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.

Child Find in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Elementary School District is announcing its annual Child Find activities for all three- and four-year-olds in the two communities.

Child Find is a state-mandated program to identify children who may require services to address a potential disability in learning, speech, vision, hearing, physical growth or some other possible developmental delay.

The district will screen all three- and four-year-olds by appointment the third Monday of each moth during the school year. Special arrangements may be made for alternate days.

To schedule a preschool screening for your child or for more information, please call the Pine Strawberry Elementary School at (928) 476-3283, extension 1112.

Payson Education Center enrolling

The Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is still enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. New students are being accepted.

The scheduled start date for the fall semester is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Please call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information. PEC is located at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane.

Ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting for Payson Legal Document Preparers, 904 S. Beeline, Ste. C, will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1. This needed and unique service company is offering special discounts to chamber members. Please come out and meet the new owner, Alan DiSomma.


The Family Fun Day is hosted by the Payson Police Department and will include lots of activities, live music and refreshments. A highlight of the event will be a Police vs. Fire Raft Race.

Family Fun Day & National Night Out

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 on West Main Street. 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 and refreshments. A highlight of the event will be a Police vs. Fire Raft Race.

Information will be 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.

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.

Wil Cardon in Payson Aug. 2

To get acquainted with Wil Cardon, candidate for U.S. Senate, come to the Republican Headquarters, 616 S. Beeline Highway in Payson, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2.

Cardon is running for the office that will open when Senator Jon Kyl retires. Refreshments will be served. If you need more information, please call Nancy Cox (928) 472-1172.

The Payson Tea Party will host U.S. Senate Candidate Wil Cardon at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. 

Cardon is in a tight race with Congressman Jeff Flake who is also running for U.S. Senate in the Republican Primary Aug. 28. Come hear about his business background, his economic policies and how he would represent his rural Arizona constituents should he be elected. All are welcome; call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

First Friday festivities

Dessert at Presbyterian Church

Come join members of the Community Presbyterian Church on First Friday, Aug. 3 for dessert, coffee and music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pastor Chuck Proudfoot will be making his infamous “Black Beast” dessert — a chocolate lovers’ delight. Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St. Music will be provided and the shuttle bus will be running to take guests to other First Friday venues.

Down the Street Art Gallery

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.

Anniversary celebration

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is celebrating six years of business and 63 First Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3.  On Bootleg Alley’s porch will be a free concert with Payson’s favorite band, Junction 87. Guests can buy rodeo tickets and buttons from the Rodeo Jail Girls and rodeo committee and also donate to the Humane Society of Central Arizona. Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Main St. where the Payson Rodeo began 128 years ago. 

GCC photography classes

Learning the ins and outs of using a digital camera can be made easier by taking the beginning digital photography class at Gila Community College this fall.

The class focuses on learning the basics of a digital camera — from understanding the camera’s manual and function menu, to how to set your camera for best results and how to make better photographs.

The class is taught by award-winning photographer Tom Brossart, whose work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and calendars. Brossart has more than 30 years experience as a professional photographer. You can view some of his recent work at www.westernphoto

All types of digital cameras are welcome in the class, from point and shoot, to mid-level rangefinders and the digital single lens reflex (DSLR).

It is a great class for film photographers who have recently switched to digital or for those who just want to learn more about their camera and how to make better photos.

Class will be held from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Aug. 21. Call GCC at (928) 468-8039 for further information on the class. The class has a limited enrollment, so sign up now.

Adventures in Photography

Adventures in Photography, an intermediate photography class, will be held this fall at Gila Community College.

The class is for people who want to advance their photography skills. The goal of the class is for participants to refine their aesthetic and technical aspects to produce images of the highest quality. It will explore intermediate and advanced camera techniques, photographic styles, lighting, composition, digital photography and photo editing.

The class is taught by award-winning photographer Tom Brossart.

Students will produce a portfolio at the end of the class. The class will start out by reviewing basic photography methods in preparation for the upcoming field trips.

The class, which meets on Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 12, combines class time and field trips for a real life learning experience.

Class time is from 2 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Field trips are all-day events. The photo field trips will consist of driving to a location for a day of shooting. During the semester the class will take four photo field trips (about one a month during the semester). After each trip, class time is used to review/edit the photographs made on the field trips. Each class/field trip would be used to advance the participant’s knowledge of technique, equipment and focus on the student’s creative vision and research abilities. The field trips are tentatively set for Sept. 19, Oct.10, Nov. 9 and Nov. 28. Field trip dates are subject to change.

Call GCC at (928) 468-8039 for further information on this class. The class has a limited enrollment, so sign up now.


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