Community Almanac

Hal Linden

Hal Linden


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.

Solstice party

Unity of Payson will host its 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Party at 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 21, 5:30, at Rumsey Park. This is a potluck and all interested are invited to bring musical instruments as well as a dish to share.

Cinnamon Twist will perform as part of the evening.

If you've been curious about Unity of Payson, come and check out the congregation.

Transition Town Payson presents film Friday night

Transition Town Payson will present the film, “The Power of Community,” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 21 in room 301 at Gila Community College.

The film is about how Cuba rebuilt its quality of life following the collapse of cheap oil supplied by the former Soviet Union. The film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions and ultimately thrived in spite of the decreased dependence on imported energy and an 80 percent cut in food imports.

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 21. There event is free and refreshments will be available.

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

Brush pits

This coming weekend, 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: Saturday, June 22 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, June 23 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.

Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 22 and every Saturday through the end of September.

It is at 816 S. Beeline Hwy., behind Chili’s at the Sawmill Crossing shopping center. It offers fresh produce, organic coffee and teas, jam, chipotles, canned vegetables, free range beef, tamales, hummus, fresh bread, meatballs, fudge, honey, pecans, local art, live music, pony rides and much more.

Make a miniature garden

Plant Fair Nursery is hosting a free class on creating miniature gardens at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 22.

Taught by local expert Holly Crump, participants will learn about container selection, appropriate plants and accessories.

During the class, Crump will work one-on-one with each person who attends to plant their own garden. Materials, such as containers, plants and accessories, will be available for purchase, or participants may bring their own.

Plant Fair Nursery is at 3497 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley.


Hal Linden, courtesy of Live On Stage

Hal Linden

Get early bird concert tickets by June 30

Early bird season tickets for the 2013-2014 season of the Tonto Community Concert Association are only available until June 30.

The TCCA has selected eight exciting concerts to celebrate its 35th year of bringing high quality entertainment to Payson and surrounding Rim Country communities.

The season subscription, if purchased by June 30 is $85. The subscription will be $90 starting July 1.

Concerts will feature The Diamonds; Franc D’Ambrosio; Sonic Escape with chamber music; Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101; noted actor and singer Hal Linden; music from the theater comes to the Rim Country with a Matt Davenport Productions review, Back on Broadway; tenor John Berry will bring a performance of country music; and child piano prodigy Umi Garrett.

The season starts Sept. 30 and concludes May 17. All concerts are at the Payson High School Auditorium. To find out more, call (928) 478-4363 or e-mail or find a subscription form at

Play Bunco at Elks

The Payson Elks Lodge members are inviting guests to come out at 10:30 a.m. and play Bunco Saturday, June 22.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and play starts at 11 a.m., the cost is $15 per person. The game is easy to learn and something everyone can enjoy.

The cost includes lunch with a traditional club sandwich, a choice of garden, potato or macaroni salad and iced tea. Soft drinks will also be available for purchase.

There will be door prizes and prize money (cash prizes depend on the number attending)

For more information call Mary Smith at (928) 468-8766 or (928) 978-1857.

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 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.

Medication check up

There will be a free brown bag lunch with pharmacists from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 22 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Bring all medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter items, vitamins and supplements and the pharmacists will talk with you about them and any possible interactions that may cause problems.

The event is sponsored by the Payson Senior Center, Eastern Arizona Health Education Center, Rim Country Coalition, Cenpatico/Arizona Department of Health and the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens.

To learn more call Dee Redfield at (928) 970-1298.

Book signing

The Northern Gila County Historical Society is hosting travel writer Roger Naylor for a program on his book and a book signing at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 22 at the Rim Country Museum. Naylor is the author of Arizona Kicks on Route 66.

In conjunction with the program, the Rim Country Classic Auto Club will have a few of their classic cars parked to give it “retro” ambiance. The event will take place outdoors, between the gift shop and ranger station museum.

The Rim Country Museum sits on the banks of Green Valley Lake at 700 Green Valley Parkway. For more information, call (928) 474-3483 or visit

Concert in the park

The Town of Payson’s Concert in the Park at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 22 features Breaking Point, which plays top 40, jazz, blues and country. Concerts are in amphitheater area of Green Valley Park (turn west on Historic Main off Beeline Hwy. at the light and follow the road to the big Rock Building, turn north, park and walk to amphitheater area). Vendors open at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy music under the stars.

Christmas in June

Calling all early Christmas shoppers. Time Out Thrift Shop is having a Christmas Sale from June 24 through June 29 at 500 S. Beeline Highway. Save 50 percent on all Christmas items. Remember Poker Chip Monday for additional savings.

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

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 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.

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. For more information, call Lucy Karrys, (928) 478-0231 or (928) 595-2136.

Learn how to make Social Security claims

The Pine Library will host Jeff Young for a program on making Social Security claims from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 27 in the Library Activity Room.

This program will be an informative session on one of the most important financial decisions in a person's life. Young will discuss the myths and realities of our national retirement system and how to best benefit from it. If you or someone you care about is considering taking Social Security benefits within the next 7 to 8 years, you will want attend.

For more information regarding this educational program, call the library at (928) 476-3678.

Masquerade Ball

Interested in a night of mystery and intrigue? Don’t miss Payson’s very own Masquerade Ball, presented by the Good Samaritan Society – Majestic Rim, a not-for-profit retirement community. The event is the third annual fundraiser for the Payson Senior Center. Proceeds fund the Center’s bus transportation.

There will be live music by The Sonoran Swing Band, dancing and hors d’oevres. The Masquerade Ball will be at Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 29. Masks will be provided and formal attire encouraged. Tickets can be purchase at the Chamber of Commerce or Majestic Rim.

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.


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