Community Almanac


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.

Additional PRMC Breast Cancer Awareness events

A raffle for baked goods is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 at the PRMC Cafeteria.

Come bid on baked goods to help raise money for the Cancer Closet, which provides materials to help the victims of the disease through their treatment and recovery.

A PRMC 5k Fun Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness will start at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at Green Valley Park.

Come out and walk to show support for local women battling and recovering from breast cancer.  Registration is $10 per person and all ages are welcome.  For registration forms and waivers, please call (928) 472-1275.

Radiothon for Family Violence Awareness

The 9th Annual Radiothon to raise awareness and funds for victims of family violence will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 at Chapman Motors.

KMOG and KRIM will be on the air all day with interviews and information regarding this important problem. Call in on Thursday to (9280 468-8300 or come to Chapman Motors to make donations.

There will be beverages, food and raffles for those of you who join us in person.  Please take time to call if you aren’t able to be there.  

Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country is sponsoring this event.

Propositions and initiatives discussion set by Tea Party

The Payson Tea Party will have a discussion of the pros and cons of the nine ballot measures from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Payson.

Bring your election guide, recently mailed to all registered voters by the Secretary of State’s office and join the discussion.

For more information, call (928) 468-1131.

Register for Pioneer Cemetery Tour, luncheon

Back by popular demand, the Northern Gila County Historical Society is proud to present a free tour of the Payson Pioneer Cemetery at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, followed by an optional lunch prepared and served by Duke and Terry Wilbanks at the Lone Pine Hotel on Main Street. There will be a charge of $7.00 per person for lunch at this historic venue. Reservations for lunch are requested and would be appreciated for the tour as well. Contact the Rim Country Museum at (928) 474-3483 or stop by 700 Green Valley Parkway.

Located in Payson at Vista and Mesa streets, the Pioneer Cemetery is owned and cared for by the Payson Womans Club. Local historian and author Jinx Pyle will guide the tour and impart the history and lore of our community, as only Jinx can.

The Northern Gila County Historical Society is a non-profit organization and operates the Zane Grey Cabin and Rim Country Museum located at Green Valley Park. Consider joining the organization, which is dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Rim Country. Volunteers are needed as tour guides, gift shop attendants and guaranteed a fulfilling experience.

Church rummage sale

The Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W Lake Drive (at Green Valley Park), will be holding a large Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13.  There will be something for everyone, plus free coffee and goodie bags for sale.  


The Rim Country Celts group is having its Third Ceilidh (a public Celtic celebration) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Celtic Ceilidh (Public Celebration)

The Rim Country Celts group is having its Third Ceilidh (a public Celtic celebration) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. Admission is $5 per person. Dinner is available for an additional $7 per person. The menu will include a choice of two stews, soda bread, a scone and drink (water, iced tea, lemonade, or coffee). The evening will feature Irish, Scottish and Celtic music and dance. Scheduled to entertain are The Strand, a great Celtic band from the Valley, A Fine Fettle, a Payson band, the Payson duo of Jim West and Kathleen Kelly and Pine’s Trouble in Paradise. The Maschino School of Dance will be bringing five Highland dancers to perform as well. The Daughters of Scotia, a newly formed service group for women of Scottish heritage, will be holding a raffle at the event. Vendors of fine Celtic goods will be available with their wares throughout the evening.

For additional information, please call Lloyd Gibson, Rim Country Celts, at (575) 649-5015.

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, Oct. 12. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

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

Shred-A-Thon helps Time Out Shelter

The next Payson Shred-A-Thon will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 12 or until the truck is full, whichever comes first.

Businesses and individuals can take advantage of this mobile shredding service to properly dispose of sensitive documents onsite in the parking lot of Walmart. 300 N. Beeline Hwy.

Look for the TNT Shredding truck parked near the highway in the Walmart parking lot. TNT Shredding is HIPAA compliant and meets all the privacy requirements for document destruction.

The cost per bankers box (10-inches-by-12-inches-by-15-inches) is $6, cash or check for payment. Other sized boxes may be used, but the cost will be estimated based on volume. TNT Shredding will donate part of the proceeds to Time Out Shelter. Bring sensitive documents, get them shredded and support the Time Out Shelter.

This event is sponsored by the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, Time Out Shelter and TNT Shredding.

Contact Tim at (480) 329-7412 for further information.

Rabies vaccination clinic

The Towns of Payson and Star Valley, along with Gila County Rabies Control will have a low cost rabies vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main, Payson.

The cost of the vaccination is $10. Dog licenses will also be sold: Payson fees are $20 for unaltered dogs and $7 for those that are spayed/neutered; Star Valley fees are $7 for unaltered dogs and $5 for spayed/neutered dogs; Gila County fees are $15 for unaltered and $7 for spayed /neutered. All transactions must be in cash.

