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.

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

Fans invited to visit Ram Rodeo station at arena

The Ram Truck brand and the 2012 Ram Rodeo Series is making a pit stop at Payson’s 128th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo Aug. 17 through Aug. 19. Rodeo fans are invited to come down and saddle up with the cowboys to enjoy the legendary sport of rodeo and check out the newest Ram pickup trucks.

If you’re looking for the excitement of a bucking horse or the dependability of horsepower that will last for years, the Ram Truck brand is ready for you. Representatives from Chapman Auto Center will be on site with the latest models on display. All guests who visit the Ram Rodeo trailer or tent will be eligible to enter the Ram Rodeo Sweepstakes, a national giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 toward any eligible Chrysler Group vehicle.  All participants who enter the national giveaway must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license.


Spaghetti Supper

Spaghetti Supper Saturday

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.

Payson Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market is excited to celebrate the 128th Payson Rodeo this weekend. In honor of the rodeo, organizers be hosting the 2nd Annual “Rock, Paper Scissors World Championship” for a chance to win free Rodeo tickets. The contest will begin shortly after the parade ends.

Come out early to get your shopping done or join us after the parade for iced tea, coffee, ready to eat Italian food and tamales, hummus, scones, fresh breads and much, much more. Natural, grass-fed beef will also be available for purchase.

In true country fashion, entertainment will be provided by Jim West and Kathleen Kelly from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s at Sawmill Crossing.

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, Aug. 18 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, Aug. 19 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.

‘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.


It's Rodeo Time!


Dust off those boots and that cowboy hat, make sure those jeans still fit, then come down to the Payson Event Center just south of town for the 128th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Performances are 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. Following the rodeo performances Friday and Saturday night, there will be a dance at the Event Center and also at the Oxbow Saloon. 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.

ASU scrimmage at Tontozona

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.

Program set on Medicare and Social Security rights

Representatives from the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens Area Agency on Aging will present a free informational program on Medicare and Social Security rights from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Pine Library. Register by calling (928) 476-3678 by Friday, Aug. 17.

GCC classes start Aug. 20

Now that the high school students are back in school, it’s time for the older students to register. Here is a partial list of courses that begin Aug. 20. To view the entire schedule and register online, go to

• Art: acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting; ceramics and crafts; fundamentals of design; digital photography; jewelry

• P.E.: bowling; aerobics and flexibility; t’ai chi; Pilates; yoga; Physioball

• Additional fun stuff: real estate fundamentals (condensed to nine weeks to take state test); QuickBooks (5-week class); basic EMT (full course in one semester); English literature; quilted clothing; physical geology; nutrition; U.S. history; western civilization; introduction to psychology; introduction to sociology.

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’s 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.

Calvary Chapel issues invitation

Rim residents are invited to the Harvest America Crusade Live Webcast at Calvary Chapel Payson, 1103 N. Beeline Highway, starting at 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26.

There will be free, live music and food, followed by a live webcast from Anaheim Stadium — a message of hope from noted evangelist and speaker, Greg Laurie. Stay for fellowship and dessert after the message. For more information, call (928) 468-0801.

Shoot for the Heart

The popular Shoot for the Heart programs will resume with a discussion on elk in Rim Country at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, Building A, Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road. 

The program “Elk of the Rim Country & Rim Country Fruit Cobbler” will feature a panel of elk experts discussing area elk — where to find them, where to photograph them, how to call them, where to find antlers, and much more. The panel includes Dean Pederson, Mark Kile, Pat Fogarty and Dennis Pirch.

Bob DePugh and Tom Lister will make hot fruit cobbler made with freshly picked area fruit, topped with vanilla ice cream.

To learn more, call (928) 472-7800 or go online to

Alzheimer’s risk

Dr. Christine Belden, director of neuropsychology at Banner Sun Health Institute, will present an informative lecture about Alzheimer’s disease at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 31 at the Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Dr.

Dr. Belden will discuss the state of Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s research. Learn what researchers are discovering and if there really is anything you can do to prevent getting this illness. To reserve a seat, please call Christy VanderMolen, (928) 951-2305.

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. This special event includes a fabulous dinner, tour of the cabin site and a special entertainment presentation by State Historian Marshall Trimble.

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.

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.

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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