Community Almanac


Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents and visitors to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 20 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.

Seed library program

There will be a presentation by Dean Gooding and Vee Jeanne of Sustainable Rim Country at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd., at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 21.  They will be talking about the very successful seed library, including the new addition of Native Seeds. Everyone is welcome.

The library programs for children and teens continue with:

A cooking program for teens is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 21, and will also be held, Saturday, June 28, July 5 and July 12. Registration is required, stop by the library in Rumsey Park, or call (928) 474-9260.

The Read with a Buddy program is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday, June 23, registration is required, stop by the library in Rumsey Park, or call (928) 474-9260.

The Tween and Teen movie and book discussion is on “Flipped” from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 23.

Tuesday, June 24, the Preschool Story and Craft Time is at 10:30 a.m.; with the Tween and Teen You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on a 19th Century Whaling Ship at 3 p.m.

The program, All About Robots, is at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 25.

Geoengineering program

Geoengineering, also known as weather control, will be discussed in a program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 21 at the dining room at the Pine Strawberry Community Center.

It was once considered a conspiracy theory, but is now being hyped as the answer to climate change, according to organizers.

The presentation, by Dane Wigington, a geoengineering expert, will be “Skyped” to the site, with an open mic question and answer session following.

To learn more, call (928) 472-4333 or (602) 710-5588.

Exotic Bird Show at Tonto Natural Bridge

AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will hold an Exotic Bird Show at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 21. The show will continue each month at Tonto Natural Bridge through October on July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18.

Curt Scarberry and the folks from AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will bring some of the exotic birds from their rescue out to the park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public will be able to see and to learn about these amazing birds. The show may include birds such as macaws, cockatoos, conures and parrots but the birds will vary with each show. There will also be speakers from the rescue at each show to inform about the wonders of these animals.

The cost for the show 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 information, call (928) 476-4202. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located north of Payson on Highway 87.

Concert at Green Valley Park

The Blue Frog Group performs at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 21 on the bandstand in Green Valley Park.

Expect foot-stomping, hand-clapping, jump-off-your-seat kind of music. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks and enjoy a great evening of music under the stars.

Unity of Payson sponsors workshop with local artist

Join members of Unity of Payson for an art workshop, “Catching the Light,” at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 22. Participants will fashion colorful and fanciful sun catchers that can hang anywhere outdoors or in. 

Accomplished artist Betty Daily, member of Artists of the Rim Gallery, will lead the workshop. A $15 love offering is requested, which includes the materials fee.

Unity of Payson meets at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors Conference Room behind Tiny’s Restaurant on East Highway 260. To register for the workshop, email or call (928) 478-8515.

Cosmetology groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new cosmetology program at the Payson campus of Gila Community College is at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 24 in the north parking lot of the facility at 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Payson.

DES Job Fair

The Department of Economic Security plans a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 25 at Messinger’s Payson Mortuary, 901 S. Westerly Rd., Payson.

Stop by the DES/Employment Services office at 110 N. Tonto St. before the fair to get your resume reviewed by an employment service specialist before the event. Call (928) 468-9831 for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner

The Order of Easter Star, Ponderosa Chapter 64, will have a fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner with all the trimmings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 27. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for those under age 12. For more information, call Lois Miller, secretary, at (928) 474-0521.

Dollars for Scholars

Friends of Rim Country GCC, Inc. cordially invites you to the Dollars for Scholars Dinner and Auction, Saturday, June 28 at Chaparral Pines Clubhouse. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and available at Gila Community College or the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit or call (928) 468-8039.

Proceeds will provide scholarships for Gila County Community College Payson Campus students.

Register now for Payson Writers’ Retreat

Get inspired and rejuvenated at the Writers’ Retreat July 19-20 in Payson at the Merritt Center Lodge, organized by the Rim Country District of Arizona Press Women. 

Accommodations are in the lodge or cabins. Registration includes four meals (Saturday lunch-dinner. Sunday breakfast-lunch; no red meat or alcohol). Special diet considerations are available for an additional $15 per person. The weekend is $125 per person for double-occupancy through July 1; single-occupancy is $165 per person if paid by July 1.

Payment can be mailed to Arizona Press Women, 1420 N. Sunrise Court, Payson, AZ 85541. For more information, contact, or (928) 472-7132 or (480) 650-2014.

Tapes, books, records on sale 

The Nook, 408 W. Main St., Payson, just received 11 boxes of VHS tapes, six boxes of books and three boxes of records. VHS tapes are 50 cents each; records are $1 each, with record sets individually priced. Books are $1 for hardbacks; 50 cents for paperbacks and all the books on the metal bookrack are just $1 a bag. The Nook also has DVDs, CDs, 8-tracks and cassettes, as well as books on tape (both cassette and CD).

