Community Almanac

Trail work day

Trail work day


Gila County to celebrate County Government Month

Gila County will celebrate National County Government Month during the month of April to highlight county justice programs and services. The theme is “Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities.”

Some local events will include:

• April 19 – Earth Day Poster/Essay Contest (K-12). Winners will be announced at the Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting May 7. All entries will be displayed at the courthouse during the month of April.

• April 27 – Free E-Waste Day (Payson Event Center) – bring any type of electronic equipment, non-vehicle batteries, cell phones, VCRs, CDs, small and large appliances, etc. This event is sponsored by Gila County, Town of Payson, ADEQ, Northern Gila County Sanitary District, Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District and Tonto Apache Tribe.

Store grand opening

The Polkadot Blvd. will have a grand opening from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., today, Friday, April 19.

Located upstairs at 408 W. Main St., Suite 8, the shop features designer bling jeans, home décor and accessories. The shop also will do jean parties and sales events.

For more information, call (480) 440-4451.

Prom dresses

St. Vincent de Paul’s new thrift store just had 30 prom dresses donated. There are both long and short dresses for just $15 and under. Come by the store at 1006 S. Beeline Highway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and check them out. The shop is also looking for volunteers. Please call (928) 474-4476.

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.

Spring Carnival

The Payson High School Spring Carnival is from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 19 on the football field. There will be games, prizes and food.

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.

Family Movie Night

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have its first Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 19 in the Fellowship Hall.

There is no admission charge. Everyone is welcome. There will be snacks and soft drinks or water for all. For more information, go online to: or call (928) 474-5440.

Benefit bake sale Saturday in front of Scoops

Northern Gila County 4-H will host a benefit bake sale for the Kueny family at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, April 20 in front of Scoops.

The Kueny family from Strawberry has been an influential part of Gila County 4-H for more than 10 years.

At this time, the Kueny family is facing a great deal of hardship. They are caring for their grandmother who is ill and unable to care for herself and a short time ago a member of the family was involved in a very serious accident and now faces a lot of healing time.

The one family vehicle was totaled in the accident and insurance was not in place to provide a replacement.

An account has been set up at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union in the name of “Heidi Kueny” for anyone who would like to help them out. If you would rather send something via mail, please send to the Payson Cooperative Extension office and it will be forwarded to the Kueny family.


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Trail work day

Trail work day

The Forest Service, with help from the Arizona Trail Association and Pine Strawberry Fuels Reduction Inc., will be hosting a trail building workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 27. To participate in the workshop, meet at the Pine Trailhead at 8:30 a.m.

Dress for the weather (it is expected to be sunny and in the low 80s); wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt; bring work gloves. The tools will be provided. For more information, call Rachael Hohl or Chelsea Muise at the ranger station, (928) 474-7900.

Brush pits open

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, April 20 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 21 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.

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.

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: 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.

Gospel concert

Phil Dickey performs at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21 at the Tonto Village Chapel in Tonto Village. Along with his Southwestern Gospel Concert, Dickey will offer a service of praise and encouragement.

Prosperity and balance workshop

Do you want to experience more prosperity and balance in your life? Are you pouring your heart and soul into your life and still not getting the results you want? Would you like to increase your success and stay in complete harmony with your highest values and spiritual beliefs?

If these questions resonate with you, then you will love the Cision Workshop presented by Mary Morrissey’s Institute for Transformational Coaching and Certified Dream Builder Coach Charlotte Beilgard at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 21 in the Payson Healing Arts Center, 616 N. Beeline Highway (Swiss Village).

As an introductory offer, only a love offering is requested. To register, or for more information, call (928) 970-2177 or (926) 788-3181 or e-mail passionatejoyful

In 1853, Henry David Thoreau wrote a famous essay called “Walden” which contains a hidden code for prosperous living. During this dynamic workshop, this code will be unlocked so participants can harness their life’s purpose and the prosperity they deserve.

Casino Day in Pine

To raise funds for the Justice McNeeley Foundation, Sidewinders Saloon in Pine is having its 2nd Annual Casino Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 21.

Donate $15 per person for the buy-in and purchase additional buy-ins as desired. Participants will enjoy black jack, roulette, craps and Texas Hold ’em. There will be prizes, a 50-50 drawing, raffle and live auction.

The foundation is a 501(c)3, so all donations are tax deductible and all proceeds will benefit its program, which is to provide medical, dental and other health care needs of children in the Rim Country.

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.

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.

Clothing distribution

The next Kaitie’s Closet distribution of children and young teen’s clothes is from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s Pre K through 12 clothing is welcome.

Transition Town Payson

Gila Community College hosts a Transition Town Payson presentation at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 25. The program will be in GCC Room 301.

 Transition Town Payson is a grassroots effort and community-based volunteer organization focused on community resilience and interdependence in the Rim Country Region of Payson.

Their mission statement: “In the face of climate change and resource depletion, Transition Town Payson’s mission is to encourage people to work together to build an environmentally resilient community.”

You may find out more at the Web site:

Bake sale

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

Drug collection day

There will be a special collection day for unused and expired prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27 on the east side of the Walmart parking lot.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, the Payson Police Department, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety are jointly sponsoring the collection day.

Look for the GCSO Mobile Command Center.

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.

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.

Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18. This is a great one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors. Currently we are looking for vendors. Spaces fill up fast, so come on in and reserve a space.

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of our church to the community at large giving a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost with advertising taken care of. For just $10 per 10-foot-by-19 foot space vendors can make a great profit from many shoppers coming to one site without all the hassle. We do the advertising, and manage the event. The church will be open for restrooms and drinking fountain.

All proceeds from this event go to our Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions, and our food pantry. We work closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer our citizens help when needed 6 days a week.

The Yard sale will be located at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). To reserve a space, call the office at (928) 474-2059.


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