Around Rim Country



Annual Christmas pageant planned

The annual Christmas pageant presented by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is just around the corner.

This year, the program is the “Spirit of Christmas” — a contemporary Christmas program presented free to the community at the high school auditorium. Guests attending are asked to bring a can of food or nonperishable food item for a donation to the local food bank.

The pageant will include old carols, a Nativity scene and more featuring local talent from the area’s many churches. It is estimated about 100 people will be involved in the full production.

Performances are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7.

Pie bake-off Nov. 19

The insurance professionals at Crabdree Insurance and Financial Services will host a bake-off from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at their office, 111 W. Cedar Lane, Suite A.

Admission is a donation to Payson Community Kids, Payson Supply Line or St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Please come and vote for your favorite pie.

Most schools observe half-day schedule Nov. 19

The Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:30 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

Cottey College visits PHS

A representative from Missouri’s Cottey College will be at Payson High School, Wednesday, Nov. 19 to meet with freshman through senior girls. Owned by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization of women helping other women achieve an education, Cottey is a two-year liberal arts college for women. It is recognized for its academic and leadership training and its 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

Included in tuition is an international trip for all second-year students.

P.E.O. chapters offer scholarships for young women from Arizona to attend Cottey, as well as assistance for prospective students to visit the campus.

P.E.O. chapters also provide financial assistance with grants for women in need who are returning to college after an interruption of at least two years; loans for women within six to 24 months of completing a college course of study; scholarships for women from foreign countries to attend graduate school in the U.S.; substantial awards for women who are pursuing advanced degrees or graduate research.

For more information about Cottey College and the upcoming visit or other P.E.O. programs, contact P.E.O. Chapter DF of Payson, (928) 472-2230.

Small business forum

The forum Guerrilla Tactics in Tough Economic Times” will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Payson High School auditorium. Speakers from Arizona Small Business Development will discuss survival in these rough financial times. Bring business cards or brochures to share.

Focus group set on Alzheimer’s needs

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and it is estimated that there are nearly 2,000 Gila County residents living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is launching an effort to make a difference for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The grant will be used to increase and enhance its services by conducting focus groups to identify a priority of needs for Alzheimer’s support services.

A focus group to assess the needs of Alzheimer’s patients will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Payson Public Library.

At the end of the assessment stage, the goal is to involve the state Alzheimer’s Association to expand programming to meet both current and future needs of Alzheimer’s patients.

Anyone interested in participating in a focus group should contact Carol Wilson at (520) 836-2758.

Scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a scrub sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20. Come check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories, and more. Look for “Scrub Bucks” around town and receive a discount.

Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Benefit wreath sale helps horses, forests

Order a wreath to support New Hope PMU Equine Rescue. Orders will be taken through Nov. 29.

Delivery, free of charge, will be made between Dec. 8 and Dec. 12.

For more information or to place an order, call Marga at (928) 970-3764, or Denise at (928) 468-1359 or (928) 595-2242. Additional details can be found on the Web site, www.

Each wreath, made with fresh evergreen boughs from Minnesota, comes with a hanger; and for each purchase, a tree will be planted.

College hosting student art show and sale

Students from Gila Community College work for several months to complete many diverse art pieces. This year the exhibit of the students’ work is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21 and will include: jewelry, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, quilting, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, photography and Photoshop-enhanced images.

The exhibit is at the Payson campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Mazatzal Casino arts, crafts fair set

Come do your Christmas shopping from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Mazatzal Casino facilities.

Guests can find mason jar and western-themed lamps, jewelry featuring everything from crystals to copper, Native American jewelry, quilts, embroidery work, pillows, woodworking galore and more.

Register now for AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety class will be held from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday Dec. 1 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. This is an eight-hour classroom refresher for motorists aged 50 and older who have years of driving experience. It is not necessary to be a member of AARP to participate. There will be a $10 fee for materials. Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount. Bring a sack lunch and your driver’s license Enrollment is limited, so call Jim Serfling at 472-6372 to register or for more information.


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