Community Almanac

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Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, April 12. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.


Musical Theatre at PHS

The Payson High School Musical Theatre Club presents Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” at 4 p.m., Friday, April 12 and at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13 in the high school auditorium. This musical is fun for the entire family.

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for students. Tickets in advance are $2 less and can be purchased at Oasis Christian Books, Miss Fitz 260 Café and Habitat Re-store.

Student Health Fair

The Coordinated School Health Advisory Council presents a Student Centered Health Fair from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 12 at the Julia Randall Elementary School gym.

There will be more than 20 booths sharing nutrition, healthy activities and choices as well as general health. Local doctors, dentists and many community organizations will take part.

There is no admission.

Live music

Payson Jazz Trio

The Payson Jazz Trio performs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at Ayothaya Thai Cafe, Highway 260 (across from Safeway).

Bill Camp

Bill Camp, guitarist-singer, will be playing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at the Mountain Top Brewing Company, 401 N. Tyler Pkwy. (above Payson Concrete).

Cinnamon Twist

Cinnamon Twist performs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 14 at Ayothaya Thai Cafe. The duo debuts cool new songs and takes special requests.

Jazz concert

The John Darst Trio Plus One will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

A donation of $8 or more includes refreshments. Small children and students are free.

Please make a reservation by contacting:, or calling (602) 619-3355.

Southwestern Gospel Concert

Phil Dickey performs at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at the Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260. Along with his Southwestern Gospel Concert, Dickey will offer a service of praise and encouragement.

Community Garden offers free classes on Saturdays

The Payson Community Garden, located on Tyler Parkway, is now open from 5 p.m. until dark, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday (closed Sunday).

Saturday morning classes are free to all, not just garden participants, and start at 8 a.m. April’s class schedule includes: Seeds and transplanting, April 13; Alfalfa tea, April 20; Worms, April 27.

Those interested in serving as garden monitors are invited to register now. For more information, call (928) 595-2805.


Reserve space now for Community Yard Sale

Reserve space now for Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18. The Community Yard Sale offers a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost. For just $10 per 10-foot-by-19 foot space, vendors can make a great profit from many shoppers coming to one site. The church handles advertising, and manages the event. Rest rooms and a drinking fountain are available to shoppers. Space rental proceeds go to the Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country. The Yard Sale will be at the church, located at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). To reserve a space, call the office at (928) 474-2059.

Brush pits open

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, April 13 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, April 14 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

Time Out benefit

A luncheon and fashion show, Steppin’ Out, to benefit Time Out Inc. and its efforts to help the victims of domestic abuse, is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at Chaparral Pines Golf Club. Admission is $25 per person, purchase at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Med Return Box installation

Join the Payson Police Department, Eastern Area Health Education Center, Rim Country Coalition and students of the Payson High School Health Occupation Student Association for the official presentation and installation of Payson’s first community Med Return Box. The event is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, April 15 at the Payson Police Department and will feature door prizes, information on the use of the Med Return Box and refreshments.

Book fair

A Books Are Fun Fair is set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 at the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance).

Select from hundreds of books and gifts, such as photo albums, stationery, music and much more.

All proceeds support the Mogollon Health Alliance scholarship fund and its many other programs.

PEC alumni night

Payson Education Center will be hosting an alumni night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. All former students are invited to attend the event, which will feature a luau theme. There will be a barbecue, games and a slide show from previous school years.

Payson Education Center is an accredited, alternative high school located at 112 W. Cedar Lane in Payson. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.

Parent Resource Night

The PEC’s Parent Resource Night is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24. Participants will learn how to write a resume and apply for employment online. The public is also invited. Snacks will be served. For more information, call PEC at (928) 468-8509.

Discuss Violence Against Women Act

The Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. East St., will host a Faithlinks discussion on The Violence Against Women Act at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 in room 304. Congress recently passed an expanded version of the Violence Against Women Act. The discussion will include: What are the effects of this act? How has it been expanded? How can faith guide us as we support victims and seek ways to prevent violence?

For more information, call (928) 474-0485.

PES Safety First Day April 19

Payson Elementary School will have its Gracie Lee Haught Safety First Day at 1 p.m., Friday, April 19. The school will host eight community entities whose members will teach the students about safety rules around the home and community.

Chocolate Buffet

Do you love chocolate? The Ladies of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invite the public to a Chocolate Buffet at 6 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the church, located at 1000 N. Easy St. 

Guests will be given a box to fill with samples of a great variety of wonderful chocolate desserts prepared by the ladies of the church for $10. Proceeds will support Outreach Ministries that focus on children and families in need.

Women’s conference at Payson LDS

The Relief Society organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a special Women’s Conference from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20, with a lunch to follow.

The event will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson. Guests are welcome.

Handbags & More on sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance will host a benefit sale by Paula’s Handbags & More from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 in the main lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center Main Lobby.

The sale will feature a great selection of purses; men’s and ladies’ wallets; fanny packs; travel bags; pet carriers; cell phone covers; Bible covers; and various other items.

Proceeds support the MHA health scholarship fund and its many other programs.

Payson Schools Gifted and Talented Showcase

The Payson School District invites the entire community to its 5th Annual Gifted and Talented Showcase from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 in the middle school cafeteria.

The featured keynote speaker, Peter Laing, director of gifted education at the Arizona Department of Education, will speak at 6 p.m. Students will display projects they have completed this year. Call Juli Davies at Julia Randall Elementary School, (928) 474-2353, for more information.

Senior Circle

Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. — Lunch and Learn about hypertension with Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton. Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure.  Dumbolton will discuss what causes it, how can it be successfully treated and the risks if left untreated.

Tuesday, April 30 — Senior Circle Health Fair — This members-only event includes a fasting blood draw checking cholesterol and glucose, vitals, peripheral vascular screening, eye chart, juice bar. Appointments are required.

Please call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot at the Lunch and Learn and health fair.

Bake sale

There will be Relay for Life bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday April 26 at Walgreens.

Benefit car washes

The Payson Education Center will be hosting two car washes: one will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Walgreen’s parking lot; the second will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at the Jiffy Lube parking lot.

There is no fee, however, donations will be accepted. This is PEC’s final fund-raiser for the year.

Payson Education Center is an alternative accredited high school located at 112 W. Cedar Lane. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.

Human Rights Film Festival

The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International will host a Human Rights Film Festival focusing on the theme Women’s Rights are Human Rights.

The event is from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy St.

A number of short films, excerpts and documentaries will be shown.

For more information, contact Penny at (928) 978-1268 or e-mail

Choral Society spring concert

The Payson Choral Society’s spring concert, “Time Machine” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris, comes to the Payson High School Auditorium Saturday, April 27.

Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pre-sale concert tickets are $8 for adults. All students under 18, and children will be admitted at no charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the Payson Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert for $10 each.

Proceeds from the society’s concerts provide musical scholarships to middle and high school students. These are awarded and the students will sing their winning tryout selection each at the spring concert.

For more information, please call John Landino (928) 468-0023.

Gallery grand opening

Artists of the Rim members will have a grand opening for the group’s new gallery at 618 N. Beeline Highway, Payson from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27.

The opening will offer a chance to meet the artists displaying contributed gourds, oils, glass, acrylics, jewelry, sculpture, watercolors, beading and fiber art and turned wooden bowls. There will also be refreshments.

Benefit basketball

Come out and help raise funds for Gila Community College scholarships and programs of the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Expect plenty of great action and lots of fun as the Harlem Ambassadors take on a variety of Payson and Rim Country folks at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 at the Payson High School gym.

Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Tickets are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the parks office in Green Valley Park, Gila Community College and at the Payson Roundup.


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