Community Almanac


PEC summer enrollment

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is now enrolling students for summer school.  The summer session will run for three weeks.  It starts May 29 and will end on June 15. Summer school will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.  There is no cost for the session. 

PEC is also enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. New students are currently being accepted. The scheduled start date for the fall semester is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information regarding either session.

Rim Country Health Family and Alumni Social

In celebration of National Nursing Home Week, Rim Country Health will host a resident and family Alumni Social at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 24 in the large activity room. Rim Country Health is located at 807 West Longhorn Road in Payson.

All residents, past and present, along with their family members, are invited. Please RSVP to Marie Mennen or Christine Zuber at (928) 474-1120.

Bake sale for 60-mile walkers

A gallant group of four Rim residents are planning on taking part in the November 60-Mile Walk for the Cure in Phoenix. To kick off their efforts to raise funds to participate in the event they are having a bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 24 at Walmart.

The Rim walkers are Ray Kinsman, Sally Low, Lori Walker and Arlene Wion.

Get out and get some goodies for the long Memorial Day weekend and support a great cause.

Pine has book sale, arts fest

The Pine Library Friends will have a big Memorial Weekend Book Sale and Raffle Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the library activity room, behind the cultural hall of the Pine/Strawberry Community Center.

The raffle is for more than 40 DVDs and a player. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and 15 for $10. The drawing will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 27.

The book sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 25; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 26; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 27.

Also taking place in Pine this weekend is the first of the Pine Strawberry Arts & Craft Guild’s three big summer arts festivals. It will be Saturday and Sunday at the community center and will feature all kinds of artwork and other goods from local and visiting vendors, plus food and fun.

Methodists plan yard sale

Members of the United Methodist Church of Payson will have a yard sale at 414 N. Easy St., Payson, the site of the church, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Mary 25 and Saturday, May 26.

Metal content in vegetables

Interested in learning about the metal content of vegetables grown in soils with elevated metals, such as arsenic and lead?  

Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, PhD Candidate from the University of Arizona will discuss Gardenroots: The Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona Garden Project designed to determine the uptake of arsenic in commonly grown vegetables in Arizona and the possible health risks to the local populations.

She will speak from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 25 at the Payson Public Library.

Learn about the concentrations of arsenic found in the soils, irrigation water, edible tissues of crops from the greenhouse and residential gardens.

The garden project comprised a greenhouse study and a citizen science program conducted with a community neighboring a national Superfund (contaminated) site. Vegetable intake rates were calculated to determine how much could be safely consumed at these measured concentrations. For more information, check out the Web site:

Please contact the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension at (928) 402-8589 or by email at with any questions.

Graduation ceremonies start Wednesday

The Payson High School graduation is at 7 p.m., Thursday May 24 on the PHS Football Field. The ceremony is open to the community.  

Eighth grade commencement ceremonies for Pine and Tonto Basin both take place Wednesday, May 23. The ceremony in Pine is at 6 p.m. in the Pine-Strawberry School gymnasium and is open to the community. The Tonto Basin eighth grade class commencement exercise is at 7 p.m. in the Tonto Basin gym and is open to the community. The eighth grade promotion program at Rim Country Middle School is at 2 p.m., Friday, May 25. Due to limited seating, space is reserved for immediate family only.

Rim Country home schooled students completing their high school education are invited to a special “walk” at 7 p.m., Friday, June 1 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

For details visit:

Pool opens Saturday

Taylor Pool, located at North Rumsey Park on North McLane Road, opens for the season from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 28.

Regular hours for public swimming will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and cost is $2 per visit. Lap swimming will also be at this time and costs $2 per visit as well.

Swimming lessons will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Monday and Wednesday and from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Lessons will start every 30 minutes.

A water aerobics program will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday and Wednesday and costs $2 per visit. Adult Group Swim, with planned workouts provided, will be from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Thursday.

Enrollment is now open for swimming lessons, youth swim team and adult group swim. Pre-register at For more information or to book a pool party, call 1-877-539-5009 or e-mail

Archaeology group plans yard, bake sale

The Arizona Archaeological Society Rim Country Chapter will have a yard and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 26 at The Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 N. Easy St., at the corner of Bradley, Payson North.

Breakfast in Tonto Village

The Fireflies, the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, will present their annual Memorial Day breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26 at the Fire Station 22 in Tonto Village, 151 Mathews Lane – one mile in on Control Road off Highway 260.

The breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children, 10 and under, and includes biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage, juice and coffee. There will also be breakfast burritos available for $2.50 each.

The bake sale features muffins, coffee cakes, cookies, jams and jellies. The raffle includes top prizes of a quilt and chain saw.

Fund help the auxiliary help the fire department.

‘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.

Free summer lunch from Payson Schools

There is such a thing as a free lunch. Payson Schools Food Service will offer free lunch to any children age 18 and under at Rim Country Middle School starting Tuesday, May 29, and ending Friday, July 13. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed Wednesday, July 4).

Parents and older members of the children’s families may have lunch for just $2.50. Contact Christine Murphy, Payson Schools Food Service, (928) 472-5703, for more information.

Living Hope service

The congregation of Payson First Assembly, 1100 W. Lake Drive (Green Valley Park), invites the public to attend a special Living Hope service at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 27.  Come for an hour of spirited music and a special word of hope.

New local group debuts

A new musical group has organized and will debut in a program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

The group includes Colleen Brown, vocalist; Howard Brown, guitarist; Roscoe Dabney III, percussion; and Mike Casey, keyboard.

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.

Head Start enrollment

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2012-2013 school year. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income, and children with disabilities. Families need to income qualify, have a child with a disability or have extenuating family circumstances to be admitted into the program.

We are a government program that serves 3-5-year-old children and do not charge any fees for our services. Head Start does not provide transportation, however we have many families that volunteer to assist others. Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center collaborates with us and provides transportation to their facility after our morning class.

Needed items for enrollment include: complete and updated immunization record, proof of birth and proof of income for the year 2011. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office to set up an appointment with a staff member, (928) 474-2738. Once the application process has been completed, the child will be put on a waiting list until an opening is available. We encourage you to get the needed items for enrollment and call for an appointment, as classes are filling quickly.

Classes begin the last week in August.

We also provide an Early Head Start program that provides comprehensive Home Based services to pregnant women and children birth to 3 years of age. For more information on Early Head Start, please call Carla Ramsey at (520) 723-1217.

Non-fiction book drive

Rim Country Literacy Program is collecting non-fiction books for its spring book drive. Non-fiction books may be dropped off at any time at the RCLP Office at 1001 S. Beeline Highway, located behind the Knotty Pine Café. There is an outside bin. Other drop-off points include the Senior Circle, Curves, Edward Jones in Pine or Pine Elementary School. Call (928) 468-7257 for more information.

Holiday deadlines

The Payson Roundup will be closed Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day holiday. Early deadlines are as follows:

For the Tuesday, May 29 edition, club and almanac announcements are due by 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 23 (the paper will go together Friday, May 25).

For the Friday, June 1 edition, club and almanac announcements are due by 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30.

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