Community Almanac


Afternoon session at alternative high school

Are you looking for an alternative high school schedule? Payson Education Center is now seeking interested students to form an afternoon session from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. PEC is an accredited alternative high school located at 112 W. Cedar Lane. For more information call (928) 468-8509.

Free music and dancing

Kathleen Kelly and Jim West, voted “Best of the Rim” entertainers, will be playing at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Oct. 2 and 3. Music and dancing starts at 10:30 a.m. and goes until noon.

The event is free and open to the public. If you plan to stay for lunch after the show, please call (928) 474-4876 in advance for reservations.

Chilling reads on sale at library 

During the month of October, The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring all things spooky.  Stop by and select a book for a chilling read.  For the entire month of October, buy one mystery book at our already low price and get a second one free.  It’s a wonderful way to get into the mood for Halloween. 

Crafters who are anxious to get an early start holiday projects will want to stop by the bookstore too.  All year bookstore volunteers put aside holiday craft books and now it’s time to put them on display.  Don’t miss this chance to discover new ideas for the holiday season.

Bookstore prices range from $4 to $1 for hardback books based on copyright dates. The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information visit the Library Friends of Payson website at

Debate party

There are thousands of debate watch parties happening across the country, including one in Payson this Wednesday, Oct. 3. You are invited to come and cheer on President Obama with fellow supporters.

The event will be at 6 p.m. at 976 W. Paint Pony Dr., Payson.

Advise the hosts of your plan to attend by e-mailing

State legislators speak to Tea Party members

Current Arizona State House of Representatives member and candidate for the Arizona State Senate Chester Crandell, along with State House member Brenda Barton, up for re-election and new Arizona House Candidate Bob Thorpe will appear at the Payson Tea Party meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4.  They will share their progress on current legislation and their plans for the next legislative session.  The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260.  All are welcome.  For more information call (928) 468-1131.

Plant Sale

The Rim Area Gardeners will conduct a plant sale at the library from 9 a.m. until noon Friday, Oct. 5.  The plants are from the library clean up and members of RAG and include both indoor and outdoor plants, and other garden items such as pots and seeds.  The sale will be in Library Lobby and front patio.  RAG will make a donation to the library from the Plant Sale Proceeds.

Sale at Animal Welfare Thrift Shop

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5 the monthly first Friday half-off sale. The store is located at 434 S. Beeline Hwy., Suite B, C and D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop).  Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations. For more information call (928) 970-1097.

Time Out Thrift Shop sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a big sale Friday, Oct. 5.

Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off, plus this month, the shop will also have a $1 Bag Sale on all of its regular summer clothing (no Boutique or Western Wear included).

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Hwy. (across the street from Wendy’s) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The shop also has a large selection of Christmas items and will now accept debit and credit cards.

All profits from the shop support Time Out, Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and domestic violence programs for the community.


Apache Crown Dancer

Tonto Apache Tribe celebrates 40th anniversary

The Tonto Apache Tribe cordially invites the public to the following events in

celebration of the 40th anniversary of

tribal recognition:

Wednesday, Oct. 3

6:30 p.m. Tonto Apache Royalty Pageant

at the Mazatzal Hotel &

Casino, Mile Marker 251 on

Highway 87 south of town

Saturday, Oct. 6

8 a.m. 4-Mile Run from Home Depot

to Payson Event Center Rodeo

Grounds, across the highway

from Mazatzal Casino

8 a.m. Crown Dancing Competition,

north end of the rodeo


8 p.m. Fireworks show

ReStore sale

The Payson Habitat ReStore is overstocked and is having a cash and carry sale Tuesday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 5. Buy a minimum of $50 in merchandise and get 25 percent off your purchase. Pay cash and save.

Additionally, Friday, Oct. 5 and every first Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the ReStore will have extra savings up to 50 percent off on selected items.

Payson Habitat ReStore, next to Urgent Care in the McDonald’s shopping center, has a great selection of furniture too. To make a donation, call (928) 474-4247.

First Friday Soup and Salad

Join members of the Community Presbyterian Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., First Friday, Oct. 5 for Soup and Salad. There will be a choice of two soups , plus music will be provided and the Shuttle Bus will be running. A $5 donation for the meal goes to the Deacon’s Food Pantry.

Artists of the Rim Gallery

Spend First Friday, Oct. 5 at the Artists of the Rim Gallery on Main Street. The gallery will be showcasing its new artist and member, Carol Kane.

Kane is an East Coast native and earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, then moved west where she fell in love with the wide open sky, peaceful deserts and majestic mountains which are reflected in her masterful paintings, impressionistic landscapes and Native American figures.

Artist aficionados may remember Alan and Carole Snyder. They were active members of the gallery and will be rejoining it in October and will be highlighted as featured artists in November.

