Community Almanac

Rodeo time

Rodeo time


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. 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.

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

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.

The “best” water

Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI and Wellness Advocate, to learn more about the water you drink and how to most effectively alkalize, hydrate and detoxify the body to improve your quality of life. She will present a free lecture from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 16 at Healthy Perspectives Wellness Center, 1107 S. Beeline Hwy., Suite 2, Payson. Reservations are required; call (928) 472-7120. Bring a sample of drinking water for free testing.

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.

May Mixer

The May Chamber Mixer will be at Chitwood's Cabinets, 812 N. Beeline Hwy. from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16. In addition to the usual light foods, there will be an olive oil tasting, door prizes and an opportunity to network. There will be a table for brochures and cards. Admission by Chamber member card: $5 for members; $20 for non-members. Please call (928) 474-4515 for a reservation.

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, May 17 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

There will be a Family Movie Night every first and third Friday. For details, go online to or call (928) 474-5440.


Rodeo time

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.

Payson Event Center 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.

Head out to the arena from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 17 for the horsemanship competition for the Miss Rodeo Arizona and Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona contest, which Payson is hosting again this year.

Rodeo festivities and events continue at 5 p.m. Friday, May 17 and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

Clue the Play postponed

Due to unforeseen difficulties, the stage production of Clue at Payson High School, scheduled for May 17 and 18, has been postponed. The PHS Fine Arts Alumni Committee is still forming and setting up performance projects.

Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18.

This is a great one-stop shopping experience featuring over 30 participants. Almost all the spaces have been rented, so there should be lots of items for shoppers to choose. The sale is at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main), Payson.

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.

Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week 2013 continues through Saturday, May 18 and Eastern Area Health Education Center and the Gila Community College urge you to take part.

National Women’s Health Week encourages women to make their health a priority and take manageable steps for longer, healthier, happier lives. EAHEC and Gila Community College invite all area women to come together from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18 in Room 405 at the college, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, Payson.

This event will start with a motivating message, “Confidence - Name It, Claim It, Walk It” with author Connie Leach. She will use examples from her book, Charge Up Your Life, to ready participants for a one-mile hike on the nature trail at the campus. Each participant will receive a signed copy of the book.

Local fitness trainer/nutritionist Casandra Stouder will share information on nutrition and the benefits of exercise. She will warm participants up and cool them down for the hike. Nursing students will be available to take blood pressure and oxygen levels as well as accompany participants on the short hike.

Pedometers and a “Better Together” walking journal are gifts for participants and will be available for the walk. A nutritious snack, bottled water and health materials will be available for participants and their friends and family.

Organizers hope the program will lead to a daily walking group to support health goals.

For more information on women’s health and the National Women’s Health Week, contact or call (928) 474-3472 for more information.

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.

Nazarenes host trumpet concert

David O’Neill, a Christian trumpet artist, performs at the 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 19 service at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

His work on the trumpet has led to performances at the White House, a European tour, and with Sandy Patti, Bette Midler and Diana Ross.

General Plan draft update

A draft of the Town of Payson General Plan Update will be presented from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd.

Participants will also hear a review and comments on recommended implementation tools and strategies at the workshop.

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

Improve hunting skills

Hunter’s education classes will be offered by Jan Nash in May and June.

The class will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 at the American Legion building on east Hwy. 260; the June 2 class will be at the Jim Jones Shooting Range from8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All classes are $8.

Please call (928) 978-6240 for more information or to register.

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.

Historical Society updates Deming Pioneer Park

The Northern Gila County Historical Society is currently updating the displays at Deming Pioneer Park, also known as the Boardman’s facade, at 608 W. Main St.

There are 22 display cases in all and the goal is to have a mini history of Payson so visitors can get a good overview of this area and hopefully decide to look into some of the subjects a little deeper.

The first four cases are: 1) The Mogollon Rim; 2-4) Early people and archaeology of the area. Future subjects include the rodeo, mining, lumber, Zane Grey, the Boardmans and Demings (for whom the park is named), forest health, and the Arizona Centennial among others.

The Historical Society members will reach out to local organizations and community members to solicit help with developing and presenting some of the displays.

Relay for Life

Relay for Life generates funds to fight against cancer.  This year, Rim Country’s Relay for Life will no longer be an overnight event. Instead, it will be held at the high school track from noon to midnight, Saturday, June 1. 

Survivors are encouraged to participate in the survivor lap at noon. If you want to honor a victim of cancer or a survivor of cancer, obtain commemorative luminarias from Payson Public Library, Ace Hardware, Payson Senior Circle or the Chamber of Commerce. Donations are accepted. Please visit for more information. 

4th Annual Charity Golf Event 

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) is conducting its 4th Annual Charity Golf Event at Chaparral Pines Golf Club in Payson Sunday, June 2.

Register now to participate. This year’s format is a two-person scramble, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

Sponsor a local firefighter, peace officer or teacher to golf in your place through the “Hero Sponsorship” program. For details, call (928) 474-0330.

 Registration forms can be found on the PAHH Web site: events.htm, or at the PAHH ReStore, located at the corner of Highways 87 and 260, (928) 474-0330. The entry fee is $150 per person ($125 for Chaparral Pines members). All proceeds will go directly to Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.

Rotary golf tournament

Rim Country Rotary is hosting its annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 15 at the Payson Golf Course.  Registration forms are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Golf Course.

Donations sought for P-S Naked Yard Sale

The Pine-Strawberry Riff Raff Club is accepting donations for its upcoming annual Naked Yard Sale, to be held June 15.

Bishop Storage Sheds has donated the use of two sheds for collecting and storing donations. The sheds, number 11 and 12, are located on the west side of Hwy. 87 in Pine, behind Bishop Realty. The sheds will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the sale.

The Naked Yard Sale raises money for the group’s holiday project for the P/S area.

“Naked” Yard Sale means no clothing for sale or donation. The sale will be located by Payson Concrete.For more information on the Naked Yard Sale or the Riff Raff Club, e-mail club


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