Comunity Almanac


Free crafts for kids

The new shop, Sweet Nostalgia, will have a free crafts class for kids from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., starting Wednesday, June 20.

In the first class, the participants — limited to six — will decorate visors.

To learn more, call Diane Arnold at the shop, (928) 595-1265 or stop by 512 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 6.

Future classes being planned include beading and tole painting.

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.

Town Hall meeting on university campus in Payson

The Volunteer Committee for A University Campus in Payson invites Rim Country residents to attend the upcoming Town Hall meeting to learn what progress has been made during the last 12 months in bringing a four-year university campus to Payson. Mayor Kenny Evans will be present to respond to questions, with other key local participants in attendance as well.

The Town Hall will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 21 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Benefit yard sale

The Rim Country residents planning to participate in the Arizona Susan G Komen 3-day Walk for the Cure will have a benefit yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at 506 W. Sherwood Dr. in Alpine Village.

Calling themselves, the Rim Country Tatas, the group includes Arlene Wion, Lori Walker, Ray Kinsman, Sally Low and Vicki Button.

This yard sale is one of the many benefits they will have this summer in order to raise the money they are required to have to participate in the November event.

‘Got Too Much Stuff’ sale

The Rim Country Health activity department is having a “Got Too Much Stuff” sale at 8 a.m., Friday, June 22 at 807 W. Longhorn Road. Funds raised will be used to plant and decorate the facility’s Memory Garden.

To contribute gently used items, bring them to the large activity room the afternoon of Thursday, June 21 or early morning of Friday, June 22. Organizers ask that no televisions be donated for the sale.

‘HAM’ Field Day

The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) has an annual nationwide “Field Day” event each summer. This event consists of members of amateur radio groups taking equipment to “the field” and exercising their capabilities. One such group of “hams” is the local 4x4 Ham group and it will be operating a station on the Rim. Non-radio folks are invited to attend and learn about amateur “ham” radio. The public is invited to join the 4x4 Ham group for ARRL Field Day June 22-24.

For directions and all other information related to the 4x4 Ham Field Day site, follow this link: .php?54-4x4-Ham-Field-Day.

Suicide awareness benefit

A benefit to raise awareness of suicide through the Jimmy’s Way program is planned at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 23 at the Rancho Tonto Catch-a-Trout facility in Christopher Creek.

The event is an outdoor yoga practice with live yoga music by Ann James, followed by a continental breakfast.

Participants should bring their own mat and make a suggested donation of $10 to $15. Make reservations with Brenda Slapnicka at (928) 478-0303 or (928) 978-1861.

To reach Rancho Tonto, go the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery exit off East Highway 260 and go two miles, making a right turn about two miles in. The facility is about 20 to 25 minutes outside of Payson.

Republicans host county assessor hopefuls

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, June 25 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the speakers will be Deborah Hughes and Nathan Morris, candidates for Gila County Assessor. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Summer gardening workshop

Hear what Gila County Master Gardeners have to say about summer gardening at a workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, June 25 at the Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

Scheduled speakers and their topics: Roger Kreimeyer, Payson Community Garden; Bill Roehr, insects and biodiversity gardening; Chris Jones, home weed control; Fred Jimenez, building cold frames and greenhouses.

There is no admission, but registration is required to make sure there is enough material to share. To register, call the Master Gardener Hotline, (928) 402-8589 or e-mail Sarah Renkert, srenkert@cals.

Patient Appreciation Day

Natures Harvest Inc. will be hosting a Patient Appreciation Day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 4 at Rumsey Park.

All qualified patients and their families are welcome.

Please R.S.V.P. by June 25 by calling the Payson office at (928) 474-5879 or e-mail

One-day sheet sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance will have a sheet sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 at the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Caregivers training

A five-session workshop series, designed to develop the skills needed to care for someone with dementia or memory loss is being planned to be held in Payson this summer.

The program is a partnership of the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, Arizona State University, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

There is no charge for the CarePRO program. However, there is a pre-registration process and seating is limited. To learn more about this opportunity, including when and where it will be held, please call Mindy at the Alzheimer’s Association at (602) 528-0545, extension 210.

Fourth of July and Centennial events being planned

• In celebration of Independence Day, Christopher Creek will hold its annual parade June 30. Participants will start to line up in front of Tall Pine Market at 12:30 p.m., the parade will start at 1 p.m.

All residents are welcome to enter. For more information, contact the parade’s Grand Marshal John Mitchell at

Pine/Strawberry will celebrate Arizona’s Centennial Saturday, July 7. There will be a variety of events at Pine/Strawberry Community Center including barbecue, educational programs and a dance.

There will be a community parade at 10:30 a.m., but the registration deadline is Friday, June 29. Get information and registration forms at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library.

The Pine/Strawberry Historical Society will host a barbecue under the ramada from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the museum and library and cost $8 per person, with those 12 and under served for $5 each.

The library will host a Community Dance with Junction 87 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the Cultural Hall.

Refreshments will be served. Donations to the library will gladly accepted.

The program is presented in partnership with the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, Pine/Strawberry Archeological & Historical Society and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pine Ward.

• Pleasant Valley Days and a State Centennial Celebration will be held July 21 in Young. Parade entries must be in by July 14. Those who want organizers to make a sign for them or their family, please let Carol Braswell know by July 1, she can be reached at (928) 462-3661. Call her with questions or for additional information.

Watchable Wildlife

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn where and when to look for wildlife. Topics to be covered include how to view wildlife responsibly to minimize impact on the animals, the habitat and other nature enthusiasts.

The program is from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14 at the parks office in Green Valley Park. The fee is $5. Contact Parks and Recreation for more details at (928) 474-5242, extension 7 or register online at

Learn about legal documents seniors need

Payson Care Center and Jackson White Elder Law will have a complimentary presentation on “Important Legal Documents” — a consumer overview about power of attorney, living wills and other important legal documents recommended for senior citizens.

The program is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 at the Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Drive, Payson. Call Krystal Rodriguez, admissions director, Payson Care Center, (928) 970-1835 for more information and to make a reservation, or register online at resources.

Power of attorney packets will be available. A notary will be present to witness and notarize documents free of charge.

Time Out benefit

This year, the summer benefit for Time Out Inc., Summer Sizzle Garden Party & Fashion Show, will be a visit to the lovely garden of Bob and Ruth Klaver at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21.  

The event includes a fashion show with unbelievable finds from Time Out Thrift Shop, a great lunch and numerous treasures. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Time Out Thrift Shop. Last year’s benefit sold out quickly, so don’t miss out.


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