Community Almanac


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.

State superintendent candidate speaks

David Garcia will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Democratic Club of Northern Gila County at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 at the meeting room of the Payson Public Library.

Garcia is a nationally recognized educator who is running for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. The public is invited to come meet him and hear what he has to say about the public schools and education in Arizona today.

For more information about Garcia, visit his website at

Arizona legislation and security from threats

The Payson Tea Party will host two speakers on Thursday April 17. Arizona Senator Judy Burgess will give an update on key bills and the state budget. Lyle Rapaki, of Sentinel Intelligence Services, will talk about matters related to Arizona sovereignty threats and national security interests. 

The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Call (928) 951-6774 for more information.

Bake sale

The Pine Strawberry Archery Club bake sale is from noon to 4 p.m., Friday, April 18 in front of Safeway. The bake sale is to help raise money to send the group to Nationals in Kentucky in May.

Payson Unified School District budget workshop

A school district budget workshop for all interested residents will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, April 19 in the PUSD office board room.

Interested attendees should contact Kathie Manning at (928) 474-2070 or to reserve their spot.

Reservations are required so enough information packets are available.

Student Centered Health Fair

Students of the Payson Unified School District will have an opportunity to learn about numerous health topics, job opportunities and more at the Student Centered Health Fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 18 at the JRE Gym.

The event is free and open to K-12 students and their families.

Egg Hunts

The always-popular holiday celebrations of Easter Egg Hunts are planned throughout the Rim Country Saturday, April 19.

Christopher Creek

The Firebelles Easter breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19 at the firehouse.

The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association Easter Egg Hunt is at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Milburn Meadow on Columbine across from the old homestead.


The Payson Parks & Recreation Department’s 16th Annual Eggstravaganza for children ages 12 and under is Saturday, April 19 at Rumsey 2 Softball Field (near Taylor Pool), from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Children can collect eggs filled with candy and coupons for special prizes. Scramble times and age groups:

9:30 a.m., ages 0 to 3

9:45 a.m., ages 4 and 5

10 a.m., ages 6 and 7

10:15 a.m., ages 8 and 9

10:30 a.m., ages 10 to 12

10:45 a.m., special needs

To learn more, call the parks office at (928) 474-5242, extension 7.


The Fifth Annual Easter Egg Hunt Fun Day will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Pine Trailhead located just south of Pine.

The events of the day, which are free, include an Easter Egg Hunt, coloring area, a chance to visit a fire truck and the Easter bunny and handmade candy baskets.

The event is sponsored by Mommy Perks, Rim, THAT Brewery, Windmill Corner Inn, Strawberry Patchers, Peacock Pottery, The Boys Store and Monkey do Project.

Archaeological Society

The local archaeology group meets at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 Easy St., Payson. 

Anyone with an interest in archaeology is invited to attend. Hosted by the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, the event features speaker Ken Zoll. Zoll is executive director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, and a site steward for the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. His topic will be Ancient Native American Astronomical Practices.

Refreshments and snacks will be available. For those interested, there will also be a hike to a local ruin site scheduled for in the afternoon.

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.

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.

Magic show will benefit PHS 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


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