Community Almanac, Nov. 15


Decorate a Gingerbread House tonight

Come to the free and fun gingerbread house class from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 15, at Dimi Espresso and be ready for the Swiss Village contest during the Christmas Lighting. Come and learn from Monica Vaughn of The Sweet Shoppe and be ready to drop off your entry at Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov 29.

Shoe drive

Kaitie’s Closet’s annual New Shoe Drive is in November and December to help area children in need get through the winter with new, warm shoes. Pink drop boxes are at several locations for donations. Find them at all school offices, Walmart, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Payson Physical Therapy and Valley Imaging Solutions.

Kaitie’s Closet, Inc. is a 501(c)3, so if you have no time to shop, please send financial contributions to Kaitie’s Closet Inc., 304 W. Corral Drive, Payson, AZ 85541. The goal is to have 200 pairs of new shoes before the cold weather arrives.

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, Nov. 15, at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

There will be a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Friday of every month. Visit: for directions and more information, or call (928) 474-5440.

Day of Service at PHS

Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon, Payson High School will host a Day of Service. Meet by the flagpole in front of the administration office to help pick up trash, paint, and do general landscaping.

For more information, call (928) 474-2233.

Free brush disposal

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:

On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Merry Mall

The annual Merry Mall event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. There will be baked goods and crafts for sale, and for refreshments: a potato and/or pie bar.

Boulders Trail PATS Hike

Join neighbors and visitors at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 for a PATS Hike of Boulders Trail. This beautiful route features fantastic views of the Granite Dells. The hike starts at the end of East Phoenix Street. The excursion is 2.2 miles and is ranked “easy” for level of intensity. Dress appropriately, with closed-toe footwear and bring water.

Turkey Shoot

Come to the Jim Jones Range, south of town, for a Turkey Shoot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16.

Sponsored by the Tonto Rim Sports Club, with turkeys provided by Safeway, participants could win as many as four turkeys for only $2 per shot.

Try one or all four of the shooting options: archery, best shot in group at 25 yards; handgun, best shot in group at 15 yards; rifle, best shot in group at 100 yards; shotgun with slugs, best shot in group at 50 yards.

Call (928) 468-9075 for details, ask for Ed.

Humane Society presents Wall of Hope at open house

The Humane Society of Central Arizona has teamed up with Julia Randall Elementary students to design the 2013 Wall of Hope fund-raising murals.

The display holds 200 envelopes. Each envelope has been designed by a student and contains a number that represents a possible donation amount from $1 to $200.

There will be an open house and showing of the Wall of Hope from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 16 at the shelter, located at 605 W. Wilson Court (just south of Main Street off South McLane Road). Enjoy cookies and cider as you browse through the envelopes on the Wall of Hope looking for the perfect one (or more) for your donation.

Also available will be the 2014 HSCAZ calendar featuring shelter alumni. The calendars, which make great holiday gifts, are $12 each; all proceeds benefit the homeless animals of Rim Country.

Anniversary comedy concert

In celebration of Unity of Payson’s second anniversary a comedy concert with Greg Tamblyn is at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. 

Tickets are on sale now at $10 and can be purchased by e-mail at, calling (928) 478-8515 or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Time Out Thrift Store on Hwy. 87 in Payson, Tickets will be $12 at the door. 

The program is at Central AZ Board of Realtors, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Suite 14, across from Tiny’s Restaurant.

Library programs

Coming up at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road —

• Monday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., “You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Mayflower” for children, ages 8 to 13.

• Storytime Schedule: Preschool, 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays; Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.,Thursdays.

PHS Site Council

Attend the Payson High School Site Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in the Administration Conference Room.

The PHS Site Council is made up of parents and staff who care about the future and direction of the school. Please call (928) 474-2233 for more information. 

Public meetings on fisheries management in Haigler Creek

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host meetings in Payson and Young to discuss the current and proposed management of sport fisheries on Haigler Creek and receive public comment.

The first meeting is at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd. The second is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, 72000 N. Highway 288 in Young.

AGFD manages portions of Haigler Creek as a wild rainbow trout and brown trout fishery, as well as a put-and-take rainbow trout fishery. The proposal calls for the reintroduction of native Gila trout into Upper Haigler Creek with the goal of developing a catch-and-release fishery for this unique trout species.

Guided hike of Dude Fire site

Join the Northern Gila County Historical Society volunteers on a hike to the Dude Fire site at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19. Chuck Jacobs, retired fire chief, will guide the walk.

Participants will meet at the Rim Country Museum parking lot at 1 p.m. and carpooling will be arranged at that time. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Call the museum, (928) 474-3488, to reserve a spot. There is no charge for this event.

November Chamber Mixer

The November Chamber Mixer will be held at the Payson Elks Lodge from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Lodge guests will be entertained by the Plan B Band, have light refreshments and a no-host bar. Bring business cards, brochures or exhibits and network.

You must be over 21 to be admitted. Admission is by Chamber Card or $5 for members and $20 for community. Please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515 to reserve a place.

Lunch and Learn

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle will host Tanya Schlegel-Ryder of PRMC Home Health Care for a Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance to have a seat at the table. Call (928) 472-9290 to RSVP. The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Tamales for Toys

The 24th Annual Tamales for Toys is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 at Gerardo’s Firewood Café, 512 N. Beeline Highway. The event benefits Payson Community Kids and is presented by the Payson Fire Department, Mazatzal Optimists Club, Gerardo’s Firewood Café, Northern Gila County Firefighters Local 4135 and the generosity of Rim Country residents.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the café and enjoy two tamales, beans, chips and salsa (the cost is $7 a plate without a toy).

Those interested can also purchase a dozen tamales to go (or delivered free within the Payson town limits) for $18 if ordered in advance by Monday, Nov. 18, or $20 if ordered the day of the event.

To place an order, or additional details, call (928) 978-3256 or (928) 951-3653.


Plan to visit Pine the evening of Saturday, Nov. 23 for the annual Tellabration event. The fund-raising dinner and show tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by Nov. 16, they are available at the Pine Senior Thrift Shop at the Community Center on N. Highway 87. A meet and greet the storytellers is at 5 p.m., with dinner served by 5:30 p.m. in the Senior Dining Room.

The show is at 7 p.m. and show-only tickets, available at the door, are $5 per person. Refreshments will be available at the show, which will be in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.


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