Community Almanac


Don't miss 'Footloose' at PHS

The Payson High School Music Theatre is currently presenting the musical “Footloose.” Performances are at 4 p.m., Friday, April 11 and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12. The high school cast has been rehearsing this high-energy, song and dance production since January.

Adults needed for softball

Registration closes April 15 for the Adult Spring Coed Softball League. The season begins April 23.

Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign up for each division. A player cannot play in more than one division or on more than one team. All participants must be at least 16 years of age to play. The fee is $280 per team and includes your ASA registration fee. Register and pay by April 15.   Please register in person at the Payson Parks and Recreation office.

Business Showcase Mixer

Don’t miss out on the next Chamber Mixer. It will be a Sneak Preview for the 2014 Business Showcase, hosted by Payson Care Center. It is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 11. It will feature light refreshments, a no host bar, and a preview of all of the exhibitors’ booths.  

There are still booths available at the 22nd Annual Business Showcase at the Mazatzal Event Center. Call the chamber at (928) 474-4515 to learn details.

On a budget? Share a booth with another business and save money.

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

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.

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, April 12 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, April 13 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.

Garden class

The Payson Community Garden will have a class at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. The topic will be “Tomatoes A to Z, Seeds to Transplants,” and will include plants and a gardening demonstration.  The speaker is Renee Zeising, president of the Gila County Master Gardeners.

The class will begin at the church and end up in the Community Garden. The class is free and open to the public.

PATS hike

Get out and enjoy spring in the Rim Country with a guided hike of the Monument Peak Loop Trail at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 12. The hike is three miles and ranked as easy. Meet at the Trailhead, 3.3 miles east on Granite Dells Road, bring water and wear appropriate clothing and shoes/boots.

Electronics recycling event

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 Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway.

Unwanted televisions, computers, monitors, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small appliances, fax machines, cables and cords will be accepted during the event.

Business Showcase

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce 22nd Annual Business Showcase is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Call the Rim Country Chamber office at (928) 474-4515 for more information.

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.

Sunday afternoon concert

The Tonto Community Concert Association presents John Berry, platinum-selling singer and songwriter, in an afternoon of hit songs in his inimitable, soaring vocal style at the Payson High School Auditorium at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13.

Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and students under the age of 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

For more information, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189, or visit the TCCA website at Berry will also present an educational outreach program for students in grades K-12, sponsored by the TCCA, on Monday, April 14.

Climate Action Marchers visit

Payson will welcome 50 people the afternoon of Monday, April 14. The guests are on a cross-country March for Climate Action. Payson is part of the group’s Desert to Mountain phase of the nine-month journey from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.

Meet the group at the Mazatzal Casino and walk with the marchers to their camp site at the Payson Community Christian School; offer homes and/or transportation for showers; and provide dishes for the group’s dinner. All are invited to come to a program of Dialogue, Celebration, and Music at 7 p.m. at the school.

If you can participate in any or all of these, please call: Ray S., (928) 478-6295, Dean G., (928) 978-2553, John H., (928) 468-6572, or Vee J., (928) 978-2550.

Alzheimer’s education

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter will be presenting “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 16, May 21 and June 18 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. 

This is a free educational program presenting helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s.

Please RSVP to Martha at (602) 528-0545 or if you would like to attend any or all sessions.

Meet the PSWID candidates

Candidates for the early election for the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board of directors will participate in a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the ramada at the P/S Community Center on Highway 87 in Pine (across from the Post Office).

Residents are invited to bring questions about the goals and direction the candidates have for the PSWID. Furthermore, residents will be invited to fill out cards listing major concerns to ensure that the candidates have a firm grasp on the direction the community wishes to proceed as soon as they take office.

Additionally, arrangements have been made with County Recorder’s Office to have a Gila County staff member available to assist with voter registration and answer questions.

The PSWID candidates are Tom Weeks, Sam Schwalm, Trent McNeeley, Paul Randall, Richard James, Larry Bagshaw, Don Smith, Rus Brock.

Circus performance for PUSD Athletics

Payson High School Athletic Department is hosting an evening of entertainment on Saturday, April 19 with the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.) in the Payson High School Auditorium.

The world renowned Circus of Illusion with Craig Davis and Company will entertain the Payson community. In addition, there will be raffle and silent auction items, along with concessions.

Proceeds benefit the athletic department to keep programs going. Purchase tickets online at Prices range from $8 for a student or child purchases online in advance to $55 for a “family” of six.

Chocolate Buffet

Do you love chocolate? The Ladies of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invite the public to a Chocolate Buffet at 6 p.m., Friday, April 25 at the church, located at 1000 N. Easy St. 

Guests will be given a box to fill with samples of a great variety of wonderful chocolate desserts prepared by the ladies of the church for $10. Proceeds will support Outreach Ministries that focus on children and families in need.

Cookbook Writing Workshop

A Cookbook Writing Workshop is set from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at the Majestic Mountain Inn in Payson. The registration fee is $20 if postmarked by April 22 or $25 at the door (includes light refreshments and handouts). The workshop is sponsored by AZ Press Women’s Rim Country District and Majestic Mountain Inn.

All questions and correspondence about this program should be directed to Gail Hearne at (928) 472-7132 or

Benefit Casino Day

The Justice McNeeley Foundation Help Us to Help a Child 2nd Annual Casino Day will be held at Sidewinders Saloon on Highway 87 in Pine, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26.

Entry is $15 (donation) per person with additional buy-ins (donations) available. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Visit the website or email

Sci-fi, westerns on sale

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring science fiction and western books as the two for the price of one April special. Recently, the library bookstore received large donations of both science fiction and western books.

As always the second book must be of equal or lesser value than the first.

Another April special is standard-sized paperback books at the low price of eight for $1. Gather up lots of paperbacks by your favorite authors for summer vacation reading. Paperbacks are great companions at the beach, on a plane or in the car. At this low price, one doesn’t have to worry about damage from the surf or leaving them behind at vacation destinations.

The LFOP 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 website at


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