Community Almanac

Veteran's Round Table

Veteran's Round Table


Center for Rural Leadership meets in Payson Saturday

The CENTRL Alumni Council will have a Lunch and Learn event with the Center for Rural Leadership from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Project CENTRL is an intensive one-year educational program that gives selected individuals an exceptional personal and professional leadership development experience.

The summer meeting in Payson will provide an opportunity to learn about Project CENTRL. The program includes: Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and Jeri Johnson-Decola, Tribal Administrator and Tribal Gaming Commissioner (Project CENTRL Class V), and Frances Lechner (Class XVIII) will report on the Yarnell Hill Fire recovery.

The meeting will include a buffet lunch hosted by the CENTRL Alumni Council. Anyone wishing to learn more about the program and training is invited to attend. Make reservations with Karen Vanderheyden by July 19 at karen@centrl .org or (520) 316-0909.

Teacher Supply Drive

SuddenLink and the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Teacher Supply Drive.

Rim Country teachers most commonly request paper, pencils and pens, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, sticky notes, dry erase markers and erasers, tape, staplers and staples, and tissue.

Donations of these items will be accepted in a school bus at the Walmart Supercenter, 300 N. Beeline Highway, Payson during the following dates and times:

Friday, July 19, until 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact Ron Hitchcock, Payson Unified School District, (928) 474-2070; Linda O’Dell, Gila County School District, (928) 402-8784; or Lori Pappas, SuddenLink, (928) 266-0693.

Transition Town Payson film

Transition Town Payson will host a two-part screening and discussion of the film “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” at Gila Community College, Room 301, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Payson.

Part 1 is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 19; the second part is at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2.

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, July 19 at the church.

The event is free and refreshments will be available.

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

Brush pits closed temporarily

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will close its free brush drop-off points. 

At this time, all RPAP brush pits have reached their operational capacity, and by necessity will have to remain closed until enough rain falls to allow them to be safely burned, cooled and made ready for use again. RPAP will make every effort to resume normal operations as soon as it is possible to do so.


Veteran's Round Table

Veterans’ Round Table Tuesday

The staff of Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) will hold a veterans’ round table in Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 23 at Payson Messinger’s Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road. Veterans are invited to share their thoughts and concerns about veterans’ issues and learn about the services that Rep. Gosar’s office provides. Staff will answer questions and provide help with the Veterans Administration and veterans’ benefits and other claims issues. Gosar will not be in attendance.

Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market has tomatoes, peaches, plums, apricots and even blackberries this week. Also available: oatmeal with a kick, jam, shaved ice, pecans, shrimp ceviche, peanut butter, caramel apples, tamales and more.

There are also pony rides for children.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon behind Chili’s at 816 S. Beeline Highway.

Soroptimists celebrate National Lollipop Day

The area’s Soroptimists will have delicious See’s Lollypops in a variety of flavors — including root beer and chocolate caramel — available at the Summer Sidewalk Sale at Walgreen’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 20. The sales table will be on the north side of the building.

There will be books for sale for Rim Country Literacy Program, See’s Candies for Soroptimists and a variety of arts and crafts. Come and join us for fun and a free lollipop.

All sales will benefit local nonprofit organizations in Rim Country. Call Jean Oliver, (928) 474-6167 for more information.

PHS Class of 1963 Reunion

The Payson High School Class of 1963 will celebrate its 50th Reunion, along with all who graduated from PHS in the sixties or earlier Saturday, July 20 at the LDS Church just south of the hospital.

All who knew us, knew anyone who knew us or our families, or went to school in the old rock building, are invited to attend.

Come and join us anytime after 10 a.m. A potluck lunch will begin at noon. Please bring a favorite dish to share — main dish, salad or dessert. Water will be provided. If there is enough interest, an Oldies Dance will be held from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Ice cream social to help P-S Historical Society

The Wooden Nickel band is back for the third year to entertain and support the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society. 

Come join the fun from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at the Pine Cultural Hall for an Ice Cream Social and listen to the Wooden Nickel band play old country music. Admission for this event is $10 for adults, children $5, with children 5 years old and under free. Donations are always gladly appreciated!

Time Out Christmas sale

Time Out Thrift Shop is having a one-day only Christmas sale Tuesday, July 23. All Christmas items will sell for 25 cents each. Don’t forget Poker Chip Monday for additional savings on anything you purchase.

All proceeds from Time Out Thrift Shop directly benefit domestic violence victims through the emergency shelter and transitional housing programs.

Senior Circle

A Lunch and Learn is planned for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 24 on the Medicare physical, presented by Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton and Dr. Amalia Pineres.

The goals of the Medicare physical are health promotion, disease prevention and detection. 

The PRMC Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Call (928) 472-9290 to make a reservation for either or both of these programs.

Clothing distribution

Kaitie’s Closet, a nonprofit organization that collects clothes for distribution, will be giving away free clothes from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

Anyone in Rim Country needing clothing for children in grades pre-K through 12 is welcome to attend the distribution. 

Kaitie’s Closet is still in need of a place to sort and collect clothing and volunteers are always needed, so please call (928) 468-1036 to help. 

PCK raffles four-night cruise

Payson Community Kids (PCK) is a non-profit organization that assists low-income, “at risk” families and their children. This year, PCK is sponsoring a raffle for a four- night cruise for two with Princess Cruise Line to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico, leaving from the Long Beach area.

There will only be 100 tickets sold at a cost of $50 each. The drawing will be held live on KMOG at noon, Wednesday, July 31.

To purchase tickets, visit the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or call Suzy Tubbs at (928) 978-3256, Jim Leubner at (928) 951-5408, or Laura Meidinger at (928) 951-3896.

Free household hazardous waste disposal event

A free household hazardous waste recycling event for Payson area residents will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 27 at the Payson Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway.

 The event is being co-sponsored by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Town of Payson Water Department, Gila County, Tonto Apache Tribe and the Northern Gila County Sanitary District and is open to Gila County households. Commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Items eligible for disposal are paints, solvents, adhesives, auto batteries, motor oil, fuel, aerosol cans, propane tanks, pesticides, herbicides, fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing items, acids, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, fire extinguishers and other household products with caution, warning, danger, poison, toxic, flammable, combustible or corrosive labels. Up to 10 waste tires without rims per licensed driver also will be accepted.

Materials not accepted include medications and pharmaceuticals, biohazardous or infectious waste, medical sharps, explosives, compressed gas cylinders (barbecue-sized and smaller), large appliances, radioactive waste, smoke alarms and ammunition.


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