Community Almanac


First Friday fun

Friday, July 6 will be an Independence Day-themed First Friday celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Historic Main Street in Payson.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will be offering a hot dish, along with coffee and lemonade. The evening’s entertainment features guitar vocalist Joanie Smith Reynolds, guitar vocalist Anne James, vocalist Jennifer Baltz, saxophonist Bob Tarallo, and others, all for a $5 donation, which will be used to cover meal expenses.

Enjoy the sounds of Junction 87 at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St. Payson Youth Football will sell hot dogs and a soda as well as raffle tickets for a chance to win a signed football. Payson’s American Legion Riders Post 69 will have T-shirts available for purchase with aproceeds to benefit Payson Supply Line. Be sure to visit the Humane Society table where raffle tickets will be sold and donations accepted.

Join Down the Street Art Gallery’s artists for a belated Independence Day Celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., First Friday, July 6. There will be strawberry shortcake, along with new artwork, music and demonstrations. “Basket Bob” Gleason will be demonstrating his exquisite basket weaving, and “Birthday Boy” Jeff Wiles will be demonstrating his unique watercolor effect. The gallery is at 703 W. Main St.

At Todd’s Books, 408 W. Main St., authors Lana Sweringen, Dee Dees, Nancy Lee Burns and Dennis Lee will have a book signing from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

ZUMBA at the Oxbow

ZUMBA returns to the Oxbow for another First Friday event from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 6 hosted by local ZUMBA instructor Christy Walton and the Oxbow Saloon. It’s a workout, it’s a party, it’s a fund-raiser and it all takes place in the Oxbow’s beautiful outdoor courtyard.

The admission fee is $10 and funds will go toward helping local families who are battling cancer. The Oxbow Saloon is at 607 W. Main St. For more information, call Christy at (928) 595-0406.

PATS Hike changed

The July 7 PATS Hike will now be at 8 a.m., starting at the Peach Orchard Trailhead, south of the Payson Golf Course.

The change is due to fire restrictions in Rim Country that include closed trailheads.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing just one free brush drop-off point, weather permitting: Saturday, July 7 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson. The Pine Pit is closed due to Forest Service fire restrictions.

High School Registration

Payson High School will hold registration for one week with no specific days for each grade level. Registration will start in the auditorium and end at the PHS bookstore in the administration building.

During the first three days there will be absolutely no schedule changes made.

Schedules may be changed during the last two days of registration.

New student registration will be divided to accommodate new families to the district.

This year, parents must bring proof of residency. The school district asks that parents/guardians bring a copy of their Arizona driver’s license or a utility bill to prove residency.

July 9: New student registration,

7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

July 10: New student registration,

7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

July 11: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., no schedule changes

July 12: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., no schedule changes

July 16: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., no schedule changes

July 17: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., schedule changes allowed

July 18: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., schedule changes allowed

July 24: Freshman orientation

July 25: First day of school

Arizona Centennial Celebration in Pine

Pine/Strawberry’s Arizona Centennial Celebration takes place Saturday, July 7. There will be a variety of events at Pine/Strawberry Community Center including a barbecue, educational programs and a dance.

There will be a community parade at 10:30 a.m. The Pine/Strawberry Historical Society will host a barbecue under the ramada from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the museum and library and cost $8 per person, with those 12 and under served for $5 each.

The library will host a Community Dance with Junction 87 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the Cultural Hall.

Refreshments will be served. Donations to the library will be gladly accepted.

The program is presented in partnership with the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, Pine/Strawberry Archaeological & Historical Society and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pine Ward.

Pine gallery grand opening

Myra’s Art Gallery, now at 3788 N. Highway 87, Pine, will have a grand opening and artist reception at its new site from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 7.

Among the artists with work in Myra’s Art Gallery are Bill Ahrendt, Rock Newcomb, Angie Cockle and Gail. They will be attending the grand opening, as will Valerie Toliver and Pat Stacy, who will be doing demonstrations of watercolor and abstracts, respectively, during the event.

Additionally, Rim authors Lana Sweringen, Dee Dees, Nancy Lee Burns and Dennis Lee will be having a book signing as part of the festivities.

Music will be provided by Trouble in Paradise and refreshments will be served.

Concert in Green Valley Park

The Town of Payson will present local favorites John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos as part of the summer concert series at Green Valley Park at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7.

John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos are a high energy, five-piece rock band performing a wonderful mix of classic rock, country rock, reggae, Motown and originals. Carpino has been entertaining audiences in and around Rim Country for nearly 25 years and has recruited some of Payson’s finest musicians. The band delivers with a dynamic, energetic sound with an emphasis on strong vocals and harmonies.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

Last week of Summer Recreation Camp

The Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Summer Recreation Camp is nearing its last full week.

The last full week of camp is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12.

Advance registration is highly recommended. The cost is $30 and includes lunch. The program is held at Rim Country Middle School. Call Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for details.

Vacation Bible school

Shiloh Christian Fellowship will have vacation Bible school from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 at 501 E. Rancho Road, Payson. The theme is “Adventures at Promise Island.”

Register online at Shiloh Christian Fellowship, 501 E. Rancho Road or online at Registration is limited.

Blood drive

The United Blood Services will have a blood drive at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, July 9. The church is at 507 W. Wade Lane.

To make an appointment. call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) toll free or visit and enter your zip code.

Republicans host Martin

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, July 9 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Members and guests may gather at 5:30 p.m. to order dinner and to socialize. Beginning at 6 p.m., the speaker will be Tommie Cline Martin, District 1 Gila County Supervisor. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Democratic Women

The Democratic Women of Rim Country will host State House candidate Doug Ballard at its Tuesday, July 10 meeting. The group will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Tiny’s Restaurant.

Doug Ballard, Coconino County Democratic chairman and Legislative District 6 House candidate, will speak at noon. Following the speaker and luncheon, the group will finalize plans for the Democratic State Party meeting which will be held in Payson July 20-21.

Volunteers wanted for rodeo

The Payson Rodeo Committee needs volunteers to put on the 2012 World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Help is needed in areas like ticket takers, the souvenir booth, 50/50 ticket sales, security and other non-livestock areas.

See what it is all about and how you can meet some great people at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 at the Best Western Payson Inn. Meetings will also be held July 17 and 31. For added information, call John Landino (928) 468-0023.


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