Community Almanac


Flu shots

The flu vaccine is now available at the Gila County Health Department for individuals 6 months of age and older. Residents are required to bring in their insurance cards for themselves and their children.

For more information, including vaccination schedule, please call the health department in Payson at (928) 474-1210 or in Globe at (928) 402-8811.

Remembering the victims

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Time Out, Inc. is working to raise awareness through two special events. There will be white crosses placed throughout Payson that will remain in place for the month. Each cross symbolizes a victim from Gila County who lost their life as a direct result of domestic violence.

Time Out will also hold a candlelight walk, which will end with a short program. The candlelight walk will begin at Payson Town Hall/Police Department parking lot at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24. The walkers will go south on Beeline Highway to Highway 260, then back north on Beeline to Zurich, where they will head east to the Payson United Methodist Church. There will be a short program at the church followed by light refreshments.

For additional information, please contact Kim Chittick, (928) 978-5245 or

ADOT to hold transportation study in Payson tonight

The Arizona Department of Transportation will hold a Gila County Transportation Study in Payson at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

The study is a draft of recommendations to address identified current and future transportation needs on roads owned and maintained by Gila County. Among the issues: roadways; safety; pavement management; bicycle and pedestrian facilities; and transportation finance.

Head Start Open House

Payson Head Start and Early Head Start are inviting the community to an Open House from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2 to celebrate National Head Start Month.

The program is at the Head Start facility at 1008 S. Westerly Road and will include a variety of special events.

To learn more, call (928) 474-2738.

Service dog program

Nola Crowe and Snow, her service/therapy dog, will be presenting a program at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

The program is open to the public, no admission charge. For more information, call (928) 474-4876.

Tea Party to present program about wolves in Rim Country 

The Payson Tea Party will host Steve Smith, a longtime Gila County rancher, who will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf in the Western United States. Come hear about this U.S. Fish and Wildlife program to relocate these wolves in rural Arizona and the costs to taxpayers. The program is at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3 at Tiny’s, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. For details, visit

Wellness Conference teamed with Career and College Day

There will be a Student Wellness Conference and Career and College Day at Payson High School Friday, Oct. 4.

Students can complete the graduation requirement of attending a Career and College Conference, as well as learn about health topics such as You are What you Eat; QiGong and The Truth about Heroin.

For more information, see Payson High School’s Edline:

First Friday

PAHH ReStore

First Friday, Oct. 3, the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore will once again offer 50 percent off on purchases up to $175. The ReStore is also looking for donations of gently used household furnishings, appliances and building materials. It offers free pick-up and all proceeds from the ReStore stay within the Payson. The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is at 103 E. Highway 260 next to Urgent Care. Call (928) 474-4247or visit the Web site at

Down the Street Art Gallery

The artists at Down the Street Art Gallery invite the public to the opening of a showing of self-portraits.

Self-portraits have been a method of self-exploration since humans first gazed at their own reflection, so we asked our artists for a narrative self-portrait, with few restrictions, to represent themselves without much emphasis on capturing a literal likeness of themselves. You might learn about our artists and perhaps what we learned about ourselves.

The opening is First Friday Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Down the Street Art Gallery is at 703 W. Main St. Payson.

Community Presbyterian Church

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., is hosting a First Friday event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4. The CPC’s very own “No Name” group will be playing a variety of music. There will be a dinner that is served for a donation of $5, with proceeds going to the Deacon’s Food Pantry.

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, Oct. 4, at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

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

Young Eagles program

The Payson Airport will host the Young Eagles program from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5.

Youth ages 8 through 17 years will have a pre-flight instruction period and then go up in a plane for a 15- to 20-minute demonstration on flying.

A parent or guardian must attend to sign a waiver.

For more information, please call Dick Garmon at (480) 216-4604

Pumpkin Patch

Advocates for the Payson Community Garden have invited the public to come get a Halloween pumpkin and make a donation to area food banks.

The Garden on Tyler Parkway will open up its Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every weeknight after that from 4 p.m. to dark.

