Community Almanac


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 Highway (across the street from Wendy’s) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ReStore sale

The Payson Habitat for Humanity ReStore is overstocked and is having a cash and carry sale 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 who moved west where she fell in love with the wide open sky, peaceful deserts and majestic mountains and reflected in her art work.

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 sounds of Trouble in Paradise.  Parents and grandparents alike can sign up for free books for children, 5 and young, through the Imagination Library in partnership with Gila Country Library District. Funding for this program is through First Things First.   Hot dogs will be available for $2 from Hottie Dog on the Bun. 

Visit 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. Stop by 703 W. Main from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5.


Pine Apple Fest

Pine 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.

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 commercial and non-commercial categories. The proceeds will benefit the Pine/Strawberry Food Bank.

There will be activities for kids, food vendors, entertainment, antique cars and a great diversity of wares to purchase.

There is no admission. For more information, visit

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.

Tonto Apache Tribal Recognition Day

The Tonto Apache Tribe cordially invites the public to the following events in celebration of the 40th anniversary of tribal recognition:

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 grounds; 8 p.m., Fireworks show.

Brush pit schedule

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, Oct. 6, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 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.

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 will be participating. There will be various canine demonstrations, face painting and free refreshments. For details, 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.

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.

Volunteers will sew and embroider 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.  

Meet & Greet Republican candidates

Meet the candidates and enjoy a $5 pulled pork sandwich lunch from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Gila County Republican Headquarters, 616 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. There will be a silent auction and raffle baskets. Come and join this outside gathering for an informal way to get to know Republican candidates. Contact Jane Evans (928) 472-8430 or Nancy Cox (928) 472-1172 for more information.

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, 511 S. St. Phillips Street. 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.

To make an appointment to “Find the Hero in You,” call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) or visit www.UnitedBlood 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. 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.

Meditation book group forming Oct. 8

A new meditation book group is forming on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Payson Public Library meeting room. Class meetings will generally be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the second and fourth Mondays of each month until participants have covered the book, “True Meditation” (available through for approximately $15, this price includes a CD).

The group’s time together will include practical, guided meditation while sitting comfortably in chairs. Participants will also share about how to incorporate the suggestions in the book, in a realistic way, into everyday lives.

The facilitator, Kimberly Chambers, is a retired teacher with 35 years meditation practice, who has held countless book groups since the 1990s. There is no charge to attend.

Call (928) 478-6803 to express interest or for more information.

Republicans host Arizona Latino Republican group

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, Oct. 8 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. Members and guests may gather at 5:30 p.m. to order dinner and to socialize.

Beginning at 6 p.m., members of the ALRA will share their views on immigration and on how they are getting out the Republican Latino vote. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 or the Gila County Republican Party Headquarters (928) 478-6206 at 616 S. Beeline for more information or for rides to the polling places.

Democratic Women host congressional candidate

The Democratic Women of Rim Country will host Johnnie Robinson, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Robinson will speak following the group’s meeting at 11:30 a.m.

The program is open to all interested.

Candidates forum

Candidates for races throughout Gila County will participate in a forum hosted by the Miami-Globe Chamber of Commerce.

The forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Gila Community College Pueblo Campus, 8274 S. Six Shooter Canyon, Globe.

This will be the only opportunity for voters to see and hear candidates for supervisor, sheriff, recorder, treasurer and assessor.

For more information, call (928) 425-4495. For Payson residents, teleconferencing may be available. Please call for details.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The staff and volunteers at the Payson Senior Circle invite members of the community to join them for a free discussion about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and the latest research. This will also be an opportunity to find out about local resources for cancer patients.

“The Pink Panel” will convene at both 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Payson Regional Medical Center’s Health Outreach Center (Senior Circle building at 215 N. Beeline Highway).

Panelists will include Dr. Cindy Booth, Preferred Women’s Care; Renee Harrigan, PRMC Imaging Center; Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny, Payson Surgery Associates; Professor Heather Cunliff, TGEN; and Shirley Grady, American Cancer Society Coordinator.

The program is for women of all ages and it is not necessary to be a member of the Senior Circle to attend. Refreshments and a light menu will be offered.

Reserve a space by calling the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.


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