No other vaccinations will be available and animals must be secured at all times.

For more information, call (928) 474-9292.

Musical Jam for Homeless

A musical jam event to help the homeless will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway.

Coming to Payson and hosting this free jam event to help the homeless is a group called the Blessing. Their music consists of a variety of styles of praise and worship.

All musicians, singers and artists are invited to come and display their talents and participate on stage.

Making a special appearance from Phoenix and performing his original music on keyboard is Richard Meisal.

The public can help too by donating travel size items of hygiene products such as shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, shavers and shaving cream, combs and brushes, etc.

Opportunity to support students in need

At the beginning of our last school year, Payson Unified School District identified more than 500 displaced (homeless) students and many disadvantaged students who are not homeless. These students face many challenges.

The Rim Country Optimist Club and Payson Senior Center are again partnering to hold the 2nd Annual Falling Leaves Fashioneesta Luncheon and Fashion Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 to benefit these young people. Tickets are $15 per person and there are raffle tickets. To reserve a spot or get in on the raffles contact Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

Business awards tickets available

Starting Saturday, Oct. 13, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will be 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 Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

To make a reservation, call (928) 474-4515.

Elks Oktoberfest

The Payson Elks will have an Oktoberfest with a complete German Bavarian Style Dinner Saturday, Oct. 13. No-host cocktail service starts at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m.

All Elks and guests are welcome. The cost is $12 per person

There will be a Jam Band performance from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. as well.

Jazz concert

The Ron Eschete’ Trio will perform in concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson,

Ron Eschete’ will be on seven-string guitar; Todd Johnson on six-string bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums. A $5 donation is requested. Reserve a seat by calling (602) 619-3355 or e-mail

Comedy night

A Comedy Night with Leeland Klassen will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson.

Doors open at 6 p.m., admission is $15 per person. The evening will also include ice cream and coffee available for purchase from Scoops.

Longhorn Homecoming Week

The Payson Longhorns’ Homecoming Week is Oct. 15 to Oct. 19. Students are invited to come out for the Bonfire at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 in the empty lot south of the west parking lot. Food will be provided for students. Water and desserts will be available for sale.

The Payson Longhorns will be hosting the Coronado Dons for Homecoming at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19.

Arizona Road Scholar at Payson Public Library

The Library Friends of Payson is proud to present Mary Melcher, Ph.D., a “Road Scholar” with the Arizona Humanities Council, as the speaker at the Monday, Oct. 15, meeting.

Doctor Melcher’s topic will be “Giving Birth in Rural Arizona During the Early Twentieth Century”. She is the author of “Pregnancy, Motherhood and Choice in Twentieth-Century Arizona” and this publication will be available for sale and signing. The Library Friends of Payson meeting, which is held in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m., with the program at 10:30 a.m.

The public is invited to this free program, which is a chance to learn more about the history of Arizona during its Centennial year. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, call the Payson Public Library, (928) 474-9260.

Jewelry sale

A $6 jewelry sale is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance). Rings, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, chains, sets, bracelets, pashminas, popcorn blouses, totes, scarves, boys’ and girls’ watches and gift items, designer style sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Hopi dancers at Payson Care

Traditional Hopi Dancers will provide a demonstration at the Payson Care Center at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. There will also be free fry bread made right there on the spot. The community is invited to attend. Payson Care Center is located at 107 E. Lone Pine Dr., just west of the hospital. The event is free.

Payson Care Center October Jacket-a-Thon

The Payson Care Center is collecting new and lightly used jackets for the more than 400 disadvantaged and displaced children in the Payson School District.

Bring a donated jacket, in youth sizes 4 to 16, to the Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Drive, just west of the hospital.  

Jackets will be distributed through the school district the first week in November. For more information please contact Christy VanderMolen at (928) 951-2305.

Grand opening for new Humane Society Shelter

The Humane Society of Central Arizona will hold special events and ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of its new shelter facilities both Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20.

The community at large is invited to share in the celebration.

On Friday a mobile van will be on site to offer low-cost spay-neuter services as well as micro chipping.

Saturday activities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as tours, demonstrations, art activities, adoption specials and more.     

The new facility address is 605 W. Wilson Court, Payson, Ariz. For more information contact the shelter at (928) 474-5590

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Free screening of ‘2016: Obama’s America’

The 2012 documentary, “2016: Obama’s America” is being shown for three free screenings Friday, Oct. 19 at the community room of Messinger’s Mortuary.

The documentary about President Obama’s life has been shown in movie theaters around the country to paying audiences.

Robert McQueen, a local real estate broker, has purchased a copy of the film and will have it shown at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19.


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