Community Almanac

Spring Roundup

Spring Roundup


Plays at PHS

The Longhorn Theatre presents Senior Directed One-Act Plays at 4 p.m., Friday, May 3 and at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 4 in the PHS Studio Theatre (behind auditorium).

The plays are “Eric and Elliot,” a suicide awareness play by Dwayne Hartford, directed by Brad Gutyon, with technical direction by Reid Wiles; “Governing Alice,” a teen issue play about standing up for what you believe in by C. Denby Swanson, directed by Savannah Wiseman, with technical direction by Annie Moore; and “Retread Romeo,” a senior citizen comedy by Vern Harden, directed by Cody Schuler, with technical direction by Austyn Johnson

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students.

Senior Connections Conference

A special extended program of information and resources available to seniors, caregivers and senior service workers will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 10 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. The program includes recognizing Alzheimer’s disease; the challenges and rewards of caregiving; and law enforcement concerns of impact to area senior citizens. There will also be a program recognizing the contributions of seniors in the community.

The deadline to register for the conference is May 3. For information, call (520) 836-2758 or 1-(800)-293-9393. Transportation from the Payson Senior Center is also available to the event, call (520) 836-2758.

Thrift shop sale

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop on Friday, May 3 for its monthly First Friday half-off merchandise sale.

The store’s new summer hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. 

The shop is located at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop). Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations and other animal welfare needs. For more information, call (928) 970-1097.

PAHH ReStore sale

The Payson Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be having a 20 percent off to 50 percent off sale on most of its inventory from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 3.

The store is currently overstocked on furniture and other home improvement goods.

The ReStore is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations are taken at the rear of the store until 4 p.m. All proceeds go to help low-income families in need of adequate housing in our community. Interested in volunteering? Just ask us about our newest program — A Brush with Kindness, or visit the Web site,

Call (928) 474-4247 for more details.

Studio tour

The Payson Art League’s 12th Annual ‘Neath the Rim Studio Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

The self-guided tour allows participants to meet area artists in their work environment, see demonstrations, enjoy refreshments and, if interested, purchase tickets on a raffle of 33 original works. Proceeds benefit the PAL’s art education project for children.

Tour maps can be picked up at Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, Payson Library, Artists of the Rim Gallery, Down the Street Art Gallery and inside the April 30 edition of the Payson Roundup and the May 1 edition of the Rim Review.

First Friday

Community Presbyterian Church

Community Presbyterian Church welcomes Howard and Colleen Brown; Gerry and Joanie Reynolds; and Mike Casey. The program is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 3.

Admission is a donation and all donations go to the Food Pantry. The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St. For more information, please call (928) 474-2059.

Down the Street Art Gallery

First Friday in May features a Cinco de Mayo celebration with a salsa tasting challenge at Down the Street Art Gallery. Enjoy Mexican music, salsa and art from local artists. There is always something happening at Down the Street, 703 W. Main St. Stop by between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art

Get ready for the Spring Rodeo at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. On First Friday weekend, May 3-6, western wear and boots are 20 percent off. Customers can also enter a drawing for tickets to the May 6 concert with the Side Street Strutters. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 5. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is at 520 W. Main St.


Photo by Beth Kendall

Spring Roundup

Spring Roundup Dinner & Dance

Join the Gila County Mounted Posse’s Spring Roundup Dinner & Dance from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Historic Ox Bow on West Main Street in Payson.

There will be a barbecue dinner, live music by 3 Wheel Drive, raffles, live and silent auctions and more.

Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the Ox Bow, Bob’s Western Wear, Payson Concrete, or for more information, contact Earl Chitwood at (928) 238-0005 or Larry White, (928) 978-8010.

Proceeds will benefit the Gila County Mounted Posse, a search and rescue organization, and a portion will go to a scholarship fund.

Live music

Cinnamon Twist

Cinnamon Twist (Annie James and Jennifer Baltz) host an open jam session at 7 p.m., Friday, May 3 at Journigan House. The fun will take place on the outside stage. In the first hour, Cinnamon Twist takes the stage with Celtic pub music and rock and country favorites, followed by an old-fashioned rock and roll jam. Performer signups start at 6:30 p.m.

The next Friday, May 10, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Cinnamon Twist performs at Ayothaya Thai Café. They’ll be performing songs from their soon-to-be released album and more.

Join the duo for Mother’s Day at Ayothaya Thai Café from 1 p.m., to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 12.

Jazz concert

Guitarist/vocalist Joanie Smith performs at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 5 for the monthly jazz concert the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Upright string bassist and guitarist Steve Douglas and drummer Gerry Reynolds will accompany Smith.

Confirming attendance is welcome. Reply to or by calling (602) 619-3355.

