Community Almanac


Tea and 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 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. There will be silent auction, raffle and door prize items. Tables will feature these unique figures as centerpieces. Donate a gently used dress, suit, or accessory item and receive a free raffle ticket. Admission is a donation of $15 per person; 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. Proceeds go to Payson High School student scholarships and local charities.

Thrift Shop sale

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop will offer its merchandise at half off for First Friday, April 4. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, C & D.

Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations. For more information on pick-ups and donations, call (928) 951-2587.

First Friday anniversary

Visit Down the Street Art Gallery and the Community Presbyterian Church Friday, April 4 to celebrate the seventh anniversary of First Friday on Historic Main Street.

The church celebration features Buckshot Dot and Cinnamon Twist and a Scots dinner (minus the haggis) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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 and refreshments are free.

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 The Home Depot.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Firewise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, April 5 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, April 6 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged yellow starthistle or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Star Night event

J.D. Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley, will be sponsoring the first 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 ages 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 ages 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.

Community Garden class

Chris Jones, with the University of Arizona Extension Service, will lead the Community Garden class at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. The topic will be succession and inter-plant planting. This class is free and open to the public.

Kiwanis Auction for Youth

There is still time to buy tickets for the 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 the 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. 

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.

Native American 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 will be admitted 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.

Legislative candidate visits

Lanny Morrison, candidate for the Arizona State House seat representing Legislative District 6, will speak at noon, Tuesday, April 8 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Morrison will present his positions on current issues and answer questions.

His talk is sponsored by the Democratic Women of Rim Country. For more information call Carol at (928) 468- 1115.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop

Eastern Area Health Education Center and the Arizona Living Well Institute plan to offer a six-week workshop, Take Control of Your Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop offered at the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

The workshop is designed to help people with ongoing health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, asthma, or any other chronic condition. Topics covered include: dealing with difficult emotions, managing symptoms, goal setting, problem solving, nutrition, understanding medications, making informed treatment decisions, and increasing strength and stamina through better fitness.

An introductory overview is being offered from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 11 at Gila Community College, Room 404.

If you would like to learn how to better manage your life, sign up for a six-week workshop presented by EAHEC. Class size is typically around 12 to 18 participants. Each session lasts 2-1/2 hours.

Gila Community College in Payson is hosting the Healthy Living Workshop on Fridays, April 18 through May 23. This program is free. However, registration is required.

For details, call Holly Crump at (928) 474-3472 or email her at hollyhcrump@ Put CDMSP in the subject line.

Easter at The Nook

There are lots of Easter things at The Nook, 408 W. Main St., just west of the fire station.

There are lots of other things at The Nook, including two truckloads of donations that just came in.

All proceeds go to benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center. Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Elks need crafters, donations

The Payson Elks Lodge will be holding an Arts and Crafts Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 24 and crafters are being sought to participate. Interested crafters can pick up an application at the lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Hwy., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The lodge is also looking for donations of gently used items for its garage sale, to be held the same day. No clothing, shoes, or large appliances please. Items may be dropped off at the lodge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

For more information you can call the lodge at (928) 474-2572.


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.

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.


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