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Live music

Cinnamon Twist

Cinnamon Twist will perform a mix of popular Americana and Celtic music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 26 at Ayothaya Thai Cafe. The band includes lead singer Jennifer Baltz and Annie James on guitar, mandolin and harmonica.

Brush pit schedule

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 27 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 28 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.

Invitation to eat at car show

The Payson First Assembly will be offering a variety of food items throughout the day on Saturday, April 27 during the Rim Country Classic Automobile Club’s 20th Annual Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show.

The Women’s Ministries group will be selling muffins around 8 a.m. along with a variety of cookies and snack items including their famous caramel corn. At 10:30 a.m. nachos, brats, sodas and water will be available. Proceeds will go to support missions and church projects.

Free e-waste disposal

Come to the Payson Event Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27 to dispose of unwanted electronics: televisions, computers, monitors, printers, non-vehicle batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, FAX machines, small appliances, cables and cords.

For details, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 371, or (928) 337-3565.

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.

Details of the Arizona Trails Day celebration are in this week’s edition of the PS Happenings on the Neighbors page. 

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.

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


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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. today, 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, see this week’s Rim Review inside this edition of the Roundup.

Artists of the Rim

Join Artists of the Rim for the Grand Opening to see the cooperative’s new gallery and greet the member artists. The gallery has a variety of art from gourds, oils, glass, acrylics, jewelry, sculpture, watercolor, beading and fiber art to turned wood bowls.

Come have fun, meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at 618 N. Beeline Highway. The gallery’s regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Italian Spring Festival

Enjoy a five-course meal — an Italian Spring Festival — prepared by Gerardo Moceri to benefit Payson Community Kids at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 28 at Gerardo’s Firewood Café, 512 N. Beeline Highway.

Tickets are $75 per person and available at the café or from Suzy at (928) 978-3256. In addition to the dinner, there will be a silent auction. To learn more or make a contribution to the auction, contact Suzy at the number above.

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. 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.

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.

Bring questions, concerns to police chief May 1

The community is invited to share questions and concerns about such things as barking dogs, speeding, drugs, etc., with Payson Police Chief Don Engler at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 1 at the log building at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Treats and coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. — no church teachings, no charge, no reservations, just timely topics at this Friendship Club meeting.

For more information, contact club president Ed Blair at (928) 472-3021.

Last chance to win a dinner for 20

Payson Community Christian School’s third- and fourth-grade class is selling raffle tickets for a Catered Mexican Fiesta for 20 — served in your home to your guests.  Diana Miller will make three entrees of your choice, plus rice, beans, guacamole, chips, salsa and more — all authentic and homemade. Salsa dancing lessons will be included after dinner!

The proceeds benefit the class field trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The drawing is Wednesday, May 1 at 2:45 p.m.

Call Amy at (480) 231-0772 for tickets.

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.

PCCS Eagle Golf Scramble Tournament

Come enjoy an afternoon of golf in the beautiful pines of Payson Saturday, May 4, and help the Payson Community Christian School. The shotgun start at the Payson Golf Course, 1504 W. Country Club Dr., is at 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $80 per person, $300 per team, or team with a pastor and pay $280. The fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart and dinner with all the trimmings. Mulligans, raffle tickets, string and additional dinner tickets ($10) can be purchased the day of the tournament.

Call Richard Lyell for additional information and registration at (928) 468-6176.

Open studio tour

The annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 3, 4 and 5.

More than 30 Rim Country artists will be participating at 18 different studios in Payson and Pine.

The brochure detailing the self-guided tour will be in the Payson Roundup of Tuesday, April 30.

Side Street Strutters

Enjoy mainstream jazz and more with a performance by the Side Street Strutters at 7 p.m., Monday, May 6 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

This is the last performance of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2012-2013 season.

Individual tickets are $30, if available, and will be available at the door 30 minutes before the concert.

For more information, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189 or go online to

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.

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.

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.

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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