Community Almanac


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.

Summer clothes clearance

The Nook New and Resale Stop is holding a Summer Clothes Clearance Sale starting Nov. 1 through Nov. 21. All our summer men’s and women’s clothes are half price with our men’s shirts at 50 cents each. Now is the time to stock up for next spring.

The Nook is located at 113 E. Cedar Lane on the south end of Payson behind the Circle K. All proceeds go to New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center. Donations are accepted during store hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Call (928) 474-2963 for more information.

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.

Day of the Dead art show

Down the Street Art Gallery on West Main Street is having their Dios de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” art show again this year. Come join the celebration in honor of our departed loved ones First Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit on Oct. 31 and leave on Nov. 2, so alters are assembled with offerings of food, often in shapes of skulls & skeletons, flowers and the deceaseds’ favorite things. There is a lot of humor involved with the Mexican Day of the Dead festivities as they “laugh in the face of death!” Since it is very close to Halloween Eve, you are invited to join us wearing your Halloween costume for art and treats on this First Friday.

First Friday at Bootleg Alley

Ken and Brenda, owners of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, wish to thank all of their customers with a free concert on First Friday. Gather around the fire pit and listen to the sounds of Payson favorite, John Carpino. Donate canned goods and/or cash to the food bank. Be sure to stop by the Humane Society table where volunteers Betty and Jack accept donations and sell raffle tickets benefiting our furry friends.

Fun, music, ambiance and refreshments await locals and tourists on First Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Historic Main St.

Potters to rejoin gallery

Popular potters Carole and Alan Snyder have returned and are rejoining Artists of the Rim gallery on Historic Main Street.

Alan’s new creative pieces include an octopus draped over a decorated base and his European Sludge Sucker! Carole has expanded her talents and is painting in various styles, also scratchboards. Of course, their traditional pottery will also be displayed.

Please join us to welcome them back, First Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and also to see the work of our other creative artists.

Spaghetti Dinner and Calendar Sale

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center’s Pre-Kindergarten class is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Calendar Sale to raise money to help the less fortunate children of Payson at Christmas. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, roll and drink for $5 a plate. 2013 calendars will sell for $8 and all the art work was created by the children. 

Come help our kids help others while enjoying a delicious meal with great entertainment by Gerry & Joan Reynolds and friends on Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

First Friday half-off sale 

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop on Nov. 2 for our monthly First Friday half-off merchandise sale.

The store, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is located at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop). Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations. For more information, call (928) 970-1097.


Frightfully good fun

Frightfully good fun

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.

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

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.

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.

Payson Jazz Trio to give benefit performance

The Payson Jazz Trio and friends will have a special musical get-together to play “cool, quiet and sophisticated” jazz standards, show tunes, pop tunes and a few country tunes, too. The show will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. First Friday, Nov. 2 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

This will be a special open house for the church, and the proceeds from any donations received will help provide assitance to deserving young people in the community during the holiday season.

For more information, call Gerry Reynolds at (602) 619-3355.

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.

Health & Care Fair Saturday

The annual Community Health & Care Fair is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Julia Randall Elementary gym.

Free adult screenings and health education include blood pressure, dental, diabetes, dermatology, hearing, vision, ankle brachial index, heart/lung oxygen saturation, height/weight BMI, chiropractic, CPR.

Free children’s screenings include dental, heart/lung, vision, hearing, nutritional information and fingerprinting.

Blood tests of cholesterol and blood glucose are available for $10 (12-hour fast with only medications and water required).

Immunizations will be offered on a cash basis — flu $45, pneumonia $60, shingles $215. (You will receive a receipt for insurance reimbursement.)

New this year: breast self exam education, Ask the Doctor, Ask the Pharmacist, cognitive screenings.

Free information is available on Gila County Health and Community Services, Curves — MHAX III, Lions Club, Hospice Compassus, PRMC Senior Circle and Healthy Woman, Senior Center Meals on Wheels and more.

The event is sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Hospice Compassus, Payson Care Center, Rim Country Health, Powell House and Wells Fargo.

Christmas Boutique in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be open every weekend in November for the annual Holiday Boutique featuring handmade Christmas items and holiday gifts created by local artists and crafters.

Come and get in the holiday spirit in the Pine Community Center craft room, 3886 N. Highway 87 in Pine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 24.

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.

42Five to perform

Live On Stage, Inc. and the Tonto Community Concert Association will present 42Five in concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

A Cappella hipsters 42Five deliver a roller coaster ride of death-defying vocal harmonies. The five-member male vocal group easily strides through a myriad of musical styles, from doo-wop to hip-hop. Their flawless vocal stylings are only matched by their signature humor and on-stage antics.

Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and students under the age of 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

For more information, visit the association Web site at or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Senior Circle news

The Senior Circle travel bugs will be headed to Barleens Arizona Opry on Dec. 5. Cost is $79 per person. Join us to enjoy music, great food and hilarious comedy. Reserve your seat by Nov. 2; call (928) 468-1012 or stop by 215 N. Beeline Highway.

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.

Vendors wanted

The Tonto Basin Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Tonto Basin Elementary School. Vendors are wanted. Please call Anne Marie at (602) 370-3940 for further information.


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