Community Almanac

Family Movie night

Family Movie night


Four-church garage sale is today only

This “one day” sale will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, and is sponsored by Payson United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Community Presbyterian Church and Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Doors open at 8 a.m. Friday and the sale will continue to 4 p.m. Very few items will be priced and most will be offered for a “donation only.”

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. 17 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. 18 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.

Live music

Take Two

The duo of Kathleen Kelly and Jim West, known at Take Two, will perform at the Payson Farmers Market from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The market is behind Chili’s in the Sawmill Crossing center.

The duo will provide live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dj’s Dance Party, 407 N. Mud Springs Road, Payson.

Dj’s Dance Studio has been operating for more than 30 years. It has the best dance floor in town, according to Kelly. Operators give dance lessons and have weekly dance parties with live bands, bringing good, old-fashioned family fun to the community.

Payson chapter of Amnesty International invitation

August 17 marks the third year Payson’s local Amnesty International chapter will proudly join the Oldest Continuous Rodeo Parade and march for human rights. Following the parade, Payson Amnesty International will host its First Annual Human Rights Picnic and statewide meeting and outreach event at Rumsey Park, Ramada 2, from noon to 4 p.m. Members of Amnesty International, their families and friends, as well as anyone interested are invited. 

The event is free and open to the public and picnic lunch will be provided.

For further information, contact Penny Navis-Schmidt at (928) 978-1268 or at

Home school kick-off

To encourage and equip Rim Country home schoolers, home educators are invited to a fall kick-off meeting in Payson. AFHE-Arizona Families for Home Education board members Rich and Heather Haupt will discuss the legal requirements for home schooling in Arizona, encourage new and experienced moms on embracing the strengths of home schooling, and share encouragement specifically for dads.

The program is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

For questions and to reserve a spot, call or message Kim at (480) 694-7459 or send an e-mail to


Family Movie night

Free family movie night

There will be a free presentation of “Big Miracle” — A Whale of a Tale, starring Drew Barrymore — tonight, Friday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

The movie is based on the true story of the international effort to rescue a group of gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska.

The film is rated PG.

The event is free and refreshments will be available.

There will be a Family Movie Night the first and third Friday of every month. For more information or directions, visit www.shepherdofthe or call (928) 474-5440.

Vintage Base Ball Game

See an old-fashioned “base ball” game at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Rumsey II softball field in North Rumsey Park.

The Payson Cougars will play the Arizona Stars & Stripes in a game reflecting the 1860s version of the sport — wearing “old time” uniforms.

There were no gloves, no overrunning first bag (first base), and an out is recorded if a hit ball is caught on one bounce.

It’s different and it’s sure to be fun. Come out and enjoy some entertaining history.

Artists invited to enter 2013 ArtOberfest by mid-August

The Payson Art League is calling for artists to join the annual ArtOberfest Show on Oct. 18, 19, 20, 2013 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. 

If you are an artist interested in showing and selling your art, please visit the PAL’s Web site at or call Don Harmon at (928) 474-5554 for a mailed application. 

This is a juried fine art and fine craft show representing varied art careers and backgrounds. The deadline for applying is Aug. 17.

Humane Society Thrift Shop sale

Humane Society Thrift Shop and Vintage Boutique, 510 W. Main St., is having several sales. 

• Summer Blowout – Jean and Designer Shorts for $1.50 and up;

• Fall and Halloween décor and costumes are now available.

The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Tonto Natural Bridge ranger is guest

Come learn about the geological history of Tonto Natural Bridge, one of the Rim Country’s great treasures that attract visitors from all over the world.

Barry Jones, park ranger and president of the Payson Rimstones Rock Club, will share his extensive knowledge of the bridge. The presentation will be in the library meeting room at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19.

The Library Friends of Payson extend a welcome to all who would like to attend this free program. There will be a short meeting at 10 a.m. reviewing library and Library Friends information. Light refreshments will be served.

For further information, please contact the library at (928) 474-9260.

Missoula Children’s Theatre presentation is next week

The Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Payson Aug. 19-24 to present “Blackbeard the Pirate” with 80 Rim Country children.

With only two directors and a small pickup loaded with costumes and sets, the MCT group will enlist 80 Rim Country children grades K-12 to rehearse, and then present two performances at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

The community generously supported this project last year and it needs more help this year. Please call Lynette Brouwer at (928) 478-6906 for more information.

Free GED classes

Free GED classes are offered from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays at the Payson Education Center, 112 W. Cedar. Just show up or call Kathleen Adams at (928) 468-9346 for more information.

Learn to preserve your extra garden harvest

Want to know what to do with all that extra garden harvest? The Community Garden will host a canning and food preservation class presented by the LDS Relief Society Ladies at 7 p.m., 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.

Learn about hepatitis

Millions of people in the U.S. are infected with Hepatitis C and many are unaware of they have the condition, in large part because they may not have any symptoms.  Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver damage, liver cancer and liver transplants in the U.S.  Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending a one-time Hepatitis C screening for all adults born between 1945 and 1965. Screening for Hepatitis C can help people who are infected live longer, healthier lives.

Please join Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny for a discussion about Hepatitis A, B and C at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Make a reservation for seating several days in advance so there is enough food prepared. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat.

Kaitie’s Closet distribution

The next distribution of free children’s clothing from Kaitie’s Closet is from 2:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow St., Payson. 

Anyone wishing to volunteer or donate children’s clothing or for questions, please feel free to call (928) 468-1036.

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., Thursday, Aug. 22, at Julia Randall Elementary School gym and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26 at Scoops ice cream shop located near the movie theaters. 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.

Get space now for Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 21.

For just $10, rent a space of 10-feet-by-19-feet. All proceeds from the event rentals go to the CPC Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions and our food pantry. The program also works closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer citizens help six days a week.

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


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