Community Almanac


Payson Education Center enrolling

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is still enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. New students are also being accepted.

The fall semester began on Aug. 1.

Please call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information. PEC is located at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane.

School officials are excited to announce that PEC received a “B” ranking by the Arizona Department of Education.

Time Out Thrift Shop sale

Shop and save at the Rodeo Roundup and Gift Sale at the Time Out Thrift Store, 500 S. Beeline Highway, Payson (just north of Alfonso’s and across the Beeline from Wendy’s). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Beginning Sept. 3, the thrift store will be closed on Mondays.

Time Out is in need of volunteers to help in the thrift store. Choose a four-hour shift that fits your schedule. If you would like to meet new friends, have fun while helping others at the same time, call Charlotte at (928) 474-3989 or Cindy at (928) 472-8007.

Sales from the shop support Time Out, Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and other domestic violence programs in Gila County. The shelter hotline is (928) 472-8007.

Still time to register for Thursday night barrel races

The Cactus Women’s Professional Rodeo will open the festivities of the 128th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo at the Payson Event Center Thursday, Aug. 16. The event includes team roping and breakaway roping, plus barrel racing. Organizer Nancy Jane Henson said women and girls can register for the barrel racing up until 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16. To get the details, call her at (520) 975-6325. Registration for the roping events closed Monday, Aug. 13.

The main rodeo events will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18; and at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19. The rodeo parade is at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 starting at Green Valley Park and traveling east on Main to the Sawmill Crossing.

Following the rodeo performances Friday and Saturday night, there will be a dance at the rodeo grounds and also at the Oxbow Saloon.

Tea Party hosts speakers

Lyle Rapaki, Ph.D., and Don Goldwater will be speakers at the Payson Tea Party meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Rapaki, of Sentinel Intelligence and Assessment Specialists, will discuss border issues and related intelligence, including the threat to state and national sovereignty. 

Goldwater, of the Pachyderm Coalition and a real estate investment advisor, will discuss the “Three Legged Stool, A Constitutional Crisis” including “Words have Meaning, Education and Elections.” 

The public is welcome to attend this informative event. Call (928) 468-1131 with any questions.

Rodeo Days sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson Assembly of God invite everyone to visit their annual Rodeo Days Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18 on the sidewalk in front of Safeway. There will be baked goods, crafts, quilts and baby items. All proceeds will go to missions and charities.

Missoula Children’s Theatre

The famed Missoula Children’s Theatre Company has cast local youngsters in the first through 12th grades to appear in MCT’s version of “Betty Lou and the Country Beast.”

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 for this endeavor. 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.


Scrub Sale

Scrub Sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16. The sale includes new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes,

accessories and much more. All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information,

call (928) 472-2588.

Order of the Eastern Star benefit supper planned

Ponderosa Chapter No. 64 Order of the Eastern Star benefit, Help us Help Others, takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 at 200 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

The menu at the benefit will include: twice baked spaghetti, garlic bread, tossed salad, beverages and dessert.

A donation is requested — give what you can. It will help members of the OES support college scholarships for deserving children, hearing, diabetes, cancer and other Masonic charities.

For more information, call Louise Snow, WM, at (928) 978-0343.


Participants and the public can learn to preserve fruits, vegetables and meat at the Community Garden Food Preserving Classes planned for Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Learn about canning and preserving fruits and veggies

Participants and the public can learn to preserve fruits, vegetables and meat at the Community Garden Food Preserving Classes planned for Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. A class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. and again from 7:15 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.

Offered for free, the classes will include information on freezing fruits and vegetables, pressure canning meats and vegetables, water bath and dehydration.

Alzheimer caregivers conference Aug. 24

The Alzheimer’s Association has scheduled a conference for caregivers from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24 at the Payson Senior Center.

The topics will be memory loss, dementia, challenging behaviors and effective communication, legal and financial planning.

This conference is free of charge, but prior registration is required.

The deadline to register for the program is Aug. 22. To register, call (602) 528-0545.

An Evening Under the Tonto Rim

Once again, the Northern Gila County Historical Society will present An Evening Under the Tonto Rim — Zane Grey Event to benefit the society.

The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 and is a very unique opportunity to spend the evening at the site of the original Zane Grey cabin.

Hosted at a beautiful mountain home on the actual property of the Zane Grey cabin, this special event includes a fabulous dinner, tour of the cabin site and a special entertainment presentation by State Historian Marshall Trimble.

Please join us for this Arizona Centennial Year event with all proceeds benefiting the Northern Gila County Historical Society.

Tickets are $45 per person and available at the Rim County Museum, 700 Green Valley Parkway in Payson. Seating is extremely limited, so reserve your place early for this historic centennial event.

For additional information, contact the NGCHS at (928) 474-3483.

Reserve space now for Community Yard Sale

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church will present one of its Community Yard Sales from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 8.

This is a great one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors.

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of the church giving a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost.

For just $10, participants can rent a 10-foot-by-19-foot space.

The church will be open for restrooms and drinking fountain.

All proceeds from this event go to CPC’s Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions and our food pantry. CPC works closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer citizens help when needed six days a week.

The Yard Sale will be at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). Reserve a space by calling the office at (928) 474-2059.


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