Friday, June 8, 2012

Weekend Events

compiled by Jenny Caster

Increased fire restrictions on Tonto National Forest begin June 8,
fireworks prohibited at all times
                 PHOENIX (June 7, 2012) – Drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger have resulted in increased fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, June 8.  Most types of fire or fire-causing activities will be prohibited across the Tonto National Forest.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or wood or charcoal-burning device is prohibited, except in Forest Service-provided fire grills and grates in developed recreation sites on the Cave Creek and Mesa ranger districts where charcoal only may be used (list attached).   No campfires of any type are allowed under any conditions in any other areas on the forest.

Smoking is only allowed only in a developed campground, vehicle, or building.

Gas and propane stoves, lanterns or heating devices are permitted. providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.

Welding, grinding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame is prohibited.

All internal combustion engines must have a spark-arresting device properly installed, be maintained and in effective working order, and meet appropriate safety standards.  The use of internal combustion engines is restricted to existing roads and trails, and developed campgrounds.  

Discharging firearms except in taking game in accordance with Arizona, federal, or tribal hunting laws, is prohibited. 

                 “Because of ongoing drought, dry forest conditions, and exceptionally low relative humidities, fire restrictions are needed to protect forest users, structures and natural resources from the increased potential for dangerous wildland fires,” said Tonto National Forest Acting Fire Staff Officer Helen Graham. “These precautionary measures are intended to enhance our visitors’ quality recreation experiences. Most areas of the Tonto National Forest remain available for recreation activity, including all the Salt River system lakes.” 

“We continue to remind the public that all fireworks are prohibited on the forest at all times,” concluded Graham.

Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for individuals, $10,000 for organizations, and imprisonment for up to six months. 
16th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show
The Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show will be held on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival.  Visit the Berry Patch Boutique and Vendor Mall.  Raffle tickets available for Opportunity Quilt.  $2 admission.  Receive a free raffle ticket for each non-perishable food item donated.  For more information, visit the website at:

Fun-filled activities at 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival has a weekend of fun-filled events planned for Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pine Strawberry Community Center and Ramada at 3886 N. Highway 87 in Pine.  Strawberry delights of all varieties will be available along with a carnival, fiddling, pony rides and hands-on fun.  Arts and crafts booths, food vendors and local non-profit booths on display.  Meet local artists and crafters in the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Boutique.

No Tonto Pass day-use permits required on National Get Outdoors Day
Tonto Pass fee-free waivers will be in effect all day on Saturday, June 9.  The day is set aside as National Get Outdoors Day.  Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Tonto National Forest.  No Tonto Pass fees are required at day- use sites.  Camping and campground fees are not waived. During all other times, the Tonto Pass is required at more than 50 recreation sites including Salt and Verde River locations, boat launch ramps, swimming areas, day use areas and  campgrounds.  A list of Tonto Pass vendor locations is available at the Tonto National Forest website: or call the Tonto National Forest at: (602) 225-5200.

Clothing items not an option at Naked Yard Sale
The Riff-Raff Club will hold its annual Naked Yard Sale on Saturday, June 9 at 3971 N. Highway 87 next to Payson Concrete.  All new and quality used items will be on sale except for clothing items.  Funds raised assist the needy families in the Pine-Strawberry community.  Rifle Raffle tickets will also be for sale.

Payson Sprint Triathlon
The Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon will be held on Saturday, June 9 in honor of Cynthia Pool.  The event consists of a 50-yard swim, 15-mile bike ride and 5K run.  Check-in time at 5:45 a.m. at the Taylor Pool, 504 N. McLane Road.  Race start time at 6:45 a.m.  Race registration fee is $50 per adult and $75 per team; $10 late registration fee.  You must be age 15 by race day to register.  All pre-registered participants will receive a race shirt. No shirt guarantee with same day registration. Saturday morning packet pickup only. Participant medals for the first 150 who cross the finish line.  New route this year!  To register, stop by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive; or by phone: 474-5242; or e-mail:

Payson Farmer’s Market
Visit the Payson Farmer's Market this Saturday, June 9 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.

Bring your used tires to the Buckhead Mesa Landfill
The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will be accepting all used tires on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. until noon.  Tires must be less than four feet in diameter; limit ten tires per licensed driver.  The landfill is located north of Payson on Highway 87 across from the Tonto Natural Bridge.  For more information, call the landfill at: 476-3350.

