Community Almanac


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. Highway 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.

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.

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

$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

July 4th and Centennial events 

• The 32nd annual 4th of July Arts & Crafts Festival of the Pine/Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild is this weekend, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 30 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 1 at the Community Center of Pine, Ariz., 13 miles north of Payson on Highway 87.

• The Christopher Creek Independence Day Parade will be Saturday, June 30. Participants will 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 2012 Independence Day Celebration hosted by the Payson Elks Lodge takes place 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’s Arizona Centennial Celebration takes place Saturday, July 7. There will be a variety of events at Pine/Strawberry Community Center including a 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 be 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.

Vacation Bible school

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.

Job Fair

The Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Rim Country Chamber will sponsor a Job Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14 at the community room of Messinger’s Payson Funeral Home.

This fair is open to any Rim Country resident or business (businesses must apply to participate). The purpose of the fair is to get employers who need employees to meet eligible applicants.

Employers will be able to enter applicants on electronic company applications, discuss opportunities for employment and future manpower needs. Applicants will have the opportunity to review their resumes, discuss interviewing skills, and see what local employers require for employment.

Dress is business casual. Please bring a resume and any other useful information (letters of recommendation, certificates, etc.). If you are a business interested in attending, please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515 or NGCEDC at (928) 978-0681.

AARP Driver Safety class

The next AARP Driver Safety class in Payson is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 14 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This class will be offered at a substantial discount to anyone working in education — from administrators to cooks and janitors. Normally the class is $14, with a slight discount for AARP members, but this July 14 class will be provided to those in education for just $5.

To learn more go to educators or call (928) 472-9292.

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

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.

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 presented numerous jazz clinics. 

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

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

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

K-9 Officers present expo 

The annual “Dog’ed Daze of Summer, Law Enforcement EXPO and K-9 Demonstration” is planned for Tuesday, July 17.

For the past 20 years, police dogs, handlers and trainers from all over the U.S. and Canada have come to Payson for the annual K-9 Officers Survival Seminar. During the course of the seminars, K-9 Units are seen all around the Payson area conducting various training scenarios.

Several years ago, organizers were asked by the public to be able to view these K-9s in action and so the “Dog’ed Daze Of Summer” was started.

This year, the event is at the Payson Event Center, Tuesday, July 17. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the demonstration is at 7 p.m. New this year is a Law Enforcement EXPO with events and displays from agencies like U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona National Guard, as well as the Payson Police Department Special Response Team and the Gila County Sheriff’s Lake Patrol. The Arizona law Enforcement Canine Association will accept donations at the gate to help sponsor the annual event.

The Payson Event Center is at 1400 S. Beeline Highway, across from the entrance to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and Tonto Apache Reservation.

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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