Community Almanac


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). All proceeds to support the club’s Christmas event at the Payson Senior Center.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Payson Flycasters

The Payson Flycasters Club will meet Saturday, Sept. 29 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Breakfast is at 8 a.m. and the general meeting starts at 9 a.m. The speaker this month will be Julie Carter, the Native Fish Specialist with the Arizona Department of Game and Fish.

Everyone who enjoys fishing and the outdoors is welcome to attend this informative and educational meeting.

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. Also hot dogs and hamburgers with a drink for $5 will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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.

McDonald’s Family Health & Safety Day

The Payson McDonald’s is participating in the company’s Family Health & Safety Day. It will be among the restaurants giving away 20,000 bicycle helmets starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29. Children, ages 5 to 10, who visit their local McDonald’s will receive a free bicycle helmet provided by Arizona Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics (parent or guardian must be present).

Free museum admission

Rim Country Museum will open its doors free of charge Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. It is joining more than 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live.

For one day only, Rim Country Museum will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live ticket from

Visitors who present the ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket per household, per email address.

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.

Mason’s barbecue Saturday

The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge is holding its annual Deep Pit Barbecue from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Rd., Payson. The menu includes deep pit barbecued beef brisket, ranch beans, coleslaw, dessert and a drink. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Fashion Show

There will be a Fashion Show at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley. Slightly used as well as some new items will be offered, including gowns/prom dresses for pennies on the dollar, men’s clothes, women’s accessories. The huge selection of clothing at rock bottom prices will benefit Moose Charities, such as the organization’s Payson Kid’s Scholarship. For more information, call (928) 474-6212

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.

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.

‘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.

Free lunch Sunday

The members of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will host a free lunch starting at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 30.

The meal will be served until there is no more food. The menu includes lasagna, salad, dessert, coffee and/or lemonade.

All Rim Country residents and visitors are invited.

“How Hot Art Thou” Chili Cook-Off

Mount Cross Lutheran Church is joining forces with Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northern Arizona University for the 4th annual Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Chill-Off fundraiser!

Enter your best chili or cookies! Taste and judge the competing chili! Win prizes!

The event is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Hwy. 260, Payson. It will feature chili tasting, a quilt auction, music, prizes and drawings. Contact Mt. Cross or LCM for more information at or call (928) 774-8965.

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, who 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

For more information call (928) 472-1170, ext. 5404.

Free airplane orientation flights

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.

Home Depot Safety Fair

Home Depot is inviting Rim Country families to come out to its parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 for a program to bring awareness about Fire Safety/Prevention Week, which starts Oct. 9.

Various safety organizations from the Payson Police to the Hellsgate Fire Department, as well as the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue and the Mounted Posse will be participating. There will be various canine demonstrations and face painting will entertain families and free refreshments will be served. If you have questions, please call Crystal at (928) 970-0973.

Zane Grey Days Art, Crafts & World Bazaar

The 15th Zane Grey Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Bazaar is set to open free to the public at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, for a two-day event at the Gila County Courthouse grounds, across from the Payson Post Office. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Artisans and crafters from Payson and others will be converging on Payson to promote and sell their fine handcrafted works of art, including paintings, jewelry, clothing, decorative items, chain saw art demonstrations and music. A variety of native, ethnic and American foods will be available as well.

Opportunity to support students in need

At the beginning of our last school year, Payson Unified School District identified more than 500 displaced (homeless) students and many disadvantaged students who are not homeless. These students face many challenges.

The Rim Country Optimist Club and Payson Senior Center are again partnering to hold the 2nd Annual Falling Leaves Fashioneesta Luncheon and Fashion Show Saturday, Oct. 13 to benefit these young people. If you wish tickets to attend, raffle tickets and/or wish to be sponsor, please contact Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

Pioneer Cemetery tour

Jinx Pyle will host an informative, free tour of the Payson Pioneer Cemetery from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Learn the stories of early Payson pioneers and their families.

Meet at the cemetery or meet at the Rim Country Museum to form your own carpools. Immediately following the tour there will be a no-host lunch at the Lone Pine Hotel on Main Street.

Reservations must be made by Oct. 15. Call the Rim Country Museum to reserve your space, (928) 474-3483.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

There’s an old saying that you can’t really understand another person’s experience until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Time Out Inc. would like to give Rim residents that experience and provide an opportunity to participate in a fun way to support the organization’s Emergency and Transitional Domestic Violence Shelter.

The annual walkathon is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 on West Main, from the Community Presbyterian Church and back. There will be a short program prior to the walk and a special closing afterward.

A pledge in any amount is welcome — $75 will provide shelter for one person for one night.

To learn more, call (928) 468-8635.

Marine Corps birthday bash

The Rim Country Detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold its annual birthday celebration Nov. 3 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. The evening kicks off at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. and guest speaker, Sergeant Nick Gervase and ceremonies are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entertainment follows.

Contact Col. Bill Sahno, (928) 472-6617 or MGySgt. Lee Bumbalow, (928) 468-1095 for tickets or for more information.

Talent Show postponed

The Rim Country Talent Show —PAYSON’S GOT TALENT — has been postponed until November.

There will be three audition nights, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6 and 7, for the three different age categories. The final show will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the high school auditorium.

So now you have plenty of time to get your act together! Brush up your amazing skills and practice your audition for PAYSON’S GOT TALENT! Applications are available at the high school attendance office and the Payson Public Library.


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