Community Almanac


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.

Senior Circle calendar

Attend the 11:30 a.m. Lunch and Learn Wednesday, July 11 — “My Aching Feet” with Dr. Ivan McLaws. He will discuss plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and talotarsal dislocation, some of the common conditions affecting millions of people of all ages throughout the world.

Just a reminder that July is open enrollment for the Tonto Apache Gym where Senior Circle members receive a substantial discount. For more information, please call (928) 472-9290.

Wednesday, July 18 is the monthly member luncheon. Pot roast and all the trimmings will be served, followed by an ice cream social. Cost is $4.

The Lunch and Learn topic for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 will be “Cataracts and Macular Degeneration” with Dr. Troy Ford. By age 80, it is estimated that half of all Americans will either have a cataract or will have had cataract surgery. Macular degeneration is a major cause of blindness and vision impairment in older adults. Dr. Ford will discuss symptoms, causes and treatments for these conditions.

Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

PHS registration continues

Payson High School registration is under way. Registration will start in the auditorium and end at the PHS bookstore in the administration building.

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

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

Genealogy library closed for summer vacation

The Northern Gila County Genealogy Library, at 302 E. Bonita St., will be closed for a summer vacation from July 13 through Aug. 18. The monthly programs will still be held during this time.

The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Aug. 24. New hours will be Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is always welcomed and we do have a subscription to Ancestry that patrons can use while they are visiting us. Even though we will be closed; if someone needs to do research they can email or phone the library and we will schedule a librarian to help them. Our phone number is (928) 474-2139 or email


Hand shake

Job Fair Saturday

The Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Rim Country Chamber will sponsor a Job Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14 at the community room of Messinger’s Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road.

This fair is open to any Rim Country resident or business (businesses must apply to participate). The purpose of the fair is to get employers who need employees to meet eligible applicants.

Employers will be able to enter applicants on electronic company applications, discuss opportunities for employment and future manpower needs. Applicants will have the opportunity to review their resumes, discuss interviewing skills, and see what local employers require for employment.

Dress is business casual. Please bring a resume and any other useful information (letters of recommendation, certificates, etc.). If you are a business interested in attending, please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515 or NGCEDC at (928) 978-0681.


Payson Community Kids needs your help! PCK has started its annual Back-to-School Drive and needs your help filling up our donation boxes!

Back to School Drive needs help

Payson Community Kids needs your help! PCK has started its annual Back-to-School Drive and needs your help filling up our donation boxes! Boxes are located at Walgreens, Bashas’, Walmart, Safeway and the Time Out Center Thrift Store. Supplies such as hand sanitizer, Kleenex, hygiene supplies, backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons and anything school related are much appreciated! Thank you for supporting PCK and the children of this community.

For more information, call PCK President Suzy Tubbs at (928) 978-3256.

Free children’s clothing

Kaitie’s Closet Back to School clothing distribution will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St.

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

Payson Tea Party to host state legislature candidates

Our legislative District 6 candidates Chester Crandell, running for Arizona State Senate; Brenda Barton re-running for Arizona House of Representatives; and new candidate Bob Thorpe running for Arizona House of Representatives; will speak at the Payson Tea Party meeting Thursday, July 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Please join us! Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Friday, July 13 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Creative Writers give reading

Rim Country Creative Writers would like to invite the public to come hear their readings — a mixture of romance, mystery, poetry and more.

The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway (in the Swiss Village by Circle K North).

4H Yard Sale

The Gila County 4H Club will host its annual Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at 107 W. Wade Lane. Stop by for some great bargains, baked goods and snow cones.

Proceeds from the sale will help pay for the group’s 4H projects.

AARP Driver Safety class

The next AARP Driver Safety class in Payson is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 14 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This class will be offered at a substantial discount to anyone working in education — from administrators to cooks and janitors. Normally the class is $14, with a slight discount for AARP members, but this July 14 class will be provided to those in education for just $5.

To learn more go to or call (928) 472-9292.

Jazz concert

Jazz saxophonist Tony Vacca, a nationally known performing and recording artist, will be in concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Vacca has performed with such jazz legends as Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., Richie Cole, Conti Candoli, Irvin Mayfield, Jon Faddis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Swingtips, Tony Bennett, Frank Foster and Doc Severinsen.

He is also a music educator and presented numerous jazz clinics. 

A $5 minimum donation will include refreshments. To reserve a seat, contact or call (602) 619-3355.

Krispy Kreme fund-raiser

Teachers and sponsors for Rim Country Middle School’s and Payson High School’s Educational Adventure field trip to New York City will be sponsoring a Krispy Kreme doughnut fund-raiser Sunday, July 15 in front of Safeway and Walmart.

