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Business Showcase registration

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Business Showcase and Market Place will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 21 at the Payson High School gymnasium. The theme of this year’s event is “Team Up to Succeed.”

The showcase provides businesses with the opportunity to show off their products — and this year, to sell their products. Both inside and outside, vendors will display and sell goods and services. Food vendors will be available.

There will be a Chamber mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 20 at the Majestic Mountain Inn where participants can networking and get ready for this first exhibition of the year. The price of the mixer is $3 for members and $5 for others. Proceeds will go to the Friends of Parks & Rec to help keep open athletic programs in Payson.

Prizes will be given for the Best Inside Booth, Best Outside Booth, Best Themed Booth and the Viewer’s Choice Booth. All booths will have raffle prizes to give away.

Prior sponsors and exhibitors have preference in registration and placement until Feb. 6, and then other chamber members and businesses may apply.

Priority will be given to chamber members, but nonmembers will receive a one-year chamber membership if they are accepted.

For information, please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Nifty Fifty sale

The American Legion Thrift Store, located downstairs at the Legion Hall, 709 E. Hwy. 260, will be having a Nifty Fifty Sale through Feb. 7. Buy one item and get one of equal value free. There is also a “man cave” in which to shop. This month all belts are a quarter. Men’s suits are $2.50 and men’s sport coats are only $1. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

Scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will have a scrub sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5.

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.

Book signings

Shirley Brill will share her new children’s book “The Traveling Tumbleweed” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline, Payson and Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd., Payson.

Roberta “Punk” Madaras will share her new children’s book, “Piney V’s Discoveries at the Bark Park” at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, 6124 N. Randall Place, Pine.

See’s Valentine’s sale

Valentine’s candy from See’s will be available beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at both Bashas’ and Safeway. The sale of See’s Candy is a major fund-raiser for the local Soroptimist club. Special orders can be taken, there will be a variety of one-pound boxes and there is also a special $5 Valentine box.

The cost of the candy is what it sells for in the Valley, minus tax and delivery charges.

Please help the club provide funds for a variety of local projects including Time Out, Inc., Payson Community Kids, Arizonans for Children, Rim Country Literacy Program and financial awards to local women.

Recital planned

The music students of Alana Wallace will have their annual concert at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at First Southern Baptist Church, located at the corner of Bonita and Colcord. Both pianists and vocalists will exhibit their progress over the past year.

Discard old TVs for free

Gila County Recycling and Landfill Management will have a free day at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill to discard television sets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. You may drop off your old TV at the bin located at the landfill for no charge and the landfill employees will collect and haul the sets to an electronics recycler in Phoenix. There is a limit of two (2) sets per person. Computers, monitors and printers may also be dropped off for recycling. For additional information, you may call the Buckhead Mesa scale house at (928) 476-3350

Jazz concert Feb. 8

Pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts and vocalist Renee Patrick will once again be part of the Payson jazz scene when they present a concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. During this performance, a new piano will be dedicated, marking the conclusion of the fund-raising campaign that brought a beautiful Baldwin baby grand piano to the church. As a final activity, a raffle drawing will also be held for a Jay Kemp painting. The painting may be viewed at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. Tickets for the drawing are $20 each, three for $50 and are on sale at the chamber and at the office of the Community Presbyterian Church. While this event is free to the public, a $5 donation at the door helps to assure that professionals, like Ms. Roberts and Ms. Patrick, continue to be heard at the church. For seating and information, contact Gerry Reynolds

Half-day at schools

The Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Feb 11. 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 12:35 p.m. Payson for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

$6 jewelry sale

Once again the Mogollon Health Alliance is hosting a $6 jewelry sale — just in time for Valentine ’s Day. A wonderful selection of $6 jewelry, watches, and accessories for men, women, and children will be available at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10-11. The sale will be provided by ELLE’S Fundraising. Proceeds will benefit the many programs and scholarships available to the community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Folk concert planned

The Woods Tea Company, an acoustic group that performs fiery Celtic tunes, bluegrass, sea shanties, and American folk songs with ease and skill, brings its unique sound to the Rim Country with a performance Feb. 12. The performance is part of the Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) 2008-2009 season. The concert is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Payson High School auditorium. The group will also present a program for students at 10 a.m.

Outdoor survival skills class for children

Want you child to know what to do in the woods? You can register your first- through third-grade students for a 2-hour class on age appropriate outdoor survival skills, including basic orienteering, leaving sign in the woods, outdoor clothing and planning ahead.

The program will be Wednesday, Feb. 11, which is a half-day at school, at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. The fee is $5 per student.

Participants can register online at, or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. For more information, please call (928) 474-5242 ext. 358.

Puppet group organizing

The Payson Public Library is putting together a Junior Puppeteer Troup. The first meeting will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13. Children ages 6 and up will perform weekly shows Friday for friends and family – a perfect way to kick start the weekend. Easy to learn scripts and a variety of puppets will inspire great drama and terrific fun. Please sign-up in the children’s room or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260.

