Community Almanac

Garden walk

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Garden walk


Help Payson Community Kids and win a 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 $100 each. The drawing will be held live on KMOG at noon, Wednesday, July 31.

This is a great opportunity to win a beautiful vacation and also help a very worthy organization, Payson Community Kids.

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

Golf Cart Raffle

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop is having a Golf Cart Raffle. Tickets are $50, and they are selling only 50 tickets, so the odds are great. You can view this prestigious cart and purchase a ticket at the shop located at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suites B, C & D.

Summer meals for kids

The nutrition office at Payson Unified Schools, along with the Arizona Department of Education, has two sites open this summer where kids 18 and under can have breakfast and lunch for free. Meals will be served at Rim Country Middle School and Payson Elementary School.

This program is open to all kids and this year parents who bring a child will also eat for free. Breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program continues through Friday, July 19. There will be no meals served July 4 and 5 due to the Fourth of July holiday.

Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Summer Reading Program is now open. The program starts the first week of June. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. There are programs planned for children ages 6 months to 18 years.

To learn more and register, stop by the library at 328 N. McLane Road, (928) 474-9260. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.

Summer Recreation Program

Registration is open and continues through the course of the 2013 Summer Recreation Program presented by the the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

The program is for children ages 6 to 12. Youngsters can be registered for one or all seven weeks. The program will be held in the Rim Country Middle School gym and incorporates fun, physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips. This is not a drop-in program; children must be pre-registered by Friday of the previous week. Lunch will be served each day.

Cost is $30 per child. Camps dates are: June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27, July 1-3 and July 8-11. The program goes from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, except where noted.

Register in person at the parks and rec offices in Green Valley Park.

Senior Circle program

Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle will present a Lunch and Learn program at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5. The topic will be child safety for grandparents, with representatives from the Payson Police Department and Barbara Thompson from Child Help.

Make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance of the program at (928) 472-9290. The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Need rummage sale donations

The Payson Rim Quizkids are raising money to travel to the World Quiz in Indianapolis. The group is seeking donations for a rummage sale to be held June 7-8 at Payson First Church of the Nazarene.

Call (928) 474-5890 for information and to arrange for collection of contributions to the sale.

Immigration reform discussion planned

Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., will host a Faith Link Discussion & Brown Bag Lunch: Update on Immigration Reform.

Current reports on immigration reform indicate possible change in immigration policy in our country. What are the issues? How does our faith guide us as we sort through these issues?

Join us at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 and bring your lunch. For more information, call (928) 474-0485.


Garden walk

Garden Walk is Saturday

The Rim Area Gardeners will present the 2013 Garden Walk from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 8.

Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at Ace Hardware, Plant Fair Nursery, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson and Pine libraries and Sweet Nostalgia.

Look for the “green thumb” signs directing you to the participating gardens.

Pine Library movies

Summer Movie Madness begins Thursday, June 6 at Pine Library. At 1 p.m., the PG-rated “The Lost Medallion” will be shown inside the library. Light refreshments will be served. 

The movie “Adventures in Zambezia” (rated G) will be shown at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 13.

For more information, contact the library at (928) 476-3678.

Quilt show

The Strawberry Patchers will present their 17th Annual Quilt Show Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7-9 at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. The show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $2.

In addition to the always wonderful display of quilting work by members of the group, there will be a vendor mall and an opportunity quilt. Bring a non-perishable food item and get a ticket for a quilt drawing.

There is still time to submit an entry for the show, visit the Web site

Free summer film series

A free Summer Matinee Film Series will be offered at 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through June 27 at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mudsprings Road.

Coming up next will be:

June 6 — “Drakmar: A Vassal’s Journey” (73 min.) Film shadows a bullied boy as he trains in archery and mock battle, gaining inner-strength. Moderated by psychologist D. Steckal.

Ribbon cutting

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at the Flying Grizzly Bar & Grill, 5079 Highway 87 in Strawberry at 4 p.m., Friday, June 7.

ReStore sale

On First Friday, June 7 the Payson Habitat for Humanity ReStore will have a 50 percent off sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While some restrictions will apply, the store is overstocked on furniture and other home improvement goods.

The ReStore, which provides funds for PAHH, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday at the SE corner of Highways 87 and 260. Donations are taken at the rear of the store until 4 p.m.

Interested in volunteering? Ask us about PAHH’s newest program: A Brush with Kindness, or visit the Web site at or call (928) 474-4247.

