Community Almanac


Payson Education Center continues enrollment

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is currently enrolling for the 2012/13 school year. It is also accepting new students. PEC received a “B” ranking by the Arizona Department of Education.

Please call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information. PEC is located at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane.

Free canning class

ACE Hardware is offering a free canning class at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5. Leading the class will be Ray Stephens, owner of Urban Survival, a regular vendor at the Payson Farmers Market.

Stephens operates a professional canning kitchen in Pine — Ray’s Not Yet World Famous Foods — and he will demonstrate tricks and tips for class participants, including the proper and safe way to can foods.

ACE will be giving away door prizes to participants including canning jars, canners and supplies.

Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call (928) 474-5238, extension 4.

Catholic faith instruction classes begin this week

Children in the grades 1-12 start weekly catechism classes Wednesday, Sept. 5. Parents are urged to come in to the religious education office either Tuesday or Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to register their children. Valuable information will be provided, including the 2012-2013 school calendar, golden school rules and the parent handbook.

St. Philip the Apostle Parish, 511 S. St. Philip St., Payson will present Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) classes from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., beginning Monday, Sept. 10 in the parish hall conference room.

This 9-month, free course begins every September and ends at the Easter Vigil Mass. Primarily designed for adults who are considering whether joining the church is the right choice for them, the R.C.I.A. is a comprehensive study of Biblical foundations for Roman Catholic beliefs, traditions and practices.

The goal is to aid the seeker in making an informed decision concerning his or her faith journey. Participants study the standard RCIA syllabus of classes and are under no obligation to complete the series.

Please contact the parish Religious Education office at (928) 474-1269 to register; be sure to record your name and phone number for a timely response.

Learn about Time Out Inc.

Learn about what Time Out Inc. does at a free continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7 at the Time Out Thrift Store, 500 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Reserve a spot by calling Camille at (928) 472-8007 or e-mail executivedirector@

First Friday

Time Out Thrift Store

Time Out Thrift Store will have another First Friday sale Friday, Sept. 7. Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off.

Beginning Sept. 10 and continuing through the month of September, the shop will have lots of Christmas items at unbelievable prices.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

All of the profits from the shop support Time Out, Inc., its domestic violence shelter and transitional housing in the Payson community.

The shop’s phone number is (928) 474-3989.


Admission to the fair on Friday and Saturday is $1 per person; admission on Sunday, which includes the Demolition Derby, is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 3-11, ages 2 and under free.

Northern Gila County Fair Sept. 6-9, Payson Event Center

Thursday, Sept. 6

FFA barrel and pole racing,

goat tying competitions, 5 p.m.

Free admission.

Friday, Sept. 7

4H Dog Club Demonstration, 8:30 a.m.

Exhibits open 9 a.m.

Craft Fair and Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

4H Archery Demonstration and Competition, 10 a.m.

4H Demonstration, 1:45 p.m.

Ice Cream Making Demonstration,

2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Photography Program, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Exhibits open 9 a.m.

Craft Fair and Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Miniature Garden Demonstration, 10 a.m.

Making Silly Slime Demonstration, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Photography Program, 1 p.m.

Children’s Craft Project, 2 p.m.

Wildlife Program, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Exhibits open 11:30 a.m.

Craft Fair and Farmers Market, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photography Program, 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Demolition Derby, 1 p.m. (gates open at noon)

Making Silly Slime Demonstration, 2 p.m.

Admission to the fair on Friday and Saturday is $1 per person; admission on Sunday, which includes the Demolition Derby, is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 3-11, ages 2 and under free.

The Great Northern Carnival will also be operating during the fair on the east side of the parking lot.

Artists of the Rim

Please join members of Artists of the Rim Gallery this First Friday, Sept. 7 at 408 W. Main St. as they celebrate their 6th anniversary in business. Former participating artists have been invited to the gallery to help mark the occasion. Stop by between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Sept 7. Talk to the artists, review new works of art and enjoy some refreshments.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art

For a change of pace from all the election hoopla, visit Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art for a campaign-free evening on First Friday, Sept. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Entertainment will be provided by Trouble in Paradise with Chuck and Barbara.  Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Main St.

