Community Almanac


Help church group help victims of Sandy

A team from Payson Crossroads Foursquare Church recently received training to be certified as responders to catastrophic events nationwide. The group is certified in the National Emergency Management System to be able to be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The catastrophic storm Sandy occurred almost immediately after the group’s training and it has not had time to raise any funds to launch a response effort.

Members are asking the community to help raise sufficient money to send five trained individuals to help with recovery efforts.

To help, contact Pastor Gordon Hauptman of Crossroads Foursquare Church at (928) 474-2602 or (928) 978-2062.

The church is at 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson.

First Friday half-off sale 

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop on Nov. 2 for our monthly First Friday half-off merchandise sale.

The store, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is located at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop). Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations. For more information, call (928) 970-1097.

St. Philip Parish Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

St. Philip the Apostle Parish annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Homemade cinnamon buns and coffee will be sold for breakfast on Sunday.

The event is in the parish hall at 511 S. St. Philip Street.

In addition to selling delicious baked goods, lovingly made crafts, and one-of-a-kind items, three extraordinary works of art will be raffled off at noon. Tickets can be purchased each day of the sale until the drawing is held.

First Friday

Benefit spaghetti dinner calendar sale plus live music

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center’s pre-kindergarten class is hosting a spaghetti dinner and calendar sale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday Nov. 2 at the church to raise money to help needy children during the holidays. The dinner is only $5, and the 2013 calendar which features artwork by the children is $8.

There will also be live music with guitar jazz vocalist Joanie Smith, bassist Larry Brasen and Gerry Reynolds on drums playing jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, pop favorite’s from the late 20th Century and even a few country tunes to boot. 

The church is located at 800 W. Main Street.

Day of the Dead art show

Down the Street Art Gallery on West Main Street is having their Dios de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” art show again this year. Come join the celebration in honor of our departed loved ones First Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

First Friday at Bootleg Alley

Ken and Brenda, owners of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, wish to thank all of their customers with a free concert on First Friday by Payson favorite, John Carpino. Donate canned goods and/or cash to the food bank. Be sure to stop by the Humane Society table where volunteers Betty and Jack accept donations and sell raffle tickets benefiting our furry friends.

Fun, music, ambiance and refreshments await locals and tourists on First Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Historic Main St. 

Potters to rejoin gallery

Popular potters Carole and Alan Snyder have returned and are rejoining Artists of the Rim gallery on Historic Main Street.

Please welcome them back, First Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rim Churches plan pre-election prayer services

Seven of the Rim Country churches involved with the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship (PCMF), are having special pre-election prayer services.

All citizens are encouraged to attend at least one of the services, which will be held:

• 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar, Payson

• 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, Pine’s Church on Randall Place, 6338 W. Randall Place, Pine

• 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• Tuesday, Nov. 6, pray wherever you are and also be sure to vote.


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Vocal stylings of 42Five will wow all ages

Doo-wop to hip-hop

The Tonto Community Concert Association presents 42Five in concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The a cappella group strides through a myriad of musical styles, from doo-wop to hip-hop. Their flawless vocal stylings are only matched by their signature humor and on-stage antics.

Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and students under the age of 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

For more information, visit the association Web site at or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Sunshine Cleaning canned food drive

Get your car spruced up and checked before the holidays and help Rim Country residents facing a difficult winter. Sunshine Cleaning is having a canned food drive from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3 at Chapman Auto Center.

Bring in canned food for the food bank and get free pizza from Pizza Factory; car mats and car windows cleaned for free by Sunshine Cleaning; and free test drives of cars on Chapman’s lot.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, Nov. 3 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, Nov. 4 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

Christmas Boutique in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be open every weekend in November for the annual Holiday Boutique.

Come and get in the holiday spirit in the Pine Community Center craft room, 3886 N. Highway 87 in Pine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 24.

Bunco party

A Bunco party will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. All are welcome.

Cost is $15 and includes a taco salad lunch and iced tea (you may purchase soft drinks). Door prizes and cash prizes will be offered. Only 48 tickets will be sold, so get your ticket early at the Elks Lodge bar.