A donation to be made toward performance expenses is gratefully accepted.

Side Street Strutters

Enjoy a performance by the Side Street Strutters at 7 p.m., Monday, May 6 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

This is the last performance of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2012-2013 season.

Individual tickets are $30, if available, and will be available at the door 30 minutes before the concert.

For more information, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189 or go online to

Family Movie Night

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 3.

There is no admission charge and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

A Family Movie Night will be held on the first and third Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. every month.

Visit: www.shepherdofthepineslutheran .com for directions and more information or call (928) 474-5440.

Plant and bake sale

The High Country Garden Club will hold its annual Plant and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 3 in the Walmart parking lot.

Plants for sale include vegetables, herbs, indoor plants and perennials, all locally grown. There will also be lots of homemade baked goods.

Brush pit schedule

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, May 4 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, May 5, 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.

Salsa Taste-off

The 2nd Annual Salsa Taste-off at the Oxbow Saloon on West Main Street is from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 4.

Make your favorite salsa to compete for prizes or just come and taste the salsa and vote for your favorite. There will even be live music by Junction 87 and other food for sale. Proceeds benefit the area’s Meals On Wheels program.

PCCS Eagle Golf Scramble Tournament

Come enjoy an afternoon of golf in the beautiful pines of Payson Saturday, May 4, and help the Payson Community Christian School. The shotgun start at the Payson Golf Course, 1504 W. Country Club Dr., is at 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $80 per person, $300 per team, or team with a pastor and pay $280. Mulligans, raffle tickets, string and additional dinner tickets ($10) can be purchased the day of the tournament.

Call Richard Lyell for additional information and registration at (928) 468-6176.

Almost New Thrift Shop sale

Select from clothes, shoes, belts and more — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags for just one dollar, at the Almost New Thrift Shop, 304 E. Aero Dr. This month’s sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 6.

Proceeds 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. 

Designer bling jean sale

Polkadot Blvd. will have a designer bling jean sale in the main lobby at Payson Regional Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, May 6. Buy one pair and get one 20 percent off. The sale will have the newest styles in shorts, Bermuda shorts, capris, bootcut, skinny and plus size jeans in women’s sizes 0-19 and children’s 7-14.

GCC graduation speakers

The Gila Community College Payson Campus commencement exercises are at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. Speakers will be Jeff Dial, Arizona State Representative and chairman of the higher education and workforce development committee, and Dr. Marie Hesse, vice provost for academic partnerships at Arizona State University.

Sharing Visions Network

A community service networking group organized by Charlotte Beilgard will meet at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month beginning May 8 at the Payson Healing Arts Center, 616 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.

Beilgard is a Certified Transformational Dream Builder Workshop Leader and Coach and Passion Test Facilitator who loves empowering others to live a passionate, joyful and prosperous life they love — a life by design instead of default.

Her husband Keith, with a master’s degree in teaching and counseling psychology, specializes in holistic transformational mentoring and living life’s purpose.

For more information or to register call (928) 970-2177 evenings and weekends or (936) 788-3181 anytime or e-mail Charlotte at

A love offering will be collected and given to the Center.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, May 10 at 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Legion Riders Fun Run for Payson Supply Line

It’s spring, so it’s time for the annual American Legion Riders Fun Run for the Payson Supply Line.

Come to the Payson American Legion Post 69 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 11 to register (the post is on East Highway 260, just three-quarters of a mile east of Highway 87). Participants can ride motorcycles, quads or travel along in their cars, or just come out for the fun. Live music starts at 1 p.m.

To make a tax-deductible contribution toward the cause, mail it to ALR Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541.

Proceeds from this event help the organizers of the Payson Supply Line continue to provide comfort and care items to active duty military personnel in war zones.

2nd Annual All-Corvette Show

The Rim Country Corvettes, a not-for-profit group of Corvette enthusiasts, will present its 2nd Annual All-Corvette Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at Chapman Auto Center in Payson.

The members of the Rim Country Corvettes get together for the enjoyment of owning, driving and promoting America’s Sports Car.

Book collection

The Rim Country Literacy Program is collecting books during the month of May. Books may be dropped off at any time at the RCLP Office, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, located behind the Knotty Pine Café.

There is an outside bin on the porch. No encyclopedias, please.

Call (928) 468-7257 for more information. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Special on hardbacks

During May the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be featuring a 2-for-1 special on all hardback books. While you’re there 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.

As June approaches, parents and grandparents are concerned with keeping children’s reading skills active during the summer. There is a great selection of children’s books to help promote summer reading. These will also be on sale 2-for-1 during May.

Every penny spent in the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is reinvested in the Payson Library. 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 the Library Friends of Payson Web site at


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