Community Almanac


Halloween & Harvest happenings

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.

Harvest Festival

There will be a community Harvest Festival from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Nazarene Church, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

There will be food, hay rides, games, pumpkin decorating, magic shows, plus a whole lot more. Everyone is invited to attend.

The event is sponsored by the Nazarene Church and the LDS Church.

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.

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.

Harvest Block Party

Mountain Bible Church plans a Harvest Block Party for the community from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.

There will be a free dinner, free games and free candy for a safe, fun night on Halloween. There will be lots of fun for the kids with throwing games, a dunk tank, maze, golf and more. Costumes are encouraged.

Mountain Bible is located at 302 E. Rancho Road; for more information, contact Felicia Moore at (928) 472-7800.

Halloween Carnival

There will be a free Halloween Carnival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Tonto Apache Gym. All are welcome to this safe, fun Halloween celebration featuring games, candy, food and a Bouncee Slide.

This free event is sponsored by the Tonto Apache Tribe. For more information, contact Eric Pendleton, gym director, at (928) 474-7093.

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 on West Main Street.

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.

Haunted House

This year the Town has once again partnered with the Drama Department at the Payson High School to provide a haunted house at the Oxbow Saloon on West Main Street.

This year’s haunted house theme will be Psychotic Hospital. There will be different levels of “scariness” so that children and adults can enjoy the event at their own scare threshold.

The haunted house will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; admission is $3 per person, or bring a can of food for the local food bank and get in for $2.

A portion of the gate will go to help support the Drama Department and its activities.

Parking is available on South McLane Road (access by way of West Aero Drive), at Green Valley Park, Julia Randall Elementary School, Community Presbyterian Church, Main Street parking lot off of Westerly and on Frontier Street.

For more information call David Roehrig at 474-5242, ext. 7, or go to

PHS Drama students to present ‘Sweeney Todd’

The Payson High School Drama Department will present “Sweeney Todd” by Tim Kelly — a scary story about the demon barber of the Barbary Coast. Performances are at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 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.

Carpino concert tonight

Bring your dancing shoes — The John Carpino Band (aka Big Boss Lady and the Knuckleheads) will perform live from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at The Journigan House on Historic Main Street. Music will be outside on the patio, weather permitting.

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.

Free brush disposal

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

Sunday, Oct. 28, 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. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

Candidates forum

There will be a forum for all Legislative District 6 candidates including Tom Chabin, Angela LeFevre and Doug Ballard hosted by Payson Mayor Kenny Evans on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. It will be held at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260 in Payson. Your meal and drinks will be Dutch treat.

This will be a last chance to meet them before the Nov. 6 General Election.

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.

Starlight to perform



Community Presbyterian Church is proud to present “The Starlighters” featuring Colleen Brown on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Starlighters are known throughout the community for their original songs and also for their Jazz, Latin, Funk and Soul. The Starlighters also welcome 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. Community Presbyterian Church is located at 800 W. Main St. in Payson.

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:

• 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.

Genealogy Society offers research tips

The Northern Gila County Genealogy Society will meet Thursday, Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m., in the Genealogy library at 302 E. Bonita in Payson. The program will include a presentation on using Google searches to research family history. Kay Keplinger will offer tips on accessing the 20 billion documents from 160 countries available on Google today. The public is invited to attend.

For information, call (928) 474-2139. For research help, the library is open on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by appointment.

Disney Showcase auditions

Do you love Disney music? The Musical Theatre Club is looking for all kinds of acts from singing, dancing, acting to pantomime, puppets and athletics for its Disney Showcase to be held Nov. 20. Auditions are open to the public and anyone can try out.  There are two opportunities to show your act, Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. or Friday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium.

Section 8 Housing Choice program discontinued

On Nov. 1, 2012 the Gila County Housing Services Department under the Gila County Community Services Division will no longer be accepting applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

The Gila County Community Services Division does not, in the provision of services, or in any manner, discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.

For more information, please call (928) 425-7631.

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.

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.

Open House for supporters of vets returning from combat

 A chance to visit with returning veterans and those who have supported the Merritt Center’s training for integration and civilian reentry with donations will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Merritt Lodge in Payson.

The Merritt Center, a 501c3 organization, offers a free 4-weekend educational program to returning combat vets. Stop in to hear the stories of these veterans and those who have financially supported the program that allowed them to return “all the way home.” Tour the lodge, enjoy refreshments and listen to the musicians who have supported this veterans program from the beginning in 2005. Talk with the vet mentors who, after graduating from the program, return to give something back to those just entering the program. We are grateful for every donation to keep this program available to more and more vets.

Send an email to RSVP with the number of friends and family attending our open house to For more information or an application, visit or call (800) 414-9880 or (928) 474-4268.


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