Community Almanac

Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast


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

Brush pit schedule

This weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Firewise Rim Country will staff free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

• Saturday, June 15 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.

• Sunday, June 16 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located 0.7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

The RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged yellow star-thistle or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.

Live music

Concert in the Park

Come to the amphitheater area of Green Valley Park at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 to watch Blue Frog perform. This band offers foot-stomping, hand-clapping, jump-off-your-seat music. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy music under the stars. Refreshments are available for purchase.

John Carpino

Singer and songwriter John Carpino performs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 15 at THAT Brewery on Highway 87 in Pine. He will be joined by the Hot Cappuccinos at the Historic Journigan House on Main Street in Payson at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 22.

Marc Epstein

A night of Christian music, performed by Marc Epstein on an electronic piano is offered at 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness at 107 W. Wade Lane. For more information, telephone (928) 468-3250.

Farmers Market

Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays in the Sawmill Crossing parking lot, behind Chili’s restaurant.

For more information contact Katie at or (602) 524-0352.


Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus group is having a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 in Pine at the Strawberry Festival. The price $6 per person and the breakfast will be at the Pine Community Center. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, orange juice and coffee. Proceeds go to local charities.

Naked Yard Sale in Pine

The Pine-Strawberry Riff Raff Club is hosting the annual Naked Yard Sale Saturday, June 15 at Payson Concrete in Pine.

The reason it’s called “naked” is because there is no clothing for sale.

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

Vacation Bible School

First Southern Baptist Church

First Southern Baptist Church, Payson, will offer Vacation Bible School from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 for children pre-K to age 13. The theme of the program is “Colossal Coaster World.”

To learn more, call the church at (928) 474-3374 or VBS director Lori Mills at (928) 200-3665.

Ponderosa Bible Church

Ponderosa Bible Church is presenting “God Is Great Adventure” Vacation Bible School from June 17 through June 21. Music, crafts, games and snacks will be a part of the daily schedule. Children ages 4 through sixth grade are invited to attend from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. each day.

Sign up your child by calling (928) 474-9279. Ponderosa Bible Church is located at 1800 N. Beeline Highway.

Jewelry sale

A $6 jewelry sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19 at the west lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center (the labor and delivery entrance).

Presented by Indesign, the sale will include rings, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, gold and silver chains, necklace/earring sets, bracelets, pashminas, totes, scarves, boys’ and girls’ watches and gift items, designer-style sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more.

All proceeds support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

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, e-mail

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. Mud Springs Road. Coming up:

June 18: Double feature: (starting time 3:30 p.m.) “Brain Fitness Program I & II” (60 minutes each), moderated by chemist M. Neary.

June 20: “Beauty in a Jar” (100 minutes), moderated by art instructor J. Jeffrey.

June 25: “Nature: Dogs,” (112 minutes), moderated by certified veterinary technician S. Starr.

June 27: “Understanding Cats with Roger Tabor” (80 minutes), moderated by certified veterinary technician S. Starr.

Hear ADOT about county transportation study

Arizona Department of Transportation’s Gila County Transportation Study will be discussed in area public meetings next week.

The study will look at current and future transportation needs for areas of the county outside of local city limits. The public meetings will help lay out a transportation vision for those areas. Elements to be looked at in the study include roadways, safety, pavement management, transportation finance, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

In Payson, the meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 18 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd.

There will be a short presentation starting at 6:15 p.m.

Chili & Pie Dinner

Members of the Ponderosa Chapter #64 Order of the Eastern Star. invite Rim Country residents and visitors to attend their Chili & Pie Dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 21. The menu includes chili with all the fixings, potato soup for the faint of heart, drinks and a variety of pies. The cost is $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for children under 12.

The dinner will be at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road. Proceeds will benefit the charities of Ponderosa Chapter #64 OES.

Amateur Radio Field Day

The Tonto Amateur Radio Association is once again participating in the annual, nationwide Field Day, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League.

The event is designed to hone communication skills needed for efficiency and, if need be, assistance to the local, regional and, in some cases, national communities.

The public is invited to participate, including joining in actual ON-AIR operation (under direct supervision). The Field Day will kick off with a talk show Q&A event on KMOG AM radio from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, June 22. The official ARRL/TARA Field Day main event is a 24-hour exercise beginning at 11 a.m. June 22 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson, which is just south of the Skateboard Park. The event concludes on Sunday, June 23.

Diamondbacks tickets raffle

The Payson Rim QuizKids have one more benefit to raise money for their World Quiz travel.

The QuizKids are selling tickets for a sports raffle that includes four tickets to a Diamondbacks game of your choice, a $50 gas card and free room at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix for the night of the game. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and the drawing will be held June 15. To buy a ticket or packet of tickets, call the church at (928) 474-5890 for more information.

APW Writers’ Retreat

Attend an Arizona Press Women’s Writers’ Retreat at the Merritt Lodge, near Payson, July 27-28. Enjoy an overnight stay that includes four meals for a discounted rate of $95 if reservations are made by June 26. 

For details, contact Carol Osman Brown via e-mail: or call (928) 468-9269. You also can contact Gail Hearne at (928) 472-7132.

Swim Party

A swim party for families with special needs adults and children is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 26 at Taylor Pool in North Rumsey Park. Dress for a luau. In addition to swimming, there will be dancing and ice cream bars. For more information, call Lucy Karrys, (928) 478-0231 or (928) 595-2136.

Summer meals for kids

Kids 18 and under can have breakfast and lunch for free 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.

Parade entries wanted

The August Doin’s Rodeo Parade — “Rodeo: A Payson Tradition” — is being sponsored by the Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country this year.

The parade will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, on Historic Main Street in Payson.

Clowns, rodeo queens and their courts, the Payson High School band, local floats, teams and many other great entries from all over Arizona are expected.

The fun will start at 9 a.m., when the cowboys and cowgirls strut their stuff. The parade starts at Green Valley Park and moves east on Main Street. Mark this morning on your calendar, come early with the whole family, and bring comfortable chairs.

You may read additional information and download parade entry forms, etc. at the Web site: (just open the forms tab).

If you have any questions, contact the Kiwanis at: or write to: Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country, P.O. Box 2507, Payson, AZ 85547.

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.

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.

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. Remaining camp dates are: 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.


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