Community Almanac


Free clothing for children

Kaitie’s Closet representatives will distribute free clothing for children from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road.

Anyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome.

Early voting

The Gila County Recorder’s Office will be conducting Early Voting at the following locations and times in the month of October:

• Whispering Pines, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, Whispering Pines Fire Station

• Gisela, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Gisela Community Center

The Gila County Recorder’s Office would like to remind all registered voters that early voting for the 2012 General Election began Oct. 11. You may cast an early ballot at either the Gila County Recorder’s Payson Satellite Office, 201 W. Frontier St., until 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2.

The last day to request a ballot by mail is Friday, Oct. 26. All ballots voted by mail must be received by 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6 at either the Globe or Payson Recorder’s Offices. Ballots voted by mail may also be dropped off at any Gila County polling site no later than 7 p.m., Nov. 6.

If you have not received or have damaged, lost or spoiled your ballot, contact the Gila County Recorder’s Office in Payson at 201 W. Frontier St. or in Globe at 1400 E. Ash St. If you have questions, you can contact the Gila County Recorder’s Office at (928) 402-8734 or (928) 402-8731.

Attention Mesa del voters

Early ballots sent to voters who live in the Mesa del Caballo area did not include the Governing Board Member Election for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District. The Gila County Recorder’s Office and the Gila County Department of Elections will be mailing a paper ballot containing the Northern Gila County Sanitary District Board Member election to those voters who have already received their Early Ballot.

Ballots issued at the polling place will include the Northern Gila County Sanitary District election.

Questions should be directed to the Gila County Recorder, (928) 402-8734 or to the Gila County Department of Elections, (928) 402-8708.

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.

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 to help domestic violence shelter

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.

Chili Supper tonight benefits animals


The 16th Annual Chili Supper will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. This popular event is presented by PAWS in the Park for the benefit of Rim Country animals. Tickets for the Chili Supper are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Advance tickets are available at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St., and at the Humane Society Thrift Store, east of the Payson Senior Center on West Main Street. Tickets will also be available at the door tonight.

PHS Drama students to present ‘Sweeney Todd’

The Payson High School Drama Department will present “Sweeney Todd” by Tim Kelly in three performances this week.

The play features senior Cody Schuler in the title role of Sweeney Todd and junior Leah Brahm as Mrs. Lovett.

The production is rated PG because of the suggested theme of killing victims for money and jewels – the play’s notorious “meat pies” are mentioned once, but are not discussed or described, said Kathy Siler, the department’s director.

Performances will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 27, with a matinee at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 at the PHS Longhorn Theatre by the auditorium.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and students in grades 1-12; and $3 for Thespian Society cardholders.

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, 88, of Payson, plans to participate in this year’s Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure in Phoenix Nov. 9-11 in memory of his late wife, Theresa, who died of brain cancer. The three-day, 60-mile walk costs $2,300 for a participant and Kinsman needs your donations to help him reach the goal. Donations on his behalf can be made at or by calling 800-996-3329.

Library Costume Parade

The Payson Public Library will have its Trick or Treat Costume Parade at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26.

The library’s first parade is for youngsters not old enough to be in school and those that are home-schooled; the later event is for those in school or who could not come earlier. Each will start in the library meeting room for stories and are open to children and teens of all ages.

To learn more and sign up, visit the Children’s Room at the library, 328 N. McLane Road, or call (928) 474-9260.

Fall Festival in Pine

The annual Fall Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at Pine Strawberry School gymnasium.

Dinner is $4 and includes spaghetti or nachos, cookie and drink (tea, water or lemonade).

A Costume Contest takes place at 7 p.m. There will be many fun booths including Haunted Maze, Fish Toss, Cake Walk, Pie in the Face, Bucking Bronco, Bean Bag Toss and more.

Advance tickets in the office are 3 for $1, or 50 cents each at the door.

Special Halloween Dance

A Halloween Dance for families with members who have special needs is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Apartments, 807 W. Longhorn Road. If possible, a donation of $5 would be appreciated, but is not necessary. Make a reservation by calling Lucy at (928) 478-0231 or (928) 595-2136. Those attending are encouraged to wear costumes and asked to bring snacks.

