Community Almanac

Wildlife Fair


Wildlife Fair


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.

This program is for children ages 6 to 12. Youngsters can be registered for one or all seven weeks. This 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.

Cost is $30 per child. Camps dates are: May 28-30*, June 3-6, 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.

Lunch will be served each day.

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

Candy for Mom

Delicious chocolate candies from See’s will be available for Mother’s Day. Soroptimist Club members will be at Walgreens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 10; and at Chapman Auto Center during the Corvette Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11.

See’s Candy from the Soroptimist is always available at Arizona Elite Properties, 1100 S. Beeline Highway. Check in with the American Legion on Highway 260, they may have a couple of boxes left.

Pound boxes, in a variety of chocolate types, are $17.50. There are also candy bars, peanut brittle and lollipops available.

Please contact Jean Oliver, (928) 474-6167, for additional information. The community’s support of this fund-raising project is very much appreciated. Money goes to support a variety of local projects, including Time Out, Rim Country Literacy Program and Arizonans for Children.

Jazz concert, wine auction set for Humane Society

The Humane Society of Central Arizona has announced plans for its upcoming fund-raiser. The Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction will have live music by the Payson Jazz Trio; a special menu of sweet and savory hors d’ oeuvres; wine tasting; a photo booth; poker for paws; spa package raffle items; wine auction; and a majestic Arizona sunset.

The location of the Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction is Falcon Crest Bed and Breakfast overlooking the town of Payson. Falcon Crest is located at 1105 N. Falcon Crest Drive.

The Sunset Jazz & Wine Auction is scheduled for Friday, May 10. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit or call (928) 474-5590.

Community Job Fair

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Second Annual Community Job Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 11 at the Rim Country Health Community Room, 708 W. Longhorn.

This fair is open to any Rim Country resident or business (by prior application). The purpose of the fair is to get employers who need employees to meet eligible applicants in Rim Country.

Employers will be able to enter applicants on electronic company applications, discuss opportunities for employment and future manpower needs. Applicants will have the opportunity to review their resumés, discuss interviewing skills, and see what local employers require for employment.

Dress will be business casual. Please bring a resumé, and any other useful information (letters of recommendation, certificates, etc.). If you are a business interested in attending, please call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.


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All-Corvette Show The Rim Country Corvettes, a not-for-profit group of Corvette enthusiasts, will present its Second 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.


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Wildlife Fair

Wildlife Fair

The annual Wildlife Fair is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at Green Valley Park. The Wildlife Fair is a cooperative event between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, U.S. Forest Service and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Admission is free. Parents and kids can fish, play games, and get a close-up look at wildlife, including birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators. No fishing license is required for fair attendees and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair. For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at (928) 947-5242, extension 7.

Unity yard sale

Unity of Payson is having a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at 705 E. Park Drive in Payson.

Items include dining table, love seat, windows, doors, rain gutters, fence posts, pavers, toys, school desk and lots more.

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.

Brush Pit schedule

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, May 11, 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, May 12, 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.

AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

The course is open to all people 18 and older. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 to all others. Register by calling (928) 472-9290.

Mounted Posse benefit

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 Main Street.

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 at (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 as well.

‘Gospel according to the Beatles’

Join the congregation of the Payson United Methodist Church on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12 at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. for a “Gospel according to the Beatles” service.

Pastor Javier Olivares will use songs from the Beatles in his sermon and a live band will play some selections from the Beatles.

Among the musicians will be Mike Buskirk, Bobby Phylow, Gerry Reynolds, Michele Montbleau, Gail Gorry and others.

The Payson United Methodist Church is located at 414 N. Easy St. (behind Ace Hardware store).

Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Summer Reading Program opens Monday, May 13 and 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 Rd., (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.

Church to show film

Payson United Methodist Church will be showing the movie “Wesley,” which is about John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church and explains the Methodist faith, his life and bringing the Methodist movement to America. It will be shown in two parts; both showings start at 5 p.m., the first is Wednesday, May 15 and the second is Wednesday, May 22.

Each evening will start with a potluck.

The church is located at 414 N. Easy St.

Rodeo fun gets under way

The Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo by the Payson Rodeo Committee kicks off Thursday, May 16 with a new event, Bulls, Broncs & Bling. There will be bull and bronc riding for men; breakaway and team roping, plus barrel racing for women; 3D and barrel racing for boys and girls; plus mutton busting for the littlest rodeo riders.

Gates open at 4 p.m., the event starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.

Also new this year is an 1800s costume contest. Applications and rules are available where tickets are sold: Bob’s Western Wear, Circle K North, South and Star Valley, Northern Gila County Historical Society, Best Western Inn, Comfort Inn, Majestic Inn, and Bill Armstrong Jewelry and Pawn.

There is a $5 fee to enter the costume contest (entrants will not get special admission rates to the rodeo) to be paid at place of ticket purchase by May 16 or at the Payson Event Center photo booth from noon to 1:45 p.m., Saturday, May 18.

Protest planned at May 16 council meeting

A group of Rim Country residents concerned about the plan by APS to use “smart meters” has announced they will be attending the 5 p.m., Thursday, May 16 meeting of the Payson Town Council to ask for a municipal moratorium on the devices.

Fliers the group is circulating claim the devices are a biohazard and represent an invasion of privacy.

The contact person listed on the flier is Pat Ferre, (928) 472-4333.

Alumni present ‘Clue’

The class of 1995 presents the Inaugural Annual Alumni Scholarship Fund-raising Event for the Payson High School Fine Arts Alumni Scholarship Committee next weekend.

The first production is “Clue the Play” (adapted from the movie which is based on the board game).

Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at the high school auditorium. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Purchased in advance, tickets are $1 less at Oasis Christian Books and Habitat Re-Store.

A silent auction in the lobby will have gift baskets from businesses around the state. A concession stand will treat guests to delectable treats.

Ladies come to tea

Rim Country women are invited to take tea with Queen Victoria’s Daughters from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Payson Public Library.

This will be a program to provide supplemental materials to the book, “Victoria’s Daughters” by Jerrold M. Packard, which profiles how the British monarch expanded her reach throughout Europe.

Dog Day in the Park

Dog Day in the Park is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Off-Leash Dog Park in Rumsey Park, 328 N. McLane Road.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. Brief seminars on training, tricks, grooming, responsible pet ownership and more will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., these will continue from noon to 1 p.m.

At 10 a.m., contests begin for amazing pet tricks, best canine vocalist, creative costume, sit and down challenge. Games start at 1 p.m. and include: musical chairs; costume race (with costumes provided); obstacle course challenge; and obedience trial.

All events are free.

Community Yard Sale

The Community Presbyterian Church Community Yard Sale is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18. Currently church administration is looking for vendors. Spaces fill up fast, so come on in and reserve a space.

The Community Yard Sale is a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost. For just $10 per 10-foot-by-19 foot space, vendors can make a great profit from many shoppers coming to one site without all the hassle. The church will be open for restrooms and drinking fountain.

All proceeds from this event go to our Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions, and our food pantry. We work closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer our citizens help when needed six days a week.

The yard sale will be located at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). To reserve a space, call the office at (928) 474-2059.


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