Community Almanac


Senior Center bus service expands

Residents of Mesa del Caballo, Ox Bow Estates and Round Valley, age 60 and over, are eligible for bus service by the Payson Senior Center beginning Sept. 9. The bus will go to Mesa del between 9 and 9:30 a.m. to pick up passengers and drop them off at their destinations in Payson. The bus will then head south to Ox Bow Estates and Round Valley and head back to Payson. Passengers may go anywhere in Payson proper. Passengers will be returned to their homes starting at 12:30 p.m. Call (928) 474-4876 to learn more or to make reservations for a ride.

Fair time in Rim Country

The 59th Annual Northern Gila County Fair is this weekend, Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8.

Once again the fair will be complemented by the Demolition Derby, but this year, instead of taking place on Sunday afternoon, the dust-raising, rip-roaring fun will be under the lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

Both the fair and the derby are at the Payson Event Center. The fair opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the fair is $1 per person. There is a $12 fee to see the Demolition Derby.

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop sale

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop will have merchandise on sale for half off this First Friday, Sept. 6.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. It is at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, C & D, Payson. Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations. For more information, call (928) 951-2587.

ReStore sale

The Payson Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be having a 20 percent to 50 percent off (selected items) sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Donations are taken at the rear of the store until 4 p.m.

All proceeds go to help low-income families in need of adequate housing in our community.

Interested in volunteering? Just ask us about our newest program: A Brush with Kindness, or visit the Web site at or call (928) 474-4247.

Luau at Down the Street 

First Friday, Sept. 6, Down the Street Art Gallery will be having a Hawaiian Luau to celebrate the opening of a special photography show by award-winning photographer and writer Andy Towle. This show will be on display the month of September.

Stop in from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, have a tropical treat and meet Towle and the other artists at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St., Payson.

Live music

Take Two, Kathleen Kelly and Jim West, perform at Ayothaya Thai Café, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6.

Christian Concert

The public is invited to attend a “Worship Under the Stars” concert at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6 presented by the Phoenix area Christian band “Sojourner.” The concert will be held in the east parking lot at Payson First Assembly of God Church, 1100 W. Lake Drive. 

Bring a lawn chair and join the congregation for this special night. Water and free Scoops Ice Cream will be available.

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, Sept. 6 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

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

Introduction to Joy & Healing

Lou Schwartz will present an introduction to an upcoming Joy and Healing Course at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6.

For more information, please call (928) 472-4700 or (928) 978-9100. The Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness is at 107 W. Wade Lane, Suite 2 in Payson.

Free yo-yo exhibition and magic show at PHS

Team Ex-yo will host a show at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6 for the Payson community.

Come and enjoy a show with feats of yo-yo mastery and lively music. As an added bonus, a magician will perform feats of mystery.

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, Sept. 7 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, Sept. 8 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.

Former NFL great, JD Hill, to speak at Men’s Breakfast

JD Hill, former NFL great, will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast at Ponderosa Bible Church at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

All men (bring your sons, too) of the community are cordially invited to come to breakfast and be encouraged by this inspiring speaker while enjoying good food and a great time of fellowship. Breakfast will consist of scrambled eggs, ham, toast, orange juice, fruit bowl and coffee, all for the outlandish cost of just $1.

Ponderosa Bible Church is located at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, just south of The Home Depot.

Couples Night of Encouragement

Reaching the Heart Ministries will present a Couples Night of Encouragement Saturday, Sept. 7 at Mountain Bible Church, Building C, 302 E. Rancho Road.

Admission is $20 per couple and includes an Italian dinner.

The program will feature relationship enrichment, transformation stories and tips on how to touch each other’s heart.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the evening concludes at 8:30 p.m. Childcare will be available for $5 per family.

Tickets are available at Mountain Bible Church kiosk; Oasis Christian Books & Gifts, 512 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 1; Reaching the Heart Ministries, 203 N. Manzanita Dr., Suite A or at

Senior Circle events

Computer classes at the Payson Senior Circle resume Monday, Sept. 9. Computer classes for Windows 8 will be held at 9 a.m. and classes for Windows 7, XP and Vista will be held at 1 p.m. Register by calling (928) 472-9290.

The Senior Circle will host a Lunch & Learn program on shingles and adult immunizations at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Dr. Chris LeSueur will make the presentation. Please reserve a seat at least two days in advance by calling (928) 472-9290.

Almost New Thrift Shop sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts, etc. — or anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the store’s bags, for just $1. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. The next sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9.

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

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

Service of Hope and Remembrance

The Payson United Methodist Church will be holding a 9-11 Service of Hope and Remembrance at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11. The church is at 414 N. Easy St., Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-0485.

Special forum on statehood 

Utah Representative Ken Ivory, president of American Lands Council, will discuss the solemn promise made in 1912 to cede all Arizona lands to its citizens at statehood at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the community of Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly, Payson. 

That promise has never been kept. Ivory will tell how Arizona can realize the promises made on Statehood Day.  

Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans, Payson council member Su Connell and Navajo County Supervisor Sylvia Allen are sponsoring the program. 

For more information, call (928) 951-6774.


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