Community Almanac


Jazz trio performs tonight

The Payson Jazz Trio performs at the Ayothaya Thai Café, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson (north side of highway across from Safeway) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18.

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.

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.

Dinner at the Cemetery

The Pleasant Valley Historical Society of Young will have its First Annual Dinner at the Cemetery/Dining with the Dead, along with a guided tour to visit with early Pleasant Valley residents as re-enactors tell of their lives.

The $25 tickets must be purchased by May 18, 2013.

The event is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 25 at Young Pioneer Cemetery on Highway 288. Tours begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m., the dinner is from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner is beef stew, biscuits and peach cobbler, prepared in Dutch ovens outdoors over hot coals much as the early pioneers would have had to do in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

Bring a flashlight, a jacket, a hat and wear walking shoes; also bring a lawn chair if needed. This will be wheelchair accessible with help.

Tickets are available at the Pleasant Valley Historical Society, from its board members, and from Braswell’s Chuckwagon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For more information call Karen Burke, (928) 462-3667, or Carol Braswell, (928) 462-3661.

All proceeds go to the Pleasant Valley Historical Society.

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 18 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 19 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.

Archaeology group hears about Archaeology of Israel

The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society will host Miles Gilbert at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18.

He will talk along the lines of “Biblical Apologetics, the Archaeology of Israel.”

The group meets in the fellowship hall of the Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 Easy Street, Payson. The public is encouraged to attend.

At the June 15 meeting at the same location, Joe and Janice Day from Hopi Second Mesa will be the guest speakers. The title of their presentation: “Pahaana: Stranger in a Strange Land.”

Joe Day grew up in Kansas, worked as a missionary to the Navajos in Utah for a time and came to Flagstaff to run the city’s Head Start program.

He was invited to a Hopi kachina dance, a sacred religious ceremony and then kept coming back to Hopi on weekends, and that’s how he met Janice who is Hopi.

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.

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 and a one-mile hike on the nature trail at the campus. 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.

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.

Run Boy Run performs

Run Boy Run is a nationally recognized bluegrass band from Tucson. Bekah and Jen Sandoval, daughters of Roy and Sylvia Sandoval, are founding members of the group. Run Boy Run is preparing to launch their national tour after a kick-off concert in Payson. The concert will be held in the Mountain Bible Church worship center, 302 E. Rancho Road, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 18. Admission is free and seating is first come, first served.

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 more.

Northern Gila County Fair T-shirt contest

For the first time ever, the Northern Gila County Fair will have T-shirts for sale during the fair. But to do that, a design is needed.

Are you handy with pencil and paper? Have a flair for drawing? This contest may be for you. Submit an 8-inch-by-10-inch line drawing in black ink of your idea of what the fair is all about. The drawing must include the words: Northern Gila County Fair.

Any age may enter and you may submit more than one drawing. Design drawings must be postmarked by May 30.

The Fair Board will select only one winning drawing. The winner will receive a free T-shirt and their name on the Web site, as the T-shirt Design winner for 2013.

Send drawings to Connie Cockrell, P.O. Box 752, Payson, AZ 85541.

Hunter Safety Course

An Arizona Game & Fish Department Hunter Safety Course will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 and 28, Wednesday, May 22 and 29 at the Payson Police Department, Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway. The course field day is Sunday, June 2. The course fee is $8 per person. For more information, contact Henry Thomason, (928) 978-0058.

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 Road.

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

Church seeks volunteers to make sleeping mats

Members of the Church on Randall Place are seeking volunteers to help make sleeping mats for the homeless.

Participants will learn how to make “plarn” — crochet material from plastic shopping bags; and learn how to crochet the “plarn” into sleeping mats, which are light enough for the homeless to easily carry.

The class will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, May 23, July 25 and Aug. 15 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 20 at the Church on Randall Place, downstairs in the fellowship hall.

For more information, contact Margie Scott, (928) 476-3204. Those interested in carpooling from Payson, call Shari Silva (928) 472-8586.

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.

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.

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 Hall on east Highway 260; the June 2 class will be at the Jim Jones Shooting Range from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All classes are $8. Please call (928) 978-6240 for more information or to register.

Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Summer Reading Program is now open. 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 Road, (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.

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.

Historical Society benefit

“Riders of the Purple Sage One Hundred Years Later” will be the theme for the Northern Gila County Historical Society benefit Saturday, June 8. 

The event will be at the Chaparral Pines Clubhouse from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include dinner, music by Bill Camp, no-host bar, sweets sale, auction of special centennial edition of “Riders of the Purple Sage” and local historian Stan Brown who will be there to sign his latest book, “Payson: An Arizona Frontier Town.” Tickets are $35 per person and are available at the museum. Reservations must be made in advance. Visit or call (928) 474-3483 for more information.

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 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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