Community Almanac


Inner Sanctum Sale

Members of the Payson Womans Club have collected an assortment of goodies over the years, everything from a $400 barbecue to vintage glassware and dishes.

This collection is being sold from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 25 and starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 26. Come by, check it out and make an offer.

The Womans Club is at 510 W. Main, Payson.

Beeline Cruise-In

The 21st Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show is Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26.

Participants will parade their prized vehicles around town starting at 4:30 p.m., Friday from Green Valley Park. The park is also the location of the car show, which opens to the public at 8 a.m., Saturday.

To learn more about Friday’s parade route and Saturday’s events at the show, see the special edition of The Rim Review inside this issue.

Chocolate Buffet

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 chocolate desserts prepared by the ladies for $10. Proceeds support Outreach Ministries for children and families in need.

Mental Health Month event

Family and Friends Together, in collaboration with Gila Community College, Southwest Behavioral Health Services and Horizon Human Services will present the film “Silver Linings Playbook” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, April 25 at GCC room 301, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, Payson.

Following the film, there will be a brief discussion and light refreshments will be served. The program is free.

For details, contact Cynthia Fullen, (602) 694-9649 or (800) 594-1936.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, April 26 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 27 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.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. 

Springfest Arts, Crafts Bazaar

The Second Springfest Art & Craft Bazaar is Saturday, April 26 at the Gila County Courthouse in Payson on Highway 87.

Community Garden class

The Payson Community Garden class at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 26 is Water Wise Gardening, presented by Glen McCombs of Plant Fair Nursery. He will cover efficient watering systems for the garden and how to water at every stage of growth from seedlings to mature plants. The class is at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 Tyler Parkway. 

The class is free and everyone is urged to come and learn how to help conserve water and still have a healthy, productive garden.


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.

Everyone is invited to participate. Admission is free and thanks to many local businesses, there will be free hot dogs and beverages. There will also be a raffle with prizes from Payson Jewelers, Dimi Espresso, Back to Basics, Rim Country Lanes and more.  

Color Craze 5k

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

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

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.

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. Worldwide, one out of every three women will experience physical and/or sexual violence in her lifetime.

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

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

Youth choir performs

The Halos Youth Choir from Dove of the Desert U.M.C. in Glendale, Ariz. performs at Payson United Methodist Church at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 27. 

This energetic group of youth will be sharing their “Song is Alive” concert.  

All are invited to attend at 414 N. Easy St. If you have any questions, call the office at (928) 474-0485.

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. The public is invited to join in on an evening of uplifting music blended with joyful humor. For more information, call (928) 474-2302.

Free clothing distribution

Kaitie’s Closet is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization collecting clothes for distribution free to those in need in Rim Country.  

Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome at the distributions.  

Parents, be sure and bring your children to receive the new shoes at this distribution. Big Five Sporting Goods has made the shoe distribution possible. This distribution will be the last until school starts back up in July. The distribution is from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 at Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow.

Kaitie’s Closet is still looking for space to sort and store between distributions; please call (928) 468-1036 if you know of a suitable location.


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