Community Almanac


Beaver Valley Day

Saturday, Sept. 1 in Beaver Valley, six miles northeast of Payson on Houston Mesa Road. Everyone is welcome.

• Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• Firewise education program, 9 a.m.

• Morning events include a community garage

sale, pickle ball lessons and a CPR education. • 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. • BBQ dinner, 6 p.m. with hamburgers and hot

dogs meals available. Proceeds benefit the

Beaver Valley Fire Department.

Arts and Crafts Festival

Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Pine Community Center, 15 miles north of Payson on Highway 87. Festivities start at 8 a.m. both days.

• Pancake breakfast, with all the trimmings.

• Navajo tacos in the Senior Dining Room.

• Food vendors, book sale and wine basket


Fireflies Labor Day benefit

Labor Day benefit for the Hellsgate Fire Department, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Tonto Village fire station, one mile in on the Control Road off E. Highway 260.

• Barbecued pork sandwiches, coleslaw, beans,

fresh corn on the cob and a drink.

• Bake sale featuring cakes, fruit pies, cookies,

breads, jams and more.

• Big raffle drawing for a chain saw and

queen-size quilt.

• Live entertainment by Jimmy French and

Steven Stevens.

Teen, adult clothing giveaway

Kaitie’s Closet is having a once-a-year Clothes Giveaway for teens and adults in conjunction with the Optimists’ Garage Sale, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 at the old Messinger Mortuary Building at Aero and Westerly.

Brush pits closed

The Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country brush pits will be closed for the holiday weekend.

Payson Farmers Market

This is the last month for the Payson Farmers Market. It’s not too early to start stocking up on your favorite year-round items like pasta, jam, canned vegetables, sauces and marinades. You can also purchase items that freeze great like tamales, Italian food, grass-fed beef and much more.

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

Forest cleanup helpers needed

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

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.

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 drawing is Sunday in Strawberry

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 including 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.

Carmona visits

Rim residents are invited to meet the Democrats’ candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jon Kyl’s retirement. Richard Carmona will have a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Oxbow, located on Historic West Main Street.

Free canning class

ACE Hardware is offering a free canning class at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5. Leading the class will be Ray Stephens, owner of Urban Survival, a regular vendor at the Payson Farmers Market.

Stephens operates a professional canning kitchen in Pine — Ray’s Not Yet World Famous Foods — and he will demonstrate tricks and tips for class participants, including the proper and safe way to can foods.

ACE will be giving away door prizes to participants including canning jars, canners and supplies.

Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call (928) 474-5238, extension 4.

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@

First Friday

For a change of pace from all the election hoopla, visit Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art for a campaign-free evening on First Friday, Sept. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Entertainment will be provided by Trouble in Paradise with Chuck and Barbara.  Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Main St. 

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 food pantry.

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.

Talent show set 

The Rim Country Talent Show is at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

It’s a town-wide event open to all ages — kindergarten and above.

Auditions are by age groups and only the first 12 acts to register in each group will be accepted, and only five acts will be chosen as finalists to perform. The cost to enter is $10 per act and entry forms are at the Payson Public Library.

Auditions for K-8 students will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10. Auditions for high school students are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.  Auditions for adults will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12. Auditions are open to the public for viewing at $2 per person.

Forms and payment may be turned in to the library or sent to Longhorn Theatre at the high school.

Show tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for students. Pre-sale tickets $1 less at Payson Public Library, Oasis Christian Books and 260 Cafe.

This event is a fund-raiser for the Longhorn Theatre travel account to attend the annual state drama conference in Phoenix.

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.

Tea party time at library

It is once again time for the popular Princess Tea Party for young ladies at the Payson Public Library. The theme this year is “Get Your Brave On” in tribute to the recent animated movie, “Brave.”

The event is Saturday, Sept. 15 at the library. The session for those ages 4 to 7 is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; for those 8 to 12, the party will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each group will have a fashion show, 12 p.m. for the younger girls and 3:30 for the older girls.

There will also be stories, crafts, prizes, food and pictures taken with “Merida’s Pony.”

Registration is now through Saturday, Sept. 8. For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Farm & Market Dinner

The 2012 Farm & Market Dinner to benefit Pine Strawberry Pine Fuel Reduction Inc. is Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fossil Creek Creamery, 10379 W. Fossil Creek Road, Strawberry. The evening’s festivities begin at 4 p.m. Seating is limited to 100 persons. Tickets are $75 each and a portion is tax deductible. Call (928) 476-5178 for details.


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