Community Almanac


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. 

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, Oct. 13 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, Oct. 14, 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.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted. RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.  

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 St.

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.

Celtic Ceilidh Saturday

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, along with Jennifer Baltz and Carl Allison. The Maschino School of Dance will be bringing five Highland dancers to perform as well. Additionally, Tucson stand-up comedian Clay Wood will entertain during stage changes for the musicians.

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.


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Abrams Brothers

Abrams Brothers concert Oct. 17

The Tonto Community Concert Association presents The Abrams Brothers

in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Single admission tickets are $35 at the door if seating is

available. For season ticket information, call 478-4363, 474-4189 or to online to


Coats for kids

Coats for Kids

October Jacket-a-Thon

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 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.

Coats for Kids

Kaitie’s Closet is once again seeking “Coats For Kids” with the onset of cold weather just around the corner. Leave donations in one of the many drop boxes around town, or bring to Beeline Business Equipment, 706 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.

Kaitie’s Closet is one of the largest monthly distributors in Rim Country of free children’s clothing, so please remember it when making donations this year. It is also a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax deductible organization. 

To volunteer or for more information, please call (928) 468-1036.

No Elks Oktoberfest

The Payson Elks Oktoberfest scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 has been canceled.

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 gerry-reynolds@hotmail .com.

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 Highway, 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.

October Chamber Mixer

The October Chamber Mixer will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 at Design Essentials, which is located at 1014 N. Beeline Highway.

Design Essentials will join with Any Key Solutions and Jonic Glass to host an “Oktoberfest” with brats and the usual accompaniments. 

This mixer will be a great chance to network with other businesses, pass your cards and brochures to people who need your goods and services. Remember, any member who donates a door prize gets a “2-minute commercial.” 

Please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515 to make a reservation, so there will be plenty of great eats. Cost is still just $3 for members and $5 for non-members.

Medicare Open Enrollment events for Rim Country

Open Enrollment is the one time of year when everyone with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage.

There are new benefits for all people with Medicare — whether you choose Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan with drug coverage or Medicare Supplement. Take advantage of Open Enrollment and you may be able to save money, get better coverage or both.

Open Enrollment starts on Oct. 15 and lasts through Dec. 7.

Open Enrollment events will have a general presentation and review of Medicare 2013 plan options, one-on-one enrollment assistance, screening for “extra help” programs and other benefits assistance.

The events in Rim Country will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 and Friday, Nov. 9, Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, 6124 N. Randall Place, Pine; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, Bible Church, 45239 Highway 188, Tonto Basin.

The Benefits and Advocacy Program of PGCSC is part of the Arizona State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). SHIP counselors do not recommend or endorse any particular company, plan or agent. The SHIP provides free objective information about insurance and benefits. For further information, contact the Benefits and Advocacy Program at Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, 8969 W. McCartney Road, Casa Grande, AZ 85194 or call (520) 836-2758 or 1-800-293-9393.

Register now 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 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.

New Senior Thrift Store hours

The Senior Thrift Store at 512 N. Main St., Payson, will switch to winter hours Oct. 22. The store will open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. after that date. Store hours until then will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (928) 474-3205.


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