Community Almanac

Girls' softball


Girls' softball


Still time to register for fall classes at GCC

The 2013 fall term of Gila Community College started Aug. 19. It is not too late to register and, if you are over 55, there are no tuition fees.

Three of the most popular classes are beginning drawing, beginning acrylic painting and beginning watercolor. Students learn the basics with weekly lessons, demonstrations and a lot of practice.

The drawing class meets every Monday from 8 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and the painting classes meet Tuesday morning, 8 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Don’t miss ‘Black Beard The Pirate, The Musical’

“Black Beard The Pirate, The Musical” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The Missoula Children’s Theatre, with the help of Longhorn Theatre, Shelby School, Miller Auto Works, Plant Fair Nursery, the Brouwer family and other generous donors are producing this high seas adventure tale for local children to perform in a professional show.

Come on down to the Payson High School Auditorium and experience a swashbuckling good time with 60 local children in the cast. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students, but you can purchase tickets in advance for $1 less at Oasis Christian Books, Miss Fitz 260 Café and the Habitat Re-Store.

Piano concert tonight

Concert pianist Andrew O’Brien will be heard in recital at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23 at Payson’s Gila Community College Room 301, 201 N. Mudsprings Road.

O’Brien concertizes throughout the U.S. and Europe. He currently teaches at Scottsdale Community College and has a private studio in Phoenix.

O’Brien’s program will consist of Schubert’s “Sonata in A Minor, D. 784” and Chopin’s “Ballade in F Major, Op. 38.” The audience will have a rare opportunity to hear the “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky.

The recital is open to the public, free of charge. A reception will follow the program.


Girls' softball

Girls’ softball tryouts

There will be tryouts to fill positions on a girls’ youth Amature Softball Association 10 & under and/or 12 & under fastpitch softball team. Tryouts are for girls 8-13 years old. Girls must have been 12 or under on Jan. 1, 2013.

Tryouts are Sunday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All tryouts are on the Rumsey 3 field on North McLane Road.

For more information, call Casandra Stouder at (928) 978-1744 or Shaun Stouder at (928) 951-1666 or email luckygemini8@

Free brush pits

The Regional Payson Area Project….for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, Aug. 25, 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.

These locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Payson Farmers Market

Farm-fresh eggs and just-picked produce are waiting for you from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Payson Farmers Market, 816 S. Beeline Highway (behind Chili’s). Come early for the first pick of our farmers excellent produce.

Also available are homemade breads and pastries, goat cheese and fudge, tamales, breakfast burritos, jams, canned vegetables, dog treats, gluten-free products and more.

Come enjoy all the great vendors this Saturday as well as Rim Country artists.

Republican Club to host annual rummage sale

Rim Country Republican Club will host its annual rummage sale and Meet and Greet starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at Ramada 5 in Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.

Several elected officials will be in attendance and a drawing for three winners in the 2013 gun raffle is planned for 1 p.m.

There will be barbecue sandwiches available for $5 and baked goods will be offered for sale as well.

Did you live downwind of the nuclear test site?

Were you living in the Arizona counties of Gila, Apache, Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai or Mohave between 1951 and 1958, or during the month of July, 1962? If so, you may be interested in the Downwinders presentation to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Sharlot Hall Museum archives building, 115 S. McCormick in Prescott.

The Radiation Exposure Screening & Education Program (RESEP) is dedicated to helping individuals who were exposed to radiation from nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. This important presentation is free to the public. For more information, call (928) 445-3122, ext. 15, or visit

Diabetic-friendly dishes are focus of next cooking class

Peggy Martin, CNN, will present a Cookin’ For Health class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. The class will feature recipes from the editors of Prevention with the staff of the Joslin Diabetes Center — “Diabetes Breakthroughs 2010.”

Dishes will focus on fresh produce from the Farmers Market and will include a Diabetic-friendly Green Bean Casserole using freshly picked green beans, onions, garlic and peppers. The class will also explore roasted pepper creations and prepare a peppery eggplant appetizer.

Registration is required as space is limited. Call (928) 474-9260, or stop by the library to sign up.

Special needs carnival

A carnival for special needs families will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Payson Church of Christ, 401 E. Tyler Parkway (across from KMOG radio station).

‘In His Grip’ Youth Group will create a special time for special people featuring games, prizes, food and fun. A $5 donation at the door is requested.

Myra’s Art Gallery in Pine celebrates 20th anniversary

There will be a 20th anniversary celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Myra’s Art Gallery, located on Highway 87 in Pine. The event will feature music by Trouble in Paradise, great refreshments, book signings, a demonstration of throwing pottery by Alan and Carole Snyder and a silent auction of work by local artists.

August Sale at The Nook

Now through the end of August, save 50 percent on clothes and 25 percent on select new merchandise at The Nook, 408 W. Main St. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy & Parenting Center. All donations are tax deductible and accepted at The Nook. Volunteers are needed at The Nook or at New Beginnings. Stop in to pick up a volunteer application today.

Choral society auditions

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. We invite you to try out at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street.

Rehearsals for the Christmas 2013 Concert will follow the auditions at 6:30 p.m. Our concert will be Saturday, Dec. 14.

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and you are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come be a part of the Payson Choral Society!

For further information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

Crafters wanted

Artists and crafters are invited to bring their creations and set up a booth at the Beaver Valley Day celebration Saturday, Aug. 31 (Labor Day weekend).

This event is sponsored by the Beaver Valley Fire Department auxiliary and is open to the public. For details, call Mary Pat Culp, (480) 688-5633 or Robin Gudex, (928) 479-9947.

Couples Night of Encouragement

The Reaching the Heart Ministries will present a Couples Night of Encouragement Saturday, Sept. 7 at Mountain Bible Church, Building C, 302 E. Rancho Road. Admission is $20 per couple and includes an Italian dinner.

The program will feature relationship enrichment, transformation stories and tips on how to touch each other’s heart.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the evening concludes at 8:30 p.m. Childcare will be available for $5 per family.

Tickets are available at Mountain Bible Church kiosk; Oasis Christian Books & Gifts, 512 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 1; Reaching the Heart Ministries, 203 N. Manzanita Dr., Suite A or at

AARP drivers safety class

The next AARP drivers safety class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.


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