First Friday on Main Street

• First Friday, June 7 welcomes summer at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., with live music by arborist “Tree Dave,” as well as a painting demo by watercolorist Jeff Wiles. New artwork and cool summer hats await your visit from 5 to 8 p.m.

• The Community Presbyterian Church is celebrating First Friday each and every month with the joint effort of three local groups.

Starting June 7, Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, will be celebrating with the shared talents of three local musical groups: Starlight, Cinnamon Twist and Anything. Each month these talented musicians will choose a style of music and songs to play, but will also dip into The Great American Songbook. June 7 the featured music will be Jazz. Snacks are provided and a donation of $5 is suggested — all goes to the Deacons Food Pantry, which helps feed local families. If you have any questions, call the office at (928) 474-2059.

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, June 7. Theevent is free and refreshments will be available.

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

Pie Baking Contest

The Payson Farmers Market 4th annual Pie Baking Contest will be held Saturday, June 8 at 816 S. Beeline Highway behind Chili’s. Prizes and awards will be given for Best Pie, Most Original and People’s Choice (tasters needed).

The rules are: fruit pies only; 1 pie per entrant; pie must be made by you. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. For more information visit or call (602) 524-0352.

AARP driving class

The next driving class offered through AARP is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Historical Society benefit

“Riders of the Purple Sage One Hundred Years Later” will be the theme for the Northern Gila County Historical Society benefit Saturday, June 8. 

The event will be at the Chaparral Pines Clubhouse from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include dinner, music by Bill Camp, no-host bar, sweets sale, auction of special centennial edition of “Riders of the Purple Sage” and local historian Stan Brown who will be there to sign his latest book, “Payson: An Arizona Frontier Town.”

Tickets are $35 per person and are available at the museum in Green Valley Park. Reservations must be made in advance. Visit or call (928) 474-3483 for more information.

Saturday Concert in the Park

Come out to the amphitheater area of Green Valley Park on summer Saturdays with your blankets and lawn chairs for great music under the stars. Performances start at 7 p.m. and refreshments are available for purchase.

June 8: The J Powers Band — A 5-piece group, with a mixed bag of R&B, Blues, Soul, Motown, Reggae, Pop & Classic Rock.

June 15: Blue Frog — If you are looking for foot-stomping, hand-clapping, jump off your seat kind of music, Blue Frog is it!

June 22: Breaking Point — Playing a variety of music which includes Top 40, Jazz, Blues and Country.

June 29: Junction 87 — Voted 2011 Best Local Band. Junction 87 is a local, hard-working country band that rocks out.

The concert series will continue through July.


Contributed photo

Mike King

Jazz concert

As a vocalist, you may have the dream to perform before a great big band, perhaps Count Basie’s. As a violinist, perhaps you dream of standing before the Phoenix Symphony. Before Gerry Reynolds leaves the jazz scene, he said he wants to play drums with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis or maybe pianist Chick Corea. The chances are slim.

However, local jazz pianist Bob Smolenski wanted to play with Valley great, bassist Mike King. He’ll get his wish when Mike King comes to Payson to play at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 9 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.  

Call Reynolds for more information, (602) 619-3355.

Great gifts for Dad are on sale at LFOP Bookstore

During June the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be featuring a 2-for-the-price-of-1 special on all hardback books. This is a great opportunity to purchase a Father’s Day gift. Pick up a favorite VCR tape for 50 cents or browse the bargain table in the lobby. All bargain table items will be on sale for 25 cents.

Proceeds go to the Payson Public Library to support the purchase of new material and many special programs. Stock changes daily, so the wise shopper visits frequently. The Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information visit

Rotary golf tournament

Rim Country Rotary is hosting its annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 15 at the Payson Golf Course. Registration forms are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Golf Course.

Yard sale donations sought

The Pine-Strawberry Riff Raff Club is accepting donations for its upcoming annual Naked Yard Sale, to be held June 15.

Bishop Storage Sheds has donated the use of two sheds for collecting and storing donations. The sheds, number 11 and 12, are located in Pine, behind Bishop Realty. The sheds will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the sale. The sale will be located by Payson Concrete.

For more information on the Naked Yard Sale or the Riff Raff Club, e-mail club

STEM Camp for students

The Second Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp will be held from 8 a.m. to noon June 17 and 20 at Rim Country Middle School.

Students in grades 3-8 can check out science projects, build robots, research genetics and take a field trip to the East Verde River. Cost is $40 (scholarships available). To register or for more information, please email


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