Community Almanac


Spring rodeo

The annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo continues Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17 at Payson Event Center.

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.

For complete details, see the official rodeo program inside this issue.

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.

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.

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.

Boy Scout pancake breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 7354 will have a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday May 17 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

Breakfast tickets are $5 each for pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. Tickets are available at the door.

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 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, May 17, Blattner Pit at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, May 18, the Pine Pit located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

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.

Masons host barbecue

The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge will have its Annual Deep Pit Barbecue starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 17 at 200 E. Rancho Road. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Your ticket buys deep pit barbecued brisket, scrumptious coleslaw, hot tasty beans and non-alcoholic beverages.

Democrats host candidates at picnic in rumsey Park

The Gila County Democrats are hosting several candidates at the annual picnic starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 17 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4.

Scheduled to attend are Fred DuVal, candidate for governor; Terry Goddard, candidate for secretary of state; Felecia Rotellini, candidate for attorney general; David Garcia and Sharon Thomas, both candidates for state superintendent of public education and Lanny Morrison, candidate for Legislative District 6.

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 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.

Alzheimer’s education

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter will be presenting “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, May 21 and June 18 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. 

Please RSVP to Martha at (602) 528-0545 or

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.

Scrub Sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will have a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center’s West Lobby (Labor and Delivery) from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 22.

All monies raised help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to the community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Pancake breakfast

Mountain Village Foundation will host the Pancake Breakfast on Memorial Day weekend to start off the Arts and Crafts Festival at the Pine/Strawberry Community Center in Pine. Pancakes will be cooked as you watch from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, May 24 and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sunday, May 25. A full breakfast of pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee will cost only $5.

Payson Farmers Market

Celebrate Opening Day of the 6th season of the Payson Farmers Market starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Organizers have expanded to bring a wider variety of organically grown local produce, including heirloom tomatoes (that’s right tomatoes will be available the first weekend), root vegetables, greens, beans and citrus. 

The Payson Farmers Market is at 816 S. Beeline Hwy., behind Chili’s. For more information call (602) 524-0352 or go online to visit

Elks event

The Payson Elks Lodge Craft Fair and Rummage Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 24. 

Call the Lodge at (928) 474-2572 for more information.

PS Arts & Crafts Fest

The 34th annual Memorial Day weekend Arts & Crafts Festival by the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 24 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 25 at the Pine Strawberry Community Center.

Brown book signing

Historian Stan Brown will be signing his newly published book “Frontier Teacher” at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 24 at the Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park. There is no admission fee. “Frontier Teacher” will be available for sale at the museum gift shop for $19.95. Brown has generously donated all proceeds from the sale of this book to the Northern Gila County Historical Society, Inc. For further information, call, the museum at (928) 474-3483.


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