All proceeds from The Nook go to benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center and all donations are tax deductible.

Located just west of the fire station, the thrift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday and Thursday.

Kids Camp at Tonto Christian Camp

There is still time for fourth- through sixth-grade students to register for the Weird Animals Camp at Tonto Rim Christian Camp. The event is from June 29 through July 2. Children from the community will sleep overnight with friends and spend the days making new friends and having fun. The cost is $150 per child. The camp is just a 30-minute drive from Payson.

Activities available include a zipline, treasure hunt, hiking, water activities, games and crafts.

For more information and to register, please contact one of the following representative from local churches: Felicia at Mountain Bible, (623) 221-5049; Charlotte at Calvary Chapel, (928) 242-1104; Char at Nazarene Church, (928) 951-3833.

Immunizations available

Gila County Health Department will be providing immunizations from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by appointment only. Walk-in vaccinations are available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call (928) 402-8811.

GCC language classes

American Sign Language is back at Gila Community College - Payson Campus with instructor Bill Camp.

Students will learn the development of American Sign Language and its application within the deaf community. The class meets from 6 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

GCC-Payson will also offer beginning conversational Spanish this fall. Returning instructor Bill Bowling has taught Spanish on the community college (Eastern Arizona College) and high school (Payson High School) levels since 1971. He studied a summer in Guadalajara, Mexico and has traveled with student groups to Mexico several times. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.

Elementary and Intermediate Spanish, taught by Lou Crabtree, will meet from 6 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.

GCC-Payson fall semester is from Aug. 18 through Dec. 11. Registration is taking place now. For students 55 and older, tuition is waived. The campus is located at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or call (928) 468-8039.

Free Well Child Clinics

The Gila County Health Department offers a free Well Child Clinic the third Wednesday of every month. It is available for infants ages 2 months to 18 months and provides physician examinations and appropriate immunizations.

Appointments may be made by calling (928) 402-8811 or (928) 402-8808.

Quilt raffle tickets on sale now

Raffle tickets for a queen-size Thomas Kinkade pattern quilt, made by Sue Owen, are selling for $1 each or $5 for six. The drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Genealogy Library yard sale. Tickets are available from Genealogy Society members, several opportunities in front of Safeway, or from Kay at (928) 595-1631.

All proceeds go toward supporting the Northern Gila County Genealogy Society at 203 E. Bonita St., Payson.

Masonic Lodge travel raffle

Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge is raffling off two round-trip airline passes for any round-trip flight between any two major airports in the U.S. Raffle tickets are $20 each.

The drawing for the tickets is planned for 6:30 p.m., Oct.14 — however, it may take place earlier if all 300 tickets are sold. The winner will be contacted immediately.

Tickets are available at Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Rd., Payson and at Twin Pines Barber Shop in Payson or by calling the Masonic Lodge at (928) 474-1305 (leave your ticket order). Contest rules and information about Freemasonry are online at or contact Tom Jones, Secretary (818) 314-9950 or Bruce Halvarson (928) 472.3135. Proceeds are for Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge No. 70 and are not tax deductible.

Chamber needs volunteers

The Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for our busy summer months. 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. 

Payson Community Kids needs volunteers

Payson Community Kids is offering a summer program of fun, crafts and projects for children in grades K-12 through June until the middle of July. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help with all parts of the program. Men and women — any hobbies or projects you can share or time you can spare would provide fun for everyone involved. If you miss having children in your life, this is a very rewarding opportunity.

For more information, visit our website at, find us on Facebook at Payson Community Kids, call Perla at (928) 478-7160 or stop by 213 S. Colcord Road.

Northern Gila County Fair seeks volunteers

The Northern Gila County Fair takes place Sept. 5-7. The fair supports hobbyists, gardeners, farmers and ranchers, but we can’t do that without volunteers. We need a manager for the website, vendors and horses. We need a superintendent for homemaking arts and for canning. 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.

Please call (928) 978-0556 if you can volunteer for a few hours or more.

LFOP Bookstore specials

During June, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore, in the Payson Library, will be featuring a two-for-the-price-of-one special on all cookbooks. The second item must be of equal or lesser value than the first.

While there, pick up a favorite VCR tape for 50 cents or browse the bargain table in the lobby. All bargain table items are priced at 50 cents.

With school out, parents and grandparents are concerned with keeping children’s reading skills active during the summer. There is a great selection of children’s books to help promote summer reading.


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