Community Almanac


Aero Fair Saturday

The Aero Fair takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Payson Municipal Airport on East Airport Road. The event features planes, classic cars, antique tractors games and vendors. Plane rides will be offered by EAA Chapter #810 for a fare of $30. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at a cost of $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. The Boy Scouts will offer a BBQ Lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — a complete meal and drink is $7.50. For more information, call (928) 472-4748.

Entry deadline for chili cook-off extended

There will be a Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Tasting Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Gila County Courthouse parking lot on Beeline Highway and Frontier Street in Payson.

Enter your favorite chili or salsa, or just come to taste and judge which one you think has the best taste. Contestants can obtain an application from the Chamber, or Event Schedule, or contact Tom Newcombe at (480) 580-0421, or email  Application deadline for contestants is extended until Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Tasting will start at 11 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. with many fun raffles and a snow cone vendor. Bring the family for a fun day of chili and salsa tasting put on by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee for the scholarship fund.

Learn about shingles

The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, 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 in advance by calling (928) 472-9290.

9-11 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.

Unity World Day of Prayer

The public is invited to join the congregation of Unity of Payson for its third annual World Day of Prayer service. The theme this year is “Living Well: Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit.”

This service will begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Central AZ Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14, Payson.

For more information, visit the Web site at or call (928) 478-8515.

Mexican Grey Wolf program

Gila County rancher Steve Smith will present “The Mexican Grey Wolf in the Western United States” at the Thursday, Sept. 12 Shoot for the Heart program at 6:30 p.m. in building C at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson.

Following the seminar, Smith will remain to answer questions. Dessert will be served and raffle prizes awarded.

Shoot for the Heart was founded to help families who love the outdoors become better hunters and fishermen, and to build relationships with others who share the same emphasis.

For more about Shoot for the Heart, call Mountain Bible Church at (928) 472-7800.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Sept. 13 at 507 W. Wade Lane.

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted. The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, go online to www.shepherdofthepineslutheran .com or call (928) 474-5440.

Alzheimer’s benefit sale

There will be an estate sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14 at 4140 Highway 87, Pine, in the parking lot of the Tymeless Annex. The sale will include household items, collectibles, books and games. Proceeds will benefit Alzheimer’s support care and research.

AARP driving class

The next AARP safe driving class is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Jazz concert

Joe Hopkins presents Chicago-style jazz at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. A requested donation of $5 helps defray costs and includes refreshments.

For information or RSVP, contact Gerry Reynolds at, or call (602) 619-3355.

Clarinetist Joe Hopkins is a jazz icon in the Phoenix area, leading three bands — The Joe Hopkins Quartet, the 52nd Street Jazz Band and The Moldy Fig Jazz Band.

He will be bringing several of his band members with him to perform here for the first time. Joining him will be Gary Church on trumpet and trombone, Cheryl Thurston on piano, Steve Douglas on string bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

The Community Presbyterian Church sponsors the series with support coming from the Payson Friends of Jazz.

Benefit steak fry

The Mountain Village Foundation, formerly Strawberry’s Elite, is having their annual Country Western Steak Fry Sunday, Sept. 15 at the StrawBEARy Bear in Strawberry. Dinner will be served from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets are available from any MVF member or at the door. Delicious steaks are cooked to order and served with ranch beans, cole slaw, rolls and Texas sheet cake. Tickets are $15. Non-meat options will be available.

The steak fry is an annual fund-raiser for Mountain Village Foundation, a 501(c) 3 which raises money throughout the year to help children and families in need in Pine and Strawberry. With questions, call Christy at (928) 476-2239.

Time running out to reserve a Community Yard Sale spot

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 21. There is still room for vendors interested in participating in this one-stop shopping experience.

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of the church to the community at large, giving a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost with advertising taken care of. For just $10 per 10-foot-by-19-foot space vendors can make a great profit from many shoppers coming to one site. The church will be open for restrooms and drinking fountain.

All proceeds from this event go to the CPC Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions, and our food pantry. Members of CPC work closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer residents help when needed six days a week.

The sale is at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). Reserve a space by calling the office at (928) 474-2059.

Rim Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is Saturday, Sept. 21 at Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Lake Drive, Payson. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this fun and inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

Register online at www.rimalzheimers

Farm Dinner to benefit Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction

Three local chefs will headline the Saturday, Sept. 21 Annual Farm Dinner at Fossil Creek Creamery in Strawberry, all intended to raise money for the community’s fuel reduction program. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Ranch at Fossil Creek, 10379 W. Fossil Creek Rd. Strawberry.

Chef Akos Szabo of M Culinary Concepts, will coordinate the effort along with Rim Golf Club Executive Chef Mark Hamilton and Chef Tracy Dempsey, owner of Tracy Dempsey Originals, well-known for her pastries.

New this year, the Farm Dinner will feature a course or organic food prepared by the owners of Urban Survival, Ray Stephens and Julie La Magna.

Dr. Jass and the Heartbeats will provide Dixieland-style music for the event.

The tax-deductible tickets cost $75 per person. There is seating for only 175 guests. For information, call (928) 476-5178 or email to

First Responder Appreciation Day

To show appreciation for those who have put their lives on the line for us every day of the week, Wednesday, Sept. 25 has been designated First Responded Appreciation Day in Rim Country.

All area first responders are invited to drop by Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Rd., Payson for lunch “on the go” that day. Lunches will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 25. Pick up lunch and be on your way, or stay and relax and enjoy. Lunches will be served in the facility’s conference room. Just come in the second entrance, turn left at the first hallway and it’s four doors down on the left.

In order to have enough lunches for everyone, please call at (928) 474-1120 or Sanja Long at (928) 472-2588 by Friday, Sept. 20 with an approximate count for your organization.

Rim Country Health and the Mogollon Health Alliance bring this event to you.

Crafters wanted for annual O.E.S. Craft Fair

The Ponderosa Chapter #64 O.E.S. is seeking crafters for its 8th Annual Craft Fair, to be held Sept. 28-29. Come show off your handcrafted goods. There are both inside and outside spaces available for $35 each.

Contact Torrie Kamps-Spalink at (928) 951-6922 or Carole Skoglund at (928) 970-1616 for more information.

The Masons will have their famous barbecue from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28.


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