Community Almanac

‘DogTown’ star - free training workshop

‘DogTown’ star - free training workshop


Rodeo needs volunteers

Do you want to have fun and help a worthwhile cause? Come work with one of the greatest groups in Payson — the Payson Rodeo Committee. Be part of the annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo and help in areas like ticket takers, the souvenir booth, 50/50 ticket sales, security and other non-livestock areas.

Come see what it is all about and how you can meet some great people at the Best Western Inn of Payson meeting room at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6.

For added information, call Bill Armstrong, rodeo boss, at (928) 474-9440.

Deadline looms for parade participants

The date of the August Doin’s Rodeo Parade is fast approaching. If you plan to participate, please don’t delay in submitting your paperwork. The parade will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 on Historic Main Street in Payson.

You may download parade entry forms, etc. at the Web site: (just open the forms tab).

The August Doin’s Rodeo Parade, “Rodeo: A Payson Tradition” is being sponsored by the Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country. Kiwanis need the following for the parade:

• Entrants — both experienced and new

• Sponsors for floats

• Event sponsors

• Volunteers to help with the parade

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the Kiwanis at: or write to us at: Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country, P.O. Box 2507, Payson, AZ 85547.

Back to school sale

The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 1006 S. Beeline Highway, Payson, will have its Back to School sale this week.

All summer clothes, including jeans, will be half price. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3.

The thrift store is in need of volunteers. If you are interested, please call (928) 474-4476 Thursday through Saturday.

Painted Elk Party

Down the Street Art Gallery members invite area residents and visitors to the official unveiling party for its painted elk sculpture.

This bright, art-covered, life-size elk is the talk of the town and ready for his debut, plus he has his own 2014 calendar to celebrate it.

First Friday, Aug. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., come meet the elk, color elk images on the patio and join the Down the Street Gallery artists for some cool treats. Help us name the elk by entering a suggestion. If your suggested name is the one chosen, you will receive a prize at a later date. An elk covered coloring book-style 2014 calendar with monthly selections of local art is available for purchase, proceeds going to support local Payson art.

The gallery is at 703 W. Main St., Payson.


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‘DogTown’ star - free training workshop

‘DogTown’ star to give free training workshop

Sherry Woodard, CPDT-KA, is an animal behavior consultant with Best Friends Animal Society and star of the National Geographic Channel TV series ‘DogTown.’ She will be the guest speaker at a free dog-training workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Her presentation for individuals and animal shelter personnel will focus on animal care, behavior, enrichment and training. The Humane Society of Central Arizona, Best Friends Animal Society and the No More Homeless Pets Network sponsor the workshop. There is no charge for the program, but please RSVP by calling (928) 474-5590.

Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

There will be a Family Movie Night every First and Third Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. of every month. Visit: www.shepherdofthe for directions and more information, or call (928) 474-5440.

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, Aug. 3 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, Aug. 4 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.

Farmers Market

School is back in session and it’s time to stock up on produce, fruit and other items to pack kids’ lunches and promote healthy, local eating at school and at home. Come early for the best selection of the season’s most delicious, freshly picked crops. 

Stock up on delicious, handmade jams and peanut butters, hummus and handcrafted seasonings, Italian meatballs and baguettes.

The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway in the Sawmill Crossing.

Men’s breakfast

On Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8 a.m., the Men’s Ministry of Ponderosa Bible Church will be hosting a breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage, donuts, orange juice, fruit bowl, and coffee — all for only $1.

Brandon Sewell will be the featured speaker. Brandon was raised in Kearney, Ariz. For many years he was a meth addict, but for the past six and one-half years has been drug-free and is now a committed follower of Jesus Christ.

All men of the community are cordially invited to come for a time of fellowship and good food.

Anniversary sale

On Aug. 3 the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation of Pine and Strawberry will be celebrating the 1989 opening of the Pine Strawberry Thrift Shop by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Crum; the 1992 start of the community dining hall by Carl Savage; and the 1993 start of the Pine Strawberry Community Center by Jim and Mary Kocka.

To mark the occasion, the thrift store is having a Customer Appreciation Day. A drawing for the new Cuisinart small appliances will be held at noon, with special sales throughout the day and refreshments.

Pixie Hollow Tea Party

The Payson Public Library will have a Pixie Hollow Tea Party for young ladies ages 4 to 10, Saturday, Aug. 3. There will be a party from 10 a.m. to noon and another from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with only 25 youngsters participating in each.

Registration is taking place now at the library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Guests are invited to come dressed as their favorite Pixie Hollow princess or make use of the accessories the library will have available for the fashion show, which will be at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Parents are asked to remain at the library while their children are at the party.

For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9290.

Author to speak

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will present Carena Del Uno, a resident of Pine, speaking about and signing copies of her book, “Welcoming Oneness.” She will be at the library from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 3. For more information, contact the library at (928) 476-3678.

Scottish Games set for Saturday at Rumsey Park

The local chapter of the Daughters of Scotia — Monarch of the Glen will present its first annual “adaptive” Scottish Games in a birthday celebration for members and friends.

The games will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at Rumsey Park. Neil Morrison will serve as master of ceremonies. There will be a clan entry, 50-50 raffle with Women’s Adaptive Games including caber toss, archery, haggis toss and thistle stomp; children’s games will include sack races, archery, a four-legged race and tug-o-war.

For details contact Toni Sarcinella at (928) 468-6986 or Paty Henderson at (928) 472-6627.

Benefit concert

A concert to benefit the Kathy Shaffer Medical Fund is at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4 following a potluck at Payson United Methodist Church. There will be music by Justin Case and special guests. Donations accepted; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the pastor’s discretionary fund to help others with future needs.

The Fellowship Potluck is at 12:10 p.m. following services. The main course will be chicken, so those attending are asked to bring side dishes to accompany.

Native American Flute Circle

Rediscover the relaxing power of playing your own music. The Native American flute opens the soul, expands the mind, and it’s great fun. Bring your flute, or just come and listen. Native drummers also welcome. 

The gathering is at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4 in the meeting room behind the Majestic Mountain Inn on Highway 260. A $1 donation requested. For more information, call (928) 474-1233.

Almost New Thrift Shop Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags and you can have it for just one dollar. This sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5.

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

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

Free Shred-a-Thon returns

Arizona State Credit Union invites Rim residents to its Payson branch during the last leg of the 2013 shred event. This will provide an opportunity for residents of the Payson community to shred their sensitive documents free of charge.

The credit union’s Payson branch is the sixth of eight stops on the Shred-a-Thon tour. Community members are encouraged to bring their sensitive documents from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Free concert

The First Southern Baptist Church of Payson will present the Bost Family Traditions at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 11. The church is at the corner of West Bonita and Colcord. 

After eight years on the road and more than 1,000 live performances — the Bost Family Traditions have developed a highly entertaining, family-style show normally associated with seasoned Branson acts.

Arizona’s First Family of Entertainment is a nine-piece, family entertainment company from Cochise County, Ariz. The band has been playing full-time for the past seven years from Branson to Portland and in between.

To learn more, call (929) 474-3374.


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