Autumn Fest

The 18th Autumn Fest weekend Arts & Crafts Bazaar is set to open free to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in the Gila County Courthouse parking lot at Frontier and Beeline Highway, across from the Post Office. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Artisans and crafters will have a wide variety of interesting items. Shoppers can also enjoy a variety of native, ethnic and American foods.

Sponsor of the event is Classic Celebrations, the fund-raising division of Greater Grace Fellowship Ministries of Yuma.

Democratic Picnic

The Democratic clubs of Payson and the Rim Country invite all interested folks to a picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at Rumsey Park, Ramada 4.

For more information, call Carol at (928) 468-1115 or Chris at (928) 468-9669.

Payson Flute Circle

The Payson Flute Circle meets at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6 in the meeting room behind Majestic Mountain Inn on East Highway 260.

Discover the relaxing beauty of this user-friendly instrument, and how you can rediscover the power of playing your own music.

The first half of the meeting, enjoy a guest performance by Jesse Kalu, a professional Native American Flute player from Sedona. A donation of $1 is requested.

For more information, call (928) 474-1233.

Almost New Thrift Shop Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts, etc. — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) — that can fit into one of the shop’s bags, and take it home for just one dollar. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. The next sale is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Blood Drive

There will be a United Blood Services blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.  Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome, especially after 1 p.m.  

To learn more or make an appointment, contact Pat or Jon at (928) 951-0863 or go online to and enter the sponsor code: payson.

Library programs

The Payson Public Library has the following planned:

Monday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m. - Monday Midday Movie - “OZ: the Great and Powerful.” 

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m. - Health Lecture by Dr. Ed Waechter with Preferred Women’s Care for a presentation on Hormone Balance. Please call the library (928) 474-9260 to register for this program.

Foster parenting classes

If you are interested in becoming a licensed foster parent, or just would like to know more about how foster care and adoption works in Rim Country, Arizona’s Children Association is offering a new session of Deciding Together classes. 

Classes will be held once a week at the Pine Library in Pine, Ariz., beginning Oct. 8 and will go for seven weeks. The time is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

After completing the classes, applicants can become licensed foster parents, as long as they meet all the other criteria.

There is a shortage of beds in the area, with children having to leave their community when they are removed from the home by Child Protective Services. Many times they end up in cities hundreds of miles away. For more information, please call Cindy Paul at (928) 821 5077, or e-mail

Attention Payson area veterans

There will be a Veterans Town Hall Meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road, Payson.

The directors of both the Phoenix VA Hospital and Prescott VA Hospital along with their respective staffs will be in attendance. Also, the new Payson Veterans Clinic physician, Dr. Michael Lowe will be in attendance.

Discussions will be centered on services both VA Hospitals will be offering the Payson and surrounding area veterans and how those services will interact with the Payson VA clinic. A few of the topics to be discussed are: primary care, specialty clinics, travel pay, acquiring a DAV van for transportation to the Phoenix VA Hospital.

For further information, contact Jim Muhr at (928) 474-4530.

Gun raffle

Payson’s Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge is holding a Big 3 Gun Raffle that includes a new Remington 1911 .45 caliber ACP handgun, a Henry Big Boy .44 Magnum rifle or a CZ-USA Mallard 12 gauge over/under shotgun for the winners. Tickets are $10 each.

The drawing will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Rd., Payson.

The winner of the first ticket drawn has the choice of the pistol, rifle or shotgun and the winner of the second ticket drawn has the choice of the remaining two weapons and the third ticket drawn gets the remaining weapon. 

Tickets are available from any Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge member or contact Tom Jones, Lodge Secretary at (928) 474-1305 or (818) 314-9950. The weapons are available for inspection at Bill’s Armstrong’s Jewelry and Pawn Shop at 3696 E. Highway 260, Star Valley. 

For information about Freemasonry and to read the rules for this raffle, please go online to our Web site at www.payson

Jazz concert

Tony Vacca will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

A donation of $5 donation per person is requested and includes refreshments. For details and to reserve a seat, contact:


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