Community Almanac


Dog Day in the Park cancelled

Due to the work scheduled for the Blue Ridge Pipeline project, the Sept. 29 Dog Day in the Park at Rumsey Park has been cancelled. The event will be held in the spring of 2013.

The cancellation was made too late to make a change in the recent stories about the event in The Rim Review.

Payson Farmers Market

It’s the last two weeks of the Payson Farmers Market and the last chance to stock up on all the things you’ll wish you had when you’re snowed-in come winter. When you want orange cinnamon toast, raspberry chipotle jam, tamales, ravioli, hummus, gourmet pickled and canned veggies, free range beef or whatever, you’ll be glad you stocked up when you had the chance.

The market has organic skin care products and Rim Country artists are participating to help with your early Christmas shopping. Jim West and Kathleen Kelly will provide the entertainment.

Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Sawmill Crossing, 816 S. Beeline Hwy. behind Chili’s.

Jim Barrett Memorial Rodeo

More than 400 high-school age cowboys and cowgirls, and another 300 junior high contestants, will converge on Payson for the opening rodeo of the 2012-2013 high school rodeo season. This event is open to the public and takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16 at the Payson Event Center.

Appliance disposal free day

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15.

This will include refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters. Other metal items will also be accepted.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. As the county will handle the freon removal from the appliances, please do not tamper with the freon lines and no trash of any kind in the appliances.

All other debris will be regular price, so leave yourself easy access to remove these metal items and appliances so the landfill personnel can exclude the weight from any other trash that you may bring to the landfill to dispose of.

For more information on this event, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350.

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.

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, 800 W. Main St. in Payson.

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

Learn ‘The History of Sawmills in Rim Country’

Sawmill Crossing, on the corner of Payson’s Historic Main Street and the Beeline, is aptly named. Logs from Rim Country forests were processed at the Owens Bros. Lumber/Kaibab Industries sawmill located there beginning in the early 1950s.

A free presentation, open to the public, featuring historic photographs about the history of Rim Country sawmills, will be narrated by local speaker, writer and educator Gail Hearne on Monday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in the Payson Library Community Room.

The Library Friends of Payson will host a brief business meeting at 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (928) 474-9260 or visit

Mountain Bible offers Alpha course beginning Sept. 17

If you could ask God one question, what would it be? Join members of Mountain Bible Church at its next 7-week Alpha course. The course is at 6 p.m. Mondays, starting Sept. 17. The class is open to the public and registration is required. A dinner will precede the class at 5:30 p.m. and free childcare is available. Please sign up after church or contact Angela (480) 244-6186 or Jeff (928) 951-3118 for more information.

Organizers are also looking for a few helpers to assist with Alpha, if interested, please contact Angela or Jeff.


Fire on the Rim - Mountain Bike Race

Fire on the Rim - Mountain Bike Race

The Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race returns to Pine 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 promotes fire prevention and expansion of trails in the P/S fuel break.

The public is invited to come out to the Pre-Race and Post-Race Celebrations at the Mary Ellen Randall Horse Arena on Bradshaw Drive in Pine. On Friday, Sept. 14, starting at 5 p.m., a spaghetti dinner will be served with a New Belgium Beer Garden and music by Junction 87. Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 5 p.m., live music will be provided by the John Scott Band in addition to food vendors and the beer garden. Come join the fun!

Navajo Taco Dinner benefit

Payson Community Christian School will have a Navajo Taco Dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18. The event is to fund field trips for the third and fourth grade.

Navajo Tacos with a drink are $6. Dinner tickets are available at the school at 213 S. Colcord Road, Payson or at the door. Call (928) 474-8050 for more information. 


Book Fair


A Book Fair will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17-21 at Payson Elementary School. Students’ shopping time is before school, after school and recess time every day. Special events include:

Monday, Sept. 17: Muffins for Mom, 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the library;

Tuesday, Sept. 18: Donuts for Dad, 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the library; Clifford the Big Red Dog, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (bring your camera);

Wednesday, Sept. 19: Goodies for Grands (grandparents/grand guests), 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the library;

Thursday, Sept. 20: Clifford the Big Red Dog, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (bring your camera); Book Fair open during Fall Festival 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Clifford the Big Red Dog 5 to 6 p.m. at Fall Festival (bring your camera);

Friday, Sept. 21: Last Chance to buy books! 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the library.

Give the Gift of Reading

When you donate your loose change to our One for Books program, you help promote reading in two ways. The money donated allows us to purchase books for students at PES. For every dollar we raise, Scholastic matches the amount and then provides books to needy children all over the world. Support our library book fair and you will help us fill our book shelves. There will be an assortment of books, erasers, pencils, book marks and many other items.

Glass artist is guest speaker

The Payson Art League will host Sandy Pendleton at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18. Come to socialize at 6 p.m. and enjoy the program at 6:30 p.m.

