Community Almanac, March 21


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, March 21 at the church. The event and available refreshments are free.

For details, go online to or call (928) 474-5440.

Brush pits back in business

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, March 22 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, March 23 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. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.  

See new animated movie ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’

The Friends of Rim Country Gila Community College announce a private screening of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 22 at the Sawmill Theatres. Admission is only $5 and all proceeds will go toward scholarships for students attending Gila Community College-Payson campus.

The Friends give special thanks to Sawmill Theatres for making the event possible.

Frugal Formal this weekend

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop presents the 1st Annual Frugal Formal from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 22 at Strikers Bar, Rim Country Lanes.

Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop and Strikers Bar.

In keeping with the “frugal” theme, a potluck buffet will be held — attendees are welcome, but not required, to bring a dish to share. There will be silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and live music by Soulever. For music only, come after 7:30 p.m. and pay only $5.

All proceeds will benefit local animal rescue groups supported by the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop, 434 S. Highway 87, Suites B, C & D, (928) 951-2587.

These groups are Friends of Ferals; Aussies & Friends Rescue; and Wonders of the Wild Animal Sanctuary. The shop and all the groups are a non-profits committed to helping animals in need.

Designer bling jeans sale

The Polkadot Blvd. will have a sale of designer bling jeans, designer clothing and accessories in the main lobby at Payson Regional Medical Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 25. Buy one and get one 20 percent off.

There are several styles of Chevron maxi skirts and the bling jeans come in boot cut, skinny, and plus sizes (women’s sizes 0-19 and children’s 7-14). There will also be bling T-shirts available.

Children’s clothing distribution is March 26

Kaitie’s Closet is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization collecting clothes for distribution free to those in need in Rim Country. Anyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome. Parents, be sure and bring your children to receive the new shoes at this distribution. Big Five Sporting Goods has partnered with Kaitie’s Closet in this endeavor.

Kaitie’s Closet’s distribution will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 26 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. Anyone wishing to volunteer for any of the various facets of this gratifying charity can call the number above.

Annual Fishing Festival

The Rim Country Optimist Club members are calling all kids — from 3 to 103 — to join them for a fun day of fishing Saturday, March 29.

The 8th Annual Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 29.

Registration is free and a fishing license will not be required. Poles and bait will be available for those who don’t have their own equipment.

The popular silent auction and raffle will include a fishing trip, two sets of 4 Diamondback tickets for seats behind the dugout), a robot, certificates for restaurants, fun things to do, places to go, fishing materials and a variety of other items are available. There are also a variety of gift baskets and individual items from scrapbooking to a North River hunting shirt.

The Rim Country Optimist Club requests that anyone who wishes to donate a raffle or silent auction item to support this all community event or who wishes to purchase raffle tickets (it is not necessary to be present to win) contact Jim Tye, (928) 468-2453 or Joan Young, (928) 472-2264.

Landfill latex paint disposal

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate a latex paint recycle day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 29.

Bring in leftover latex paint for disposal or recycling to the Gila County Landfill. All unusable paint will be properly disposed of; the good paint will be bulked and distributed.

Please read paint cans carefully, the county can only accept latex paint at this event.

The Gila County Buckhead Mesa Landfill is located on North Highway 87, across from the road to the Tonto Natural Bridge. For more information, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Northern Gila County Fair T-shirt Contest

The Northern Gila County Fair will have T-shirts for sale during the 2014 fair. But to do that, we need a design. Are you handy with pencil and paper? Have a flair for drawing?

The Fair Board needs an 8-inch-by-10-inch line drawing in black ink showing what the fair is all about. The drawing must include the words: Northern Gila County Fair. Any age may enter and more than one drawing may be submitted. The Fair Board will select only one drawing. Design drawings must be postmarked by March 30.

A prize of $50 will be awarded for the winning design along with a free T-shirt and acknowledgement in the Fair Book and on the Northern Gila County Fair Web site,

Send drawings to: Connie Cockrell, P.O. Box 752, Payson AZ 85547. 

MHA scholarship applications due March 31

The Mogollon Health Alliance is now accepting applications for its Human Health Career Scholarships. These scholarships are given to applicants residing in northern Gila County who are pursuing careers in various health care fields. Awards will be given at the discretion of the MHA Auxiliary Scholarship Committee.

Applications and information may be obtained from the MHA office, 308 E. Aero Drive, Payson. Applications are also available at the following locations: Gila Community College, Payson High School, Payson Center for Success, and the Payson Roundup. The deadline for application submissions for the fall semester is Monday, March 31, 2014. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Celebrate Scottish Heritage

The Community Presbyterian Church, Rim Country Celts and the vocal group Cinnamon Twist will host three events in April to celebrate Scottish heritage and culture.

Traditional Scottish songs will be performed by Cinnamon Twist, followed by an open discussion about tartans, kilts and clan associations led by John Munro of Rim Country Celts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at Dimi Espresso in the Swiss Village shopping center in Payson.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson, hosts a Scottish First Friday at 5 p.m., Friday, April 4. Enjoy a meal of Scottish baked potatoes with all the fixings. Cinnamon Twist and Friends will perform traditional Scottish music. Guests will have an opportunity to find their clan tartan with the assistance of CPC members. There is no admission fee, but donations are encouraged and accepted.

The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan service will be held at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, April 6 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. The Reverend Charles Proudfoot presents the service, which features piper Michael Donnelson of Flagstaff. Feel free to wear or carry your family or association tartan for blessing.

For more information on any of these events, please call Anne James, (928) 951-4420; or Missy Taylor, (928) 970-0615.

Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale in the hospital’s main lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 4.

Many top sellers will be available including: baby blankets, bibs and toys; scarves; catnip toys; dishcloths; jewelry; and much more.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Lioness Tea & Fashion Show

The Payson Lioness Club Enchanted April, Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show, co-sponsored by Dancing Queen Dresses and hosted and catered by Majestic Rim, is just around the corner.

The event is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Proceeds go to Payson High School student scholarships and local charities.  There will be silent auction, raffle and door prize items. Donate a gently used dress, suit, or accessory item and receive a free raffle ticket. 

Admission is a donation of $15 per person, with limited seating, so get tickets soon! For tickets, more information, or to donate a clothing item, call Carol at (928) 978-4132 or Peggy at (928) 978-4560. Tickets are also available at the Lemon Tree from Darlene, 416 S. Beeline Highway, (928) 474-5092.

Free Tax help and Free E-File

Volunteers for AARP Tax Aide are preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available through April 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday at the Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson.

Blood drives coming in April

There will be two Payson blood drives in April: from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 18, blood donations will be taken at the old gym at Payson High School, 514 W. Wade Lane; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, April 21, a blood drive will be at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

Books wanted

The Rim Country Literacy Program is collecting books. Donations may be dropped off at any time at the RCLP Office, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, located behind the Pinon Café.

There is an outside bin on the porch. No encyclopedias, please. Call (928) 468-7257 for more information. Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.