Community Almanac


Free day at the Museum Saturday

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 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. Rim Country Museum is located at 700 Green Valley Parkway and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 Lane.

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.

Tree Care Workshop

Learn how the right tree in the right place can save money and time at a Tree Care Workshop from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Participants will hear about proper tree installation and initial care; the benefits of trees for the homeowner and the community; how properly sited and maintained trees can reduce monthly energy bills and increase property values; maintenance techniques; safety; and the use of trees in protecting the home against fire.

Reservations are requested. Call (602) 354-3023 for details.

Payson Farmers Market has final sale of the season

The Payson Farmers Market’s last day is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 28.

Stock up and start your holiday shopping and gift basket making with items from the food vendors and local artists. Some vendors are offering quantity specials to make holiday shopping easier.

The Payson High School Model UN Club will be selling Guatemalan jewelry as a fund-raiser.

The Ron Gibson Band will provide live music. 

The Payson Farmers Market is at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s at the Sawmill Crossing.

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. 28 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. 29 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.

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.

Celebrating a century

The friends of Robert G. Tharp are invited to help celebrate his 100th birthday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at 699 Tonto Creek Trail, Tonto Basin.

To learn more, contact Jane and Homer at (928) 479-2329.

Live music

Take Two – Kathleen Kelly & Jim West, perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at Dj’s Dance Studio (from Highway 260 in Payson, take a right at Safeway onto Granite Dells and then a right on the Mud Springs Roundabout, take the first left at the 407-409 sign).

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 desserts.

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, www.

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.

Alpha course

If you could ask God one question, what would it be? Mountain Bible Church will be offering a seven-week Alpha program.

Alpha is a non-denominational course designed to explore the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more in a relaxed, friendly setting.

The class is Mondays, starting Sept. 30 and continuing through Nov. 11 and is open to the public. Registration is required. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. and class is at 6 p.m. Free childcare is available.

Please call Angela at (480) 244-6186 to register.

Quilt Roundup entries due Sept. 30

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 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 www.quilt or call (928) 978-3464.

ADOT to hold transportation study in Payson Oct. 1

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.

First Friday

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 from the Great American Songbook. There will be a dinner that is served for a donation of $5, with proceeds going to the Deacon’s Food Pantry, which helps feed local families in need.

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.

Register now for Healthy Holidays cooking class

The Mogollon Health Alliance and Rim Country Health invite residents and visitors to attend their first-ever Healthy Holidays cooking class. Take the stress out of eating healthy and leave the fast food behind.

Get tips on fast and easy meals that are healthy and delicious.

The class is free and is at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5. To attend, please call Heather at Mogollon Health Alliance to register, (928) 472-2588.


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