Community Almanac


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.

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 Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. To make a reservation, call (928) 474-4515.

Longhorn Homecoming Week festivities planned

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.

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.

Abrams Brothers concert Wednesday at PHS Auditorium

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 go online to

October Chamber Mixer takes place at Design Essentials

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. Take advantage of Open Enrollment now through Dec. 7 and you may be able to save money, get better coverage or both.

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.

For further information, contact the Benefits and Advocacy Program at Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens at 1-800-293-9393.


Historical talk and luncheon

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.


Humane Society to celebrate new shelter

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Humane Society to celebrate new 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 microchipping.

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, just south of Main Street and west of McLane Road.

For more information, contact the shelter at (928) 474-5590.

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is a 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 in 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.

Children’s Book Sale

There will be a Children’s Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at Kevin Dick Investments, 715 S Beeline Highway. There will be hundreds of children’s books available for all ages, from pre-kindergarteners to students in middle and high school. Most books are in very good or like-new condition.

Proceeds benefit Rim Country Literacy Program, a 501c 3 organization. Call (928) 468-7257 for more information.

Tootsie Roll Drive

Members of the Payson Knights of Columbus will be distributing free Tootsie Rolls during their annual Tootsie Roll Drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend in front of Safeway, Walmart and Walgreens.

Council members will be accepting donations to help Payson Special Olympics in specially marked canisters for the disabled.

Meet the Hellsgate Fire Board candidates

There will be a Meet and Greet for the candidates running for a position on the Hellsgate Fire District Board of Directors at 9 a.m., Saturday Oct. 20 at the Moose Lodge, 4211 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley. 

Spooktacular Dance

Time is running out to put together that Halloween costume. The annual Spooktacular Dance for the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund is this Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Oxbow Saloon.

Admission is $10 per person and is open only to those 21 and older. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Moonshine Mafia plays from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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.

Reduce the risk of falls

If you are concerned about possible falls or are caring for someone and have the same concern for them, Powell House and KC’s Home Health have teamed up to help by providing a free presentation on how to decrease the potential for falls and how to safely transfer someone you are caring for.

The program, presented by local KC’s Home Health therapists, will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 at the Powell House. located at 806 W. Longhorn Road. Call Hunter Comton at (928) 474-6249 for questions or directions.

Rim Churches plan pre-election prayer services

Seven of the Rim Country churches involved with the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship (PCMF), are having special pre-election prayer services.

All citizens are encouraged to attend at least one of the services, which will be held:

• 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson

• 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson

• 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, Cowboy Church of Star Valley Baptist, E. Hwy. 260

• 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar, Payson

• 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, Pine’s Church on Randall Place, 6338 W. Randall Place, Pine

• 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• Tuesday, Nov. 6, pray wherever you are and also be sure to vote.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

There’s an old saying that you can’t really understand another person’s experience until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Time Out Inc. would like to give Rim residents that experience and provide an opportunity to participate in a fun way to support the organization’s Emergency and Transitional Domestic Violence Shelter.

The annual walkathon is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 on West Main Street, from the Community Presbyterian Church and back. There will be a short program prior to the walk and a special closing afterward.

A pledge in any amount is welcome — $75 will provide shelter for one person for one night.

To learn more, call (928) 468-8635.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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. Registration is $10 per person and all ages are welcome.  For registration forms and waivers, please call (928) 472-1275.

Help needed

Ray Kinsman of Payson participates in this year’s Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Phoenix, he is probably going to be the event’s oldest participant. The event this year will be Nov. 9 through Nov. 11 and Kinsman will be 88 on Oct. 21. Kinsman is walking in memory of his late wife, Theresa, who died of brain cancer. The three-day, 60-mile walk costs $2,300 for a participant to join, Kinsman said. He needs about $1,300 more in donations to help him reach the goal, he said. Donations on his behalf can be made at or by calling 800-996-3329. Kinsman has been in Payson for 23 years and had donated years of service to a wide range of organizations in that time.

Raffle for field trip

The third- and fourth-grade combo class at the Payson Community Christian School is planning a field trip the first week of May 2013 to The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. The Creation Museum is an impressive museum that includes all kinds of scientific information from the Biblical perspective. 

To help the students and school raise the funds for the trip — an estimated $12,000 — Scott Helmer of Rim Country Guns has donated a Ruger 10-22 Take Down Rifle to raffle. The tickets are $5 for one or six for $25. The tickets for the raffle may be purchased from the Christian School Office, 213 S. Colcord Road, and the phone number is (928) 474-8050. Tickets can also be purchased at Rim Country Guns, 513 S. Beeline Highway, call (928) 474-8000 for details. Participants must be able to legally own a gun and be 18 or older. The drawing is planned for Dec. 20, 2012.

Marine Corps birthday bash

The Rim Country Detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold its annual birthday celebration Nov. 3 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. The evening kicks off at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. and guest speaker, Sergeant Nick Gervase and ceremonies are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entertainment follows.

Contact Col. Bill Sahno, (928) 472-6617 or MGySgt. Lee Bumbalow, (928) 468-1095 for tickets or for more information.

Academic Decathlon volunteer judges needed

Volunteer judges are needed for the Academic Decathlon competition to be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at Payson High School.

Community members will help judge the speech and interview portion of the multi-school event. No prior experience is needed and training materials will be sent before the event.

Kristi Ford, Academic Decathlon coordinator, will offer a brief training before the event which starts at 7:30 p.m. Please contact Kristi at or call the high school front office at (928) 474-2233 with any questions.


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