Around The Rim Country


Church seeks volunteers

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.

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 Public 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

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.


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.

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 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 on the west side of Highway 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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