Community Almanac


Dog Day in the Park canceled

Due to the work scheduled for the Blue Ridge pipeline project, the Sept. 29 Dog Day in the Park at Rumsey Park has been canceled.

The event will be held in the spring of 2013.

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.

Clothing giveaway

The next distribution of free children’s clothing from the Kaitie’s Closet organization is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St.

The distribution is open to anyone needing children’s clothing, from pre-K through grade 12. Anyone wishing to donate adult clothing, along with shoes and coats for children may do so at this distribution as well.

September Chamber Mixer

The September Chamber Mixer will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Mattress Experts, 221 E. Highway 260. 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. 

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

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.


Payson Elementary School will hold its second annual Fall Student Carnival

PES Book Fair this week

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

• 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 from 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.

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.

Green Chile Burrito Dinner

The Payson High School Student Government program is holding a Green Chile Burrito Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at the Payson High School football field to support the student government program. Tickets are already on sale and cost $6.

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


Walk for the Poor

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, to 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.

Peace Pole dedication

The International Day of Peace is Friday, Sept. 21. Join the congregation of the Payson United Methodist Church as members plant the first Peace Pole in Payson. Gather in front of the church at 414 N. Easy St. at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21. Turn east off Highway 87 at Malibu Drive to North Easy Street.

A Peace Pole stands as a reminder to be peace in our words, thoughts and actions. They have the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in four languages. We have chosen Apache, Spanish, English and Japanese.

For more information, call (206) 659-2451.

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 Highway, 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.

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.

Rim residents invited to exclusive screening

Gila Community College Payson campus will has an exclusive screening of the film, “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Room 301. There is no charge.

The film, which tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River through heartening character vignettes that reveal a new water ethic as well as 21st century solutions was produced by the Redford Center and Kontent Film and has as its executive producer and narrator Robert Redford.

To learn more about the 55-minute film, go online to

Payson Old Time Opry and Fiddlers 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 Fiddlers 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




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 Regional Chamber of Commerce or call (928) 474-4515.

Meditation book group

A new meditation book group is forming on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Payson Public Library meeting room. Class meetings will generally be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the second and fourth Mondays of each month until participants have covered the book, “True Meditation” (available through for approximately $15, this price includes a CD).

The group’s time together will include practical, guided meditation while sitting comfortably in chairs. Participants will also share about how to incorporate the suggestions in the book, in a realistic way, into everyday lives.

The facilitator is a retired teacher with 35 years meditation practice, who has held countless book groups since the 1990s. There is no charge to attend.

Please call (928) 478-6803 to express interest or for more information.


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