Down the Street Art Gallery

Even though it’s still hot, September brings the first day of fall: the Autumnal Equinox, when day and night are each about 12 hours long and the sun rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., is welcoming fall with a new show of art works depicting autumn opening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7.

Expect to see works in a variety of mediums and enjoy some cold, apple cider to get in the autumn mood, along with music by DJ Craig.

Tea party time at library

It is once again time for the popular Princess Tea Party for young ladies at the Payson Public Library. The theme this year is “Get Your Brave On” in tribute to the recent animated movie, “Brave.”

The event is Saturday, Sept. 15 at the library. The session for those ages 4 to 7 is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; for those 8 to 12, the party will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each group will have a fashion show, 12 p.m. for the younger girls and 3:30 p.m. for the older girls.

There will also be stories, crafts, prizes, food and pictures taken with “Merida’s Pony.”

Registration is now through Saturday, Sept. 8. For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Reserve space now for Community Yard Sale

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church will present one of its Community Yard Sales from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of the church giving a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost. For just $10, participants can rent a 10-foot-by-19-foot space.

All proceeds from this event go to CPC’s Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions and food pantry.

The Yard Sale will be at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). Reserve a space by calling the office at (928) 474-2059.

AARP Driving Safety Class

Another AARP Driving Safety Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

New Orleans jazz concert

Come out to the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 for a concert of New Orleans-style jazz and a CD release party with Dr Jass & the Heartbeats.

The group brings a wide variety of musical influences into its contemporary New Orleans street music, rhythm & blues, swing and Dixie sounds. Dr Jass & the Heartbeats includes Dr. Claudio Zamorano, Mike Buskirk, Dale and Suzanne Knighton and Gerry Reynolds.

A $5 donation is requested to defray costs and includes refreshments. Make a reservation for the afternoon via e-mail to or call (602) 619-3355.

Almost New Thrift Shop $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts and more — anything you wear (except for jewelry) and can fit into one of the shop’s bags, can be yours for just $1. This sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Talent show set 

The Rim Country Talent Show is at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

It’s a town-wide event open to all ages — kindergarten and above.

Auditions are by age groups and only the first 12 acts to register in each group will be accepted, and only five acts will be chosen as finalists to perform. The cost to enter is $10 per act and entry forms are at the Payson Public Library.

Auditions for K-8 students will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10. Auditions for high school students are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.  Auditions for adults will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12. Auditions are open to the public for viewing at $2 per person.

Forms and payment may be turned in to the library or sent to Longhorn Theatre at the high school.

Show tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for students. Pre-sale tickets $1 less at Payson Public Library, Oasis Christian Books and 260 Cafe.

This event is a fund-raiser for the Longhorn Theatre travel account to attend the annual state drama conference in Phoenix.

Abe & Glo Comedy Show

Rim residents and visitors are invited to come to the Payson Senior Center at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11 for laughter and music with the Abe & Glo Comedy Show. The program is free, but if you plan to stay for lunch, a $4 donation is suggested and reservations are needed. Call (928) 474-4876 for more information.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free Heartsaver CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race

The Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race returns to Pine on Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

Mountain bike riders from across the state will compete in a challenging race that tests their endurance and technical skills as they ride the Rim for a great cause.

The race, sponsored by the Arizona Mountain Bike Association and P/S Fuel Reduction, Inc., promotes fire prevention and expansion of trails in the P/S fuel break. It’s guaranteed to be great fun, with a spaghetti dinner, vendors, free camping, kids events, live music with Junction 87 and a beer garden.

Chili Cook Off

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is participating in the first annual Chili Cook Off at the Gila County Courthouse parking lot on the Beeline Highway across from the post office on Saturday, Sept. 15.

This is a CASI sponsored event, with both a professional and a local People’s Choice division. There is a $15 entry fee for participants. Tickets are $4 for guests. Included in the ticket price are a tasting cup and spoon, plus a voting ballot for the People’s Choice contestants.

Information for entry into the People’s Choice cook off is at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or call (928) 468-6684. Entry tickets may be purchased the day of the competition at the event.


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