Book signing at Oasis Christian Books and Gifts
Author and Pine resident Candy Marie Bridges will be at Oasis Christian Books and Gifts for a book signing on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Her memoir, “Meet Me in the Mountains” will be available for purchase.  Bridges’ inspirational book is also available at Moose Mountain and Pine Country Antiques and on  She will also be at a book signing during the Rim Area Garden Tour on Saturday, June 16.

Elks Lodge Fish Fry and Potluck
The Payson Elks Lodge #2154 fish fry and potluck is Saturday, June 9 at 5 p.m. for cocktails and dinner at 6 p.m.  The Elks Lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway on the southwest corner of Highway 87 and Airport Road.  On the menu: grilled salmon, grilled or baked halibut and fried black bass.  Please bring a large dish, salad or dessert to share.  The Payson Elks Jam Band will provide the entertainment from 3 to 6 p.m.  For more information, call: 474-2572 or e-mail:

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
The J. Powers Band, a five-piece group, will play  a mixed bag of R&B, blues, classic rock, soul, reggae, pop and Motown music on Saturday, June 9 from 7 to 9 a.m. at a special free outdoor concert at Green Valley Park.   

John Darst Jazz Trio at Payson Presbyterian Church
Hear guitar vocalist John Darst on Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Payson Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street.  His band plays an assortment of styles from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett,
Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Nat King Cole and many instrumental jazz greats. Joining him will be Bob Veltre on guitar, stand-up base man Chris Long, and Gerry Reynolds on drums.  $5 donation includes refreshments.  For more information, contact Reynolds by e-mail at: or by phone: (602) 619-3355.

Community Puppet Show
The First Southern Baptist Church on the corner of Bonita and Colcord will host a community puppet show on Sunday, June 10 at 6 p.m.  For more information, call Dolorus Soffers at: 474-6682.

Notice of Governing Board Meeting Saturday, June 9
Payson Unified School District #10

Pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.01, notice is hereby given to members of the Payson Unified School District #10 Governing Board and to the general public that the Payson Unified School District #10 Governing Board will hold a Special Board meeting, open to the public, on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. in the District Office Boardroom, 902 W. Main Street, Payson, AZ. 

The Governing Board reserves the right to move into executive session for legal advice with its attorneys for any item listed on the agenda, in person or by telephone, pursuant to A.R.S. §15-843 and 38-431.03(A)(3).

Members of the Governing Board will attend either in person or by telephone conference call.


Around the State
Don't miss Big Boss Lady and the Knuckleheads (a.k.a. the John Carpino Band) Saturday, June 9, for the street dance in downtown Williams, AZ as part of the Arizona State HOG Rally... we'll be opening for Whiskey rodeo and Mogollon and - bonus - we get to work with Ted and Ken from Prescott Pro Sound CO!  A big thanks to Cruiser's cafe 66 and Grand Canyon Brewery.
Our set starts at 11 AM.
Later, Saturday, June 9, catch John solo acoustic at Mother Road Brewery in Flagstaff for a benefit for the homeless shelters as Alpine Pedelar winds down their pub crawl and miniature golf tour of downtown - check these guys out - - too much fun! 
The music starts at 6:30.
(rumor has it Jessalyn Carpino and friends will join in on "Magic Bus")
THEN, Tuesday, June 12, John will be opening for Canadian Icon Guru Guitarist Sean Ashby at Sundara, downtown Flagstaff, 7:30 check him out


Looking Ahead

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.

Folk rock musician Sandy Hathaway at Mountain High Coffee Works
Listen to Sandy Hathaway sing and play guitar on Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway.  Hathaway has performed professionally for over 12 years. She has built her fan base through friendship with her audience and with many local artists in Arizona. Her modern style reflects influences of Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin, Gavin DeGraw’s earthy folk sound with Howie Day and Dar Williams’ lyrical ability.  For more information, call Mountain High Coffee Works at: 478-7166.

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.  Pick up an information brochure at Ace Hardware, Plant Fair Nursery, Postnet or Sweet Nostalgia.  Sponsored by the Rim Area Gardeners.

PATS hike
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.

 Turn of the Century Gala Affair benefits Payson Senior Center Bus Transportation
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.  RSVP by Tuesday, June 12.  For more information, call: 474-3912.

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