Almost New Thrift Shop monthly $1 Bag Sale

Select from clothes, shoes, belts — anything to wear (except for jewelry) and can fit into one of our bags, can be yours for just one dollar. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. This month’s sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5. Proceeds benefit health scholarship funds and the many other programs of the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Talent show auditions

Payson’s Got Talent is here! Up to 12 family-appropriate acts in each age category will be accepted. Preliminary rounds of auditions will be Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 5-7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Grades K-8 are scheduled for Monday night, high school students for Tuesday and adults for Wednesday.

You may enter a prepared act by filling out a form at the Payson Public Library and paying a $10 entry fee. The public is welcome to attend preliminary rounds. A small donation will be asked at the door.

The finals will be Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for students K-12. For more information, call Kathy Siler at Payson High School.

Election Day rides

The Republican Party will provide rides to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Call the Republican Headquarters at (928) 478-6206 on weekdays to make arrangements for transportation.

Salvation Army bell ringers needed

There will be a potluck for Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Nazarene Church, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Bring a dish to share. The time will be used to sign up bell ringers that would like to volunteer for two-hour shifts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting the Friday after Thanksgiving at Walmart, Safeway, Bashas’ and Walgreens. 

The funds raised from the kettles, including checks, all stay in Payson to help those in need.

If you can’t make the potluck and want to sign up, please call John Morgan, (928) 474-8454.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

The church will host a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on the second Friday of every month. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Reserve a table now for Cookie Walk, Craft Fair

Shepherd of the Pines Cookie Walk is back by popular demand! Dozens of homemade cookies with holiday tins will be offered. All proceeds will benefit local organizations. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

Crafts and holiday gifts will also be for sale. Vendor tables are $10; call Paula Knight at (928) 468-1846 by Nov. 3 to reserve your table.

High Country Holiday Bazaar

The Community Presbyterian Church’s High Country Holiday Bazaar is another place to look for those unique gifts. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

A variety of arts and crafts and baked good will be available, along with a chili lunch. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from 11 1 p.m. for the children.

Open House for supporters of vets returning from combat

 A chance to visit with returning veterans and those who have supported the Merritt Center’s training for integration and civilian reentry with donations will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Merritt Lodge in Payson.

The Merritt Center offers a free 4-weekend educational program to returning combat vets. Stop in to hear the stories of these veterans and those who have financially supported the program that allowed them to return “all the way home.” Tour the lodge, enjoy refreshments and listen to musicians.

Send an email to RSVP with the number of friends and family attending our open house to For more information or an application, visit or call (800) 414-9880 or (928) 474-4268.

Veterans offered free driving safety class

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered to veterans and their dependents free of charge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

The course is also available online at 50 percent off the regular price through Nov. 30.

To learn more about the classroom course, call (928) 472-9290. For additional details about the online course, visit and enter the promotional code, “VETERANS.”

Veterans Day events

Payson and Rim Country residents will honor veterans with two programs for Veterans Day.

The first will be by the Payson Elks Lodge Saturday, Nov. 10. A ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, with a dinner to follow. The members of the Elks will provide a free meal to veterans featuring pork roast, buttered and parslied noodles, vegetables and a salad. The cost for non-veterans is $8 per plate.

A second ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The event will include the presentation and retirement of the colors by the Payson Military Honor Guard and Civil Air Patrol Cadets and more.

Lewis play at church

A live dramatic production of “The Screwloose Lectures” will be presented at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway. This is a parody of C.S. Lewis’ famous “Screwtape Letters.” 

Child care will be provided for nursery- age children. Admission is free. For information, call (928) 474-9279.

Time to Turkey Trot

It’s autumn and that means it’s time for the annual Turkey Trot 5K at Green Valley Park on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Register at the Payson Parks office in Green Valley Park or go online to The pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 14. All pre-registrants will receive a cozy sweatshirt. Day-of registrants are not guaranteed a sweatshirt.

Day-of registration will start at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at approximately 9 a.m. The race will start and end at Green Valley Park. The fee for those 10 and older is $40; or students through the 12th grade with ID can register for $25, but the fee does not include sweatshirt.

Winners of this year’s competition will receive a turkey sponsored by Safeway, Inc. The top three places in each age group will receive medals.

Scoops Ice Cream and Espresso, along with Safeway, will provide refreshments.

To volunteer, please contact Janell Blizzard at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.


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