Funds raised will be used to help send over 70 students to New York City as part of their American History and Government curriculums. Activities will include visits to the Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center and Times Square.

Please support this worthwhile, educational opportunity by ordering your Krispy Kreme doughnuts today. Price is $10 per dozen. For more information, call Marlene Armstrong at (928) 514-8955.

Men’s Health presentation

Please join with us at CrossRoads Church at 6 p.m. Monday evening, July 16 for a presentation by Payson Regional Medical Center on the topic of Men’s Health. Dr. Zakaluzny, general surgeon, and staff dietician Terrie Sue Townsend will present and take questions.

Dinner will be served. The church is located at 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson. There is no charge and all men are welcome!

Learn about legal documents seniors need

Payson Care Center and Jackson White Elder Law will have a complimentary presentation on “Important Legal Documents” — a consumer overview about power of attorney, living wills and other important legal documents recommended for senior citizens.

The program is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 at the Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Drive, Payson. Call Krystal Rodriguez, admissions director, Payson Care Center, (928) 970-1835 for more information and to make a reservation, or register online at resources.

Power of attorney packets will be available. A notary will be present to witness and notarize documents free of charge.

Multi-artist concert

Vanilla Nut Production with Espresso Esq., along with Scott McCloud, will present an EXtreme Tour and Rolling Thunder Tour concert with 20 to 30 musicians from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village next to Circle K. There will be exhibits and games and UTurn Men will be present.

Swim Party

A Swim Party for families with special needs adults and children will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at Taylor Pool (Rumsey Park). The event will feature a free swim and ice cream bars.

For more information, call Lucy Karrys at (928) 478-0231 or (928) 595 2136.

July Chamber Mixer

The July Chamber Mixer will be sponsored by Rim Country Health, and will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. The theme will be “Be Loyal, Buy Local,” and will feature products made or produced in Arizona.

The Beverage Place will provide samples of Arizona’s wines and beers, and our usual door prizes will be increased by Arizona Centennial memorabilia donated by Rim Country Health.

Mixers are a great time to network, talk about your products, and get to know other Chamber members. Bring your cards and brochures, we’ll get you a name tag, and enjoy a social/business evening with food, music and other businesses.

Please call the Chamber, at (928) 474-4515 to let us know you are coming — we want to have enough food and beverages for the evening.

‘Two Pianos, Four Hands’

You are cordially invited to “Two Pianos, Four Hands” — an hour-long concert featuring pianists Angeline Ng and Leeza Beriyeva performing Mozart’s “Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major” (1st movement only), Milhaud’s “Scaramouche,” Movements from Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Admission is free. There will be two performance times because seating and parking space is limited. Dress casual and bring your friends. Concert times are 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19.

Please call Angeline at (928) 951-4853 or email her at to RSVP the number of people attending and for location information.

Democrats host wine and cheese reception

The Arizona Democratic Party invites you to a wine and cheese reception honoring the Gila County Democratic Party to be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20 at Gila County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1101 S. Beeline Highway.

Tickets are $15 each (checks made payable to Arizona Democratic Party). RSVP online at or contact Rebecca Pringle at (602) 234-6821 or

Contributions are not tax deductible for state or federal income tax purposes.

Time Out benefit

This year, the summer benefit for Time Out Inc., Summer Sizzle Garden Party & Fashion Show, will be a visit to the lovely garden of Bob and Ruth Klaver at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21.  

The event includes a fashion show with unbelievable finds from Time Out Thrift Shop, a great lunch and numerous treasures. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Time Out Thrift Shop. Last year’s benefit sold out quickly, so don’t miss out.

‘History & Biscuits’

“History & Biscuits - Tales from the Rim” — a two-hour program of history from Rim Country — will be presented Saturday, July 28 at the Payson LDS Church - Stake Family History Center, 913 S. Ponderosa St. The program will start at 4 p.m. with six historians talking about six different Rim Country topics.

 Authors Jinx Pyle, Jane Peace Pyle, Tim Ehrhardt and Scott Wood will discuss topics such as “The Pleasant Valley War,” “Women of the West,” “Zane Grey’s Country” and “Ancient Rim Country Residents.” Margaret Parker will discuss the nature of early Pine, Ariz., and  Errol and Ella Lee Owens will describe the early days of the lumber industry in Rim Country.

After the sessions, the attendees will be treated to fresh, hot Dutch oven biscuits.  There will also be an opportunity to see the Family History Center, with its expansive resources for finding family histories and relatives.

Please call Tim Erhardt at (928) 474-2337 to reserve a seat for this event, featuring Arizona’s Centennial and Payson’s 130th Anniversary.


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