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Gingerbread house party Wednesday



Teresa McQuerrey/Roundup

The Salvation Army Angel Tree at National Bank of Arizona, located at the corner of Beeline and West Main, still has tags waiting to be claimed. Gifts will be accepted until Dec. 22. Don’t let youngsters in the community be without a Christmas present this year, claim your tag this week and return the gifts by Monday. The bank also has a drop box set up for the Payson Humane Society. Drop off cash donations, gift cards and pet supplies by Dec. 22.

The Crossroads Foursquare Church is holding a special event for all ages — a gingerbread house construction party.

Families, friends and individuals are invited to come decorate a full-sized gingerbread house with all kinds of fun, edible goodies at the church, 114 E. Cedar Lane from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17.

All supplies are provided for just $10 per house. Refreshments will be served, too.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (928) 474-2602 for details and to reserve your space.

Forest Park luminarias on display Saturday

The Forest Park Homeowners Association will have its annual luminarias display beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20.

The association members will be accepting nonperishable food and cash donations to be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Free cookies will be provided to those stopping to make donations.

Youngsters have Christmas program

The children of Payson First Assembly of God Church invite the public to attend their Christmas presentation of “The Mystery of the Manger.” The story is about an investigative reporter who is seeking “the facts, just the facts” about the true story of Christmas.

This special Christmas service begins at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (next to Green Valley Park).

Gifts and books available at PRMC

The Mogollon Health Alliance will offer hundreds of new books and gifts at its Books Are Fun Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 23 in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby. Quality books and unique gifts, including photo albums, stationery, music and much more will be sold at great discounts. Purchases can be made by VISA, MC, Discover, AMEX, checks, and post-dated checks.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Benefit candle sale

Gold Canyon Candles are now offered at Safeway as a benefit to the Payson Humane Society. This brand of candle is known for superior wax and fragrance blends, and unique double wicks, which allow candles to burn stronger, longer and more evenly. The cost is less than what is available online, and proceeds benefit the Payson Humane Society. For more information, call (928) 472-4661.

Santa’s mailbox

A Santa’s mailbox is located in front of the Parks and Recreation Office in Green Valley Park. Santa is collecting the letters and responding to as many as he gets.

Gallery offers free demonstrations

Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery, 408 W. Main St., will offer demonstrations showing how the artists create their work.

On that day, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the first artist to be featured will be renowned Western painter Donn Morris.

Morris utilizes drawings, oils, acrylics and watercolors to create his beautiful pieces of art. “Until I retired, I was a teacher who painted; now I am a painter who teaches. I hope that my work captures my interest in people, their place, their hopes, their memories, their work, their play and their lives,” Morris said.

The Gallery is planning a different demonstration on the second Wednesday of each month.

Burritos and fry bread on sale Dec. 19-20

The Rim Valley Church of God, 208 S. McLane Road, will have a fund-raiser Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20. In time for your Christmas dinner, they will sell burritos and Indian fry bread by Chema’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Delivery of large orders will be available to the Payson area for an additional charge.

To place your order, please call Jan Buttram at 474-5449.

The church is located to the west of Payson High School.

Book signing Dec. 20

Roberta “Punk” Madaras, a Payson resident since 1982, is a first-time author with her children’s book “Piney V’s Discoveries at the Bark Park.”

Punk observed that the lessons her dog needed to learn to get along with other dogs at the Off Leash Dog Park are closely related to social skills children must learn for successful interaction with their peers.

Punk and illustrator Jean Ramsey will host a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Payson Public Library.

Christmas Eve service

The members and friends of the First Baptist Church in Pine invite the public to join them for Christmas Eve services at the church at 4039 N. Hwy. 87, Pine. There will be two services: one from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a second from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There will be carols, a candle-lighting ceremony and worship service.

Pet-a-Palooza seeks vendors to benefit PHS

Safeway will host Payson Pet-a-Palooza on Jan 24. This is a great opportunity to promote your pet related products or services (no breeders please).

Booths require a $25-$40 donation to the Payson Humane Society. Donations of pet related items, event sponsors and pet professionals willing to provide demonstrations or question and answer clinics throughout the day are also needed.

Please call Lynne (928) 472-4661 or e-mail

Lip Sync contestants wanted for Feb. 21 event

A Lip Sync Contest will be held Feb. 21 in the Payson High School Auditorium. The contest is open to all high school students from Payson and surrounding communities, including home-schooled students.

Prizes will be gift cards totaling $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Contest rules are available at Payson High School (Drama Club, STUGO, Main Office), Payson Center for Success, Payson Community Christian School and Payson Education Center.

The evening will also include a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction featuring a wide variety of items for all ages. Donations of auctions items or scholarship donations will be welcomed.

The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Payson High School Drama Club, Rim Country Optimists and Rotary Club. All proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for continuing education. For more information, call Joan Young at 472-2264.

New multimedia computer class

Michael Rose, instructor, is teaching an exciting new computer course at Gila Community College called Multimedia. With this course, the student can learn software programs that are favorites among graphic designers. Create effects that can give dazzling results with web design, professional ads or just for fun with interactive animation.

Class starts Jan. 7, and will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., Thursdays.

To register, go directly to GCC’s Payson Campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or log on to

Adult education classes

Adult education classes are offered in Payson through the office of Gila County Superintendent of Schools.

Classes are free and are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 112 W. Cedar Lane. The classes will include: basic education, GED preparation, distance learning opportunities, and computer-assisted learning, covering all subject areas. 

For more information about the Gila County Adult Education Program, please contact Leslie Owen at (928) 472-5374.

Water cleanup group organizing

A watershed group for the Tonto/Christopher Creek Basin is being formed by Rev. Larry Fultz, executive director of Tonto Rim Christian Camp.

Those who would be interested in joining to clean up the impaired waters of Tonto and Christopher creeks are invited to call Rev. Fultz at (928) 478-4630. An organizational meeting will be held in March 2009.

Preserving memories

Brenda Martell is teaching a scrapbooking class this spring at Gila Community College.

Students will be introduced to methods and techniques of modern scrapbooking. Learn how to develop a theme, create page quality layouts, select the correct paper, crop photos, journal, use stamps, practice embossing methods, generate computer images, and use text and templates.

Individuals will be able to take cherished photos and items to create a pictorial history to be preserved for posterity.

Join Brenda Martell in Art 153 Scrapbooking from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., Thursdays, starting Jan. 7, 2009. To register, go directly to the GCC’s Payson Campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or register online at

Volunteer opportunities

Time Out Thrift Shop

Time Out Thrift Shop needs two shop volunteers. Must be drug- and alcohol-free. Please call (928) 474-3989 or come to the shop at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across from Wendy’s. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit Time Out, Inc.

Tax-Aide program

Payson AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers for computer preparation of Form(s) 1040 for tax year 2008. Requirements are: knowledge of preparing a tax return and using a computer, commitment of four hours per week from Feb. 1 through April 15, and attendance at a training class for one week starting Jan. 19 on both Federal and State tax returns. Call (928) 472-6229 for more information.

Pregnancy center

New Beginnings Pregnancy Center needs volunteers. Training will be provided. Call Michele DeRouin at (928) 978-0164 for details.

Investment Talk

Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, located at 512 N. Beeline Highway in Payson.

The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in roundtable discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other investments and hot topics. It is an opportunity to learn from one another and exchange ideas on a variety of issues about how individual investors can help make their money grow and build wealth over time, as well as have fun.

Call (928) 468-1470 for more information.


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