Community Almanac


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.

Cenpatico community forum

Cenpatico of Arizona, the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Gila County, will host a community forum in Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday May 21 at

Presbyterian Community Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

All community members are invited to attend and ask Terry Stevens, the

CEO, questions or voice concerns about the behavioral health system and services available in Payson and surrounding communities.

Cenpatico is also the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Cochise,

Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties. It facilitates the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services to behavioral health recipients under a contract with the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health.

For more information, visit:

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.

Live music

Journigan House

Wednesday nights are for the ladies at the historical Journigan House, 202 W. Main St. Starting at 6 p.m. there will be live music with local musicians; $2 domestic bottled beer; $2.50 well drinks; $1.50 domestic draft beer; and $2.25 specialty draft beer.  Call (928) 474-2900 for more information.

Dr Jass & the Heartbeats

Dixieland jazz will be presented from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, May 24 at The Journigan House patio, 400 W. Main St., Payson. Dr. Claudio Zamorano will play cornet and provide vocals. He will be accompanied by Mike Buskirk, slide trombone, double-billed euphonium, vocals; Susanne Knighton, upright bass, washboard and vocals; Dale Knighton, banjo, vocals and silly noisemakers; Hawkeye Mathews, clarinet; and Gerry Reynolds, drums and cymbals.

John Carpino

John Carpino performs live at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 25 at Mountain Top Brewing Company, 401 N. Tyler Parkway, Payson. 

Cinnamon Twist

Cinnamon Twist will be playing live at the historic Journigan House from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday May 25.

The duo will perform from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 26 at Ayothaya Thai Cafe.

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.

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.

Payson Farmers Market

The Payson Farmers Market opens for its fifth season Saturday, May 25. Visit returning produce and food vendors and meet several exciting new ones. The market organizers are serving a great variety of hot food, tantalizing baked goods and hot and cold beverages.

The kids can play or ride a pony, while shoppers take some time to listen to the music of Jim West and Kathleen Kelly.

The Payson Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 816 S. Beeline Hwy., behind Chili’s Restaurant at Sawmill Crossing. For more information contact Katie at or call (602) 524-0352.

Memorial Day Weekend

Make plans to visit the communities of Pine/Strawberry and Christopher Creek for special events over the Memorial Day Weekend.

There will be a arts and crafts fair in both communities; great food and fun times.

In Payson, there are four ceremonies planned to commemorate Memorial Day.

Rockhounds have fun this summer at GCC

Gila Community College will be offering a class on Rocks and Minerals (GLG015) during the 2013 summer session. This is an introductory course to common, snazzy and economically important minerals and rocks.  It is intended for the beginner and collector and includes simple methods of identification

The class is from 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Friday. This and all the other summer classes begin Tuesday, May 28 and go through Monday, July 22.

Check the entire schedule online at

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

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.

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.

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 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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