Valentine’s gala set for Humane Society

People who love people and people who love animals will have a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Rim Country this year — the Payson Humane Society is holding a gala “Evening in Paris” dinner and dance at Mazatzal Casino at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14.

“If you’re in love, it’s the only place to be,” Shelter Director Ellie Watson said. “This is the Valentine’s Day event to end all Valentine’s Day events.”

Highlights of the evening include a French-inspired gourmet dinner; live music by the Payson Jazz Trio with vocalist John Landino; a French boulevard for strolling; working artists; an exhibit of original animal art; a flower cart with roses for that special person; a photo studio; a parade of unique designer fashions; and special silent and live auction items. Last-minute Valentine shoppers can buy gifts of flowers, pose for photos, and bid on romantic silent auction gift packages.

Attendees can choose from two entrée choices: Filet Mignon with Mushroom Sauce or Salmon Filet au Buerre Blanc. Besides a special selection of appetizers prepared by Chef Rick, the menu includes a salad of baby field greens, Roquefort, walnuts and red wine vinaigrette; creamy scalloped potatoes; French green beans with butter and garlic; and individual French baguettes. Dessert will be crème brulée with fresh raspberry garnish.

The event honors the life of Mike Rokoff, an artist, animal-lover, humanitarian, and a genuinely good human being who loved life and Paris, where he lived for several years. Rokoff designed the Humane Society logo and the Paws in the Park logo.

All proceeds from the event will be used to help build the new animal shelter so desperately needed in the Rim Country. The Payson Humane Society is a 501(c)3 organization, so all donations are tax-deductible.

Cost per ticket is $135 or $1,000 for a table of eight, and tickets are available at the shelter, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Myra’s Gallery in Pine. Only 300 tickets will be sold.

Payson Relay for Life Kickoff announced

Come to the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 to learn about the upcoming Relay for Life. Those interested in becoming a team are encouraged to attend. This is an informational start up meeting for all area residents planning to participate in the June Payson Relay for Life.

Customer appreciation at library bookstore

During the month of February the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring Customer Appreciation Days. In order to thank customers for their patronage, all bookstore items will be on sale at two for the price of one. This sale includes videos, DVDs, hardback books, puzzles, records and paperback books. The only exclusions are collectible books and magazines. Customers are welcome to mix and match items.

Due to a recent influx of great donations, this sale is a golden opportunity to indulge in great material. Among some of the bookstore’s more unique offerings: videos on travel, nature, music, ballet and ice skating, all of which will be offered at two for one dollar.

Terri Morris, library director, is in the process of donating many vintage books from her private collection. As she brings these books in, they are researched and priced by the Friends’ Internet sales team and then placed in the bookstore. Morris’ contribution is a wonderful chance for collectors to acquire McGuffey readers, classic children’s titles, vintage cookbooks, etc. This special collection must be seen to be appreciated. Stop by soon for the best selection.

LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at

Taste of Rim Country seeking chefs

Once again, the Library Friends of Payson will bring A Taste of Rim Country to the community. The event will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at the Payson Public Library. The evening will feature a wine tasting and an opportunity to sample the wares of the best chefs in the Rim Country.

Any chef interested in participating should call Bessie Tucker at (928) 474-9260 for details.

1989 graduates wanted

The Payson High School Class of 1989 will have its 20-year reunion

June 19-20, 2009. The organizing committee is looking for all graduates from 1989. Please contact Stacy (Galusha) Larson at or on Facebook.

Free tax help

Free tax assistance and electronic filing, provided by AARP Volunteers in Payson and Pine through April 15, 2009 is scheduled as follows:

Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road & Beeline Hwy., Payson: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gila Community College, Mud Springs Rd., Payson: Thursday, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 4039 N. Hwy. 87, Pine: Thursday, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To take advantage of the service, you must bring photo identification; a Social Security Card for all persons claimed on the return, last year’s tax return, 2008 tax documents, the record of real estate taxes actually paid in 2008 and Notice 1378, which reflects your economic stimulus payment.

An appointment is not necessary, however if you would like information or need an appointment, you may call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229. Appointments will not be taken before 11 a.m.

AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. The free service is provided to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

Computers needed by tax program

The AARP Tax-Aide program is in need of computers for it free tax preparation program. Computers with at least a XPU of 800 MHz, 512 MB of memory and 20 GB of hard drive are needed.

The AARP Foundation will issue a receipt for donations with the fair market value of the computer. The contribution may be tax deductible under federal and state laws. The AARP Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization.

By donating a computer, you are helping highly committed and trained volunteers that provide a needed service to the community. Please call (928) 472-7588 to talk to a volunteer.

Community forum on mental health March 11

Cenpatico Behavioral Health of Arizona (Cenpatico) is inviting Payson and surrounding communities to attend their community forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Cenpatico encourages those community leaders, advocates, providers, consumers and general public who are interested in mental health issues to attend. Cenpatico will answer any questions or concerns. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.


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