Community Almanac


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

Final Farmers Market

Saturday, Sept. 22 is the last day of the Payson Farmers Market. Our farmers are back, so our “WIC and Sr Farmers Market Nutrition Program” customers can redeem their coupons!

Stock up on the foods you’ve come to love and start your Christmas shopping and gift basket making with stuff from our great food vendors and local artists. “Ryan Fanizza and Troi” will close out the season with a bang!

Hours are 8 a.m. to noon at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s. Visit us at or on our Facebook page.

SeptemberFest Benefit and Business Showcase

Payson (Professionals At Your Service) is having a business showcase from 10 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 a live remote by KMOG, 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 Regional Chamber of Commerce or call (928) 474-4515.

Casino Night Fund-raiser

The Rim Country Rotary Club’s Casino Night Fund-raiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Oxbow Inn on Historic Main Street.

Enjoy casino games like poker, Black Jack, craps and roulette; and live music by Junction 87. A poker tournament will be held with 32 seats available at $20 each. Dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Gambling and music is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is $50 per person and includes dinner, band, casino chips and raffle prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (928) 970-0685.

Proceeds support youth leadership programs and other Rotary projects.

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.


First Responder Appreciation Day

FIRST RESPONDER Appreciation Day Tuesday, Sept. 25

To show appreciation for those who are willing to put their lives on the line for us every day of the week, Tuesday, Sept. 25 has been designated First Responder Appreciation Day in Rim Country.

All area first responders are invited to drop by Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road, for lunch “on the go” that day. Lunches will be available from 11 a.m. Sept. 25 until 1 a.m. Sept. 26 to accommodate all shifts. You can pick up your lunch and be on your way, or stay and relax and enjoy. Lunches will be served in Classroom 202. Just come in the main entrance, turn right at the first hallway and it’s four doors down on the right.

In order to have enough lunches for everyone, please call Pat Johnson at (928) 474-1120 or Sanja Long at (928) 472-2588 by Sept. 20 with an approximate count for your organization.

This event is brought to you by Rim Country Health and the Mogollon Health Alliance.

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.

Global Mala Yoga for Peace

Global Mala Yoga for Peace — a series of events in support of International Peace Day — will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23 at Gila Community College Payson Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, Room 301. All proceeds will benefit a local charity and scholarship fund ($10 suggested donation).

RSVP to Brenda Slapnicka at (928) 978-1861, (928) 478-0303 or bslapnicka@

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.

Flu shots at Senior Center

Flu shots by Diversified Solutions will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Bring your Medicare ID card. Shots for non-insured participants will be $32 each.

Scholastic Book Fair

A Scholastic Book Fair takes place Sept. 24-28 at the Rim Country Middle School Library, 304 S. Meadow. Young Adult selections, bookmarks, posters, novelty pens, pencils and more will be on sale. There will be extended hours Thursday, Sept. 27 during the parent-teacher conference.

Voter registration

The Gila County Recorder’s Office will have voter registration drives at the following locations and times:

Star Valley: Star Valley Town Hall, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Pine and Strawberry: Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 8 will be the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 General Election. If you are not a registered voter, have moved, or would like to change your party preference, please come out and see us! For more information, call the Gila County Recorder’s Office at (928) 402-8734 or (928) 402-8731.

Rim residents invited to exclusive screening

Gila Community College Payson campus will have 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

Lunch and Learn

The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will host a Lunch and Learn program at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.         

Lupus is an auto immune disease that occurs when your own body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue or organs in your body. An estimated 16,000 Americans will develop Lupus each year. Join us as Dr. Christopher LeSueur reveals how Lupus presents itself. Learn why auto immune diseases occur and how to manage them.

Yard sale

Unity of Payson will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29 at 705 E. Park Drive. Many varied items, some seasonal, will be for sale. To donate, call (928) 478-6906.

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

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.

Flea Market space rentals

The Payson Elks Lodge 2154 will have a Flea Market Sale in its parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

Anyone who would like to be a part of the sale may sign up at the Elks Lodge 2154. The cost is $20, with a $5 refund for having your space clean when you leave.

Gila County Pioneers Dinner and Dance is Sept. 29

The annual Gila County Pioneers Dinner and Dance will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Tonto Apache Gym. Dinner features BBQ beef and chicken with all the fixin’s by Roy Haught and cowboy beans by Albert Hunt, to be served from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, and children under 5 eat free.

Curtis Jackson will be the auctioneer, with silent and live auctions that will start around 7 p.m. All pioneer families are asked to make their favorite pie, cake or pastry for the “Pastry Auction” held each year after the dinner.

Raffle tickets are only $5 each for the chance to win a wrapped whole beef or wrapped whole pig. Other prizes include a Zane Grey Golden Boy lever action octagon barrel 22 caliber rifle and a beautiful, handmade free-standing bar with two handmade tractor seat stools. Raffle tickets are available at the Payson Roundup, Chamber of Commerce or Arizona Credit Union.

Last year, the event raised more than $19,500 that has been given out as scholarships to help the youth of the Rim Country.

‘An Evening of Time Out’ Gala

Time Out, Inc. will present “An Evening of Time Out” Gala to benefit its programs Saturday, Sept. 29 at The Rim Golf Club. The event starts with a no-host bar at 4:30 p.m., followed by a gourmet buffet dinner and dancing to the Starlighters.  

The evening will also include silent and live auctions. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling Cathy at (928) 474-3960 or Debbie at (480) 213-2103, online at or (928) 472-8007. 

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.

Tonto Community Concert season begins Sept. 30

The first concert of the 2012-2013 season of Tonto Community Concert Association is at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The featured artist is tenor Daniel Rodriguez, a New York City policeman who gained fame with a stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

He is making a return engagement to the Rim Country and will be accompanied by his wife, soprano Marla Kavanaugh.

Season subscriptions are still available for the eight programs TCCA will present during its 2012-2013 season. The cost is $90 per person. Single admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door if seating is available. For more information, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Masons gun raffle

The Masons’ 2012 fund-raiser is a Big 3 Gun Raffle to be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $10 each and are not tax deductible. However, 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 get choice of one of two remaining weapons; third winning ticket gets remaining weapon.

To purchase tickets, contact Tom Jones, secretary (928) 474-1305 or (818) 314-9950. Rules for the raffle are on the Mason’s Web site Raffle Rules.html.


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