Community Almanac


Meet the Teacher Night and dinner at RCMS open house

Rim Country Middle School will have a Meet the Teacher Night and Dinner Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The dinner menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, salad, chips, and a drink for $6 and will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the RCMS Cafeteria. The Payson FAN Club sponsors the dinner and all proceeds go to support of RCMS sports and extra-curricular activities.

The Meet the Teachers open house at is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kaitie’s Closet distribution

There will be a Kaitie’s Closet distribution of free clothing for children from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road.

Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome.

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.

More candidates at Tea Party

The three Republican candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission Susan Bitter-Smith, Robert Burns and Bob Stump will be the speakers at the Payson Tea Party meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23. Also speaking will be county treasurer candidate Don Ascoli. 

Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

Genealogy library reopens

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Library will reopen at 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 24. The library will be open on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If these hours are not convenient for those doing genealogy research, please call (928) 474-2139 and leave a message or e-mail and a librarian will set up an appointment.

The public is always welcomed at the library to do genealogy research.

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.

Longhorn fall sports start

The fall sports season at Payson High School is starting this week. The Longhorn football team plays at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24 on its home field, hosting Chino Valley.

Volleyball players will host Snowflake at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28.

The first home soccer match is also Aug. 28 at 4 p.m., with the Lady Horns hosting Desert Christian. The boys are at home Sept. 8 against Chino Valley.

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.

Republicans host recorder candidates

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, August 27 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. the speakers will be Sadie Tomerlin and James “Mac” Feezor, candidates for Gila County Recorder. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

2021 Kenny Davis Regional Finals Rodeo is Saturday

The Mazatzal Hotel and Casino has partnered with the Southwest Indian Rodeo Association to host the 2012 Kenny Davis Regional Finals Rodeo Saturday, Aug. 25. Performances will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Payson Event Center, just south of town on Beeline Highway west of the casino.

Top Native American cowboys and cowgirls from Arizona and New Mexico will compete in the major rodeo events of senior team roping, junior barrel racing, junior steer riding and junior breakaway roping.

Admission is $5, and a food concession will be on site. The Mazatzal Hotel and Casino and Southwest Indian Rodeo Association invite Rim residents and visitors to attend the rodeo.

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 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 sold out. 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.

Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild cordially invites Rim residents and visitors to the 32nd annual Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Pine Community Center in Pine, Ariz.

The festival in the beautiful mountains and ponderosa forests of Arizona’s Rim Country features the original work of more than 80 of Arizona’s and the Southwest’s finest artists, along with the work of some very talented crafters who create all hand-made, top quality items.

Guests can enjoy a pancake breakfast, with all the trimmings, served by the Pine Strawberry Fire Department. The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation of Pine and Strawberry will be making their ever-popular Navajo tacos in the Senior Dining Room, adjacent to the Pine Thrift Store. In addition, there will be plenty of food vendors to satisfy the appetite of any hungry festival guest.

New ministry

Learn about ReviveAll School of Supernatural Ministry (Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry curriculum) at an open house information night at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4.

ReviveAll School of Supernatural Ministry (Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry curriculum) is activating a culture of revival in the Rim Country and the world. The school will meet Tuesday evenings starting September 11 a Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane. For more information, call (928) 474-2602 for Pastor Gordon or (928) 474-9464 for Chuck or Nancy.

AARP Driving Safety Class

Another AARP Driving Safety Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

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.

Vintage books offered

During August, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring amazing, vintage books from the private collection of Library Director Terry Morris. These collectible volumes have been researched by the Library’s Internet Sales team and are priced accordingly. 

Recently, the bookstore received several large donations of video cassettes. The library is weeding its non-fiction video collection as well. Therefore, the bookstore is overflowing with worthwhile videos on a variety of topics from animals to history.  During August, all videos will be priced at 3 for $1. 

If you are looking for a volunteer position, please give the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore careful consideration.  Bookstore volunteers work two mornings or afternoons a month and provide an invaluable service to the Library. If you are interested, stop by the library and pick up an application.

The bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson website at www.libraryfriendsof


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