Community Almanac


Special Olympics Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run

The annual Payson Area Special Olympic Law Enforcement Parade will be Wednesday, April 30.

Athletes need to meet at Chapman Auto at 8:30 a.m. and the parade will start at 9 a.m. Participants will walk south on the Beeline Highway to the antique store on the south end of town.

All Special Olympic athletes, friends and others are welcome to participate. Payson area law enforcement officers will be joining in the walk.

Those unable to walk the parade route can follow behind the walkers in a vehicle.

For more information, call Ruby Lane, (928) 472-7619 (evening) or (928) 595-2206. Cell.

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.

Buy one, get one sale

The Nook plans a special sale Wednesday, April 30 — buy one, get one free. Cut out this notice and take it to The Nook from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 and you will get a free item, of equal or lesser value, with every item you purchase.

Included in the sale will be all kitchenware, lamps, books, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, records, linens, knick-knacks, pictures, small appliances, electronics, hats, headgear, baskets, purses, glassware, some clothing and more.

The Nook new and resale shop is at 408 W. Main, Payson, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

It is seeking donations of gently used furniture and other household items. All donations are tax deductible. All proceeds benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy & Parenting Center.

GCC Fashion Show

The wearable art students at Gila Community College present their Annual Fashion Show from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 30.  

Jackets and vests were made in the class taught by Leslie Peacock, an award-winning wearable artist, who has been teaching at the college for the last six years. Students will be showcasing their creations made during the last two semesters.

Admission is free, the public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served.  The show will take place in Room 301 at the Gila Community College, Payson campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.  

Following the show, interested persons will be able to register for fall semester classes that begin in August. The wearable art class is from 12:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. Wednesdays. If further information is needed, prospective students are invited to call GCC at (928) 468-8039. Information will also be available at the fashion show.

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.

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.

Day of Prayer

Rim Country will join in the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 1.

Special Rim Country events will begin at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, with a light breakfast available at 6:45 a.m., followed by prayer from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. From 8:15 a.m. until 9 a.m., the prayer emphasis will be at the flagpole near the Gila County Superior Court, 714 S. Beeline Highway. There, special emphasis will be on this year’s national theme, “One Voice, United in Prayer,” based on Romans 15:6.

By noontime, Payson Community Christian School, 1000 E. Frontier, will host a patriotic emphasis time of prayer until 1 p.m., with extra participation by the school’s students and pastors of the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship. Payson High School students are also planning an event at their school, with the specific time and location to be determined.

Pine will also be having prayer gatherings, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Elementary School flagpole, and at Pine’s First Baptist Church. Please contact the church if you plan to attend the Pastor’s Prayer Breakfast there.

This year, Payson’s evening prayer time will be at the First Assembly of God, 1000 W. Lake Drive, in the parking lot (weather permitting) from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about any of these events, please call (928) 472-8178 or visit the website at

Governor candidate to speak

Candidate for governor Christine Jones will speak to the Payson Tea Party Thursday, May 1 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. At 6 p.m. Jones, former executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the Internet giant, will discuss her plans to execute the office of governor if she is elected. 

All are welcome. For more information, call (928) 951-6774.

Annual Open Studio Tour

The Payson Art League’s annual Open Studio Tour is this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday May 2 through Sunday, May 4.

Area artists open their studios for visitors to see work in its many stages of creation.

Jan Hodson is the featured artist of this year’s show. Inside today’s Roundup is an insert with information about all the artists and a map to the 18 Rim Country studios participating.

Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 2 at the church. The event and refreshments are free.

There will be a Family Movie night every first and third Friday. For details, go online to or call (928) 474-5440.

Sale date changes

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop is changing its monthly sale from the first Friday to the first Saturday of each month, starting Saturday, May 3.

Almost everything in the shop will be half-off the already low prices.  

The shop is located at 434 S. Beeline Highway, and open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (928) 951-2587.

Fiber Arts Show

The Threadplayers 2014 Fiber Arts Show, Footloose & Fancy Free is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4 at the Gila Community College Community Room, Payson.

Choral Society spring concert

The Payson Choral Society’s Spring concert, “Songs We Danced To,” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Cynthia Zambrano comes to the Payson High School Auditorium Saturday, May 3. Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Pre-sale concert tickets are $8 for adults. All students under 18, and children will be admitted. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the library.

Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert for $10 each.

Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle and high school students. These are awarded and the students will sing their winning tryout selection each at the spring concert.

For more information, please call John Landino, (928) 468-0023.

Native American Flute Circle

Discover one of the most hauntingly beautiful and relaxing instruments.

Learn how to play the Native Flute, or just come and enjoy the music.

The program is free and will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 3 at Tom Russell’s insurance office behind Fargo’s Steakhouse, Suite D-3. For more information, call (928) 474-1233.


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