Community Almanac



Live on Stage photo

The next program hosted by the Tonto Community Concert Association is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The concert features an ensemble of artists presenting the musical review, American Spirit.

Feb. 21 Tuesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Feb. 22 Wednesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Chamber Mixer: 5:30 p.m. at Jake’s Bar & Grill, Jake’s Corner, ride Senior Center bus or carpool, call (928) 474-4515 for reservations

Chamber Mixer

The next Chamber Mixer is at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Jake’s Bar & Grill, located on Highway 188, approximately two miles south of the intersection of Highway 87 and 188.

The western town front features a bar, dining room, stage and a great patio with horseshoe pits. Bring your business cards to be used to choose partners for the Jake’s Corner/Chamber horseshoe competition and trophy.

Admission is by donation: $3 for members and $5 for community guests.

The Payson Senior Center bus will be available for the first 12 who get on it for a roundtrip. Carpools can meet at the Chamber for others. Please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515 for information and seats on the bus.

Feb. 23 Thursday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Gosar speaks: 6 p.m., Tiny’s Family Restaurant, hosted by the Payson Tea Party

Gosar speaking

Congressman Paul Gosar will be the featured speaker at the Payson Tea Party meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23. The Payson Tea Party meets at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Gosar will explain why he has chosen to run for the new District 4 Congressional seat instead of re-running for the District 1 seat.

The public is invited to hear his comments regarding this issue and many other issues critical to this election year.

For more information, call (928) 468-1131.

Feb. 24 Friday

• Payson building and fire code update classes: 8 a.m., Town Hall, must attend both Friday and Saturday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

Building and Fire Code update classes

The Town of Payson Community Development Department, Building Division, is planning to update the Building and Fire Codes and is planning a number of public meetings on the updates that will be considered.

Construction professionals and Payson residents who are interested in attending any or all of the eight-hour presentations scheduled to occur once a month, over the next eight to 10 months, are encouraged to register for no fee so that enough handouts can be provided. Due to the length of each session, morning and afternoon snacks will be provided participants, however, lunch will be on your own.

All meetings will be in the Payson Town Council Chambers and will begin promptly at 8 a.m.

The first scheduled meeting is planned to occur on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 and will cover the most predominant code used here locally, the International Residential Code (IRC).

The next scheduled meeting will showcase the International Building Code (IBC), the predominant commercial building code and is scheduled for Friday, March 23, with a summary review of both the IRC and IBC planned for Saturday, March 24.

In order to receive handouts for each class, ensure seating and enough snacks are available, please register by either coming to the Payson Community Development Department, 303 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, call (928) 474-5242 ext. 263, or e-mail at least one week prior to the next scheduled class.

Looking ahead

Free tax help and free e-filing

AARP volunteers in Payson will once again be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available through Thursday, April 12 at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, located at Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson: Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Payson: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 23 and March 1, 8, 15, 29 and April 5, 12. The college will be closed March 22 due to Gila College spring break.

No appointments will be taken. For more information, call Joan Stephens, AARP Tax Help coordinator, (928) 472-6229 (do not call the Elks or GCC).

‘American Spirit’ presented by TCCA next Tuesday

The next program hosted by the Tonto Community Concert Association is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Payson High School auditorium.

The concert features an ensemble of artists presenting the musical review, American Spirit by Matt Davenport Productions.

If single tickets are available, they will go on sale 30 minutes prior to the doors opening.

Reserve your Business Showcase booth now

Rim Country Business: Past, Present & Future — the 20th Annual Business Showcase, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Mazatzal Casino Exhibition Hall.

This is an opportunity to highlight your business and products to other businesses and residents of Payson and the surrounding communities. This year, spaces will only be offered in the main hall, which will limit the number of booths. So, fast action is advised.

A completed application and payment will be required to hold a booth or location. If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Is it a bruise or a wound?

Ernestine Crank, Payson Care Center’s Certified Wound Care nurse, has been serving Payson Care Center for more than 9 years. Her job is to care for the wounds of patients after surgery, illness or accident. She works closely with the local surgeons, primary care physicians and the onsite physician to assure patients stay infection free and heal quickly.

She will present an informative lecture “Is it a bruise or a wound?” and how to tell the difference at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27 at the Senior Center. For more information, call (928) 951-2305.

Cardon to speak

The Rim Country Republican Club will host Wil Cardon, candidate for U.S. Senate Monday, Feb. 27 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Payson.

Members and guests will gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and socialize. Cardon will speak at 11:30 a.m. and the business meeting will follow the speaker. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

PAHH ReStore party

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore has made some exciting changes and the public is invited to come and celebrate them on Wednesday, Feb. 29 — Leap Day! There will be barbecued pulled pork sliders and coleslaw, compliments of the ReStore (while it lasts).

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for new volunteers to help in the office, organize the store floor, repair electronics and work behind the front counter. The ReStore always offers free pick-up of gently used appliances, furniture and home improvement item donations.

Please call Cindy at (928) 474-4247 for more information.

PHS culinary class showcase

Mark your calendars to come see, taste and experience Payson High School’s culinary students show off their skills at the Chef Event from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria. 

Celebrate Leap Day by taking a few moments to hit the students’ multi-cultural buffet. Foods from Italy, Mexico, Thailand, and America’s South (soul food) will be featured. If you haven’t had a chance to try authentic Thai food, the students received personal training from Mac and Nan of Payson’s Ayothaya Thai Café — they have been huge supporters of this year’s chef event. Plus, there will be loads of delicious desserts to choose from.

