Community Almanac




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.

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: http://www.zanegrey (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 continues

Due to the overwhelming success, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, on East Cedar Lane, will continue its Back to School sale.

All summer clothes, including jeans, will be half price. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul food bank.

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



Last chance to get tickets for Wine in the Pines fund-raiser

It’s your last chance to purchase tickets for Wine in the Pines. The event is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10. Hosted by the Payson Senior Center and Time Out, Inc., it will be at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Tickets are still available at the Beverage Place, Payson Senior Center, Payson Jewelers or you can purchase online at, use the red heart donate now button and tickets will be at the door. Tickets are $25 per person or just $10 for a designated driver and someone will win a 1/2 (half) carat diamond, donated by Payson Jewelers.

Live music

Cinnamon Twist

Cinnamon Twist will be performing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9 at Ayothaya Thai Café, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson. Jennifer Baltz and Anne James play a mix of styles from Celtic music to classic rock and country.

Mark Stanton Welch

Mark Stanton Welch returns to Unity of Payson for another concert of inspiring and spiritual music from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10.

The performance is at the Central AZ Board of Realtors, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14, across from Tiny’s Restaurant. Tickets are now available for $8 in advance and $10 at the door. To order tickets in advance or for more information, please call (928) 478-8515. 

Dr Jass & the Heartbeats

Dr Jass & the Heartbeats perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 at The Journigan House, 202 W. Main, Payson.

The group will present a Payson Friends of Jazz show at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

A $5 per person donation is requested. An RSVP is not required, but recommended. Contact or call (602) 619-3355.

 The band includes Dr. Claudio Zamorano, Dale Knighton, Suzanne Knighton, Hawkeye Mathews and Gerry Reynolds.



Pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus will present a pancake breakfast at the Mountain Daze Festival at the Pine-Strawberry Community Center from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11.

For just $6 you get a complete breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, orange juice and coffee.

Farmers Market to feature Tractor Show, picture day

It’s National Farmers Market Week and a great time to come to the Payson Farmers Market. To celebrate, KMOG has partnered with organizers and the Rim Country Tractor Group to sponsor the annual Tractor Show and new this year A&M Photography will be hosting picture day at the market. Bring the family for a ton of fun and some great photo opportunities.

This week’s entertainment provided by KMOG with special guest Brandon Iron.

The Payson Farmers Market is open every Saturday 8 a.m. to noon at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s.

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. 10 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. 11 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.



Mountain Daze in Pine Aug. 10-11

The Pine Strawberry Business Community invites Rim residents and visitors to come to the Pine Strawberry Community Center Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 for the 3rd Annual Mountain Daze.

Champagne Luncheon

A Champagne Garden Party & Pretty Yard Sale to benefit Payson Community Kids is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Freegard Garden, 27 Freegard Lane, Star Valley.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from Judi Freegard, (928) 517-1034) or Payson Community Kids Director Suzy Tubbs (928) 978-3256.

Quilt auction

The Friends of the Strawberry Patchers will present the Strawberry Patchers’ 5th Annual Quilt Auction Saturday, Aug. 10 in the cultural hall of the Pine-Strawberry Community Center.

Doors open for registration and preview at 11 a.m., the auction is at 1 p.m. Admission to the hall is free, but with a donation of a non-perishable food item contributors get a ticket for the opportunity quilt drawing to be held at the end of the auction.

For forms and information, go online to or contact Elaine Putnam at (928) 978-3464.

Bike and Build Cycling Team visits Rim Country for PAHH

Come and meet the Bike and Build Cycling Team at 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore at the corners of Hwy. 87 and 260.

Approximately 27 riders have cycled from Maine to Payson. While here, 17 of those riders will be helping with PAHH’s Brush With Kindness project in Strawberry and 10 of them will stay in Payson to assist with the Time-Out Shelter’s Transitional Housing Center.

For more information, call Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) at 474-0330.

AWANA kick-off

AWANA Club at First Baptist Church of Pine will be commencing with its Kick-off and Registration at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12.  There will be hot dogs and trimmings, games, fellowship and parents will be able to register their children ages 5 years through high school. Come enjoy fellowship and learn more about AWANA.

For more information, call the church office at (928) 476-3552.

Cooking with fresh produce

Mogollon Health Alliance and Rim Country Health are presenting their first-ever Cooking with Seasonal Produce Made Quick and Easy program at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13.

There is no charge, but it is necessary to register to get details. Call Heather at Mogollon Health Alliance to register, (928) 472-2588.

Take the stress out of eating healthy and leave the fast food behind. Participants will take home some tips on fast and easy meals that are healthy and delicious.

PEC Open House

The Payson Education Center will have an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14. PEC is at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane.

The public is invited to attend. Pizza will be served.

PEC is an alternative, accredited high school and is now enrolling for the 2013/14 school year. New students are still being accepted, although classes started Aug. 5.

Call PEC at (9280 468-8509 for more information.


Girl Scouts

Calling all Girl Scouts

It’s time again to register for the new Girl Scouts year. Girl Scouts is open to all girls from age 5 through 17. The registration fee is $15 and scholarships are available.

Registration is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Rim Country Middle School; from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15 and Monday, Aug. 26 at Scoops ice cream shop located near the movie theaters; and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, at Julia Randall Elementary School gym.

Parent/guardians are required to complete the paperwork and you may bring your new or returning Girl Scout with you to registration.

There is also a need of adults who would like to be involved with Girl Scouts as leaders or assistants. All training is provided in Payson. If you have any questions, please call Rhonda at (928) 474-0653 or Diane at (928) 595-0128.

Learn to can

Want to know what to do with all that extra garden harvest? The Community Garden will host canning classes presented by the LDS Relief Society Ladies at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway across from The Home Depot.

For more information, please call Nancy Gardner (928) 474-4627.

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. 16 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

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

GED testing

GED testing has been scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17 in Payson.

Candidates must pre-register at 112 W. Cedar Lane. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The registration deadline for this testing session is Aug. 13. Contact Chastity Van Buskirk at (928) 402-4339 or cvanbuskirk or Gail Gorry at (928) 472-5373 for more information.

GED testing is a public service provided by the Gila County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Linda O’Dell.


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