Pendleton works in kiln-fired glass at her home studios in Pinetop and Gold Canyon.

The meeting is at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn, Payson.

U.S. Constitution celebration

September 2012 marks the 225th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Daughters of the American Revolution, Mogollon Chapter, invite you to join us to recognize and celebrate the liberties and freedom our Constitution provides us. This event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

We look forward to seeing you there and to provide you with handouts and your own booklet of the Constitution — the foundation for our way of life... “We the People.”

September Chamber Mixer

The September Chamber Mixer will be held at Mattress Experts, 221 E. Highway 260, on Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Finger food will be catered by Gerardo’s Firewood Café, and music will be provided by DJ Craig.

Admission is $3 for members and $5 for the community; proceeds go to Payson charities. Door prizes are being sought, and donors get a 30-second commercial. Just the time to announce your Fall business plan. This is a great opportunity to network with other Rim Country businesses, so bring your cards and brochures to share, and have a great time with old and new friends.

Please RSVP to the Chamber, (928) 474-4515, so the food count will be correct.

Children’s authors at library

The Payson Public Library will host Brian and Leslie Miller of Scottsdale from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20. The two are authors of the new children’s book series “Fobie Friends,” which was developed to help children face their fears.

The Millers will be reading two books from the series, “Did My Owl Just Growl?” and “Climb the Monkey Bars? That’s Bananas!” and children’s librarian Katie Sanchez will be leading a craft project.

For more information, call Sanchez at (928) 474-9260.

PES carnival

Payson Elementary School will hold its second annual Fall Student Carnival from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 on the school grounds. The carnival will have booths, plus face painting and a silent auction. The Hellsgate Fire Department will bring its truck and the FFA students will have a petting zoo.

Proceeds from the carnival will help the local Parent Teacher Organization purchase needed equipment and supplies for the classrooms. 

Join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting residents in the Rim communities to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Green Valley Park in Payson will be the site of the Walk on Saturday, Sept. 22. Registration and entertainment will start at 8 a.m. with the Walk commencing at 9 a.m.

In addition to the main walk, participants will enjoy local entertainment, exercise and education updates on Alzheimer’s care and research as well as a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Start or join a team today at

SeptemberFest Benefit and Business Showcase

Payson (Professionals At Your Service) is having a business showcase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 on the north side of the Swiss Village, 810/812 N. Beeline Hwy., across from Best Western.

Members of the community are invited to participate in the event’s Homemade Pie Contest — bring in a homemade pie between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for a chance at first, second and third prizes. Judging starts at 11 a.m.

The event will also feature bratwursts from Charlie’s Meats, beer from That Brewery in Pine, raffles at every booth, vendors, fun and live entertainment by the John Scott Band.

Proceeds will go to the Rim Country Educational Foundation to support bringing a university to Payson.


The Friends of Rim Country GCC, Inc. will present a Three-Course British Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. Hosted by Leonie Dobbins and Viki Gault, the afternoon will also feature music by Angelina Ng, classical pianist.

The event will be at Gila Community College, 201 Mud Springs Road, Room 301. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available at Gila Community College and the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce or call (928) 474-4515.

Farm & Market Dinner

The 2012 Farm & Market Dinner to benefit Pine Strawberry Pine Fuel Reduction Inc. is Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fossil Creek Creamery, 10379 W. Fossil Creek Road, Strawberry. The evening’s festivities begin at 4 p.m. Seating is limited to 100 persons. Tickets are $75 each and a portion is tax deductible. Call (928) 476-5178 for details.

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.

Blowout Sale at gift shop

From Monday, Sept. 24 through Friday, Sept. 28, the hospital gift shop is marking down its inventory 50 percent!

All proceeds go the Mogollon Health Alliance which is a non-profit organization that provides health scholarships, free CPR classes and other activities and programs designed to improve the health and education of our community.

Payson Old Time Opry and Fiddler’s Contest

The Payson Old Time Opry will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.

Scheduled to perform are: Special Consensus, Run Boy Run Band with special appearance by State Champion Michael Rolland and other fiddlin’ friends.

Admission is $7 and tickets are on sale now at the Payson Parks and Rec office in Green Valley Park or at the Chamber of Commerce. There are only 1,000 tickets available and last year was a sellout, so get your tickets soon!

The 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Contest takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, at the Payson Event Center.

Gates open each morning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.paysonrim

Walk for the Poor

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Payson Conference is holding its annual Walk for the Poor starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Edward Jones office at Sawmill Crossing. The walk will be down West Main Street and back up again. All money donated is used to provide services directly to those in need in our local community.

For more information, register to walk, or to pledge to support those who volunteer to walk, please contact Anna Urioste, (602) 301-8981, or Sue Hubenthal, (602) 980-6668.


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