Community Almanac


Ham Field Day

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) 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:


Arizona Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure

Benefit yard sale

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, 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.

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.

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 details, call (928) 472-2588.

Senior Center yard sale

There will be a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 23 and from 10 a.m. Sunday, June 24 at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St.

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 23, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson. Sunday, June 24 the Pine Pit will be closed due to extreme fire danger.

Outdoor concert June 24

Payson First Assembly of God Church, 1100 W. Lake Dr., is hosting an outdoor concert from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 24. The Phoenix area worship band Sojourner will perform. Bring a lawn chair and come to enjoy a variety of Christian music under the stars. For more information call (928) 951-4857.

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.

Deadline to reserve space at 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

Diabetes program

Dr. Terry Rousseau, Payson Care Center onsite physician and diabetes management educator, will be speaking at the Senior Center at 11 a.m., Monday, June 25.


Dr. Terry Rousseau

The short lecture will cover weight control, managing and reducing symptoms and pros and cons of medications and how our bodies process sugar.

Space is limited, so please contact Christy VanderMolen at (928) 951-2305 to reserve a seat.

Foreign Policy Forum

Mike Clark, former commander of a unit that was part of Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras, will be the guest speaker at the Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum at noon, Wednesday, June 27 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

The unit was responsible for aviation training to the Honduran and Guatemalan Army during the period that Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas were in power in Nicaragua.

Ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting for THAT Brewery & Pub at Rimside, 3270 N. Hwy. 87, Pine, by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with a grand opening will be at 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 29.

Craft Fair in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will host an arts and crafts fair at the Pine Community Center Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1.

$1 Bag Sale

The Almost New Thrift Shop, operated by the Mogollon Health Alliance, will have a $1 Bag Sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, July 2.

Select anything from the inventory — except jewelry — that will fit in one of the shop’s bags and buy it for just $1.

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

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

Sign up for photo class

The last day to register for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s outdoor photography class is July 3.

The class is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at East Verde. The cost is $15.

To learn more, call the parks department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, stop by the office in Green Valley Park, or go online to

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, (602) 528-0545, extension 210.

GCC enrolling for fall

Besides numerous art and physical education courses, Gila Community College offers many other classes for the 2012 fall semester, which begins Aug. 20.

Among the programs planned: a nine-week real estate class that prepares students for the state licensing exam; basic emergency medical technician training; making quilted clothing; languages and piano. Check the entire fall schedule of classes online at

Donations sought for benefit

The MissFitz 260 Café and the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop are working together for a benefit on behalf of the various animal groups in the Rim Country.

Donations of all kinds for a silent auction are welcome and will be picked up. To arrange for collection of a donation, call Judi at (928) 517-1034 (not the café) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Collection will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The benefit, “Champagne in the Garden — A ladies Lunch and Hat Social,” will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18.


Garden tools and supplies

Learn from local Garden Gurus

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.

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,

Miniature Garden workshop

Holly Crump will offer a free workshop on creating miniature gardens at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 30 at Plant Fair Nursery in Star Valley.

Participants will learn about container selection, appropriate plants and accessories.

Crump will work one-on-one with participants and help them plant a container garden. Materials can be purchased at the nursery or brought from home.

Call (928) 474-6556 for more information, or go online to

Jazz concert

Jazz saxophonist Tony Vacca, a nationally known performing and recording artist, will be in concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.


Tony Vacca

Vacca has performed with such jazz legends as Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., Richie Cole, Conti Candoli, Irvin Mayfield, Jon Faddis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Swingtips, Tony Bennett, Frank Foster and Doc Severinsen.

He is also a music educator and has presented numerous jazz clinics.

A $5 minimum donation will include refreshments. To reserve a seat, contact or call (602) 619-3355.

Fourth of July and Centennial events being planned 

There are lots of options for fun this Fourth of July, both before and after the actual holiday.

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

All residents are welcome to enter — bring out your decorated golf cart, quad, bicycle, motorcycle, horse or walk the parade route with your pet.

For more information, contact the parade’s grand marshal, John Mitchell, at

• Payson’s 4th of July Celebration begins at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 4 and continues throughout the day, concluding with fireworks display (if conditions allow) at Green Valley Park.

• The Payson Elks Lodge will host its 2012 Independence Day Celebration Wednesday, July 4 with food served from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., including hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, potato salad and apple crisp with ice cream and live music from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring the Payson Elks Jam Band.

All Elks and guests are welcome and if you’d like to jam with the band, you are encouraged to do so.

• 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 Archaeological & 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.


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