Community Almanac


School goods collection

Quilting Sisters, 904 N. Beeline Highway, is collecting school items such as backpacks, paper, pencils, etc. for children in the Payson Unified School District. The collection effort continues through Friday, July 27. 

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.

Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum hosts Davis

Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum is at noon, Wednesday, July 25 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Cameron Davis, director of the Payson Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Economic Vitality Department, will be speaking about two years in Taiwan.

Voter registration

Gila County Recorder Sadie Jo Tomerlin will be conducting voter registration drives at the following:

• Tonto Apache Tribe, Payson, noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 25 at the Tonto Apache Tribal Office

• Star Valley, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, Star Valley Circle K

• Payson: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Thursday, July 26, Safeway

• Pine-Strawberry: noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, July 26, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library

The last day to register to vote in the Aug. 28 primary is Monday, July 30. If you are not a registered voter, have moved, or would like to change your party preference, please come out and take care of your voter registration this week.

For additional information or questions, contact the Gila County Recorder’s Office at (928) 402-8734 or (928) 402-8731.

Cataracts and Macular Degeneration discussion

The Senior Circle’s 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.

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.


Jinx Pyle

‘History and 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.

Latino Republican speakers to address Tea Party

The Payson Tea Party will host Ray Torres and Jose Borrejero from the Arizona Latino Republican Association Thursday, July 26.

Hear their take on the illegal immigration issues and how they are getting out the Republican Latino vote.

The Payson Tea Party meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays at Tiny’s Family Restaurant 600 E. Highway 260.

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.

Book signing 

Three Rim Country authors will sign and discuss the book “Skirting Traditions, Arizona Women writers and Journalists 1912-2012” from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 28 at Pine Library, 6124 N. Randall Place.

The authors participating are Barbara Bayless Lacy, Carol Jean LaValley, both of Pine, and Carol Osman Brown of Beaver Valley. For information, contact the library at (928) 476-3678.

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.

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.

3 on 3 Basketball tourney

Round up your friends and get your team registered for the 2nd Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Players must be 12 years of age or older. Cost is $30 per team.

The tournament will be held in the Julia Randall Elementary Gym starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 4. Six age divisions will compete, with three members per team. Prizes will be awarded for the top team in each age division.

Advance registration is recommended at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism office in Green Valley Park. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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.

Gun show

Firing Pin Enterprizes, Inc. presents the 10th Annual Payson Gun and Knife Show at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium in Payson Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12. Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For additional information, visit www. or call (928) 485-0437.

Quilt Auction coming Aug. 11 to Pine Cultural Hall

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Friends of the Strawberry Patchers are presenting the Fourth Annual Quilt Auction in the Pine Cultural Hall, in the center of Pine on the west side of Highway 87. Doors open at 11 a.m. for registration and preview. The auction will start at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a non-perishable food item and get entered into the drawing for a quilt to be held after the auction.

For those with quilts to put in the auction, forms are available online.

The Strawberry Patchers’ opportunity quilt tickets will be available along with ‘buy it now’ and ‘make me an offer’ quilts. Additional information is available on the Web site, or call Elaine at (928) 978-3464.

Cowboy Dinner will kick off Rodeo Week Aug. 11

Kick off rodeo week with a Cowboy Dinner at Rumsey Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 at Ramada 5, 400 N. McLane Road. On the menu will be barbecued beef and pork, pasta salad, cowboy beans, desserts and soda. There will be fun for the whole family.

Tickets will be available at the event or can be purchased ahead of time at the Chamber of Commerce at the corner of Beeline and Main. The cost is $10 for adults; $7 for children ages 4 to 12; with those under 3 admitted for free. A family package, for two adults and two children, is available for $30.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church ECW is hosting the event as a fund-raiser to benefit the ministries of the Women of St. Paul’s. For more information, contact Nancy at (928) 474-2336 or Ann at (928) 472-2386.

Centerpiece teapots sought

The Mogollon Health Alliance is having its annual Membership Tea on Oct. 2, 2012 and its staff and members are seeking donations of teapots to be used as centerpieces for this event.


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