Community Almanac


Head Start enrolling

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income, and children with disabilities. Families need to income qualify, have a child with a disability or have extenuating family circumstances to be admitted into the program. The government program serves children ages 3 to 5 and does not charge any fees.

Items needed for enrollment include: complete and updated immunization record, proof of birth, and proof of income for the year 2013. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office at (928) 474-2738 to set up an appointment with a staff member. When the application process has been completed, the child will be put on a waiting list until an opening is available. Get the needed items for enrollment together as soon as possible and call for an appointment as classes are filling quickly. Classes begin the last week in August.

Head Start does not provide transportation, however many families volunteer to assist others. Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center collaborates with the program and provides transportation to its facility.

An Early Head Start program that provides comprehensive Home Based services to pregnant women and children birth to 3 years of age is also offered. For more information on Early Head Start, please call (928) 951-2455.

On the Road with Senior Circle plans Tucson trip

The On the Road with Senior Circle program is planning an overnight trip to Casino Del Sol in Tucson Aug. 5-6.

The cost is $119 per person double occupancy or $170 for single occupancy at the four-diamond Casino del Sol. The fee also includes roundtrip transportation from Payson, a visit to the San Xavier del Bac Mission and $15 in free play.

For details, contact the Senior Circle, (928) 472-9290. At least 10 participants are needed.

Nile Club yard sale

The Payson Nile Club will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 at Payson Tax Service, 1008 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Proceeds from the sale will held the Payson Nile Club support the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital.

To donate items to the sale, call Carol (928) 978-3881.

Grand opening features fishing demonstration

Payson Tire & Automotive, 212 W. Aero Dr., will have a Grand Opening from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 12.

The event features a free fishing demonstration by professional bass fisherman Clifford Pirch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pirch will bring his boat, talk about his career and share tips for successful fishing.

Additionally there will be free food and a variety of contests, including a drawing for a free set of tires.

AARP Smart Driver Course

The next AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 12, with an hour break for lunch, at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

To register, call (928) 472-9290 or register in person at Payson Senior Circle. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members (cash or check), payable on day of class.

The course has all new material for 2014. The class is designed for 50+ people, but is open to all people 18 and over. Participation may also earn a discount on vehicle insurance.

Special tribute at museum

The Northern Gila County Historical Society and Rim Country Museum will host a special tribute to honor the memory of Nancy Jean Robertson for her dedication and generous contribution to the society. The dedication of a special plaque for Mrs. Robertson will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12 at the Rim Country Museum patio.

The public is invited to join Mrs. Robertson’s family and members of the historical society for this special tribute.

The Rim Country Museum is at 700 S. Green Valley Parkway, Payson. Call (928) 474-3483 for details.

PS Clinic meeting

The board of directors of the Pine Strawberry Medical Clinic will have its annual meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12 at the Pine Senior Dining room. The public is encouraged to attend.

Archaeological talk at Tonto Natural Bridge

J. Scott Wood will present an archaeological talk from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Saturday, July 12 at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

The talk will focus on “Clovis Points to Copper Bells: the Prehistoric Archaeology of the Payson Basin.”

The cost for the talk is the regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for those aged 14 and older, $2 per person for those aged 7-13, and no charge for anyone younger than 6. For more information, please call the park at (928) 476-4202 or visit

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located 10 miles north of Payson, Ariz. on Highway 87.

Get trashed in Pine

Collect litter from area forests or throughout Pine and Strawberry and bring to Cindy Maack’s home, 6519 Crest Drive in Pine Saturday, July 12 and gain entrance to a community party starting around noon, with free food from Rim Country Riders, free beer donated by Ponderosa Market.

Waste Matters of Payson is providing a Dumpster for the trash.

This annual event is held to help keep forests and the communities clean.

For details, call (928) 978-1187.

Last cooking class for teens

The last cooking class for teens at the Payson Public Library is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 12.

Facilitator Peggy Martin, a certified nutrition counselor, will teach participants how to make bread.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Call the library at (928) 474-9260 for details.

Republican Club hosts Pie & Coffee with candidates

Rim residents and visitors are invited to join the Rim Country Republican Club for Pie & Coffee at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 12 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson.

The afternoon’s speakers are Justin Pierce, candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, and Tim Wright, candidate for Gila County Superior Court Judge.

For more information, please call Nancy Cox (928) 472-1172.

Southwest Indian Rodeo

The Southwest Indian Rodeo Association is returning to Payson to host two rodeos this year.  

