Community Almanac


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.

Payson Farmer’s Market opens Saturday, May 26

Opening day of the fourth season of the Payson Farmers Market is Saturday, May 26.

Vendors expected to participate on opening day include Schneph Farms, which is bringing fresh-picked, juicy peaches this week. There will be pony rides for the kids too. The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway (Sawmill Crossing), behind Chili’s. For more information, go online to

‘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.

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., Saturday, May 26.

Taylor Pool opens May 26

Taylor Pool, located at North Rumsey Park on North McLane Road, opens for the season Saturday, May 26.

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 www.EvoSwimSchool .com/Payson. For more information or to book a pool party, call 1-877-539-5009 or e-mail

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.

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.

Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum hosts Daisy Flores

The Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum will host Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores at its next meeting at noon, Wednesday, May 30.

Flores attended the University of Arizona on a Flinn Scholarship and earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in Near Eastern Studies. She furthered her education at the same institution and earned a master’s degree in the same subject. In 1997 she completed her education with a doctorate of law degree from the University of Arizona Law School.

The subject of her lecture is “Post Hosni Mubarak Egypt and the repercussions of the May 2012 Presidential elections.” The public is invited to attend. The Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum meets at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson.

Rim Relay for Life

Help stamp out cancer with your support of the annual Rim Relay for Life from 6 p.m., Friday, June 1 through 6 a.m., Saturday, June 2. It takes place at the Payson High School track at the Longhorn football field. The opening ceremony is planned for 6 p.m., with a Survivor’s Lap around the track at 6:15 p.m. and the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. Closing ceremonies take place at 6 a.m. Luminarias to decorate with a personal message or remembrance are available at the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, and will also be offered at the Relay for Life event.

Mountain High Games

The first weekend in June, Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3, the town, with help of many supportive sponsors, will host the Mountain High Games with a wide variety of fun and challenging events for people of all ages and skill levels. Details can be found in the special edition of The Rim Review included in today’s Payson Roundup.

Humane Society benefit

Make a difference for the animals served by the Humane Society of Central Arizona by attending an afternoon filled with music, merriment, food and wine on the picturesque grounds at Randall Ranch in Rye from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2.

For $100 per person, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, delectable desserts, live bluegrass and blues, and the opportunity to meet monumental sculptor Chris Navarro showcasing his bronze art. Wines will be presented by McNab Ridge Winery of Ukiah, Calif. and Beverage Place in Payson. On stage will be Dirt Music Express with traditional bluegrass, southern blues and vintage country western music.

There will be a raffle for a trip to California’s wine country. The trip includes round-trip airfare to Oakland and a three- night stay, wine and food pairings and spa treatments at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, Calif.

Tickets for the event are being pre-sold online at, or through the board of directors and individual ticket captains. All proceeds will benefit the animals served by the Humane Society of Central Arizona a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

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.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

The Payson Lioness Club will have a benefit spaghetti dinner Flag Day for Veterans Helping Veterans from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 14 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The cost is $6 per person. The evening will include a Silent Auction and music by Patrick Neibauer.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Items for the Silent Auction are still needed. To make a donation or arrange for tickets, please call Peggy at (928) 978-4560.

Canoe, bikes to be raffled

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, at the corner of Highways 260 and 87, is having a raffle for an 18-foot fiberglass canoe and a pair of Cruiser bikes.

Proceeds will help benefit PAHH’s latest project, A Brush with Kindness.

A limited number of tickets will be sold.

The ReStore is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. To find out more, call (928) 474-4247.


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