Community Almanac


Fire restrictions in effect

The Payson Fire Department is implementing fire restrictions starting at 8 a.m., Friday, April 18 in the Town of Payson.

The PFD is suspending all burning permits April 18. The use of fireworks is prohibited on the forest and in the town of Payson at all times. Violation of these restrictions is punishable by law.

Effective immediately the building of an open fire, campfire, or recreational fire is prohibited within the Town of Payson.

This restriction does not apply to the safe use of outdoor grills utilized for cooking.

These fire restrictions are being done in coordination with the actions of the Tonto National Forest. The State of Arizona has already experienced several wildland fires that are exhibiting extreme fire behavior.

For more information, call the toll-free fire restriction hotline: 877-864-6985.

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.

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.

PUSD 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.

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.

Tonto Village

The Tonto Village Chapel at 711 W. Haught Avenue, Tonto Village will have an Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19. There will be kids’ crafts, a bouncy house and a drawing for an Easter basket and prizes for special eggs at the egg hunt. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Easter services at area churches are listed on Page 2B of today’s Roundup.

Community Garden class

The Payson Community Garden class at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 19 is on Alfalfa Tea, presented by Gary Karlowski. Alfalfa tea is a wonderful organic plant food that is easy to make and is very beneficial. Class will be at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. This event is free and open to the public.

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. 

Hosted by the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, the event features speaker Ken Zoll. 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 benefits 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.

Donate blood Monday

United Blood Services will have a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, April 21 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

If anyone would like to schedule an appointment, please contact pjonz10@ or call (928) 951-0863. All blood types are needed, especially O positive and negative.

PAHH seeks applicants

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is seeking qualified applicants for Habitat homes.

Interested applicants are asked to attend a Homeowner Application Orientation meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 24 at the PAHH offices at 103 E. Highway 260 in the ReStore.

Applicants must register online at or call the office at (928) 474-0330 to attend one of the meetings.

Because the application process needs your full attention, please arrange for child care as no one under 18 will be permitted to attend this meeting.

We currently have a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home available at the Longhorn Village Condominiums.

Partner families are selected based on their level of need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.

Christian School enrolling kindergarten students

The Christian School will enroll kindergarten students from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 at the school, 1000 E. Frontier, Payson. To enroll a child, their parent or guardian must bring the youngster’s birth certificate and immunization record.

For details, call (928) 474-8050.

Fair Needs Volunteers

The Northern Gila County Fair supports hobbyists, gardeners, farmers and ranchers, but we can’t do that without volunteers. The fair board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6 at the High School Ag Building classroom.

What kind of volunteers are we looking for? Superintendents for Canning and for Home Making Arts. Managers for Special Events, Marketing, Web Site, and Vendors. We also need a T-Shirt Sales manager, volunteers for Wednesday exhibit drop off, Thursday Judging and Friday through Saturday Exhibit and Livestock area volunteers. We also need volunteers to be on the teams of every manager. Just have a few hours? You’d like to be involved all year? We need you all. Please talk to us about how you can help the Northern Gila County Fair, which will be Sept. 5-7, 2014.


Meria Heller 2 years, 9 months ago

they need to close the forests & campsites NOW. People who don't live here have little regard for the danger posed.


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