Community Almanac


Free summer lunch for youth

There is such a thing as a free lunch. Payson Schools Food Service will offer free lunch to any children age 18 and under at Rim Country Middle School through Friday, July 13. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed Wednesday, July 4).

Parents and older members of the children’s families may have lunch for just $2.50. Contact Christine Murphy, Payson Schools Food Service, (928) 472-5703, for more information.

Bag Sale at The Nook

Come support New Beginnings Pregnancy Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. The Nook, located at 113 E. Cedar Lane (a half block behind the South Circle K), is having a Bag Sale. All clothes are only $1 a bag this weekend.

The Nook is a non-profit store selling new and resale merchandise with all proceeds benefiting New Beginnings Pregnancy Center.

Bridal Boutique in Pine

In celebration of June, the month of weddings, the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store has been transformed into a Bridal Boutique. Several wedding dresses that retailed for more than $500 are on sale for under $100. Also featured are accessories to go along with the dresses.

There will be a Fill-A-Bag sale through June 2, for $2 a bag. The store is located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Benefit supper

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center will have a benefit supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 1 at 800 W Main St. Dinner will include a meatball sandwich, salad, chips, dessert and a drink for just $5. Dine-in or take-out is available.  There will be musical entertainment during dinner and the bus will be running up and down Main Street to visit the spots celebrating First Friday. 

Also this month, there will be homemade jellies, jams, salsas and more for sale.

First Friday fun

Cool June evenings make for a perfect time to walk Historic Main Street with friends, neighbors and visitors. First Friday promises to be a great time at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. This month enjoy the music of Junction 87; take a picture with the Payson Jail Girls while purchasing rodeo raffle tickets, buttons and shirts. The Humane Society of Central Arizona will accept donations and is selling raffle tickets. Be sure to join Ken and Brenda for fun, music and refreshments at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 1. 

Down The Street Art Gallery is kicking off the summer with its annual First Friday Luau. Wear a luau outfit and enjoy a cool evening. See the great art and meet the artists.

ZUMBA at the Oxbow

ZUMBA returns to the Oxbow for another First Friday event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 1, hosted by local ZUMBA instructor Christy Walton and the Oxbow Saloon.

It’s a workout, it’s a party, it’s a fund-raiser and it all takes place in the Oxbow’s beautiful outdoor courtyard. The admission fee is $10 and funds will go toward helping local families who are battling cancer.

The Oxbow Saloon is located at 607 W. Main St. For more information, call Christy at (928) 595-0406.

Rim Relay for Life

Help stamp out cancer with your support of the annual Rim Relay for Life from 6 p.m., Friday, June 1 through 6 a.m., Saturday, June 2. It takes place at the Payson High School track at the Longhorn football field.

The opening ceremony is planned for 6 p.m., with a Survivor’s Lap around the track at 6:15 p.m. and the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. Closing ceremonies take place at 6 a.m. Luminarias to decorate with a personal message or remembrance are available at the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, and will also be offered at the Relay for Life event. 


Mountain High Games

Mountain High Games

June 1-3 • Payson Event Center

The Mountain High Games take place June 1-3 at Payson Event Center with a wide variety of fun and challenging events for people of all ages and skill levels. The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, June 1

Noon to 5 p.m., Registration for all events

4-6 p.m., Archery Practice

4:45-5:45 p.m., BBQ dinner for ATV riders

5:45-7 p.m., ATV Trail Ride

7 p.m., ATV Rodeo, $2

Saturday, June 2

6 a.m., Registration

7 a.m., 5K Trail Run

8 a.m., ATV Trail Ride

8:30 a.m., Mountain Bike Race

9:30 a.m., Kids Mountain Bike Race

10 a.m., NPPR Fishing Demo

11 a.m., 3D Archery Tournament

Noon, Horseshoe Tournament

1 p.m., Dutch Oven Cooking Contest

3 p.m., Pinecone Throwing Contest

5 p.m., Sawdust Events

7 p.m., Truck Demolition Derby, $10

Sunday, June 3

7 a.m., ATV Trail Ride

Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market on Saturday, June 2 will have broccoli, greens, beets and onions along with tomatoes, squash, peppers and cantaloupes. Flute music by Vibhas will be featured

The market is at 816 S Beeline Highway behind Chili’s and is open from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit or call (602) 524-0352. 

Humane Society benefit

Make a difference for the animals served by the Humane Society of Central Arizona by attending an afternoon filled with music, merriment, food and wine on the picturesque grounds at Randall Ranch in Rye from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2.

Tickets for the event are $100 and are being pre-sold online at www.humane, or through the board of directors and individual ticket captains. All proceeds will benefit the animals served by the Humane Society of Central Arizona a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

Democratic Headquarters grand opening is Saturday

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County has scheduled June 2 for the Grand Opening of its 2012 Headquarters. The headquarters is located at 1101 S. Beeline Highway, between the south Circle K and Sunshine Carpet Cleaners in Payson. Refreshments will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Music at CPC

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., presents a concert by Starlight from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2. Starlight consists of locals Howard and Colleen Brown, and their friends, Mike Casey and Roscoe Dabney III.

Starlight performs many lovely songs from the Great America Songbook, featuring music by Cole Porter, Carpenters, Chicago, Rogers & Hart, and Earth Wind & Fire. A $5 donation is requested at door and includes refreshments.

For more information, please call (928) 978-9368.

$1 Bag Sale

The Almost New Thrift Shop will have a $1 bag sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 4. Anything that fits in one of the shop’s bags — except jewelry — can be purchased for a dollar.

Proceeds help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs of the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

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

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 5 at the cultural hall of the Pine Strawberry Community Center.

The Payson blood drive is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Learn about skin cancer

Skin is the largest organ of the body and skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Join Dr. Peter Zonakis at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 6 when he speaks to Senior Circle about the types of skins cancer, risk factors, signs and symptoms and prevention.

The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat for this program.

Quilt show entries wanted

The Strawberry Patchers 16th Annual Quilt Show will be held in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall on June 8, 9 and 10.

There will be tickets available for purchase for an Opportunity Quilt; a Berry Patch Boutique; a Vendor Mall; a quilt appraiser and viewers’ choice voting.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $2 and for each non-perishable food item brought in, you will receive a ticket to win a quilt in a drawing to be held June 10. The show is held in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival June 9 and June 10.

Quilt entries from anyone are welcome. Entry forms are available online at For more information, contact show chair Sandy Salmans, (928) 472-4547.


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