Community Almanac


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 Highway, 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.

Mexican Fiesta for Alzheimer’s event

Enjoy homemade Mexican food prepared by Payson Care Center’s staff. Payson Care Center is holding a Mexican Fiesta at 107 E. Lone Pine, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9. Enjoy tacos, enchiladas, tostados, toquitos, rice, beans, chips and the best salsa in town for only $5 per person.

All proceeds go to the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” to be held Sept. 22.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

For more information call (928) 474-5440.

Baby Shower for New Beginnings

Aglow International, a Christian women’s organization, will be hosting its annual Baby Shower for the New Beginnings Pregnancy Center from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 11 at Crossroads Church, 114 E Cedar Lane, Payson.

The guest speaker will be the facility’s current director, Amy Plunkett, who has been involved with this vital service to our community for eight years. She has been a licensed Child Care Provider in Payson for some 12 years and has a DHS Group Home Daycare. All attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped baby gift and come to enjoy a morning of learning and sharing. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, call (928) 472-6146.

Mountain Daze Festival

The Pine Strawberry Business Community will present the second annual Mountain Daze Festival Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.

Held at the Pine Community Center, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

This free event is family friendly with activities for children, a selection of different foods from vendors, entertainment and a display of antique cars. Additionally vendors and artisans will be selling a great diversity of wares.

The event this year will be in conjunction with the Quilt Auction in The Cultural Hall.

Find out more by calling (928) 476-3655 or go online to


The 128th August Doin’s Parade will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. on Historic Main Street.

Join the Rodeo Parade

The 128th August Doin’s Parade will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. on Historic Main Street.

The theme for the parade will be “Celebrating Arizona's Centennial.” The Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce are producing this year’s parade. Grand Marshal will be Marshall Trimble.

The parade includes floats, marching groups, equestrian groups, bands and all kinds of other marchers. As a special category,

the producers are inviting all veterans of any service at any time to march in the parade. There will be an award for winners

in each of eight categories.

The Chamber and Kiwanis Club are seeking the following for the parade: entrants, both experienced and new; sponsors for floats; event sponsors; and volunteers to help with the parade. For more information, please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.

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.

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.

Centennial event in Young

In celebration of Arizona’s Centennial, Young Public Library is sponsoring a day of festivities, “100 Years of Homesteading in Pleasant Valley” starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 and continuing throughout the day.

Activities for the entire family feature both indoor and outdoor spectator participation. For additional information, call the library at (928) 462-3588.

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 Highway.

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.

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.

Community Garden open house

The Payson Community Garden, 300 E. Tyler Parkway, will have an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11.

Tours of the site will be offered along with information on how to be part of this exciting project.

Cowboy Dinner

There will be a family-friendly Cowboy Dinner to kick off Rodeo Week at Rumsey Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11.

The Cowboy Dinner will be at Ramada 5, 400 N. McLane Road. On the menu will be barbecued beef and pork, pasta salad, cowboy beans, desserts and soda.

There will be fun for the whole family with an antique tractor display, live music, a storyteller, special activities for children and door and raffle prizes.

Tickets will be available at the event or can be purchased ahead of time at the Chamber of Commerce at the corner of Beeline and Main. The cost is $10 for adults; $7 for children ages 4 to 12; with those under 3 admitted for free. A family package, for two adults and two children, is available for $30.

The women’s group of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is hosting the event as a fund-raiser to benefit local charities. For more information, contact Nancy at (928) 474-2336.

Pancrazi performs

Downbeat Magazine recognized jazz guitarist Pete Pancrazi as the “one to watch,” and audiences around Arizona voted him “Jazz Guitar Player of the Year.”  He will perform popular jazz standards from the last five decades at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Upright string bass player John Sims will join him.

For information or to RSVP, contact, or at (602) 619-3355.

A suggested $5 donation includes refreshments.

Missoula Children’s Theatre

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

Longhorn Theatre 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.

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

ASU scrimmage time moved forward one hour

In order to better serve Arizona State University Sun Devil fans in the Rim Country planning to attend the scrimmage at Camp Tontozona on Saturday, Aug. 18, the time is now from 10 a.m. to noon.

This is an hour later than previously scheduled. Organizers still plan to be onsite by 6:30 a.m. to begin setting up to ensure everything is prepared for any early arriving fans.

‘Champagne in the Garden’ to benefit Animal Welfare Fund

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 Thrift Shop.

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


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