Community Almanac


Babysitting classes

Friday, June 8 is the deadline to register for the town’s American Red Cross Babysitting Class to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15 at the Payson Police Department meeting room.

The class is for those ages 11 to 15 and costs $50 per person. Call the parks office at (928) 474-5242, extension 7 for details or stop by the office in Green Valley Park. Registration can also be made online at

Another babysitting class, offered through the Safe Sitter program is planned from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19.

Safe Sitter is a medically accurate, hands-on class that teaches boys and girls, ages 11 to 13, how to handle emergencies when caring for children.

In the class, participants will learn: what to do when a child chokes; safety for the sitter; how to call for emergency help; babysitting business skills; and basic child care skills, such as diapering, feeding, etc.

Class size is limited. Call Nancy Rutherford, (928) 402-8517, or Chris Phillips, (928) 402-8696, to register.

High school rodeo finals

The Arizona High School Rodeo Association finals are in Payson this weekend. Competition started Wednesday and continues today at the Payson Event Center. There will be a grand entry, crowing of the association queen and attendant and contests starting at 3 p.m. Friday, June 8.

Starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 9, slack will be run in pole bending, tie down roping, goat tying, breakaway, team roping and barrel racing. A formal performance starts and 2 p.m. with contests in bareback riding; steer wrestling; breakaway roping; saddle bronc riding; pole bending; tie down roping; goat roping; team roping; barrel racing and bull riding.

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 through Saturday and closed on Sundays. Minimum rate is $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.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, 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, June 9 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, June 10 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.

Farmers market

Saturday, June 9 the Payson Farmers Market, located at Sawmill Crossing, 816 S. Beeline Highway, is open from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be onions, tomatoes, lettuce and more. Also available will be gourmet caramel corn, infused oils, vinaigrettes, crème Brule and gourmet dog treats.

Bring the kids out to play at the water table, blow some bubbles or take a ride on the mini horses while you enjoy the music and trivia of Anne James.

For more information visit

Strawberry Festival this weekend

The 22nd annual Strawberry Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 9 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 10 in Pine at the Com-munity Center and elementary school. There will be craft vendors and food vendors, as well as inflatables, rock climbing and pony rides for the kids. 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.


Quilt Show in Pine

Head up to Pine for the 16th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show. The event takes place at the Pine Community Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9; and 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.

In addition to a great display of beautiful quilts, the show includes the Berry Patch Boutique, a Vendor Mall, a quilt appraiser and viewers’ choice voting.

Book signing

Candy Bridges will be at Oasis Christian Books & Gifts, 512 S. Beeline Highway, for a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 9.

Bridges, who created and runs Breath of Life Retreat Center, has written an inspirational memoir, “See You in the Mountains” and will be selling and signing copies of it at the event.

Concert in the Park

The Summer Concert in the Park series continues Saturday, June 9 with a performance by the J. Powers Band.

The J. Powers Band is a 5-piece group, offering a mixed bag of R&B, Blues, Soul, Motown, Reggae, Pop and Classic Rock.

The music begins at 7 p.m. at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating and enjoy this free entertainment sponsored by the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

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

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.

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.

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.

County plans area roadwork

The Gila County Road Department will be chip sealing Gibson Ranch Road and Round Valley Road from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13, unless there are unexpected delays. Also on Wednesday, June 13, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the county will be chip sealing OxBow Trail in OxBow Estates.

Fog seal will be put on the west end of Fossil Creek Road, Western Way and Tomahawk in Strawberry from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.

All vehicles and other structures must be removed from the rights of way on these roads for the projects.

Democratic Women

The Payson Democratic Women of Rim Country will meet at Tiny’s Restaurant on June 12. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m.

The speaker this month is Tom Chabin, who is running for the Arizona State Senate District 6.

If you have any questions, please call Shirley Schriner at (928) 472-6029.

$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 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.

New Visions Academy High School enrolling

New Visions Academy Charter High School is currently accepting new enrollments for the 2012-2013 school term.  Classes start Aug. 6 and will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. 

The office summer hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday through Thursday. New Visions is at 198 E. Ezell Lane, Payson, in The Knolls subdivision. Call (928) 468-1401 for details.


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