Community Almanac


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. Pick up Tuesday’s Roundup for an insert with information about all the artists and a map to the 18 Rim Country studios participating.

First Friday fun

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson, celebrates First Friday, May 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with two excellent musician/songwriters.

Buckshot Dot and Carl Allison will be performing in place of Second Time Around. 

They will present “real” cowboy music (not country western). There will also be a Taco Salad Bar.

Admission is $5 per person, but for every can of food a guest brings in, $1 will be taken off the admission price up to $5. Can donations go to the Payson Area Food Drive.

For more information, call the office at (928) 474-2059.

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.

Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3. This is a great one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors.

The church will be open for restrooms and drinking fountain.

All proceeds from this event go to the CPC Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions, and the CPC food pantry. CPC works closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer citizens help when needed six days a week.

The Yard Sale is at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). Reserve a space by calling the office at (928) 474-2059.

PHS Band rummage sale

The Payson High School Band will hold a Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 3 at the Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.  

All funds raised will go toward a trip to a Drum Corps show in Denver, Colo. to learn how professional marching bands function.  

Trips in the past were funded with Credit for Kids dollars, but due to a change in policy, that is no longer possible.

Some of the items to be sold: air hockey table, deep freezer, sports equipment, tools, furniture, books, games, toys and electronics.

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, May 3 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, May 4 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.

Community Garden class

The Saturday class for Payson Community Garden will be Summer Crops, Seeds and Transplants, Frost Cloth, and Garden Techniques by Renee Zeising. 

The class will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 3 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 Tyler Parkway. 

The class is free and open to the public.

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.

May Day, Cinco de Mayo and Trails Day fun

Plan a jaunt up to Pine for its May Day celebration and Cinco de Mayo salsa contest, May 3, plus the 3rd Annual Pine Trails Day May 4.

The May Day celebration, near the senior center at PS Community Center, is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4. It includes a craft fair, antique tractor show, games and food and drink specials.

The judging of the salsa contest, which includes Mariachi music and a tamale sale, will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 3. The fee to taste the salsa is $4. For entry information for the contest, which includes prizes, call (928) 476-3641.

Choral Society concert

The Payson Choral Society’s Spring concert, “Songs We Danced To,” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Cynthia Sambrano, is at Payson High School Auditorium on Saturday, May 3. Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pre-sale concert tickets are $8 for adults. At the door the cost is $10 per person. All students under 18 and children will be admitted at no charge.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the library. 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 at the concert.

New member auditions are at 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 5 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. For more information, please call John Landino (928) 468-0023.

Jazz Concert Sunday

The Payson Friends of Jazz present pianist Beth Lederman with vocalist Donna Wilde, bassist Mike King and drummer Gerry Reynolds in the last performance of the season at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 4 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. RSVP to or contact for information: (602) 619-3355.

Native American Flute Circle

Discover one of the most hauntingly beautiful and relaxing instruments.

Learn how to play the Native American 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.

Tonto Rim Sports Club shooting range open house

Area residents and visitors interested in target shooting and archery are invited to visit the Tonto Rim Sports Club Jim Jones Shooting Range open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4.

This is a chance for the whole family to learn techniques and safety procedures at no cost.

To reach the range, go south on Highway 87 and watch for the sign after Milepost 249, then turn left. The range is slightly less than two miles in on the road.

For more information, call Charlie Thompson at (928) 468-1521.

Gila County surplus auction is online only next week

Gila County will conduct the second quarter online auction to dispose of surplus property beginning Monday, May 5. There will be 45 various automobiles, including cars, trucks and vans, as well as a dump truck, a bucket truck and three steel water tankers.

Interested persons may view a complete list of the items with a photo and a brief description on the County website at

This is an online only auction. Internet access is required to bid on any items (free Internet access available at all libraries in Gila County). Also, bidders must be registered at the auction site, www.public, and may do so in advance of the May 5 “go live” date.

• Bidding begins at 12:01 a.m., Monday, May 5 and closes at 7 p.m., Friday, May 16.

• All items are offered “as is” with no seller’s warranty.

• Any incorporated entity within Gila County has the opportunity to purchase any item that will be placed on the auction website prior to the beginning date of the auction. The price for the item will be the minimum or reserve for said item.

There is a link on the front page of the county website to the auction site (last item in the left navigation pane list). For further information, contact John Root at Gila County at (928) 402-8524.

Lunch and Learn

A Lunch and Learn with Deborah Rose-Ellis will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Highway 260, #12, Payson.

Come out to hear about the latest trends in real estate prices and evaluations. Rose-Ellis will also have a representative from Waterstone Mortgage to discuss financing trends.

Lunch will be served.

For more information, please call the Central Arizona Board of Realtors office at (928) 474-1944.

Fair needs volunteers

The Northern Gila County Fair supports hobbyists, gardeners, farmers and ranchers, but we can’t do that without volunteers. The fair board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6 at the High School Ag Building classroom.

What kind of volunteers are we looking for? Superintendents for Canning and for Home Making Arts. Managers for Special Events, Marketing, Web Site, and Vendors. 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. We also need volunteers to be on the teams of every manager.

Just have a few hours? You’d like to be involved all year? We need you all. Please talk to us about how you can help the Northern Gila County Fair, which will be Sept. 5-7, 2014.

Rodeo needs volunteers

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is inviting Rim residents to join and help bring the community the annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo.

The rodeo, which is the third weekend in May, needs ticket takers, people to man the souvenir booth and 50/50 ticket sales, security help is also needed, as well as assistance in other non-livestock areas.

See what it is all about at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 6 at the Quality Inn (formerly the Best Western Hotel). There is also a meeting at 6 p.m., May 12.

For added information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

GCC graduation ceremonies

Gila Community College has scheduled its 2014 commencement ceremonies. Gila Community College holds two commencement ceremonies for the convenience of graduates and their families — one in northern Gila County and one in southern Gila County. The GCC Payson Campus commencement exercises will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 7 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. For more information about GCC, call the local campus: Payson Campus, (928) 468-8039.

Registration is now underway for the summer semester, which begins May 27 and for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 18.

Payson Tea Party Scholarship

The Payson Tea Party (PTP) is offering its first annual PTP Scholarship Award. The scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating senior from any school within the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) including Christian or home school.

The graduating senior is to be enrolled in an institution of higher learning, which may be any college, community college, vocational or technical school.

This year’s $500 scholarship will paid directly to the institution of higher learning for tuition and/or books.

To apply, obtain a copy of the scholarship application from the PUSD District Office at Julia Randall Elementary School or send an email to:

All applications must be returned (postmarked) by May 9, 2014.


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