Community Almanac


Final school band concert

The Payson High School Band will present its final concert of the year at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 at the PHS Auditorium.

Admission is free.

Gila Community College hosts Truth in Taxation hearing

Gila Community College will host a Truth in Taxation Hearing at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 15. The hearing is on the Payson Campus in Room 209, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

The GCC board will have a public meeting to present the 2014-15 budget.  Immediately following the budget meeting, the board will hold a meeting to adopt the budget. For more information, please call Gila Community College in Payson at (928) 468-8039.

PHS Carnival

A carnival at Payson High School football field is set from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15. It is a fund-raiser for many PHS clubs, including: Adventure Club, Key Club, Engineering Club, STUGO (Student Government), NHS (National Honor Society) and FFA.  

Tickets will be sold at the gate for 50 cents each or 12 for $5.

Spring rodeo

The annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo is Thursday, May 15 through Saturday, May 17 at Payson Event Center.

Women’s Professional Barrel Racing will take place Thursday, May 15. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the show at 6 p.m. Admission is a can of food for Rim Country food banks.

The Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance of the rodeo is Friday, May 16. Gates open 5 p.m. and the performance at 7 p.m. For every cowboy and audience member wearing pink, funds will be donated for breast cancer support groups and research.

A special Patriot performance is planned for Saturday, May 17. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.

Once again, as part of this year’s Spring Rodeo, there will be several events involving the Miss Rodeo Arizona contestants, including a meet and greet at Bob’s Western Wear at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 16.

Spring concert

Music students from the studio of Dr. Victoria Harris will present a spring concert at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. in Payson. A reception will follow the concert. The public is cordially invited. There is no admission charge.

Payson Lions display flags

The Payson Lions are distributing American flags at homes and businesses throughout the Payson area for Armed Forces Day May 17 and six other national holidays during the year for an annual gift of $36. Funds help the Lions Foundation eyesight and hearing program providing eye exams, eyeglasses and hearing aids to qualified, individuals in the Payson-area. The

Lions also help provide a summer camping experience at Camp Tatiyee for physically and mentally challenged people. Anyone interested in flags or joining should call (928) 474-2176.

UMC Treasure Sale

The United Methodist Women will hold a Treasure Sale at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17. There will be lots of household items and clothing.

Brown Bag Brunch and

Medication Check-up

Rim Country residents are invited to the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Friday, May 16 for a Brown Bag Medication Check-up and Brown Bag Brunch.

Bring all medications, both over-the-counter and prescriptions, as well as vitamins and other supplements for pharmacists to review and answer questions.

The event includes a free, brown bag brunch. The Payson Senior Center, Rim Country Coalition, Cenpatico and the Arizona Department of Health Services, plus the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens host it.

Please call Dee Redfield at (928) 970-1298 as soon as possible to let her know you will be attending.

Charity Barbecue

The Second Annual Beeline Insurance Group Charity Barbecue is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 16 at Beeline Insurance, 807 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, which provides money for children’s health programs and family assistance for children’s medical bills.

Call (928) 478-7151 for barbecue details.

Meeting to coordinate Rim holiday projects

Rim Country non-profit organizations interested in coordinating efforts for a Christmas program to help as many families as possible are invited to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Fireside Conference Room from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 16. 

Contact Michell Marinelli at (928) 474-6044, extension 5304, for additional information.

Benefit rummage & bake sale

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Rd., Payson, is having its annual rummage and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17.

March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon

The Payson High School FCCLA/ Culinary Arts Program is hosting a community walk to support the March of Dimes organization from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 17 at Green Valley Park.

The entry fee for a team is $25 (funds may also be donated in the name of a team). To learn more or enter, email devon.wells

Book signing

Barb Stratton has announced the publication and availability of the first in a series of children’s books written and illustrated by Bruce E. Stratton. The book, “The Adventures of Lil’ Cub - The Mercy Flight,” is a story geared to children ages 4 to 7.

The book will be signed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at the Payson Library. For details: Lil’ Cub, P.O. Box 2233, Payson, AZ 85547;; or phone (928) 951-1251.

Learn about Christianity and Jewish Roots

Payson residents plan to start a “Jewish Roots Bible Study” in Payson. They invite Payson and other Rim Country citizens to join them and theologian Dr. William Hepfner, a Christian pastor and Messianic Rabbi, for refreshments at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17. 

Dr. Hepfner will be answering questions about the Scriptural importance of Jewish roots, the Feasts and Festivals of Israel, while sharing the relevance and importance of learning both Old and New Testament Scriptures. 

For more information, or to RSVP and get directions, call John and Pam Palmer at (928) 472-7734.

TCCA concert features young pianist Umi Garrett

Umi Garrett, 13-year-old international award-winning pianist, has been turning the classical music community on its head since her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” at the age of 8. She will share her musical magic at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 17. 

Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and students under the age of 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

 Season tickets to the Tonto Community Concert Association 2014-2015 season are now available. Early-bird season subscriptions to the eight-concert lineup are $85, through June 30. For more information, visit the association website at or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Republicans host Thomas

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, May 19 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Andrew Thomas, candidate for governor will speak.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Rodeo history program

Come to the Rim Country Museum at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 20 to hear Harry Shill talk about his days riding bulls in the Payson Rodeo. Harry has many wonderful stories to tell. He started riding bulls in the rodeo when he was 16. Hometown cowboys could enter the rodeo then.

Over a period of 50 years, Shill developed his bull riding into a show by parachuting out of an airplane. He is in a class of his own and loves what he does. He went to the National Old Timers Rodeo Association Finals in 1987. He loves the sport of rodeo and does all he can to support it.

Payson Education Center alumni event

Payson Education Center invites alumni to attend a reunion celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 21. After nine years of providing an alternative high school education experience to the youth of Payson, PEC will be closing its doors. We will come together to celebrate and reminisce the many years and successes we have enjoyed together. Food and beverages will be served. For more information, call PEC at (928) 468-8509.


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