Please plan to stop by the gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, 408 W. Main Street.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art

Come join the First Friday gathering of friends and neighbors at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art.  Enjoy the soft rock, jazzy sounds of Trouble in Paradise as they perform a free concert in front of the store.  Parents and grandparents alike can sign up for free books.  Sign up forms for the Imagination Library in partnership with Gila Country Library District will be available.  By signing up, children receive a free book each month until they turn five.  Funding for this program is through First Things First.   Hot dogs will be available for $2 from Hottie Dog on the Bun.  For Octoberfest, all steins and mugs are 20 percent off.  Look for refreshments, music, and ambiance at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Historic Main St. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5.  

Down the Street Art Gallery

For First Friday in October, Down the Street Art Gallery will be honoring the apple harvest season and autumn with cider and apple flavored treats.  Meet the artists and see new works. Stop by 703 W. Main from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5.

Free airplane orientation flights

The youth of the Rim Country, ages 8 to 17, are invited to participate in an introduction to the basics of flying at the Payson Airport from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.

This a first-come, first-to-fly event; no reservations are needed, however, youth must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign a permission slip, or a signed permission slip may be brought to the event.

The pilots and ground volunteers of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810 Young Eagles Program of Payson is sponsoring the event. For details, call Marie at (928) 978-5139.

Fall Apple Fest

The Pine Strawberry Business Community is presenting the Fifth Annual Fall Apple Festival the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 at the Pine Strawberry Community Center and Ramada.

Festivities are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7.

This is a family event that this year will include the inaugural Apple Festival Antique Show in the Cultural Hall on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Fifth Annual Chili Cook-Off is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Enter your chili in the cook-off or come sample and judge the best chili in both commercial and non-commercial categories. The proceeds will go to benefit the Pine/Strawberry Food Bank.

There will be activities for kids in the Cultural Hall, selections of foods from the food vendors, entertainment will include 1920s music and car buffs will be able to look at antique cars. Vendors and artisans will be selling a great diversity of wares.

There is no admission. For more information visit the Web site:

Lioness Club Bake Sale

The Payson Lioness Club is having its annual “By Donation Bake Sale” at Safeway starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6. All proceeds benefit local charities and local Lions’ sight and hearing projects.  There will be sugar free treats and Lions Mints available.  For more information, please call Peggy at (928) 978-4560.

Home Depot Safety Fair

Home Depot is inviting Rim Country families to come out to its parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 for a program to bring awareness about Fire Safety/Prevention Week, which starts Oct. 9.

Various safety organizations from the Payson Police to the Hellsgate Fire Department, as well as the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue and the Mounted Posse will be participating. There will be various canine demonstrations and face painting will entertain families and free refreshments will be served. If you have questions, please call Crystal at (928) 970-0973.

Zane Grey Days Art, Crafts & World Bazaar

The 15th Zane Grey Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Bazaar is set to open free to the public at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, for a two-day event at the Gila County Courthouse grounds, across from the Payson Post Office. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Artisans and crafters from Payson and others will be converging on Payson to promote and sell their fine handcrafted works of art, including paintings, jewelry, clothing, decorative items, chain saw art demonstrations and music. A variety of native, ethnic and American foods will be available as well.

3rd Annual Breast Cancer Pillowcase sew is Saturday

October is Breast Cancer month and Quilting Sisters is holding its 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Pillowcase sew.

QS will have a small army of caring volunteers sewing and embroidering travel pillowcases with the words “Live, love and laugh”. 

Meet at Quilting Sisters at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 and plan to stay until the project is done.  

All of the pillowcases will be slipped over travel pillows that are being donated by Quilting Sisters and be delivered to Rim Country Valley Radiology and Oncology for distribution to patients battling breast cancer or other cancers during 2012. 

Hawaiian Luau

The Knights of Columbus organization is having a Hawaiian Luau Dinner Party at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at St. Philips Hall. Tickets are $14 per person. Call (928) 474-1114 for advance tickets.

Blood drive

There will be a Payson blood drive by United Blood Services from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8 at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

Give blood in October and you could find yourself sitting on the 50-yard-line when the Arizona Cardinals take on the St. Louis Rams.  Valley-based Scottsdale Insurance Company has donated two pairs of Ring of Honor level tickets to the Nov. 25 game that will be raffled among all October 1 – 31 United Blood Services blood drive and center donors.  To make your appointment to “Find the Hero in You,” call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) or visit and enter your Zip Code

All blood types are needed, however, Type O-negative is always in greatest demand.

Vacation Bible School at Nazarene Church

First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will be holding Vacation Bible School from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8 through Friday, Oct. 12 for those in kindergarten through sixth grade. The theme is “King Solomon’s Blog!”  There will be Bible stories, puppets, music, games, and snacks.  There is no charge for attending.  If you have any questions, please call the church at (928) 474-5890.


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