Community Almanac



Butterfly Release and Potluck for those who have lost a child

Families and friends who have lost a child can find help and support at the Rim Country Compassionate Friends butterfly release and potluck Saturday at 11 a.m. in Green Valley Park near the bandstand.

The butterfly release celebrates the lives of the lost as the butterfly symbolizes renewed life, according to organizers.

Bring a favorite potluck dish or dessert and Rim Country Compassionate Friends will provide beverages.

The noon release of the butterflies will follow a short program of readings, poems and music. Participants will receive butterflies that have been kept sleeping in special boxes until just before release.

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam. And for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it,” Compassionate Friends said in a press release.

The Compassionate Friends has adopted the butterfly as a symbol and sign of hope. The group held its first butterfly release in 2010. For more information, call (928) 468-2133 or (928) 978-1492.

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.

Appliance, metal discard day

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14.

This will include refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters. Other metal items will also be accepted.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the Freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. County employees will handle the Freon removal from the appliances, so please don’t tamper with the Freon lines.

Landfill hours are 8 a.m. till 4 p.m., closed Sunday and holidays.

For more information on this event, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, 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:

Saturday, Sept. 14 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. 15 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.

Hunter Education Class

A Hunter Education Class will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 at American Legion Post 69. Call Jan or Keith at (928) 478-2014 or visit for information.

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.

Live music

Take Two — Jim West and Kathleen Kelly will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at Ayothaya Thai Café, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson.

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.

For just $10 per 10-foot-by-19-foot space vendors can make a great profit from many shoppers coming to one site. 

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

Learn about the historic Rock Building and JRE

A free presentation, open to the public, featuring photographs about the historic Rock Building and Julia Randall Elementary School, will be narrated by local speaker, writer and educator Gail Hearne at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16 in the Payson Public Library Community Room, 328 N. McLane Road.

This presentation and a 10 a.m. open meeting about the library’s activities, are hosted by the Library Friends of Payson. For more information, call Payson Public Library at 474-9260 or visit the Web site at

Enhance performance and freedom of movement

Club USA is presenting a free class, “A Fresh Approach to Enhance Your Performance and Freedom in Movement.” The presentation is one in which participants will learn a stress release tool from the field of applied kinesiology, will experience the certainty that results from energy balancing for blocks to their success and wellness, and Movement Re-Education which frees the mind and body from restrictions and holding patterns.

Shiranda Deerwoman, M.A. will lead participants through a series of activities during the one-hour class. The presentation is free and is from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Club USA Tuesday, Sept. 17. Club USA is located at Sawmill Crossing, 113 W. Main St. #B. For more information about the class, contact Shiranda at (928) 478-6928.

Unity of Payson book study

Unity of Payson will be holding a four-week book group from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., starting Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Payson Healing Arts Center in Swiss Village. The book is How to Pray Without Talking to God, by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett.

Led by Dr. Lynnette Brouwer, the course emphasizes interaction, as well as personal reflection. E-mail to sign up. A love offering suggested.

Payson Art League hosts program on plein air painting

The public is invited to join art league members at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Center, 807 W. Longhorn Rd. in the dining room.

The guest is Burdell Moody Jarvis, a noted Arizona artist who is a former Army correspondent combat artist and retired art teacher. He will give a presentation on plein air painting.

Star Valley Council cancels meeting

The Star Valley Town Council meeting regularly scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17 is cancelled.

A special meeting of the council will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Star Valley Town Hall, 3675 E. Highway 260, Star Valley.

The next regular meeting of the council is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Star Valley Town Hall.

Chamber Mixer Sept. 19

The September Chamber Mixer is at Rim Country Health, 809 W. Longhorn Road, Thursday, Sept. 19. The mixer will start at 5:30 p.m., with light refreshments, networking and mingling.  

Admission is by Chamber Card; $5 for members without a card; and $20 for non-members. Please call (928) 474-4515 for reservations.

Paperback sale this month at Library Friends Bookstore

During the month of September, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring standard sized paperback books at the amazing price of 10 for $1. 

All items on the 50-cent bargain table in the library lobby are being offered for the low price of 4 for $1. This special will be good only during September. 

Bookstore prices range from $4 to $1 for hardback books based on copyright dates. Stock changes frequently. 

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 LFOP Web site at

St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk

The 6th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk will be held in Payson and throughout the country Saturday, Sept. 28.

This year’s walk will begin and end at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, located on the corner of Cedar Street and South Beeline. There will be music, food and thrift store discounts. To register to walk, sponsor a walker, make a donation or get more information on the Friends of the Poor Walk, please call Sue at (602) 980-6668 or Lynn at (928) 978-0470.

Participants will walk in solidarity throughout the country to increase awareness and to raise money to assist those in need in their local communities. Sponsored by the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, this event is a major benefit to help the poor in the Payson community. All money raised by this local event will be used directly to help those in need in Payson and the surrounding area.

Payson’s St. Vincent De Paul offers person-to-person support and provides food through the local food bank, plus financial assistance for medical, dental, rent, utilities, emergency shelter and transportation costs. In 2012, food boxes were provided to 7,509 families, feeding 20,847 people in the community. An additional 7,884 people were assisted with rent, utilities, medical/ dental care and transportation aid.

Payson’s St. Vincent de Paul has a volunteer staff, which depends solely on donations from individuals and the local business community to provide these services.

Quilt Roundup coming to Rim Country Oct. 11-13

The 9th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is Oct. 11, 12 and 13 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall in Payson. The show is from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13.

This is a Regional Quilt Show with, AQS Quilt Appraiser Gail VanHorsen; nationally recognized teacher Sharon Schamber; and classes, lectures, vendor mall, shop hop, special exhibit, a Saturday evening Awards Banquet and $3,500 in prize money.

Admission is $5, with those 12 and under admitted for free. Bring a can/package of non-perishable food for the local food banks and receive a ticket for a daily drawing.

For information, class registration and quilt entry forms visit www.quiltroundup .com or call (928) 978-3464.


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