Community Almanac


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 the meeting.

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.

Christian School, PUSD want 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 records.

For details, call (928) 474-8050.

PUSD enrollment will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road.

Please allow 30 minutes to an hour for the enrollment process. Bring the child’s birth certificate and current shot records and a document (utility bill, rental agreement or a state-issued ID) showing your current physical address.

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.

Chamber needs volunteers

The Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for our busy summer months starting in May through September. Enjoy meeting people from all over the country and abroad that visit our community, wanting information regarding our local businesses, calendar of events and places to go. 

It’s easy and it’s fun! Just a few hours a week is all it takes. Anyone 18 or older can volunteer. Please contact the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce at (928) 474-4515.

Oil Change for Charity

Miller Autoworks is donating 100 percent (except taxes) of the proceeds from oil changes from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 25 to Time Out Inc. of Payson, which provides shelter and assistance to the victims of domestic violence.

The event is sponsored in part by Napa Auto Parts, CarQuest, BG Products and Arizona Petroleum.

Call (928) 468-8855 for an appointment. The shop is at 600 W. Main St., Unit A, Payson.

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.


The honor students of Gila Community College, Payson campus, are planning their 1st annual Walk-4-Education event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26.

It will be held at the Jimmy Harris trail located on campus, by the second parking lot. The event is to help foster interaction between the community and the college while highlighting the positive growth experienced this last year.

Everyone is invited to participate. Admission is free and thanks to many local businesses, there will be free hotdogs and beverages. There will also be a raffle with prizes from Payson Jewelers, Dimi Espresso, Back to Basics, the Bowling Alley, and more.  

Color Craze 5k

The Payson High School Adventure Club Star Valley Color Craze 5k run is Saturday, April 26.

Start time is at 10 a.m. Event registration starts at 9 a.m. at 4211 E. Highway 260, Star Valley (Moose Lodge parking lot).

Park at 4397 E. Highway 260, Star Valley (open lot next to Steve Coury Ford).

Activities include the 5k run, food and drinks, music with DJ, lots of color flying.

Any and all volunteers would be greatly appreciated. To learn more about helping, please call Jodie Ross if interested, 978-0067.

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

Although human rights are universal, women and girls all over the world are often denied their rights simply because of their gender. It is a tragic reality that one out of every three women will experience physical and/or sexual violence in her lifetime. This is true worldwide, including Gila County, the state of Arizona, as well as the entire United States.

The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International, in conjunction with the Zane Grey Soroptimists, the Time Out Shelter and Stand On Her Own Two Feet, is sponsoring an afternoon devoted to viewing and discussing film selections and documentary clips that address the persistent denial of human rights to women and girls.

The event is open to men and women. It is free of charge, but contributions will be accepted for the local food bank or to support ongoing human rights work in Payson and around the world. It will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

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 23 or $25 at the door (includes light refreshments and handouts). Members of the AZ Press Women can take the class for just $10.


Peggy Martin

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

Peggy Martin, a cookbook author and food columnist, is scheduled to co-facilitate the workshop, which is sponsored by AZ Press Women’s Rim Country District and Majestic Mountain Inn.

Benefit Casino Day

The Justice McNeeley Foundation Help Us to Help a Child 3rd Annual Casino Day will be held at Sportsman’s Chalet on Highway 87 in Strawberry, 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

Southern Gospel Concert

Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Dr (the church at Green Valley Park) is hosting “The Ozarks,” a Southern Gospel music team at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 27. Bruce and Betty Moses, originally from Missouri, now reside in Glendale, Ariz.  They started in 1973 as a family group and traveled full time from 1980 through 1988 in 40 states.

They now travel as a duet, using a guitar for accompaniment. The public is invited to join in on an evening of uplifting music blended with joyful humor. For more information, call (928) 474-2302. 

Senior Circle health fair

The Senior Circle of Payson Regional Medical Center is holding its annual members only health fair on Wednesday, April 30 at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Registration is required, call (928) 472-9290.

Scholarship applications due

Applications are due April 30 for two Central AZ Board of Realtors $2,500 scholarships from students graduating spring 2014.

Application forms are on the Payson High School website and from the Gila County Regional School District. The filled out form must be submitted along with the applican’ts college letter of acceptance to CABR, P.O. Box 1600, Payson AZ, 85547.


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