Community Almanac

Daria Mason directs Payson Choral Society’s spring concert, “Time Machine."

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Daria Mason directs Payson Choral Society’s spring concert, “Time Machine."


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.

PEC Parent Resource Night

The Payson Education Center’s Parent Resource Night is scheduled 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 to attend. Snacks will be served.

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

PHS play

Payson High School’s Junior Longhorn Theatre Company performs “Politics in the Land of Oz” by May Mitchell at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25 at the PHS Auditorium.

The Scarecrow is up for re-election (for Wizard). The wicked witch is upset and intervenes. Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto help the Scarecrow with his campaign.

Prices at the door are $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

Special Olympics Annual Torch Parade

The Special Olympics Annual Torch Parade starts at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, April 25 at the corner of Highway 87 and Longhorn in front of Chapman Auto Center.

The Olympic Torch Parade will continue down the Beeline Highway.

Special Olympians will wear their Special Olympics T-Shirts.

The community is invited to come out and support the athletes. For more information, please call Ruby at (928) 472-7619 or Mark at (928) 468-8434.

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:

‘Lorax’ reading at PES

Long-time local arborist David Mikulak will once again perform a dramatic reading of “The Lorax” by Dr. Suess on Arbor Day, Friday, April 26, at Payson Elementary School. The newest of Rim Country yearly traditions has grown exponentially in just three years due to its timely message, lavish presentation and local involvement.

This year, two readings will be given — the first at 1 p.m. and the second at 1:45 p.m. — so as to accommodate all 175 students making up Payson’s second-graders.

Again, Plant Fair Nursery has donated the seeds; Natural Beauty: Land, Tree, and Stone Works has germinated and potted the seeds; and American Sales and Products has provided the stonework used in the stage design, along with local artists painting the bigger than life pages from the book that provide the backdrop for the reading.

The seedlings/sprouts are given to each student after the reading just like in the story, and Mikulak will instruct the students on how to plant and nurture the new life, also an age-old practice of Arbor Day in America. The entire presentation will take place in the PES cafeteria.


Daria Mason directs Payson Choral Society’s spring concert, “Time Machine."

Choral Society’s Spring Concert is Saturday

Daria Mason directs Payson Choral Society’s spring concert, “Time Machine,” Saturday, April 27 in performances at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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 for $10 each.

Bake sale

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

Beeline Cruise-In parade and car show this weekend

Payson will be crawling with classic cars this weekend when the 20th annual Beeline Cruise-In comes to town.

The Cruise Parade is at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 and the entrants will leave Green Valley Park, travel west on Country Club Drive around Payson Golf Course, north on Vista Road and east on Airport Road down to the Beeline where they head north briefly, then turn east on Tyler Parkway to Highway 260. From there they head west back to the Beeline, south to Main Street and go west to return to Green Valley Park.

The Classic Car Show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Green Valley Park and includes a Parts Swap Meet, kids’ activities, raffle prize drawings and wraps up with the awards presentation.

For complete details, pick up a free copy of this week’s Rim Review.

Free E-Waste collection

A free E-Waste Day will be held at the Payson Event Center Saturday, April 27.

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.

Trails workday

Join the Payson Ranger District as it partners with the communities of Pine and Strawberry in celebration of the second annual Trails Day Saturday, April 27.

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.

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.

See details on the PS Arizona Trails Day in this edition’s Neighbors column on Pine and Strawberry. 

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.

Get on board for Community Yard Sale

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

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of the church, giving a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost, with advertising included. For just $10 per 10-foot-by-19-foot space, vendors can make a great profit from many shoppers. The church will be open with rest rooms and drinking fountain.

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

The Community Yard sale will be at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). Reserve a space by calling the office at (928) 474-2059.

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

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.

4th Annual Charity Golf Event 

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) is conducting its 4th Annual Charity Golf Event at Chaparral Pines Golf Club in Payson Sunday, June 2.

Register now to participate and help make it possible for deserving local families to have a home or gain assistance in critical home repairs. The last three years’ events were a huge success and all who participated had great fun. This year’s format is a two-person scramble, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

The 2013 entry fee includes green fees, range balls, a box lunch … and the opportunity to win a $50,000 Hole-in-One prize.  Players can participate in various par three contests, and there will be awards for tournament winners. Following golf, there will be appetizers and a no-host bar, and Silent Auction results will be announced.

The Silent Auction is a big part of the day’s events. Last year, more than 100 items were displayed. Non-golfers are invited to join in the fun of bidding on auction items beginning at noon at the Chaparral Pines clubhouse.

You can sponsor a local firefighter, peace officer or teacher to golf in your place through our “Hero Sponsorships.” Please contact our office for details at (928) 474-0330.

 Registration forms can be found on the PAHH Web site: events.htm, or at the PAHH ReStore, located at the corner of Highways 87 and 260, (928) 474-0330.

The entry fee is $150 per person ($125 for Chaparral Pines members). All registrations received prior to April 30, 2013 will receive a 10 percent discount. All proceeds will go directly to Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.

Senior Connections Conference

A special extended program of information and resources available to seniors, caregivers and senior service workers will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 10 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. The program includes recognizing Alzheimer’s disease; the challenges and rewards of caregiving; and law enforcement concerns of impact to area senior citizens. There will also be a program recognizing the contributions of seniors in the community.

The deadline to register for the conference is May 3. For information, call (520) 836-2758 or 1-(800)-293-9393. Transportation from the Payson Senior Center is also available to the event, call (520) 836-2758.

Legion Riders Fun Run for Payson Supply Line

It’s spring, so it’s time for the annual American Legion Riders Fun Run for the Payson Supply Line.

Come to the Payson American Legion Post 69 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 11 to register (the post is on East Highway 260, just three-quarters of a mile east of Highway 87). Participants can ride motorcycles, quads or travel along in their cars, or just come out for the fun. Live music starts at 1 p.m.

To make a tax-deductible contribution toward the cause, mail it to ALR Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541.

Proceeds from this event help the organizers of the Payson Supply Line continue to provide comfort and care items to active duty military personnel in war zones.

Gila County Mounted Posse benefit

Join the Gila County Mounted Posse’s “Spring Roundup Dinner & Dance” from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Historic Ox Bow on Main Street, Payson.

There will be a barbecue dinner, live music by 3 Wheel Drive, raffles, live and silent auctions and more.

Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the Ox Bow, Bob’s Western Wear, Payson Concrete, or for more information, contact Earl Chitwood at (928) 238-0005 or Larry White, (928) 978-8010.

Proceeds will benefit the Gila County Mounted Posse, a search and rescue organization, and a portion will go to a scholarship fund as well.


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