Community Almanac


Children’s Shopping Spree bingo benefit

The Payson Elks Lodge is hosting a benefit lunch and bingo session to raise funds for its annual holiday Children’s Shopping Spree.

The 5th Annual Luncheon & Bingo for the Children’s Shopping Spree is Saturday, Nov. 10. Lunch tickets must be purchased in advance at the Lodge and are $10 per person.

For the event, doors open at 11 a.m. for the sale of bingo cards, which will continue until 12:45 p.m., the minimum cost of bingo cards is $12; lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and features chicken salad and a choice of coffee or iced tea. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. and is open to everyone, even those not participating in the lunch.

The Payson Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Quilt Roundup

The 8th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will be held at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11.

Admission to the exhibition is $5, with those 12 and under admitted free. Bring a can/package of non-perishable food for our local food banks and receive a ticket for a daily drawing.

Concert at coffee shop

Vyktoria Pratt Keating will perform in concert from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.

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.

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. 10 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. 11 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.

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.

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 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the children.

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. 10, 17 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 24.

Payson’s Got Talent

Payson’s Got Talent is here! Family-appropriate acts in various age categories will compete in a local talent competition to be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for students K-12.

Lewis parody 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.

Business awards tickets available

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets to the 2012 Rim Country Business Awards Luncheon. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of seven. The awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. To make a reservation, call (928) 474-4515.

Have spaghetti and help food bank

The Rim Country Rotary is having a spaghetti dinner to help the Payson Food Bank.

Dinner is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for children under 10; with those under 5 admitted free.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department will have a free “Heartsaver” CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13. Please call MHA at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, its gift shop at the hospital and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Preregister for 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.

Scrub Sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15.

All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to the community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Chamber annual meeting

The 2012 Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting will be held at the Best Western Payson Inn at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14. A continental breakfast, hosted by the Best Western will be served. The annual meeting is open to all members with dues paid up to date. For more information, and to hold a seat, please call John Stanton at the Chamber, (928) 474-4515.


Honoring our veterans

Honoring our veterans

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.”

Payson Elks Lodge Veterans Day Dinner

The Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, will host a ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 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.

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.

Community Tribute to Veterans

A community tribute to veterans, 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; an invocation by Father Lowell Andrews; addresses by Mayor Kenny Evans, Police Chief Don Engler, Fire Chief Marty deMasi and a representative from the Tonto Apache Tribal Council. Following will be both dramatic and musical tributes.

After the public program, members of the Rim Country Classic Car Club will be hosting a selected number of veterans at lunch.

Taking control over the effects of Parkinson’s

Debbie Tiffany, physical therapist with Payson Physical Therapy, will be at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15.

She will discuss how you and physical therapy can help decrease the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

She graduated from Ohio State University with clinical expertise in acute care and outpatient physical therapy. She has a broad background with orthopedic and neurologically impaired patients and is certified as an LSVT “BIG” therapist, helping Parkinson’s patients work their way back to better physical health.

This lecture is free and open to the public; please call (928) 474-4876 to reserve your seat for this lecture. You are also invited to stay for lunch after the lecture. A suggested $4 donation is for the cost for lunch, and advance reservations are appreciated.

November Chamber Mixer

The November Chamber Mixer will be held at THAT Brewery in Pine from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. THAT Brewery is at the Rimside Grill location, the first building on the left a half-mile south of Pine on Highway 87.

This completely redone Micro Brewery is a great new addition to Rim Country. It provides different varieties of its own beer, as well as craft beers from other western breweries. The upgraded menu includes “pub grub” as well as the Rimside Grill’s well-known meats and vegetable entrees.

There will be beer sampling, snacks, door prizes, networking and fun. Cost is $3 per member and $5 per community. Bring cards and brochures to share. 

Please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515 to reserve a place for this great semi-holiday event.

Gem & Mineral Show

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club will be having their 15th Annual Gem & Mineral Show Nov. 17-18 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino bingo hall.

Gems, minerals, fossils and lapidary equipment will be available to purchase, as well as an education center for the children (and adults).

Admission is $3 for adults, children under 12 are free. Discount tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Payson Library, the Parks & Rec office and the USFS Office on East Highway 260.

For more information, call Margaret Jones at (928) 476-3513 or (928) 970-0857.

Tellabration time

Once again fans of old-fashioned storytelling will flock to Pine Community Center the Saturday before Thanksgiving for Tellabration.

Tellabration is a worldwide benefit evening of storytelling. The event in Pine includes a meet-and-greet and dinner with the guest storytellers, followed by an evening of lively Arizona tales.

The seating for the dinner is limited and costs $25 per person. It starts at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. in the community center dining room. To make a dinner reservation, call (928) 476-6427.

The evening of storytelling is at 7 p.m. in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall and will showcase the talents of Don Doyle, Doug Bland, Victor McCraw, Liz Warren, Dee Strickland, Dustin Loehr and Dorothy Anderson.

Admission to the storytelling event alone is $5 per person.

Proceeds will benefit the Pine Strawberry School.

Salvation Army bell ringers needed

Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers are needed 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.

To volunteer, please call John Morgan, (928) 474-8454.


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