Community Almanac


Adult tri-swim clinic

An adult tri-swim clinic is slated for Saturday, May 19 at the Taylor Pool on North McLane Road in Payson.

These are great for beginners who are new to swimming and need to improve their stroke, or those looking for new ideas to make their tri-swim faster and more efficient.

The phase I clinic is for entry-level swimmers to learn the basic techniques of streamlining through proper head and body position. It will also focus on kicking properly and efficient breathing. If you are still struggling with catching your breath or feel like you could learn more at this level, then you are encouraged to take this clinic more than one time.

The phase II clinic is for those who have been through phase I or for those who feel they are more experienced swimmers. Phase II will focus more on mechanics than body position, plus leverage on the water, and flip turns.

Clinics are for adults only and cost $20 per person. Payment will be collected at time of pre-registration to reserve a spot and is nonrefundable.

To pre-register for the adult swim clinic, go to For more information or to book a pool party call 1-877-539-5009 or e-mail info@evo

Community spring cleanup

There will a community spring cleanup from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 19 for Gisela and Tonto Creek Shores. Participants can have a free hot dog and beverage at noon, provided by Safeway and Walmart.

The fire department will open the transfer station to accept green waste debris and untreated wood; there will be a dumpster available for other wood, mattresses and furniture; plus the county will have a trailer on site to collect scrap metal, aluminum cans, steel containers and appliances.

No household garbage or hazardous waste will be accepted. No tires can be accepted either — a free dump day for up to five tires per licensed driver is planned for June 9 at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill.

Boulders Loop Trail Hike

Join hikers on the Payson Area Trails System Boulders Loop Trail Hike at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 19.

This is a beautiful and easy route that starts at the end of Granite Dells Road (take a right at the light by Safeway). Meet at the Monument Peak Trailhead at the end of Granite Dells Road. The hike is of moderate difficulty and three miles in length. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring water.


Nancy Renison with a bat


Join bat biologist Nancy Renison for night of watching and listening at Green Valley Lake. Learn about these mysterious night flyers, and listen

on acoustic equipment. Live bats will be present for viewing at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Green Valley Park. The cost is $5 per person, but those 12 and under can participate for free.

Register by Friday, May 18 at or call

(928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more details.


Steer wrestling cowboy

2012 Gary Hardt memorial Spring Rodeo

May 17-19 at Payson Event Center, just south of town on Hwy 87 across from Mazatzal Hotel and Casino

Friday, May 18

Tough Enough to wear Pink night

Gates open: 5 p.m.

Performance: 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 19

Patriot performance to honor our Wounded and Fallen Veterans

Gates open: 5 p.m.

Performance: 7 p.m.


Adults: $14

Seniors: $12

Children: 8-12 $10 7 & under free

Reserved: $22

Active Military Card: free

Tickets available at For more information, call (928) 474-9440 or (928) 474-6684

Relay for Life events

A couple of benefits are planned this weekend for the 2012 Relay for Life event.

There will be a car wash and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at Walgreens. All proceeds benefit the Relay for Life.

The Oxbow Saloon will have a Knock Out Cancer Fun Day from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20. Hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken quarters will be served; there will be family fun and games for children, plus live music by Dusty Roads.

Relay for Life luminarias to honor those who have been affected by cancer are available for purchase at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Relay for Life.

Outdoor Photography class

An Outdoor Photography class will be presented by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department Saturday, May 26. The fee is $15 per person. The deadline to register is May 21.

Register at or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more details.

Piano jazz vocalist in concert

Piano jazz vocalist Pam Morita will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. She will be joined by Dave Grale on bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

Morita has performed at the Chandler Jazz Festival, Phoenix Music Festival and Jazz in Arizona events.

A donation of $5 or more includes refreshments. Please reserve a seat by email to, or call (602) 619-3355.

Anniversary concert

The Payson Children’s Theatre/Choral Group is celebrating its fifth anniversary. In honor of the occasion, the youngsters will present a program, “Down Memory Lane” at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at Ponderosa Bible Church. The program will include song and dance routines from every presentation they have made in the last five years.

The public is invited to attend, but please come early, as seating is limited.

Republicans host Jeff Flake

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, May 21 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. The speaker will be Jeff Flake, candidate for U.S. Senate.

Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and socialize. The speaker will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the business meeting will follow. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Jazz, swing concert

The school year is coming to a close and final performances are filling the calendar. A concert of jazz and more is planned Monday, May 21 at the high school auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy New Orleans and Chicago-style Dixieland jazz by Dr Jass & the Heartbeats, led by Dr. Claudio Zamorano, along with Big Band jazz, swing and pop tunes from the 1950s through the 1980s by The Big Band Music Machine students and staff of the Payson Unified School District.

Donations will help support the PHS Jazz Band program. For information about the PUSD music program, directions and seating, contact

‘Making of America’ Constitutional Seminar

The Payson Tea Party presents the “Making of America” Constitutional Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26 at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson.

Rick Dalton, the presenter, does a great job of providing a clear overview of the great principles of America’s freedom; the stirring history of their discovery and adoption into the Constitution.

The $10 fee includes a great 52-page workbook; and for an additional $5 participants may purchase a box lunch (provided by 260 Café) and soda for the lunch break — or bring a lunch or eat out.

To obtain tickets, call Darlene, (928) 468-6900 or Shirley, (928) 468-1131. Contributions are welcome in order to sponsor students at the seminar.

Summer Rec Program

The town’s Summer Rec Program will be held weekdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning May 29. There will be physical and cultural activities, field trips and more during the eight-week program.

The program is open to youngsters who will be entering the first- through sixth-grades in the fall. The cost is $30 per child and includes lunch at Rim Country Middle School.

Pre-registration is required. Call the parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, go online to or stop by the office at 1000 W. Country Club at Green Valley Park.

Quilt show entries wanted

The Strawberry Patchers 16th Annual Quilt Show will be held in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall on June 8, 9 and 10.

There will be tickets available for purchase for an Opportunity Quilt; a Berry Patch Boutique; a Vendor Mall; a quilt appraiser and viewers’ choice voting.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $2 and for each non-perishable food item brought in, you will receive a ticket to win a quilt in a drawing to be held June 10. The show is held in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival June 9 and June 10.

Quilt entries from anyone are welcome. Entry forms are available online at For more information, contact show chair Sandy Salmans, (928) 472-4547.

Poetry contest

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered to the last poet standing in a contest sponsored by Rainbow Poets.

The contest is free to enter and open to everyone. Fifty prizes totaling more than $5,000 will be awarded.

Send one poem only, 21 lines or fewer on any subject, by June 18 deadline to: Free Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 761, Medford, OR 97501 or enter at

Those sending entries should include their name and address on the same page as the poem. A winner’s list will be sent to all entrants.


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