Community Almanac


Books wanted

The Rim Country Literacy Program is collecting books. Donations may be dropped off at any time at the RCLP Office, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, located behind the Pinon Café.

There is an outside bin on the porch. No encyclopedias, please.

Call (928) 468-7257 for more information. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free Tax help and Free E-File

Volunteers for AARP Tax Aide are preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available through April 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday at the Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson.

Lenten Services and Suppers

Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson (across from Tiny’s Restaurant) has scheduled the following mid-week Lenten Suppers and Services: April 2 and 9, a supper is provided (free will offering accepted) at 5 p.m. in the log building on the Mount Cross campus; the mid-week service is held at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

A Taste of Lent

The Payson United Methodist Church Soup & Study suppers during Lent start at 5:30 p.m., each Wednesday through April 9.  

There will be one vegetarian soup, one mildly seasoned soup and one chef’s choice soup each week. A Lenten study will follow. 

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will hold Lenten Services at 6 p.m., April 2 and 9. There will be a potluck soup supper at 5 p.m.

The community is invited to join the congregation. For more information, contact Pastor De Santo (928) 474-5440 or go online to

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Philip St., welcomes all to attend Holy Mass at noon every Wednesday during Lent.

Likewise every Friday regular silent Eucharistic Adoration is observed after the 8 a.m. Mass. This concludes with evening prayer at 4:30 p.m., followed by Benediction. 

At 5 p.m. the English Stations of the Cross prayers are recited to commemorate each step Jesus took on the way to Calvary, the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, Spanish Stations of the Cross are prayed at 6:30 p.m.

Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale in the hospital’s main lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 4.

Many top sellers will be available including: baby blankets, bibs and toys; scarves; catnip toys; dishcloths; jewelry; and much more.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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, April 4 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

There will be a Family Movie night every first and third Friday. For details, go online to or call (928) 474-5440.

Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Ministry of Ponderosa Bible Church invites all men in the community to come out at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 5 for a great breakfast and time of fellowship.

The group calls this the Best Breakfast for a Buck in Town. The menu includes pancakes, link sausage, fruit bowl, orange juice, pastries and coffee.

All men in the community are invited. There will be a special speaker to entertain and encourage those attending.

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

Star Night event

J.D. Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley, will be sponsoring the first annual Star Night event Saturday, April 5 at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

There will be two separate viewings at the park. The first one is a solar viewing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will be able to view the sun through a telescope with a specialized lens that allows you to look directly into the sun. There will also be crafts available for kids that will help increase their knowledge of the solar system.

The park entrance fee applies. The fee is $5 per person for those aged 14 and older and $2 per person for those aged 7-13.

The second viewing will be the Star Night event from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation at 7 p.m. Shortly afterward, guests will stargaze with astronomers volunteering their expertise and telescopes.

For the night event, participants should bring a folding chair, a red light (to protect everyone’s night vision), a sweater or jacket (the temperatures will drop after the sun sets).

To make reservations, call (928) 476-4202 or email Reservations must be made in advance of the event, no later than 2 p.m. on the day of the event. Charges for the night event will be at a discounted rate of $4 per person for those aged 14 and older and $2 per person for those aged 7-13.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located 10 miles north of Payson on Highway 87. For more information, call (928) 476-4202.

Forest Service open house on volunteer opportunities

Learn about the many opportunities to volunteer for the Forest Service at an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Payson Public Library.

To learn more, call (928) 474-7900.

Lioness Tea & Fashion Show

The Payson Lioness Club Enchanted April, Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show, co-sponsored by Dancing Queen Dresses and hosted and catered by Majestic Rim, is just around the corner.

The event is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Proceeds go to Payson High School student scholarships and local charities.  There will be silent auction, raffle and door prize items. Donate a gently used dress, suit, or accessory item and receive a free raffle ticket. 

Admission is a donation of $15 per person, with limited seating, so get tickets soon! For tickets, more information, or to donate a clothing item, call Carol at (928) 978-4132 or Peggy at (928) 978-4560. Tickets are also available at the Lemon Tree from Darlene, 416 S. Beeline Highway, (928) 474-5092.

Kiwanis 19th Annual Auction for Youth

There is still time to buy tickets for annual auction for youth Saturday, April 5. An evening of fun, music and gaiety will provide funds for the scholarships for our bright, worthy graduating seniors.

The evening features a delicious buffet dinner of prime rib or chicken at Mazatzal Casino Banquet Hall, beginning at 5 p.m. with happy hour and dinner at 6 p.m.

