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 in the high school auditorium.

Community support is still needed to bring this exciting theater company to Payson. Sponsorships are available in any amount from $10 to $500 and over.

Questions should be directed to Longhorn Theatre Director Kathy Siler at

Rocky Mountain Oyster Gathering next Saturday

Come to Jake’s Corner for the second annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Gathering from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 to kick off Rodeo Week. The event is at Jake’s Corner Bar and will feature Rocky Mountain Oysters; live music by Junction 87; raffles and a 50/50 drawing and the Payson Pro-Rodeo Committee will offer rodeo discounts.

Centerpiece teapots sought

The Mogollon Health Alliance is having its annual Membership Tea on Oct. 2, 2012 and its staff and members are seeking donations of teapots to be used as centerpieces for this event.


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