Adult tickets are $14 and those 7 and under pay $7. Purchase tickets in advance by calling (928) 472-3075 or buy them at the door. 

Republicans host Attorney General

The Gila County Republican Committee will host Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne at its Lincoln Day Luncheon, Saturday, March 3. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Tiny’s Restaurant, with lunch served at 11:30 a.m..

Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch. Call Sally Low at (928) 474-9779 for details and reservations. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 1, no tickets will be sold at the door.

The Cat is Back

The Payson Public Library will once again participate in the Reading Across America program with a family adventure for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Friday, March 2.

The program is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature refreshments available for $1, prizes, face painting, crafts and stories. The stories will start at 6:30 p.m.

Appliance and metal discard day at area landfill

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3.

Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters, as well as other metal items will be accepted.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the Freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. As the County will handle the Freon removal from the appliances, please do not tamper with the Freon lines.

Remember, there can be no trash of any kind in the appliances being discarded.

All other debris will be regular price, so leave yourself easy access to remove these metal items and appliances so the landfill personnel can exclude the weight from any other trash that you may bring to the landfill for disposal.

This is a great opportunity to get rid of old, unwanted appliances and piles of metal from residences for free.

Landfill hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; it is closed Sunday and holidays.

For more information on this event, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350

Get tickets now for annual Taste of Rim Country

The annual Taste of Rim Country will be at the Payson Public Library at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 3.

Tickets are $30 per person and give the buyer an opportunity to sample the work of the Payson High School Culinary Arts students; Ayothaya Thai Café, the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s Cedar Ridge Restaurant, Cardo’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, The Landmark, Laura’s Small Café with Vita-Mart, MissFitz 260 Café, Randall House and Rim Country Jams.

In addition to tasting food, guests can also sample wines at the event, which is a major benefit for the library.

Driving Safety Class

An AARP Driving Safety Class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Astronomy talk, star party

For as long as humans have been in this corner of Arizona, looking to the heavens above must have been a fascination. On Saturday, March 10 Tonto National Monument along with the Tonto Basin Ranger District will host an afternoon of solar and planet viewing and in the evening an astronomy talk and star party at the Windy Hill Amphitheater at Roosevelt Lake. This interpretive event is presented by the Astronomers of Verde Valley.

Special activities include solar viewing, Jupiter and Venus viewing and a Night Sky Network Information tent from noon to 4 p.m. This will be followed by an astronomy talk from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then the Astronomers of Verde Valley will have their telescopes out and will guide visitors through the cosmos to see many of the night sky’s fascinating nebulas, galaxies, constellations and more from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This free program is open to everyone. Please bring a red light with you if you have one, and don’t forget to dress appropriately.

For further information and directions call Tonto National Monument at (928) 467-2241. For more information on Tonto National Monument, please visit the monument Web site at

Photo workshops

Award-winning photographer Tom Brossart will be conducting photo workshops this spring.

Adventures in Photography will be hands-on workshops to help those in attendance understand their digital camera and its functions, which will lead to better photos.

The workshop in March and will concentrate on wildflower photographs (the date of this workshop will be determined when the wildflowers are blooming). The final workshop will be April 6.

The cost of each workshop is $100, or $80 for those who have attended previous workshops with Brossart or have taken his digital photography course at GCC.

Each workshop is limited to eight participants to ensure as much one-on-one instruction as possible, so sign up soon by calling (928) 979-2393 or e-mail Brossart at

Italian classes

Mario Belvedere, former instructor for Italian at the Payson campus of Gila Community College, is now offering small group and individual lessons in the language.

To learn more, contact him at (928) 978-5075 or

Arizona history focus of sale

In recognition of Arizona’s Centennial Celebration the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore and Internet Sales team are offering a selection of specially priced, collectible books and pamphlets highlighting Arizona and Arizona history. These items will range in price from $1 to $20 and will only be available during February. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for collectors and Arizona history buffs.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the bookstore is also featuring paperback romance novels at the incredibly low price of 15 for $1. These will be drawn from a recently received, very large donation of paperback romances that are in like-new condition. 

Bookstore stock has never been better and new items are added daily. Therefore, the wise patron stops by often. Bookstore volunteers are always happy to help you.  Every penny spent in the bookstore goes directly to the Payson Library for purchase of new materials.

The LFOP 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.library

Call for artists

The Payson Art League is now organizing its annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour, which will be held May 4, 5 and 6. PAL welcomes new artists to participate, either at their own studio or by joining another artist.

For applications and information, please contact tour director Jan Ransom, (928) 468-8593. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Women’s Wellness Forum to feature Jason Schechterle

The 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum is March 24 and features Jason Schechterle as the keynote speaker.

Schechterle is the Phoenix police officer who suffered fourth-degree burns to his face, neck and hands when his patrol car went up in flames after being rear-ended in 2001.

The forum will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 on the Payson High School campus.

There is a $15 fee to attend the forum.

To learn more or to register, contact MHA at (928) 472-2588 or stop by the office at 308 E. Aero Dr., Payson or go online to

Pine Library to be closed for collection maintenance

The Pine Public Library will be closed for weeding of its fiction collection and maintenance from Tuesday, March 27 through Saturday, March 31.

Patrons may drop off library materials by using the book drop next to the front door.

Pre-school and Tots & Toddles story times will also be cancel during maintenance week.

Normal library hours will resume at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2.  Patrons may contact the library at (928) 476-3678 with any questions.

Kids Fishing Festival

Get those little anglers ready — the annual Kids Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park is planned from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 31.

This is a free fishing day sponsored by the Urban Fishing Program of the Arizona Game and Fish Department in conjunction with the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.