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.

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.

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.

Blood drives today

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.

ReStore overstock sale

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore, by McDonald’s, is overstocked and needs to move merchandise. There will be a sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6. Receive 10 to 50 percent off items in the ReStore, which provides funds to the PAHH. 

The Restore is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For details, call (928) 474-4247.

Nook Bag Sale extended

The Bag Sale supporting New Beginnings Pregnancy Center will be extended from Tuesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 9. All clothes are just $1 per bag.

The shop is at 113 E. Cedar Lane, Payson, a half block behind the South Circle K. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call (928) 474-2963 for more information.

Skin cancer discussion

Skin is the largest organ of our bodies and skin cancer is the most common of all cancers.  More that 2 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are reported each year. 

Dr. Peter Zonakis will discuss the types of skin cancers, risk factors, signs and symptoms and prevention at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 6 at the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Call (928) 472-9290 to make a reservation as seating is limited.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, June 8 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church hosts a breakfast on the second Friday of very month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Used tire disposal event

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate a used tire recycle day on Saturday, June 9 from 8 a.m. till noon. You may bring in 10 tires per licensed driver, tires must be less than 4 feet in diameter. Gila County residents only, no dealers.

The Gila County Buckhead Mesa Landfill is located on Highway 87, across from the Natural Bridge. Open Monday thru Saturday and closed on Sundays. Minimum rate $5 for debris up to 200 pounds in weight, over 200 pounds is an additional 2-1/3 cents per pound.

For more information, call the Landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Jazz concert

The John Darst Trio (plus 1) performs at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 10 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Joining Darst will be Bob Veltre on guitar; stand-up bassman Chris Long; plus Gerry Reynolds on drums.

A $5 donation requested at the door includes refreshments.

To help establish an advance count, contact Gerry Reynolds by e-mail at or telephone (602) 619-3355.

Puppet Show

A Community Puppet Show will be presented at 6 p.m., Sunday, June 10 at the First Southern Baptist Church at the corner of Bonita and Colcord. Contact Dolorus Soffers at (928) 474-6682 for more information.

Vacation Bible school

First Baptist Church of Pine will have its vacation Bible school from June 11 through June 15 at the Pine Strawberry School. The theme is SonRise National Park and will include music, games, skits, snacks, Bible stories and more. The program is for children 4 years of age through the sixth grade and will be held from noon to 3 p.m. daily.

For more information, call (928) 476-3552.

Ponderosa Bible Church is presenting “Never Give Up” vacation Bible school from June 18 through June 22.

The program, “Never Give Up” is about an Olympic event and will introduce the characters, Sydne and Simon, along with an exciting drama cast of Olympians. Music, crafts, games and snacks will be part of the daily schedule.

Children ages 4 through 6th grade are invited to attend from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. each day.

Children will be introduced to God and discover that they can shine and need “Never Give Up” on God!

Each day will open with an Olympic Rally, with Olympic Stations jam-packed with exciting activities. At these stations, children experience creative projects that reinforce the Olympic Mission for each day. Each day will feature an exciting “Bible Toon” and interactive teaching at the Olympic Rally. The Music Studio introduces a new song daily for children to rock along with.

To register a child for the program, call Ponderosa Bible Church at (928) 474-9279.

Ponderosa Bible Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

First Southern Baptist Church is presenting Amazing Aviation during its vacation Bible School program, June 18 through June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program is for pre-kindergarten aged youth through those who are 13.

First Southern Baptist Church is at the corner of W. Bonita St. and South Colcord. Call (928) 474-3374 for more information.

Quilt Show, Strawberry Festival this weekend

Head up to Pine for the 16th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show and the 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival. Both events will be at the Pine Community Center, which is in the center of Pine, to the west side of Highway 87.

Quilt Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, and Saturday, June 8 and 9; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 10. Admission is $2 per person and those who bring a non-perishable food item will get a ticket for a quilt drawing to be held Sunday.

To learn more, visit The 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival is being presented from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 9 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 10. There will be

craft and food vendors, and of course there will be strawberries for sale and many strawberry treats: floats, pies, chocolate dipped strawberries, bagels for the morning with cream

cheese and much more.

Republicans Host Ron Gould

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, June 11 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Members and guests may gather at 5:30 p.m. to order dinner and to socialize. Beginning at 6 p.m., the speaker will be Ron Gould, candidate for U.S. Representative. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Social Media 101 - Using it to expand your business

Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporpation’s Business Buzz for June is “Social Media for Business, and how to use it.”

There will be two sessions at the office of the Central Arizona Board of Realtors, 600 E. Highway 260.

The first session is from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 12. It will deal with the basics. Advanced techniques will be the focus of the second session from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 26. The charge for each class is $30.

The classes will be taught by Kimber Lanning and Russ Baurichter, both of “Local First Arizona Foundation.” This training is part of a statewide program that delivered workshops and training to more than 190 businesses, in seven rural communities in 2011.

The focus of this training is to establish ongoing social media relationships that work to attract visitors and new customers to Rim Country. This includes identifying key initiatives for supporting business retention by attracting tourists and locals to businesses. It will also provide an over-arching strategy for Rim Country as an outstanding rural community destination.

There are only 40 seats for each of the sessions and prior payment is required. Applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce. For questions and information, call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.

$6 jewelry sale

Once again there will be a $6 jewelry sale to benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance, which funds community health programs and scholarships for students pursuing training for careers in the health care industry.

The sale includes rings, belts, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, gold and silver chains, necklace/earring sets, bracelets, pashmina shawls, popcorn blouses, totes, scarves, children’s watches and gift items, designer style sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15 at the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance). For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

The Payson Lioness Club will have a benefit spaghetti dinner Flag Day for Veterans Helping Veterans from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 14 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The cost is $6 per person. The evening will include a Silent Auction and music by Patrick Neibauer.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Items for the Silent Auction are still needed. To make a donation or arrange for tickets, please call Peggy at (928) 978-4560.

PEC enrolling

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is now 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.

Canoe, bikes to be raffled

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, at the corner of Highways 260 and 87, is having a raffle for an 18-foot fiberglass canoe and a pair of Cruiser bikes.

Proceeds will help benefit PAHH’s latest project, A Brush with Kindness.

A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. To find out more, call (928) 474-4247.


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