The first rodeo is at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 12 and the second rodeo is Saturday, Sept. 13, with performances at noon and 6 p.m. at the Payson Event Center, just south of town and across the Beeline Highway from Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Top Native American cowboys and cowgirls from all over the United States will compete in Senior Team Roping, Junior Barrel Racing, Junior Steer Riding and Junior Breakaway Roping with the goal to qualify in their respective events at the 39th Annual Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR).  

The admission fee for the SWIRA rodeos in Payson is just $5 for adults and children, 12 and younger are admitted for free.  Concession stand will be on site.

Concert Under the Stars

John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos bring the theme “Variety Rules” to a new level when they perform at the next Concert Under the Stars event in Green Valley Park. the local group is regularly featured and will be performing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 12 on the bandstand in the amphitheatre area of the park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic supper (no alcohol) and enjoy the great music in the Rim night air.

Youth Flag Football

Youth Flag Football is a premier youth recreational league for boys and girls, ages 5 to 12. This program provides players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in a non-contact, continuous action sport, while learning and developing the basic fundamentals of football, sportsmanship and teamwork. All games will involve non-contact rules that eliminate any forms of blocking and tackling.

Registration will take place online at and at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr. The registration process continues through Aug. 1. There will be no registrations accepted after the Aug. 1 deadline. The fee at registration is $40 per participant.

All participants will be provided a team jersey, mouth guard and flag belt.

Games will be played weekday evenings at Rumsey Park.

If anyone is interested in coaching, they must contact Payson Parks and Rec to fill out the required paperwork.

Youth Fall Soccer

The Youth Fall Soccer League offers the Pre-K (age 4) through 6th-grade age range the opportunity to further their soccer playing in a fun, safe and educational setting.

Registration will take place online at and at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr. from Monday, July 14 until Friday, Aug. 22. Registration will not be accepted after Friday, Aug. 22. Fee at registration is $30.

All participants will be provided a team jersey and all participants are required to wear shin guards.

Games will be played Saturday mornings at Rumsey Park.

If anyone is interested in coaching, they must contact Payson Parks & Recreation to fill out the required paperwork.

Program on Settlers of the Natural Bridge

The Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park will have a presentation on Settlers of the Natural Bridge with emphasis on David Gowan and the Goodfellows.  The presentation will include objects from the Goodfellow family donated to the museum by Jayne Pyle. The program is at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 15 on the second floor of the Rim Country Museum. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. 

Children’s clothes collection, distribution for school year

Kaitie’s Closet, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, is collecting clothes for distribution to those in need in Rim Country.  Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes, pre K through age 12 are welcome at the distributions.

Kaitie’s Closet’s next distribution will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 16 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road.

Kaitie’s Closet is still in search of a facility in which to sort and store the clothing between distributions. To assist with space, please call (928) 468-1036. Anyone wishing to donate or volunteer to help with any of the aspects of this worthwhile charity, please call (928) 468-1036.

Free Movie Night

There will be another Free Movie Night at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in the Log Building at 7 p.m., Friday, July 18.

The movie is “Ride A Wild Pony.” Set in Australia, the movie is about a poor farmer’s son allowed to pick a horse from a neighboring rancher’s herd. The pony he picks is as wild as the boy. The movie is a great adventure and family friendly.

Mount Cross is located on East Highway 260, between Safeway and Giant. Children attending must be accompanied by an adult. 

Republicans open campaign headquarters

The Gila County Republican Party will be having a Grand Opening event starting at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 19 at its campaign headquarters at 719 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. A ribbon-cutting is planned for noon.

Special guests include Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former state senator Russell Pearce.

The public is welcome and individuals can register to vote or change party affiliation at the event. For information, call (928) 472-4452 or (928) 478-8186.

Shoe drive

Kaitie’s Closet’s Back to School Annual New Shoe Drive is in July and August to help the Rim Country’s children have new shoes to start school. The drive’s pink collection boxes are at several locations, including Walmart, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Payson Physical Therapy and Valley Imaging Solutions and at all schools on select days and hours. 

Kaitie’s Closet, Inc. is a 501(c)3 so if you have no time to shop, please send a monetary donation to Kaitie’s Closet Inc., 304 W. Corral Drive, Payson, AZ 85541. 

The goal is to provide 200 pairs of new shoes to area youngsters in need.

Artists invited to enter 2014 ARToberFEST

The Payson Art League is calling for artists to join the annual ARToberFEST Show Oct. 17, 18, 19 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. 

Any artist interested in showing and selling art at the ARToberFEST should visit the PAL’s website at or call Don Harmon at (928) 474-5554 for a mailed application. 

This is a juried fine art and fine craft show representing varied art careers and backgrounds. The deadline for applying is Aug. 17.


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