Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekend Events in Payson

compiled by Jenny Caster

Payson Lioness Club Spaghetti Dinner
A benefit spaghetti dinner will be held for the Veterans Helping Veterans on Thursday, June 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Sponsored by the Payson Lioness Club, the dinner will be hosted at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street.

Listen to jazz at the Ayothaya Thai Café
The Payson Jazz Trio will play jazz tunes from the American Songbook at the Ayothaya Thai Café on Friday, June 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  The band features Vern Juran on guitar, Gerry Reynolds on drums and Bob Smolenski on the keyboard.  Ayothaya is located at 404 E. State Highway 260 across from the Safeway mall.  For more information, call: 474-1112.

Payson Farmer’s Market
Visit the Payson Farmer's Market this Saturday, June 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sawmill Theatre parking lot behind Chili’s.  For more information, contact Katie Klein at: (602) 524-0352.

Mogollon Garden Tour
The 2012 Mogollon Garden Tour with artists/musicians in the garden takes place on Saturday, June 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The tour highlights three homes in Payson, one in Star Valley and two in Pine.  Follow the “Green Thumb” signs leading to each home.  Tickets are $5 each.  Purchase tickets and pick up an information brochure at Ace Hardware, Plant Fair Nursery, Sweet Nostalgia, Payson Jewelers, or the Payson or Pine Public Library.  Sponsored by the Rim Area Gardeners.

Hike from the Payson Event Center to the Peach Orchard Trail on Saturday, June 16 at 8 a.m.  Meet at the south side of the event center.  The hike provides views of the Mazatzal Mountains, passes an old mining site and goes through a riparian area.  The hike is over rocky terrain and is of moderate difficulty.  A shuttle service will provide transportation back to the event center.

Mountain High Coffee Works Christian jam session
Every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to the Payson Christian Songwriters group at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway.  For more details, call: 478-7166 and ask for Phil.

Summer Concert at Green Valley Park
Blue Frog, a local blues band, will perform on Saturday, June 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at a free outdoor concert at Green Valley Park.   

Turn of the Century Gala Affair
Somewhere in Time, the second annual Gala Affair for the benefit of the Payson Senior Center Bus Transportation, will be held on Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Society/ Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.  Enjoy an evening of elegance with turn of the century styles and early 1900s music, dancing and hors d’oeuvres.  Formal or time period dress required.  $15 per person or $25 per couple.  Tickets may be purchased at the Majestic Rim or the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce.  For more information, call: 474-3912.

Father’s Day Barbecue Dinner at the Elks Lodge
The Payson Elks Lodge #2164, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, will host a Father’s Day barbecue on Sunday, June 17 at 1 p.m.  $8 per person; fathers eat for free!  Meals include barbecue chicken, ribs, coleslaw, corn on the cob and dessert.  For more information, call: 474-2572 or e-mail:


Looking Ahead

Flycasters sponsor cleanup on the East Verde River
The Payson Flycasters Chapter and Club will sponsor a cleanup of the East Verde River on Saturday, June 23.  Meet at the south end of the Home Depot parking lot at 7 a.m. to carpool to the river.  Trash bags and bottled water will be available for all volunteers.  Bring gloves, good hiking shoes, hats and sunblock.  The cleanup should be completed by noon.  Please note that the Forest Service has built four-day use areas on the East Verde River, with dumpsters, toilets and a campground host at each location.  All are ready for use now.  For more information, visit the Payson Flycasters website at:

Family Game Time at the Payson Public Library
Tired of the same things? Need to get out of the house? Need ways to have a fun time with your family?  Join us at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, the last Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m.  Participate in board games for all ages, enjoy the music and prize giveaways and partake of snacks and drinks.  For questions or more information, contact Katie at: 474-9260.

Monthly Video Game Tournament
Children ages 10 to 18 can participate in monthly video game tournaments the last Saturday of each month at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Winners get the “Ultimate Bragging Rights.”  Tournaments are held in the meeting room.  Sign up your child at the Kid’s Room at the library or call: 474-9260.

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