Community Almanac

Back-to-school vaccines

Back-to-school vaccines


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.

PCSA marks 20 years with Community Rummage Sale

The Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane, #2, is celebrating 20 years of accepting and honoring diversity and beliefs of people from all spiritual paths such as Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, etc.

To commemorate the anniversary, PCSA is having a Community Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 29.

Additionally, raffle tickets will be sold for a framed, limited edition and signed lithograph, “Paws for Thought” donated by internationally acclaimed scratchboard artist, Angela Cockle of Payson. The winner need not be present.

For more information or to donate items for the sale, please call John at (928) 468-8075.

Brush pits open

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, June 29 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 30 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.

Christmas in June

Calling all early Christmas shoppers. Time Out Thrift Shop is having a Christmas Sale 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.

Payson firemen step up for donations to fight MD

Help Payson firefighters fill their boots this weekend to fight Muscular Dystrophy.

Payson firefighters will brave the heat outside of Bashas’ and Safeway on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 to raise money by filling their boots with donations to help children and adults with MD.

Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market promises the first tomatoes of the season and a growing variety of fresh produce this weekend. There will also be oatmeal with a kick, shaved ice, pecans, shrimp cervices, peanut butter, caramel apples, tamales and more.

The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s at Sawmill Crossing. Visit the Web site at


Back-to-school vaccines

Back-to-school vaccines

School starts July 29. Children are going to need their vaccines up to date in order to register for school. Arizona will no longer be providing vaccines for any underinsured children. For those who have children that fall into this category, please contact your family doctor as soon as possible to get those school shots. The Gila County Health Department can provide some of the shots your child may need, but you must bring your child’s immunization record and your insurance card when you visit our office. Some of the vaccines are in short supply so don’t delay. The health department is located at 107 W. Frontier, across the street from the post office, in Payson. Call (928) 474-1210 for more information.

Dimi Disco Night

Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, will have a disco night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 29. Admission is $5.

There will be free, non-alcoholic drinks and prizes.

First Responder appreciation event at Ponderosa Bible

Ponderosa Bible Church will honor local first responders Sunday, June 30. There will be a short ceremony and gift awards at the 9:30 a.m. worship service and again at the 11 a.m. worship service.

After the second service (approximately noon), a meal will be served on the church grounds to all the guests and their families.

The various agencies will be bringing some of their equipment, such as emergency vehicles and equipment. There will also be special games and activities for children.

This is an effort by the congregation of Ponderosa Bible Church to honor these special people and show appreciation for the care and devotion they provide for all in the community.

Ponderosa Bible Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Community Open House

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to a community open house at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, June 30 at Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. Lunch, offered in love by the People of S.O.T.P., will include brats, hot dogs, along with baked beans, sauerkraut, potato salad, drinks and desserts.

Guests are invited to attend Bible study at 8:30 a.m. and worship service at 10 a.m., or just come for lunch. Lunch will be served until the food is gone.

For more information, call the church office, (928) 474-5440 or visit,

Sweet Summer Sing-Along and Ice Cream Social

The public is invited to attend a Sweet Summer Sing-Along and Scoops of Blessings ice cream social Sunday, June 30 hosted by Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park). 

The “singspiration” will be a combination of featured specials along with opportunities to sing-along with the old hymns and choruses of the church. The Sing-Along will start at 6 p.m., followed by an ice cream social featuring a door prize drawing for those attending. Bring a friend and join us for a special evening.

Almost New Thrift Shop schedules $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts and more. Anything you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags can be yours for just $1. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, July 1. There is lots of inventory to choose from so come help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515. The shop is at 304 E. Aero Drive, Payson.

Christmas in July sale at PRMC gift shop

The La Boutique Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center, will have a special sale, “Christmas in July” and all items will be reduced in price.

The gift shop has new merchandise, an exclusive line of jewelry made by Carole Shevlin, one of the hospital’s auxiliary members; stuffed animals, including the Ty brand; and a cooler with fresh flowers provided by Payson Florist.

The auxiliary is always seeking new members for various areas of need in the hospital, gift shop and thrift shop. If interested, please call Carol Smith at (928) 978-4132 or the Mogollon Health Alliance office at (928) 472-2588.

Congressional field hearing set on I.R.S. and E.P.A.

Arizona Congressmen Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert and Trent Franks will host a Congressional field hearing on I.R.S. abuse and E.P.A. overreach at 4 p.m., Monday, July 1 at the Activity Center, Building 83 on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.

They have titled the hearing “I.R.S. and the E.P.A. – Bureaucrats Out of Control?” and will have testimony from Attorney General Tom Horne and State Representative Brenda Barton will also offer testimony, as well as from representatives from Tea Party groups, industry associations and businesses.

The hearing is for the purpose of taking testimony from constituents in regard to any problems or concerns they have with the IRS or the EPA. Witnesses will also offer testimony on the impact a closure of the Navajo Generating Station would have on Arizona.

PAWS in the Park benefit

PAWS in the Park will be at Safeway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 3. The Barkery Boutique will be selling T-shirts, aprons, visors and other PAWS items to help raise funds for care and upkeep of the Off-Leash Dog Park. Raffles will also be held to raise funds for low cost/no cost, spay/neuter events. The prizes include a gift basket that will be given away on July 3.

First Friday

What is more American than Fourth of July and apple pie? Down the Street Art Gallery celebrates the Independence Day weekend with art, live music and artists demonstrations on July 4 and apple pie, good art and camaraderie on First Friday July 5. Tree Dave will be performing live music on the porch 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 4.

Down the Street Art Gallery is at 703 W. Main St., Payson.

Men invited to breakfast 

The Men’s Ministry of Ponderosa Bible Church will be hosting a breakfast at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 6. The menu includes breakfast burritos, orange juice, fruit bowl and coffee — all for only $1.

Max Tolliver, father of Starr Thieme of Payson, will be the featured speaker. He is a retired firefighter from Charlottesville, Va. and now makes his home in Florida. He will be sharing his testimonial to accept Jesus Christ at the age of 74.

All men of the community are cordially invited to come for a time of fellowship and good food.

Senior Circle events

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, has scheduled the following in July:

The facility will be closed Thursday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

Wednesday, July 10, 11:30 a.m., Lunch and Learn about menopause and post menopause with Dr. Ed Waechter. Come meet the newest addition to PRMC’s medical family, Dr. Ed Waechter.

Menopause is an annoying condition most commonly characterized by hot flashes. Post menopause is a condition that puts women at risk for a number of health conditions including osteoporosis and heart disease.

Wednesday, July 17, 11:30 a.m., Member Lunch with PRMC CEO Chris Wolf, CFO Pete Finelli and Business Manager Shelly Thompson. Hospital charges are complex, the top management of PRMC will discuss hospital charges and reimbursements. There is no cost to members for this luncheon.

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.


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