Community Almanac


Patient Appreciation Day

Natures Harvest will be hosting a Patient Appreciation Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 4 at Rumsey Park. All qualified patients and their families are welcome. Please reserve a spot as soon as possible by calling (928) 474-9214.

One brush pit open

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing only one free brush drop-off point, weather permitting.

Saturday, June 30 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.

The Pine Pit will not be open as it is located within the area temporarily closed by the Forest Service due to extreme wildfire danger.   

Payson Farmers Market

This week at the Payson Farmers Market, enjoy the live music of Bette Acker. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon, every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway in the Sawmill Crossing, behind Chili’s.

Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend in Pine

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, June 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.

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

Independence Day Parade in Christopher Creek

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

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 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.

Kids’ clothing & food drive

Kaitie’s Closet, a 501(c) 3 public charity, is having its Back to School Pack the Trailer campaign this weekend. The “trailer” will be in the Walmart parking lot from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. Rim residents and visitors are being asked to donate new shoes, socks, underwear and clothing for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade. Donations are tax deductible.

Donors are also being asked to contribute non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Rim Country Food Bank.

For more information, call (928) 468-1036.

$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 events scheduled 

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. Activities start at 8 a.m. at the Green Valley Park Veterans Memorial with a Patriotic Ceremony, which includes reading the Declaration of Independence. Family games and friendly competitions are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the amphitheater bandstand will come alive with live music by the Technicolors Band.

The Big Boom Finale starts at about 9 p.m. with one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Arizona. Free shuttle buses will run from the Payson High School administration parking lot (off McLane Road) to Green Valley Park. After the show, the buses will return people to their cars.

For more information, contact Cameron Davis, director, Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or e-mail: or visit

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.

The Elks Lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

First Friday

Visit Payson’s historic Main Street for First Friday fun from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 6.

PATS Hike changed

The July 7 PATS Hike will now be at 8 a.m., starting at the Peach Orchard Trailhead, south of the Payson Golf Course.

The change is due to fire restrictions in Rim Country that include closed trailheads.

Last week of Summer Recreation Camp

The Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Summer Recreation Camp is nearing its last full week.

The last full week of camp is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12. Advance registration is highly recommended. The cost is $30 and includes lunch. The program is held at Rim Country Middle School. Call Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for details.

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, ext. 7 or register online at


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