Community Almanac

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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.

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.

National Day of Prayer

Churches and others around the Rim Country are planning a series of events Thursday, May 2 to mark National Day of Prayer.

Events are planned throughout the day in both Payson and Pine.

Starting in Payson, there will be a service from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar, Payson. The Crossroads event will start with a light continental breakfast at 6:45 a.m. and then prayer will begin by 7 a.m., led by Pastor Gordon Hauptman. 

Robert and Kim Ballam will be leading the prayer time at Pine Elementary School, 3868 N. Pine Creek, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

A new event this year is being led by student Chelsea Frewin for middle school and high school students at the Payson High School Football Field, 517 W. Longhorn Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The First Baptist Church in Pine will be having a Pastor’s Prayer Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

The Gila County Courthouse prayer will be led by Jann Durst at an area close to the Chamber of Commerce building from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Pine Community Center event, 1886 N. Beeline Highway, will be from 11 a.m. to noon, led by Pastor Dr. John Lake.  Rob Linkey will lead the large noon event at Rumsey Park, 328 N. McLane Road, where the Payson Community Christian students will be praying along with pastors and other spiritual leaders. This part of the day’s events will conclude at 1 p.m.

Another new event this year will be at the Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., led by David Reisdorf. The emphasis there will be on prayer for spiritual cleansing through love and forgiveness.

Payson’s Ponderosa Baptist Church is also planning an event from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Payson and Star Valley mayors, the Gila County Supervisors, Governor Jan Brewer and President Obama all proclaimed May 2, 2013 National Day of Prayer.

The theme for this year’s NDP is “Pray for America” based on Matthew 12:21.

If you have questions, or if more information is needed, contact Jerry Green, Gila County NDP coordinator, (928) 472-8178, or the NDP Web site. 


Fun Run Motorcycles

Fun Run for the Troops

The annual American Legion Riders Fun Run is Saturday, May 11. Come to Payson American Legion Post 69 (on East Highway 260, just three-quarters of a mile east of Highway 87) from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 11 to register. 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. Proceeds go to Payson Supply Line which provides comfort and care items to active duty military personnel in war zones. To make a tax-deductible contribution, mail it to ALR Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541.

Plays at PHS

The Longhorn Theatre presents Senior Directed One-Act Plays at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2 and Saturday, May 4 and at 4 p.m., Friday, May 3 at the PHS Studio Theatre (behind auditorium).

The plays are “Eric and Elliot,” a suicide awareness play by Dwayne Hartford, directed by Brad Gutyon, with technical direction by Reid Wiles; “Governing Alice,” a teen issue play about standing up for what you believe in by C. Denby Swanson, directed by Savannah Wiseman, with technical direction by Annie Moore; and “Retread Romeo,” a senior citizen comedy by Vern Harden, directed by Cody Schuler, with technical direction by Austyn Johnson

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students.

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.

PAHH ReStore sale

The Payson Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be having a 20 percent off to 50 percent off sale on most of its inventory from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 3.

The store is currently overstocked on furniture and other home improvement goods.

The ReStore is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations are taken at the rear of the store until 4 p.m. All proceeds go to help low-income families in need of adequate housing in our community. Interested in volunteering? Just ask us about our newest program — A Brush with Kindness, or visit the Web site,

Call (928) 474-4247 for more details.

Studio tour

The Payson Art League’s 12th Annual ‘Neath the Rim Studio Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

The self-guided tour allows participants to meet area artists in their work environment, see demonstrations, enjoy refreshments and, if interested, purchase tickets on a raffle of 33 original works. Proceeds benefit the PAL’s art education project for children.

Tour maps can be picked up at Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, Payson Library, Artists of the Rim Gallery, Down the Street Art Gallery and can be found in today’s edition of the Payson Roundup.

First Friday

Community Presbyterian Church

Community Presbyterian Church welcomes Howard and Colleen Brown; Gerry and Joanie Reynolds; and Mike Casey. They will be playing and singing songs from Broadway to Nashville to San Francisco; standards, jazz and a few country tunes. The program is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 3.

Admission is a donation and all donations go to the Food Pantry. The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St. For more information, please call (928) 474-2059.

Down the Street Art Gallery

First Friday in May features a Cinco de Mayo celebration with a salsa tasting challenge at Down the Street Art Gallery. Enjoy Mexican music, salsa and art from local artists. There is always something happening at Down the Street, 703 W. Main St. Stop by between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art

Get ready for the Spring Rodeo at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. On First Friday weekend, May 3-6, western wear and boots are 20 percent off. Customers can also enter a drawing for tickets to the May 6 concert with the Side Street Strutters. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 5. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is at 520 W. Main St.

Family Movie Night

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 3.

There is no admission charge and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

A Family Movie Night will be held on the first and third Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. every month.

Visit: www.shepherdofthepineslutheran .com for directions and more information or call (928) 474-5440.

Plant and bake sale

The High Country Garden Club will hold its annual Plant and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 3 in the Walmart parking lot.

Plants for sale include vegetables, herbs, indoor plants and perennials, all locally grown. There will also be lots of homemade baked goods.

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.

Jazz concert

Guitarist/vocalist Joanie Smith performs at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 5 for the monthly jazz concert the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

She is one of the few local artists to perform in the jazz series and has owned a home in Strawberry for 32 years. Upright string bassist and guitarist Steve Douglas and drummer Gerry Reynolds will accompany Smith.

Confirming attendance is welcome. Reply to or by calling (602) 619-3355.

A donation to be made toward performance expenses is gratefully accepted.

Almost New Thrift Shop sale

Select from clothes, shoes, belts and more — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags for just one dollar, at the Almost New Thrift Shop, 304 E. Aero Dr. This month’s sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 6.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

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

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, May 10 at 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us 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.

2nd Annual All-Corvette Show

The Rim Country Corvettes, a not-for-profit group of Corvette enthusiasts, will present its 2nd Annual All-Corvette Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at Chapman Auto Center in Payson.

The members of the Rim Country Corvettes get together for the enjoyment of owning, driving and promoting America’s Sports Car.

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.

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.


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