Community Almanac


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

‘Hatrageous’ rummage and bake sale Aug. 30

Payson Care Center is having a “Hatrageous” rummage and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30. 

Items will include lots of hats that were previously on display at Granny’s Attic.  Donations for the sale will be accepted starting Monday, Aug. 27. 

The sale is open to the community and all proceeds go toward the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” in September. 

Payson Care Center is at 107 E. Lone Pine Dr. For more information, call (928) 951-2305. 

PAWS bake sale

The Payson Area Woofers Society (PAWS) will hold a Labor Day Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 in front of the Payson Safeway.

Organizers guarantee the baked goods will be great to purchase — and there might even be cookies that look like your dog. There will also be some PAWS logo items available, such as T-shirts and hats.

For more information, call Dave at (928) 474-3040.


Christine Belden

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.

Forest cleanup helpers needed

After a summer beset by emergencies, fire fears, forest closures and bear attacks, the Tonto National Forest hopes to reassemble its faithful band of volunteers that made such headway last spring in cleaning up the forest.

Rangers will lead volunteers in cleaning up trash left behind by visitors along the East Verde River from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 1.

Workers can assemble in the parking area near the swimming hole at the Highway 87 bridge at the entrance to East Verde Estates.

The folks who show up will line the parking area with gabion baskets, remove graffiti from the bridge and scoop up the trash left behind at one of Rim Country’s most popular swimming holes and fishing areas.

Rangers advise people to wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt and closed toe shoes. Bring water and snacks. The Forest Service will provide all necessary tools.

For information, contact Payson Ranger District Recreation Officer Chelsea L. Muise at (928) 474-7936 or


Squash Surplus What to do with all that zucchini?

Squash Surplus What to do with all that zucchini?

Rim Country gardens, including the Payson Community Garden, have yielded a bounty of zucchini and other fresh produce. There will be a Food Preservation Demonstration at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. There will be three 30-minute classes. The demonstrations include dehydration and freezing fruits and vegetables; pressure canning meats and vegetables; and water bath steaming of fruits and vegetables. The event is free to the public.

Beaver Valley Day Celebration is Sept. 1

Food, games and entertainment will highlight Beaver Valley Day, Saturday, Sept. 1 in Beaver Valley, a community about six miles northeast of Payson on Houston Mesa Road.

Open to the public, the day of festivities starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Beaver Valley Fire Station. Members of the Beaver Valley Fire District Auxiliary, a non-profit group, will provide a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages.

During the breakfast period, a Firewise education program will take place at 9 a.m. — Beaver Valley has been a Firewise USA community for five years. It was evacuated from the Dude Fire in 1990 and the Water Wheel Fire in 2009. Free Firewise educational materials will be available throughout the day.

Morning events include a community garage sale, pickle ball lessons and a CPR education session. Afternoon events start at 3 p.m. and include kids’ games and crafts, face painting, snow cones, horse-drawn carriage rides and a duck race on the East Verde River. Adults can enjoy a silent auction, horse shoes and other games. A BBQ dinner starts at 6 p.m. with hamburgers and hot dogs meals available. Proceeds benefit the Beaver Valley Fire Department.

Beaver Valley is located 6.2 miles northeast of the junction of Highway 87 and Houston Mesa Road. From Payson, travel north on Highway 87, turn east on Houston Mesa Road, continue past several communities and turn left at the adobe wall with the “Beaver Valley Estates” sign. Stay on Beaver Flat Road, which curves and leads to the meadow and fire station, the center of Beaver Valley Day activities.

For more information, call (928) 474-1771 or (602) 690-4656.

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.

Fireflies Labor Day benefit

Make plans to visit Tonto Village from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 for the annual Labor Day benefit for the Hellsgate Fire Department presented by its auxiliary, the Fireflies.

The event is at the Tonto Village fire station, one mile in on the Control Road off E. Highway 260.

There will be barbecued pork sandwiches, coleslaw, beans, fresh corn on the cob and a drink available for $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. A bake sale at the event will feature cakes, fruit pies, cookies, breads, jams and more. The big raffle drawing for a chain saw and queen-size quilt will also be held. There will even be live entertainment by Jimmy French and Steven Stevens.

BLAST is coming

Ponderosa Bible Church is bringing BLAST (Bible Learning and Sharing Together) to Payson Sept. 2.

BLAST 1 is for children in kindergarten through the sixth grade and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; BLAST 2 is for children in kindergarten through the fourth grade, and will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.

There will be music; great Bible lessons; puppets, Sydnee and Simon; fun crafts; and snacks.

Church vans are available to pick up and drop off participants. Call the church office to register for BLAST or register during church services at the BLAST table in the sanctuary.

Ponderosa Bible Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. For more information call the church office at (928) 474-9279.

Rifle Raffle

The Pine-Strawberry Riff-Raff Club’s fabulous Rifle Raffle will come to an end on Sept. 2 with a drawing at 3 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Chalet in Strawberry. This raffle benefits needy children of Pine and Strawberry and offers many chances to win extraordinary prizes: Remington, Winchester and Ruger rifles, a 32-inch flat screen TV, gun case, curio cabinet and numerous gift certificates for artwork, camping gear, restaurants and more.

Get your tickets at the Sportsman’s Chalet, Pine Hardware, Pine Creek Smokehouse, Karen’s Hairlooms or the Flying Grizzly for $1 each or six for $5.

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 Sept. 11 at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane.

For more information, call (928) 474-2602 for Pastor Gordon or (928) 474-9464 for Chuck or Nancy.

Happiness Breakfast to learn about Time Out Inc.

Learn about what Time Out Inc. does at a free continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7 at the Time Out Thrift Store, 500 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Reserve a spot by calling Camille at (928) 472-8007 or e-mail executivedirector@

Car club garage sale

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club is holding a gigantic garage sale with all proceeds to support the RCCAC Christmas event at the Payson Senior Center. The sale is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1208 W. Remuda Way (Bertram residence).

Among the items offered will be books, including a large assortment of cook books; glassware; jewelry; antiques; car stuff; shop stuff, including overhead lighting; household and kitchen items; furniture; train accessories; a bicycle in working order; plus other goodies.

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.

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 Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

New Orleans jazz concert

Come out to the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 for a concert of New Orleans-style jazz and a CD release party with Dr Jass & the Heartbeats. The group brings a wide variety of musical influences into its contemporary New Orleans street music, rhythm & blues, swing and Dixie sounds. Dr Jass & the Heartbeats includes Dr. Claudio Zamorano, Mike Buskirk, Dale and Suzanne Knighton and Gerry Reynolds.

A $5 donation is requested to defray costs and includes refreshments. Make a reservation for the afternoon via e-mail to or call (602) 619-3355.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free Heartsaver CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, its gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to its Almost New Thrift Shop, 304 E. Aero Drive, Payson.


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