Train the brain

Dr. Terry Rousseau will present a program to train the brain at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Learn ways to keep your brain healthy from Rousseau with simple exercises that minimize brain disease.

To reserve your seat, call (928) 951-2305.

Halloween Boo Fest

The Payson Elks Lodge 2154 will have a Halloween Boo Fest Wednesday, Oct. 31. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., with an all-you-can-eat salad and spaghetti dinner or stew served from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music by the Elks Jam Band will be presented from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Advance tickets, available at the Elks Lodge, are $12 per person; admission at the door will be $15 per person.

Starlight concert

Community Presbyterian Church is proud to present “Starlight” featuring Colleen Brown on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Starlight is known throughout the community for their original songs and also for their Jazz, Latin, Funk and Soul. Starlight also welcomes guest musician “Lai Ma Gates,” who will be playing a Chinese instrument called a “pipa.” The concert starts at 2 p.m. and there will be a raffle. A $5 donation includes refreshments. Please join us for good music and a great time.

The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Trunk or Treat Festival

The Annual Trunk or Treat Festival, sponsored by Chili’s Restaurant is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the historic Ox Bow Saloon.

The Town will once again be purchasing all of the candy and providing it to more than 30 decorated booths manned by volunteers who will hand it out to children ages 12 and under.

Individuals or businesses who would like to sponsor a booth during the Trunk or Treat Festival should come to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, 1000 W. Country Club and sign up. The cost is $25 and the Town will supply you with the candy. You must supply and decorate your own 10-foot-by-10-foot trunk. Trunk space is limited. The space reservations must be made by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26.

This year, the Town has once again partnered with the Drama Department at the Payson High School to provide a haunted house at the Ox Bow Saloon. A portion of the gate will go to help support the Drama Department and its activities. The haunted house will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; admission is $3 or bring a can of food for the local food bank and get in for $2.

For more information, please contact David Roehrig at (928) 474-5242, extension 7, or at or go to

St. Philip Parish Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

St. Philip the Apostle Parish annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale will be held the first weekend in November in the parish hall at 511 S. St. Philip Street.

Thanks to the skill and care of the great crafters and bakers of the Mystical Rose Sodality, delicious baked goods, lovingly made crafts, and one-of-a-kind items to give as gifts will be on sale.

A table with great, gently used bargains, books, etc. is here every year.

In addition, three extraordinary works of art will be raffled off at noon. Tickets can be purchased each day of the sale until the drawing is held.

These unique artworks include a beautiful handmade afghan, a 3-dimensional religious picture under glass, and three counted cross-stitch panels, each depicting a Southwestern design of special significance to three Native American tribes in our vicinity.

The sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Homemade cinnamon buns and coffee will be sold for breakfast on Sunday.

Bunco party

A Bunco party will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. All are welcome (men and women); the game is very easy to play and no experience is needed.

Cost is $15 and includes a taco salad lunch and iced tea (you may purchase soft drinks). Door prizes and cash prizes will be offered. Only 48 tickets will be sold, so get your ticket early at the Elks Lodge bar.

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.

Reserve a table now for Cookie Walk, Craft Fair

Shepherd of the Pines Cookie Walk is back by popular demand! Dozens of homemade cookies with holiday tins will be offered. All proceeds will benefit local organizations.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

Crafts and holiday gifts will also be for sale. Vendor tables are $10; call Paula Knight at (928) 468-1846 by Nov. 3 to reserve your table.

AARP Tax-Aide program needs volunteers

The Payson AARP Tax-Aide program needs volunteers for computer preparation of Federal Form(s) 1040 and Arizona form(s) 140 for Tax Year 2012.

Requirements include: knowledge of preparing a tax return and using a computer; commitment of four hours a week from Feb. 4 through April 15, 2013; and attendance at a training one-week class starting Jan. 15, 2013 on both Federal and Tax Returns.

Call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229 for more information and to volunteer.


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