Around Rim Country


Schools observe half-day Wednesday

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day inservice day on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart.


Tonto Community Concert Association continues their annual concert series featuring the Harry James Orchestra, under the direction of trumpet virtuoso Fred Radke, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are included with the season ticket price of $80 which includes admission to this and the other four remaining concerts. Single concert tickets may also be purchased (subject to availability) at the door for $30. For subscriptions or other information, call (928) 474-6115.

Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. without serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch. Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day inservices and will operate on its regular schedule.

New Dialysis Center grand opening Thursday

A grand opening ceremony and open house for the new Rim Country Dialysis Center will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of the donor wall will be held at noon.

The Rim Country Dialysis Center is at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

The Mogollon Health Alliance, DaVita Renal Care Group and Rim Country Health and Retirement Community are hosting the festivities. There will be food, tours of the facility, information on the center and kidney dialysis, information about DaVita, brochures on donating and a chance to visit with the staff.

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

Water meeting in Pine

Zonge Engineering and Research Organization will present a slide show summary of the results of their geophysical subsurface survey of the Pine Valley area at the regular meeting of the Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District board at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Fire District Hall, 6198 W. Hardscrabble Mesa Rd in Pine.

This survey describes shallow and deep aquifers, and provides general spatial information for groundwater production potential.

Gila Community College board meeting Friday

The Gila Community College District Governing Board holds its next meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 via ITV on the Payson Campus at 201 Mud Springs Road in room 402.

The meeting is open to the public and an agenda may be obtained at the campus any day prior to Friday's meeting.

For more information, call the Gila County Community College in Payson at (928) 468-8039.

Habitat for Humanity application workshop

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) has opened the Longhorn Village Phase II Project application period for the two-story, three-bedroom condominiums through March 31.

Learn how to qualify and fill out the application by attending an application workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. All interested in applying can contact the PAHH office (928) 474-0330 or Lois English at (928) 468-8512.

Carpinos to perform Jan. 25-26 at casino

John and Lu Carpino will perform Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26 at the Apache Spirits Lounge in the Mazatzal Casino, just south of Payson. The music begins at 8 p.m. both nights. The duo will feature songs from John's recent CD releases, along with material from a CD to be available later this year. John Carpino has been voted "Best Local Musician" by Rim Country residents for an unprecedented 13 consecutive years.

Vendors wanted

The Payson Municipal Airport Aero Fair committee is soliciting vendors for the 2008 Aero Fair, which will be Saturday, May 17. This is an excellent opportunity for business owners and crafters to show the residents of Payson and the surrounding communities what you have to offer. Service organizations are encouraged to have a booth at the Aero Fair to provide information about your services and earn funds for your programs by selling food and beverages. All vendors must be approved by the Aero Fair committee. The fee for a vendor is only $30. There is no charge for service organizations.

For additional information and to sign up for the 2008 Aero Fair, contact Suzie Strickland at (928) 468-2468, e-mail

Fund-raiser Jan. 28 for New Beginnings

Gerardo's Italian Restaurant will be hosting a fund-raiser for New Beginnings Pregnancy Center From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. They will be providing a lunch buffet including drink and dessert for $15 per person. Pay at the door. All proceeds will go to New Beginnings Pregnancy Center. Be in and out or stay a while.

For more information, call 474-7466.

Bath and Beauty Fair

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a Bath and Beauty Fair will be presented by the Mogollon Health Alliance. Come and see the wonderful selection of bath and beauty products available at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 22 and 23.

Save up to 50 percent on exclusive bath and body products. Debit, checks, postdated checks and credit cards payment will be accepted. All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Eggs and Issues to host Kristin Mayes of ACC

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kristin Mayes will be the lead speaker at the Jan. 23 Eggs and Issues forum, sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and PREDC. The meeting will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Payson Public Library.

Mayes will be speaking on alternative energy sources and current public utility programs.

Prescription assistance for low-income patients

The "Help is Here Express" national bus tour will be in Payson from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility, 215 N. Beeline Highway, to help uninsured Arizonans find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free.

The "Help is Here Express" is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA). It is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly help low-income, uninsured or under-insured patients access more than 475 patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

When the "Help is Here Express" moves on, patients in need can visit PPA's easy-to-use Web site ( or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4PPA-NOW) where trained operators field calls in more than 150 languages.

Admission is free. Please bring a list of the prescriptions you are taking. For more information, contact Paul Layeux at (602) 955.2186.

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