Community Almanac


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 for youth

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.

Bridal Boutique in Pine

In celebration of June, the month of weddings, the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store has been transformed into a Bridal Boutique. Several wedding dresses that retailed for more than $500 are on sale for under $100. Also featured are accessories to go along with the dresses.

There will be a Fill-A-Bag sale through June 2, for $2 a bag. The store is located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For local donation pick-ups, call (928) 476-4633.

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.

Ribbon cutting

Village Wool is celebrating its first anniversary with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 1.  Village Wool is located at 418 S. Beeline Highway, behind ERA. Village Wool is a great yarn shop, and with its move to Payson has augmented Loot, Black & Tan, Time Out, First Securities, ERA, Dr. Beier, and Sacred Skin to make the area a walkable business venue.

Benefit supper

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center will have a benefit supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 1 at 800 W Main St. Dinner will include a meatball sandwich, salad, chips, dessert and a drink for just $5. Dine-in or take-out is available.  There will be musical entertainment during dinner and the bus will be running up and down Main Street to visit the spots celebrating First Friday. 

Also this month, there will be homemade jellies, jams, salsas and more for sale.


Mountain High Games June 1-3

The Mountain High Games take place June 1-3 at Payson Event Center with a wide variety of fun and challenging events for people of all ages and skill levels.

Friday, June 1

Noon to 5 p.m., Registration for all events

4-6 p.m., Archery Practice

4:45-5:45 p.m., BBQ dinner for ATV riders

5:45-7 p.m., ATV Trail Ride

7 p.m., ATV Rodeo,

admission $2

Saturday, June 2

6 a.m., Registration

7 a.m., 5K Trail Run

8 a.m., ATV Trail Ride

8:30 a.m., Mtn Bike Race

9:30 a.m., Kids Mtn Bike Race

10 a.m., NPPR Fishing Demo

11 a.m., 3D Archery Tourney

Noon, Horseshoe Tournament

Saturday, June 2

1 p.m., Dutch Oven

Cooking Contest

3 p.m., Pinecone

Throwing Contest

5 p.m., Sawdust Events

7 p.m., Truck Demolition

Derby, admission $10

Sunday, June 3

7 a.m., ATV Trail Ride

First Friday fun

Cool June evenings make for a perfect time to walk Historic Main Street with friends, neighbors and visitors. First Friday promises to be a great time at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. At this monthly gathering, enjoy the music of Junction 87, Payson’s favorite band; take a picture with the Payson Jail Girls while purchasing rodeo raffle tickets, buttons and shirts. The Humane Society of Central Arizona will accept donations and is selling raffle tickets. Be sure to join Ken and Brenda for fun, music and refreshments at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 1. 

ZUMBA at the Oxbow

ZUMBA returns to the Oxbow for another First Friday event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 1, hosted by local ZUMBA instructor Christy Walton and the Oxbow Saloon.

It’s a workout, it’s a party, it’s a fund-raiser and it all takes place in the Oxbow’s beautiful outdoor courtyard. The admission fee is $10 and funds will go toward helping local families who are battling cancer.

The Oxbow Saloon is located at 607 W. Main St. For more information, call Christy at (928) 595-0406.

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. 

Computer group

The Payson Area Computer Association will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 pm, Friday, June 1 in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library.

The speaker will be Ray Baxter, who will discuss and demonstrate the uses of Windows Media Player as it relates to music files. Come and learn how to “rip” and “burn” and organize a music collection on a computer. Attendees are encouraged to bring their Windows based laptops (that have optical drives) along with up to three music CDs and there will be a demonstration of how copies can be made of both audio and mp3s for personal use.

Attendance at the first meeting is always free; after that, dues are $10 per family, per year. 

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.

Ponderosa Men’s Breakfast

Rim Country men — residents and visitors alike — are invited to enjoy Breakfast for a Buck at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 2 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

The breakfast is prepared by Keith Talley and his crew and the accompanying meeting will also feature Larry Derocher, speaking about “Life, divine appointments, and thanking God for answered prayers.”

American Legion Riders

The Payson American Legion Riders monthly meeting is Saturday, June 2 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260., Payson.

Breakfast is at 9:15 a.m., with a business meeting to follow at 10 a.m. Topics of discussion will include the directors’ reports on the financial results for the recent Fun Run for Payson Supply Line.

Members and interested individuals are invited to attend. For more information, call Post 69 at (928) 474-6969. 

Democratic Headquarters grand opening is Saturday

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County has scheduled June 2 for the Grand Opening of its 2012 Headquarters. The headquarters is located at 1101 S. Beeline Highway, between the south Circle K and Sunshine Carpet Cleaners in Payson. Refreshments will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Music at CPC

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., presents a concert by Starlight from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2. Starlight consists of locals Howard and Colleen Brown, and their friends, Mike Casey and Roscoe Dabney III.

Starlight performs many lovely songs from the Great America Songbook, featuring music by Cole Porter, Carpenters, Chicago, Rogers & Hart, and Earth Wind & Fire. A $5 donation is requested at door and includes refreshments.

For more information, please call (928) 978-9368.

Learn about skin cancer

Skin is the largest organ of the body and skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than 2 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are reported each year. 

Please join Dr. Peter Zonakis at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 6 when he speaks to Senior Circle about the types of skins cancer, risk factors, signs and symptoms and prevention.

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

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.

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.

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


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