Community Almanac


Job Fair Saturday

A Job Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14 at the community room of Messinger’s Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road.

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.).

Gym discount for Senior Circle members this month

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.

Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

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.

Brush pit open Saturday

The Regional Payson Area Project….for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing a free brush drop-off point from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Blattner Pit, weather permitting: The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Farmers Market

Fresh roasted corn and chilies will be featured at the Payson Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14.

Visit all of the great vendors and try their fantastic foods, from ready to eat tamales and Italian food, to breads, pastries, Greek butter cookies, jams, jellies, pickles and more. Bring your family and friends for scones with coffee or tea and relax in the shade while listening to the music of Anne James. 

Visit us at 816 S. Beeline Highway behind Chili’s or online at

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.

Live music in Strawberry

Keven Moen perform live from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at The Flying Grizzly, 5079 N. Highway 87 in Strawberry. For more information, call (928) 978-1412.

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.



The annual “Dog’ed Daze of Summer, Law Enforcement EXPO and K-9 Demonstration” takes place Tuesday, July 17 at the Payson Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway, across from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the demonstration starts at 7 p.m.

Police dogs, handlers and trainers from all over the U.S. and Canada will attend the annual K-9 Officers Survival Seminar.

New this year is a Law Enforcement EXPO with events and displays from various agencies. The Arizona law Enforcement Canine Association will accept donations at the gate to help sponsor the event.

Card making class

Sweet Nostalgia, 512 S. Beeline Highway, Ste. 6, will be giving a free beginners card making class at 1 p.m. Monday, July 16.  Please call (928) 595-1265 to make a reservation.

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 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

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!

When Leo the Lion landed in Rim Country

The Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park will have Gail Hearne as guest speaker at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. Hearne will talk about Leo the Lion’s crash landing and rescue in Rim Country in 1927.

 The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

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.

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 17 and July 31. For added information, call John Landino (928) 468-0023.

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.

Back to School Drive

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.

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.

‘A Taste at the Bridge’

The Friends of the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will present “A Taste at the Bridge” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. This early evening setting will present the Tonto Natural Bridge at its finest, as well as western art by local artists, wine, light finger food, music, raffles and door prizes.

Come and tour the historic Tonto Lodge, see the rooms as they were, with in-room sinks, old photographs, iron beds and down-the-hall toilets. Even the Roof Room will be open for spectacular viewing of the Bridge and the canyon.

Only 200 tickets will be sold at $50 per ticket for an evening at Rim Country’s premier natural location. Tickets are available from the Friends board members, at the Chamber or online at  

Proceeds will benefit the Tonto Natural Bridge in operations and areas not funded by the State of Arizona. For more information, call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.


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