Community Almanac


Democrats host reception, state convention

The Arizona Democratic Party invites Rim residents 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

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County will be hosting the Arizona Democratic Party Convention on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21 at Payson High School.

For more information, call President Jerry Foster (928) 978-4031 or go online to

Fun at Flying Grizzly

The new Flying Grizzly Bar in Strawberry has several activities planned. Texas Holdem Poker, Wednesdays; 8-Ball Pool Tournaments, Thursday; and Karaoke by Katie Parks, Fridays.

Live music by Kevin Moen is planned at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 21.

The Flying Grizzly is located at 5079 N. Highway 87 next to the Windmill Corner Inn in Strawberry. For more information, please call Debbie at (928) 978-1412.

Payson Farmers Market

Farm fresh eggs, juicy watermelons and just picked vegetable are waiting at the Payson Farmers Market. Come early for the first pick of our farmers’ excellent produce. Also available are homemade breads and pastries, goat cheese and fudge, tamales, jams, canned vegetables, dog treats, gluten free products and more.

Jim West and Kathleen Kelly will be providing entertainment for shoppers from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 21 at the Sawmill Crossing, behind Chili’s, 816 S. Beeline Highway.

For more information, go online to

Republican yard sale

The Rim Country Republicans yard sale, postponed due to rain, will now take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 21 at Republican Headquarters, 616 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Shoes for diabetics discussed

Steven McNamee of Artisan Prosthetics will be at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., at 11 a.m,. Monday, July 23, to explain the benefits of diabetic shoes and how diabetes patients can obtain them. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

Learn about living in Mexico

The Rotary Club of Payson will host a program on living in Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico at noon, Wednesday, July 25.

The speaker will be Louis Adams, Rotarian and owner of Adams Business Dimensions, Inc. There will be a visual presentation as well as commentary.

This meeting will be held at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. There is no need to call for reservations, just come, enjoy Rotarian camaraderie, and an enlightening presentation. Lunch is available at $10 per person.

Special healing service

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have a special service of Wholeness and Healing at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 25. Physical, spiritual and emotional well being will be the focus of the service. Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to attend. For more information, contact Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440.

Free backpacks at McDonald’s July 28

Parents and students, get ready for the biggest backpack giveaway ever!

Payson McDonald’s restaurant, 107 E. Highway 260, will host Backpack Saturday at 8 a.m., July 28. The first 100 children who visit the restaurant will receive a free backpack. Payson Regional Medical Center, High Desert Dentistry and Payson Fire Department will also be on site providing information on health and safety.

This is part of an event in which McDonald’s restaurants throughout greater Phoenix and northern Arizona will give away a total of 20,000 backpacks and help thousands of children prepare for school.

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 Thrift Store. Supplies such as hand sanitizer, Kleenex, hygiene supplies, backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons and anything school-related are needed.

Thank you for supporting PCK and the children of this community. For more information, call PCK President Suzy Tubbs at (928) 978-3256.

Centennial blanket on display

Fran Frazen, mother of the owner of the Randall House, will show an originally designed blanket made in honor of Arizona’s Centennial from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at the Randall House in Pine.

The Cactus Needles, a knitting guild in Phoenix, made the blanket. The group first showed the blanket at the Centennial kick-off in Phoenix in February. Frazen will be on hand to answer any questions.  

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

Elks Lodge steak dinner

The Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, will hold a steak dinner with all the trimmings Saturday, July 28. Guests are welcome.

The Payson Elks Jam Band performs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the meal from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Junction 87 will play live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The cover charge for those not eating will be $10 or 2 for $15.

Summer community luncheon

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to a community luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, July 29 at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

The free lunch, offered in love by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, will include brats and hot dogs, along with baked beans, sauerkraut, German potato salad and brownies and ice cream, plus tea, lemonade, coffee and water.

Guests are also invited to attend Bible study, which is at 8:30 a.m. and services, which start at 10 a.m., or just come for lunch. It will be served until the food is gone.

For more information, call Nancy Leubner, (928) 468-6229 or the church office, (928) 474-5440.

National Night Out Family Fun Day planned in Payson

Payson’s 5th Annual National Night Out Family Fun Day will be from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at Green Valley Park. National Night Out will be observed around the community from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The Family Fun Day is hosted by the Payson Police Department and will include lots of activities; live music by Junction 87, The Hot Cappuccinos, Landon Shill and Team EXYO; refreshments will be available for purchase; and information offered by the Gila Family Advocacy Center, Community Bridges, AZ Youth Partnership, Meth Coalition and CASA. Also on hand will be representatives from the Arizona Departments of Public Safety and Game and Fish, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Globe Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service. A highlight of the event will be a Police vs. Fire Raft Race.

The actual National Night Out will feature block parties and neighborhood gatherings. Contact Kim Becker at Payson P.D., (928) 474-5242, ext. 209 or e-mail kbecker to arrange for a police officer to come visit your event. For help in organizing a National Night Out for you and your neighbors, visit www.nationalnight

Get tickets now for ‘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.

Ice Cream Social and more Aug. 4 in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Archeological & Historical Society will present an Ice Cream Social, Concert and Dance at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Pine Community Center and Cultural Hall.

Raven and the Randall Family Band will provide the music and entertainment for the evening. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, contact Marge at (928) 970-0658.


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