Community Almanac


$6 jewelry sale today

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., Friday, June 15 at the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance). For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

RPAP 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:

Saturday, June 16 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 17 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.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Farmers Market pie baking contest

Native American flute music, played by Betty Acker, is part of the Saturday, June 16 festivities at the Payson Farmers Market.

Next Saturday, the Payson Farmers Market will have a pie baking contest.

The event is planned for Saturday, June 23. Prizes and awards will be presented for Best Pie, Most Original and People’s Choice selections. The contest is for fruit pies only and entrants are limited to submitting a single pie made by the entrant. Pie check-in is at 8:30 a.m. 

Bakers and tasters for People’s Choice are needed.

The Payson Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway, at Sawmill Crossing behind Chili’s. For more information visit or call (602) 524-0352.


Garden party

Some of the best gardens in the Rim Country are opening to the public Saturday during the 2012 Rim Area Gardeners Mogollon Garden Tour. The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 16. Tickets can be purchased for $5 at Ace Hardware, the Payson and Pine public libraries, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Jewelers, Plant Fair Nursery and Sweet Nostalgia.

In addition to the fabulous gardens, there will be a variety of artists and musicians sharing their talents.

The featured gardens belong to Leo Lee, Payson, who will be showcasing roses and the art of Jan Ransom; Barbara Boehm, Payson, who will showcase Xeriscape and the works of Joe Prow and Louise Bossert; Gila Community College Payson Campus, another Xeriscape showcase with artwork by Rita Pachert and Dick Crane; Reese and Debra Dennis, Star Valley, which includes orchards and vegetable gardens, plus plants for butterflies, trees for birds and more, the couple will host potter Dave Sanchez; Jim and Candy Bridges, Pine, a garden retreat with the art of Bertica-Garciadubus; Dan and Median Griffith, Pine, a terraced, woodsy garden with perennials and music by the host.

Help for senior transportation

To benefit the Payson Senior Center’s transportation program, Somewhere in Time, an evening of early 1900s elegance with music, dancing and refreshments will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 16 at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

A four-piece Dixieland band, Dr Jass & the Heartbeats, will provide the music.

Admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple and tickets may be purchased at Majestic Rim or Rim Country Chamber of Commerce. Formal or time period attire is suggested.         

Summer concert series

The annual Summer Concert Series by the Payson parks department features a free program at 7 p.m. every Saturday from through July 28.

The concerts are held in the amphitheater area of Green Valley Park where the audience can bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show.

Scheduled to perform are Blue Frog with blues, June 16; Breaking Point with both jazz and country music, June 23; Junction 87 with country music, June 30; John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos, July 7; Big Daddy & The Dynamites, blues, July 14; Southern Flight Band with variety and rock music, July 21; and The John Scott Band with blues, July 28.

Babysitting class

A 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.

When the MGM Lion landed in Payson

Lindbergh’s historic flight in May 1927 set off a flurry of flying firsts. In September 1927 MGM Studios prepped a plane and hired a well-known pilot to fly its new mascot, Leo the Lion, nonstop, from San Diego to New York City.

Communications with the pilot were lost after flying over Yuma. Seven days later, a posse of Rim Country cowboys rescued Leo from Hell’s Canyon located in the Hellsgate Wilderness Area about 15 miles northeast of Payson.

The Library Friends of Payson will host a free presentation featuring historic photographs of this event that will be narrated by local writer and educator Gail Hearne at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 18 in the Payson Library Community Room. Light refreshments will follow. A brief business meeting, open to all, will begin at 10 a.m.

For more information, call Bessie Watson at (928) 474-9260 and visit www.library

Vacation Bible school

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 West Bonita and South Colcord. Call (928) 474-3374 for more information.

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.

Each day will open with an Olympic rally, with Olympic stations jam-packed with exciting activities.

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.

Shiloh Christian Fellowship will have vacation Bible school from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 at 501 E. Rancho Road, Payson. The theme is “Adventures at Promise Island.” Register online at Shiloh Christian Fellowship, 501 E. Rancho Road or online at Registration is limited.

County plans area roadwork

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.

Chamber Mixer

The June Chamber Mixer will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 at the National Bank of Arizona’s parking lot, and will be hosted by National Bank and Macky’s Grill. The theme with be Street Dance, with music, light finger foods, refreshments, door prizes and fun. A donation of $3 from members and $5 from non-members is requested.

Please call the Chamber to reserve a space, (928) 474-4515. 

Door prize donations are also being sought.


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