Community Almanac


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

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

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 sixth 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.

Community Presbyterian Church

Please join Community Presbyterian Church from 5 to 7 p.m., on First Friday, Sept. 7, for the infamous chocolate dessert, “The Black Beast” and ice cream. Music will be provided and we will also be running the shuttle bus! A love donation will be accepted at the door and all proceeds go to the Deacons Food Pantry.”

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is joining the First Friday celebration. Friday, Sept. 7, everything in the store will be 25 percent off the marked price. There is an overstock of windows and doors. Habitat for Humanity ReStore is your home improvement thrift store for furniture, appliances and more.

The ReStore is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturday.

The ReStore participates in the Wacky Wednesday fun with its sister non-profit thrift stores around Payson. On Wacky Wednesday at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore get 25 percent off on any cash and carry purchase. Just purchase $50 worth of merchandise and pay cash plus carry the items out, it’s that easy. See the store for more details, (928) 474-4247.

Fund-raiser for the Earps

Dave and Sheri Earp have recently incurred some unexpected medical expenses. They have both given so much to the community it is time we repay their generosity in their time of need.

Build Your Own Sundae for only $5 from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at the P/S Community Center Dining Room. A silent auction will be held at the ramada.

The quilt for the quilt raffle is on display in the thrift store. Tickets are $1 each. Drawing to be held Sept. 29. The quilt was generously donated by the Strawberry Patchers, also, there will be a donation jar.

Sweet Nostalgia, 512 S. Beeline Hwy., Suite #6, will be offering a free craft class for Children from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. The topic and craft will be “clothespin dolls.” Please call 928-595-1265 to make a reservation, as space is limited.

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.

Catholic faith instruction

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

This nine-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 RCIA 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.


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


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 noon

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, noon 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.

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, at noon 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.

Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, will be from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 8 at 800 W. Main St. This is a great one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors.

All proceeds from this event go to our Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions, and our food pantry. We work closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer our citizens help when needed six days a week.

Chili Cook Off

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is participating in the second 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. People’s Choice chili tasting begins at 11 a.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ice cream social

The Pine/Strawberry Historical Society will be holding an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Pine Community Center.

The evening will include a “Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” feature. It’s all-you-can-eat to the music of the Randall Family Band.

Adult admission is $10 and $5 for children under 12. For more information, call (928) 970-0658.

Talent show set 

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

It’s a townwide 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 MissFitz 260 Cafe.

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

Treasurer to speak at Democratic Women’s meeting

Debbie Savage, incumbent Gila County treasurer, will be guest speaker at the Tuesday, Sept. 11 meeting of the Democratic Women of Rim Country. The group will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Tiny’s Restaurant on E. Hwy. 260. Ms. Savage will speak at noon. Interested parties regardless of gender are welcome to attend and learn about our candidate and the duties of county treasurer.

Children with special needs

A program on caring for children affected by substance exposure, fetal alcohol syndrome and shaken baby syndrome is planned for Saturday, Sept. 15. 

Presented by Crystal Tiseth, RN, MSN-Ed, this course will focus on the care of the substance-exposed newborn, children affected by fetal alcohol syndrome and children with shaken baby syndrome.

The program will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Presbyterian Church in Payson.

Those planning to attend should register with Cindy Paul at or leave a message at (928) 970-2356.

Beyond Limits Disability Ministry

Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., will host the meeting for Beyond Limits from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11. A free meal and inspirational program is planned for all. Family members, caregivers and service providers are always welcome to join us. At this meeting, we will launch our month-long annual canned food drive for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Beyond Limits is an interdenominational Christian group for adults with developmental disabilities. The ministry is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. For more information, call Mark or Jennie Smith at 468-8434.

Fire on the Rim 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.

Senior Circle programs

Our next “Look Good ... Feel Better” program for women undergoing chemotherapy will be held at Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy., Monday, Sept. 10.

At the Lunch and Learn at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 12, Dr. Katharine Raymer will discuss the gallbladder, normal functions of the gallbladder, development of gallstones and gallbladder attacks. Reserve your seat for this informative discussion.

Call Senior Circle at 472-9290 to make reservations for these events.

Inspirational works on sale

During the month of September, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring the religion section. Included in this section are spiritual books, devotional guides and Bibles. Humor, self-help and inspirational books are also being offered at a two-for-one special for the entire month of September.

A new, 50 Cent Bargain table has been set up in the library lobby. All items placed on this table will be sold for 50 cents. Browse the books and videos and find great bargains on favorite authors, non-fiction books, and informative videos.

Bookstore prices range from $4 to $1 for hardback books based on copyright dates.

Bookstore stock is ever changing so stop by often.

The Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, in Rumsey Park.

For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at

Unity World Day of Prayer

Unity World Day of Prayer is an opportunity to join people from around the world in a 24-hour prayer vigil as we embrace the Divine energy that is in all of us.

This year’s theme “The Universe is Calling” reminds us God is everywhere present — within us and around us. As we align with this Divine presence, we are lifted to a higher awareness of our oneness with God and our own Divine potential.

Please join Unity of Payson for our Unity World Day of Prayer Service at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, as we celebrate our Divine essence and the power of prayer to enrich our lives.

Services held at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Suite #14, next to Tiny’s Restaurant. For more information, see our Web site: or call (928) 478-8515.

Healing workshop

Justin Lesson will be having a workshop at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 107 W. Wade. The title of the workshop is “The Power of Sinegistic Healing.” A love offering would be appreciated.

For information, call 928-474-4553.

Free brush pits

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country will staff free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Blattner Pit, milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Pine Pit, located 0.7 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. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned.

No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

Jackie VanBuskirk benefit Saturday at Jakes Corner

Join us for a benefit for Jackie VanBuskirk at Jakes Corner, Saturday Sept. 8, from noon until the band stops. Band jam session with Junction 87 and more. Dinner plates, auction, crafts, bake sale and more.

All proceeds go to help Jackie who has had cancer surgery and can no longer work. We are attempting to raise funds to help her with her living expenses and transportation cost for further treatment.

Jackie is the daughter of longtime Gila County residents Gene and Francis VanBuskirk. Jackie has been a part of our community for over 30 years. She has worked in many northern Gila County dining establishments including the Gisela Steakhouse, Jakes Corner, Punkin Center and Rye. Most recently she was known as “Circle K Jackie,” working the graveyard shift at Circle K South in Payson.

Also, we are looking for any donations for the auction portion of the benefit. If you can help, please call 474-2239.

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 the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

Masons raffling three guns

The Mason organization of the Rim Country is selling tickets for a Big 3 Gun Raffle. Tickets are $10 each and only 500 tickets will be sold.

The firearms to be raffled are a Remington 1911 .45 Caliber Pistol, Henry Big Boy 44 Mag Rifle and a CZ-USA Mallard 12 Gauge over/under shotgun that was winner of Outdoor Life’s 2004 Best Rifle/Shotgun.

The holder of the first winning ticket gets choice of one of three weapons available; second winning ticket gets choice of one of two remaining weapons; third winning ticket gets remaining weapon.

Contact Jason at Twin Pines Barber Shop; Tom Jones, secretary, (928) 474-1305 or (818) 314-9950; or any Payson Mason to purchase a ticket. Rules for the raffle are on the Mason’s Web site Rules.html.

The drawing will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Payson Lodge #70 F. & A. M. 200 E. Rancho Road.


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