Community Almanac


PES Fall Festival features petting zoo

Payson Elementary School will have its annual Fall Festival from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26. Admission is $2 per person to enjoy fun games with prizes, cookie walk, face painting, Payson Fire Department, PHS Petting Zoo and much more. Adding to the fun will be Scoops, the Scholastic Book Fair, Girl Scouts of America and the Gracie Lee Haught Foundation. A silent auction for gift baskets is planned. Eat hot dogs, cotton candy, pickles on a stick or snow cones for $1 each and other refreshments for 50 cents. The school is located at 500 E. Rancho Road.

Lunch and Learn

Make reservations now for the Wednesday, Sept. 25 Lunch and Learn on leg pain presented by Dr. Luis Coppelli.

Leg pain can be caused by a number of different issues: peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, sciatica, peripheral neuropathy among others. 

Reservations are due at least two days in advance of the program. Call (928) 472-9290.

Clothing distribution

Kaitie’s Closet is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization collecting clothes for free distribution to those in need in Rim Country.  Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome to make use of this service.

The next Kaitie’s Closet’s distribution is from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Rd.

College information night

Students and parents interested in learning more about getting into college next year are invited to a Senior Class Parent Night to learn about scholarships and college applications and graduations requirements. The program is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Payson High School.

Library hosts Author Spotlight

Marsha Ward, local author of The Owen Family Saga, a western adventure romance series, will give a presentation titled, Is the Western Spirit Really Dead? Evidence says Otherwise from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Sponsored by the Library Friends of Payson, the event is free of charge and light refreshments will be served.

Ward’s books will be available for purchase and autograph. For further information please contact the library at (928) 474-9260.

Tea Party hosts legislator

The Payson Tea Party will host Legislative District 6 Representative Bob Thorpe at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26.

Thorpe is co-chair of the House information and technology committee and serves on the higher education and workplace development committee and the energy and environment committee. 

The group meets at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Payson.  For more information, call (928) 951-6774 or visit

Masons’ barbecue

The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge, located adjacent to the Payson North Fire Station, will have its 32nd Annual Deep Pit Barbecue at 200 E. Rancho Road from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 or until the food runs out. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The meals include Deep Pit BBQ, coleslaw, beans, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages.

For brisket only special orders call (928) 978-3192 for pick up after noon on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Annual Arts and Craft Show

Ponderosa Chapter #64, Order of the Eastern Star will host its 8th Annual Arts and Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Rd, Payson.

Booths are still available at $35 each; for more information call Lois Mille, secretary, at (928) 474-0521.

2003 Reunion

The Payson High School Class of 2003 will have its 10 Year Reunion this weekend, Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28, which is PHS Homecoming.

The reunion will provide several opportunities to get together: 5:30 p.m., Friday, tailgating at PHS parking lot; 7 p.m., Friday, Homecoming game; 9:30 p.m., Friday, socializing at The Spur in Star Valley; 1 p.m., Saturday, pizza picnic at Rumsey Park.

Joy and Healing course introduction

A free introduction to a Joy and Healing course, which will be starting up this fall, is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 at Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade.

The purpose of the introduction is to review the processes utilized in the course, which is designed to discover and release the encapsulated joy within your system.

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 United States 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.

Rim Country Museum has free day

The Rim Country Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept.28 as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live!

The Rim Country Museum is participating for the 3rd year and will welcome visitors with a Museum Day Live! ticket.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain entrance for two at participating venues for one day only.

Free Family Fun Fest

Celebrate the start of fall at the free Family Fun Fest at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant) from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28.

There will be games; clown and balloons; a petting zoo; fire engine display, inflatable fun jump; hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and soft drinks. Payson’s own Junction 87 and, from Phoenix, Autumn Shadow will provide live music for the event. For more information, call (928) 474-2552.

Pioneer Dinner

The popular annual Pioneer Dinner is at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center.

The dinner will feature both barbecued beef and chicken, assorted side dishes and a variety of desserts. Taylor Hale and Clay Sopeland will provide live music.

There will be both a live and silent auction and raffles for a whole hog and a whole beef.

Dinner tickets are $10 per person; raffle tickets are $5 each. The Pioneer Banquet Committee uses the proceeds to benefit the community. In the past it has awarded funds to the FFA programs in Payson and Young and the Payson High wood shop class; money was also used to help the Payson Womans Club fence the Payson Pioneer Cemetery several years ago.

Fall Fling Open House

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to a Fall Fling Open House at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 29 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

Lunch, offered by the people of S.O.T.P., will be a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including salads, rolls, drinks and deserts.

Guests are also invited to attend Bible study at 8:30 a.m. and worship service at 10 a.m.

Lunch will be served until the food is gone. For more information, call the church office at (928) 474-5440 or visit,

Puppet Show

The First Southern Baptist Church of Payson will host visitors from the First Baptist Church of Chandler Sunday, Sept. 29. The congregation’s guests will present a puppet show at 6 p.m.

The First Southern Baptist Church of Payson is at 302 S. Ash St. at the corners of Colcord Road, Bonita and Ash Streets.

Quilt Roundup entries due Sept. 30

The 9th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is October 11, 12 and 13 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall in Payson. 

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

Admission is $5, 12 and under are free. Bring a can/package of non-perishable food for local Food Banks and receive a ticket for a daily drawing.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.

Quilt entries to the show are due by Monday, Sept. 30. For information, class registration and entries visit or call (928) 978-3464.


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