Community Almanac


Free ‘lunch’ today for first responders until 1 a.m.

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” today. 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.

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

Rim residents invited to exclusive screening tonight

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

Afternoon session at alternative high school

Are you looking for an alternative high school schedule? Payson Education Center is now seeking interested students to form an afternoon session from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. PEC is an accredited alternative high school located at 112 W. Cedar Lane. For more information call (928) 468-8509.

Blowout Sale at gift shop

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.

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.

Head Start open house

Payson Head Start would like to invite the community to our open house on Friday, Sept. 28, in celebration of October being “National Head Start month.” Our event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Head Start site located at 1008 S. Westerly Rd. For more information, please call 474-2738.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Payson Head Start provides high quality direct services to families with pregnant women and children up to age 5 through the Head Start and Early Head Start program. For additional information, please call 474-2738 and we will be happy to assist you.

Scholastic Book Fair

A Scholastic Book Fair takes place through Sept. 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.

Gigantic Garage Sale

Rim Country Classic Auto Club is holding a gigantic garage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1208 W. Remuda Way (Bertram residence). Toys, furniture, lighting, household goods, artwork, bikes, tools, books, stovetop with accessories, designer cookware, and miscellaneous will be for sale with all proceeds to support the club’s Christmas event at the Payson Senior Center.


Tonto Community Concert season begins Sept. 30

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.

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.

Democrats Yard Sale

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County will have a yard sale at the Democratic Headquarters, 1101 S. Beeline Hwy., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

A big variety of items will be for sale, including some furniture, office equipment, clothing, plants and much more. Also hot dogs and hamburgers with a drink for $5 will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Anyone with items for the sale should bring them to the headquarters before Friday, Sept. 28.

Gila County Pioneers Dinner and Dance is Sept. 29

The annual Gila County Pioneers Dinner and Dance will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Tonto Apache Gym. Dinner features barbecued beef and chicken with all the fixings by Roy Haught and cowboy beans by Albert Hunt. 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” to be held 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.

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.

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.

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.

PAWS Bake & Shirt Sale

PAWS in the Park will be having their big bake and PAWS shirt sale in front of the Safeway store between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

This sale is to benefit the animals of Rim Country, something this group has been doing for several years.

The baked goods have always been great and the shirts are popular.

Time for Yoga

Be a part of the first annual Time for Yoga Global Community Practice at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, at Gila Community College Payson campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, Room 301.

Yoga students of all experience levels are encouraged to practice yoga as an international observance and the culmination of Yoga Month. A one-hour yoga practice at 7 p.m. will be followed by Savasana beginning at 8 p.m., and a 15-minute meditation for universal peace and well-being at 8:15 p.m. By participating during our own local time, a wave of yoga will take place around the globe.

For more information, contact Brenda Slapnicka at (928) 978-1861, (928) 478-0303 or

Arts & Crafts Fair

Ponderosa #64 Order of the Eastern Star will have an Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30.

More than 30 venders will have various crafts and items available for sale. Sy Harrison, Lodge #70, will offer a lunch of deep-pit barbecue and sides on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event is at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

‘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. 

Vacation Bible School

Fall Break Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 1-5 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (between Safeway and Giant). Grades K-5 will enjoy games, songs, crafts, stories and a snack.

All are welcome to this program sponsored by Mount Cross Lutheran, Community Presbyterian, United Methodist and St. Paul’s Episcopal churches.

Gosar to speak

U.S. Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar (Congressional District 4) will speak at the Payson Tea Party meeting, Thursday, Sept. 27 to give an update on legislation he is working on and to gain support for his re-election campaign.

Congressman Gosar serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Everyone is welcome to attend from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy 260.

For more information call (928) 468-1131.

Tribal Recognition Days

The Tonto Apache Tribe will celebrate the 40th anniversary of tribal recognition with a variety of festivities from Wednesday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 6.

See page 6A for more information, or call (928) 472-1170, ext. 5404.

Fall Apple Fest

The Pine Strawberry Business Community is presenting the Fifth Annual Fall Apple Festival the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 at the Pine Strawberry Community Center and Ramada.

Festivities are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7.

This is a family event that this year will include the inaugural Apple Festival Antique Show in the Cultural Hall on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Fifth Annual Chili Cook-Off is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Enter your chili in the cook-off or come sample and judge the best chili in both commercial and non-commercial categories. The proceeds will go to benefit the Pine/Strawberry Food Bank.

There will be activities for kids in the Cultural Hall, selections of foods from the food vendors, entertainment will include 1920s music and car buffs will be able to look at antique cars. Vendors and artisans will be selling a great diversity of wares.

There is no admission. For more information visit the Web site:

Free airplane orientation flights for youngsters

The youth of the Rim Country, ages 8 to 17, are invited to participate in an introduction to the basics of flying at the Payson Airport from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.

This a first-come, first-to-fly event; no reservations are needed, however, youth must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign a permission slip, or a signed permission slip may be brought to the event.

The pilots and ground volunteers of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810 Young Eagles Program of Payson is sponsoring the event. For details, call Marie at (928) 978-5139.

Lioness Club Bake Sale

The Payson Lioness Club is having its annual Bake Sale at Safeway at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.

All proceeds benefit local Lions’ Sight & Hearing Projects (eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.), and local charitable organizations.

For more information, please call Peggy at (928) 978-4560.

Old Time Opry and annual Fiddlers Contest

Run Boy Run, featuring former Payson residents Jen and Bekah Sandoval, will be among the bands showcased at the Payson Old Time Opry event opening the Vertielee Floyd Memorial 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddlers Contest takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30 at the Payson Event Center.

It is one of the officially sanctioned events commemorating the 100th anniversary of Arizona statehood.

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

Also scheduled to perform are The Special Consensus, State Fiddle Champion Michael Rolland and others.

Gates at the Payson Event Center open each morning at 8:30 a.m. for the fiddle contest.

For more information, see page 5A.

Senior Center news

The Payson Senior Center now has a Web site at and also is on Facebook. Monthly menus will be posted as well as activities and events. The Senior Thrift Store will list daily and weekly sales.

Kathleen Kelly and Jim West, voted “Best of the Rim” entertainers, will be playing at the Center Oct. 2 and 3. Music and dancing starts at 10:30 a.m. and goes until noon.

The event is free and open to the public. If you plan to stay for lunch after the show, please call (928) 474-4876 in advance for reservations.

The Center is looking for a few good volunteers to be “runners” for the Meals on Wheels program. A “runner” goes along with drivers and delivers the meals from the vehicle to the door.

If you would like to volunteer as a part-time or substitute runner, please stop by the Center at 514 W. Main St. or call the above number.


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