This year’s theme is Hawaiian Luau, so channel Magnum P.I. or the guys from Hawaii 5-0. Tickets are $75 person. For more information, call (928) 474-6607.

Flute Circle

Payson’s Native American Flute Circle meets at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at Tom Russell’s insurance office (Suite D-3) behind Fargo’s Steakhouse. Learn to play, or simply enjoy the soothing music. Free admission. For details, call (928) 474-1233.

Jazz concert

Enjoy an April shower of jazz at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Jazz trumpeter Ken Taylor joins jazz pianist Dave Ihlenfeld with bassist Steve Douglas and drummer Gerry Reynolds.

This performance will be an ideal teaching experience for students. Ken, Dave, Steve and Gerry will be available after the performance to speak with anyone interested learning to play an instrument.

Admission: students are free and a $5 donation per person is requested at the door. Advance reply requested, but not required. Contact Gerry-Reynolds@hotmail .com for more information.


The next Payson Shred-A-Thon is from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the truck is full, whichever comes first), Friday, April 11.

Businesses and individuals can take advantage of this mobile shredding service to properly dispose of your sensitive documents onsite in the parking lot of Walmart, 300 N. Beeline Highway. Look for the TNT Shredding truck parked near the highway in the Walmart parking lot.

TNT Shredding is HIPAA compliant and meets all the privacy requirements for document destruction.

The cost per bankers box (10-inches-by-12-inches-by-15 inches) is $6, cash or check for payment. Other sized boxes may be used, but the cost will be estimated based on volume. TNT Shredding will donate part of the proceeds to Rim Country Literacy Program’s First in Math and More summer math tutoring program for children in grades 1 through 5. Bring your sensitive documents including your old tax records, get them shredded, and support the Rim Country Literacy Program.

This event is sponsored by the Men of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rim Country Literacy Program and TNT Shredding. Contact Tim at (480) 329-7412 for further information.

Scholarship Fund Dance

The Payson Pro Rodeo is holding its annual Scholarship Fund Dance at the Star Valley Moose Lodge, Friday evening, April 11. Tickets are available for a $10 donation. They are being sold at the Chamber of Commerce, by Rodeo Committee members and at the door.

This year’s event will feature music by Junction 87. The music starts at 6 p.m. and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Silent auction items and a 50/50 drawing will help raise funds for local senior high school students.

For more information, call John Landino, (928) 468-6684

Meeting on water rate request

The Arizona Corporation Commission meets in Payson at 6 p.m., Friday, April 11 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

The commission will take public comments on the proposed rate increase sought by the Payson Water Company, which serves Mesa del Caballo, Gisela and a number of other communities in the Rim Country.

Business Showcase

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce plans for the 22nd Annual Business Showcase are well underway. This year’s theme, “You Ought’a be in Pictures,” is sure to be fun for both the booth exhibitors and attendees. Booth exhibitors are encouraged to do a movie themed booth and this year there will be a special Director’s Award for the most innovative.

The Business Showcase will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Thirty businesses to include the presenting sponsor, Payson Regional Medical Center, have already secured their booths. There are approximately 12 booths left, so call the Rim Country Chamber office at (928) 474-4515 if you want to secure your spot at the Showcase.

Electronics recycling event

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has announced that the Fifth Annual Payson Free Electronics Waste Recycling Event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Town of Payson Multi-Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway.

ADEQ and its partners — Payson Water Department, Gila County, Tonto Apache Tribe, Northern Gila County Sanitary District, Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District, CH2MHill and E-Waste Harvesters of Phoenix — anticipate collecting tons of unwanted televisions, computers, monitors, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small appliances, fax machines, cables and cords during the event.

The recyclable material will be collected at the Multi-Event Center, in the south part of Payson across Beeline Highway from Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. E-Waste Harvesters uses state-of-the-art software to erase all hard drives and will provide companies and individuals donating e-waste a certificate of disposal for their records. The event has grown in popularity each of the four previous years with 10,601 pounds collected in 2010, 20,345 pounds in 2011, 23,350 pounds in 2012 and 29,842 pounds last year.

AARP Smart Driver Course

AARP Smart Driver Course is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, with an hour break for lunch, at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

To register, call (928) 472-9290 or register in person at Payson Senior Circle. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members (cash or check), payable on day of class.

The course has all new material for 2014. The class is designed for people 50 and older, but is open to everyone 18 and over. Participation may also earn a discount on your vehicle insurance.

Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3. This is a great one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors.

There are still openings for vendors, but space fills up fast, so come in and reserve a space today.

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of CPC 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 without all the hassle.

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 the CPC food pantry. CPC works closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer citizens help when needed six days a week.

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


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