Community Almanac


Clothing, food sought

Kaitie’s Closet is once again looking for clothing, shoes and donations for area school children. The demand is greater than ever this year, so please help us help the children here in Rim Country. The Kaitie’s Closet organization is also working with the local food bank to help fill shelves that are at an all-time low.

Look for Kaitie’s pink boxes at local schools and various stores around town as well as A.P.S. boxes for the Food Bank.  Also join in helping to fill Payson Community Kids boxes with school supplies for the children in the community — these donation boxes are also in various locations around town. 

If you’d like to be a much-needed volunteer for Kaitie’s Closet, we would be very happy to have you join us, please call (928) 468-1036.

Remember, Kaitie’s Closet, Inc., the St. Vincent de Paul Rim Country Food Bank and Payson Community Kids are all non-profit organizations and donations are tax deductible.

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.

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.

Brush pit schedule

The Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations (weather permitting):

Saturday, July 28 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, July 29 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

RPAP drop-off points are for brush, leaves, pine needles and other vegetative materials only.

Masons host open house, child ID event

The Masons of Sy Harrison Lodge No. 70 (formerly Payson Lodge No. 70) will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 28.

The lodge is at 200 E. Rancho Road, a little east and behind the fire station at the corner of Rancho Road and Highway 87.

The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about Freemasonry and to provide an opportunity to enroll children in the Child ID system.

The Child ID system is provided free of charge to parents and guardians and includes a complete Amber Alert compatible information package for each registered child. The package contains photo identification, fingerprints (both hands), a DNA swab, additional photos with front, side and back views, a video interview, a report and a CD with all of the information, except the DNA swab.

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.

Free community luncheon Sunday

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.

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.

‘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.

School board meets

The governing board of the Payson Unified School District will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, July 30 at the district office, 902 W. Main St., Payson (Rock Building at Julia Randall School).

The board will open the meeting to a discussion on measurable benchmarks of district customer service, board leadership and succession. Parents, teachers, staff and the community are invited to submit comments.

The meeting will open with constituent comments — an opportunity for members of the public to make a comment on an issue regardless if it is on the agenda. However, the board may take no action on constituent comments.

The meeting will include a consent agenda and executive session upon which the community may not make comments.

Shelby School open house

The Shelby School will be hosting an open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 30. Parents and students will have an opportunity to tour classrooms, meet teachers, and fill out registration forms. Prospective students and parents are also encouraged to come see the facility and have any questions answered. Please call (928) 478-4706 for more information.

Make-and-take art project

Be an artist for an evening and paint a watercolor art card. Artist Susan Palmer will guide you and Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., will supply the materials for free at this make-and-take project that promises to be fun for all ages.

The event is part of the First Friday block festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3.

Breakfast for a Buck

Guests eat free and other guys pay just $1 for a great breakfast at Payson’s Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4. Keith Talley and his team will again be preparing the breakfast, which includes sausage gravy with biscuits, hash browns and a fruit bowl, plus juice and coffee. The featured speaker will be Tom Lampkin, sharing his life story, which includes five miracles.  Also on the agenda will be times of fellowship and encouragement.  Come hungry, leave happy, this Saturday morning.

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.

$1 Bag Sale

Almost New Thrift Shop will have $1 Bag Sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6. Select from clothes, shoes, belts — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come help us to support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Books Are Fun Fair

The Mogollon Health Alliance will have a Books Are Fun Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the west lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance) of Payson Regional Medical Center.

Select from a large and varied inventory of not only books, but also unique gift items including photo albums, stationery, music and much more; sold to the public at great discounts. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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.


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