Around Rim Country

Book fair at FES through March 4



Tom Brossart photo

Arizona wildflowers and Sedona landscapes will be the subject of two special photography workshops this spring. Gila Community College, with award-winning photographer/editor Tom Brossart, will be hosting these two workshops. Brossart is a photography instructor at the Gila Community College campus in Payson and an editor and photographer with the Payson Roundup. Each workshop will involve a two- to three-hour preplanning session, an onsite photo shoot and then a three-hour review after the photo shoot is completed. Anyone interested needs to register at Gila Community College, Payson Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or log on to

The Frontier Elementary School Scholastic Book Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through March 4, in the music room. There will be an evening at the book fair from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, which will also be the school’s Family Fun Night of the Art Extravaganza and Dinner. Dinner choices are Indian fry bread or hot dogs.

At the Book Fair, there are books for all ages, Accelerated Readers, books in Spanish, children’s classics, cookbooks and adult best sellers, plus a few audio books for children and adults. The book fair will also have CD games, science kits, journals, posters and wacky pens. For shopping convenience, cash, check or credit cards are all accepted.

For more information, call (928) 472-2052.

Free tax help offered through AARP

Free tax assistance and electronic filing, provided by AARP volunteers in Payson and Pine through April 15, is scheduled as follows: Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Beeline Highway, 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 Road, Payson: Thursday, March 5, March 19, April 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; First Baptist Church, 4039 N. Highway 87, Pine: Thursday, March 12, March 26, and 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 after 11 a.m.

Drop brush for free

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, Feb. 28 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, March 1, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Wilderness First Aid

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department will present the American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid certification course from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 1. This course teaches the skills needed to survive in an emergency medical situation until help is available, such as mountaineering, first aid administration in the wilderness, help signals, and dealing with weather conditions.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive Wilderness First Aid certification, valid for three years. While CPR certification is not required, it is highly recommended. Participants must be at least 15 years old by the second day of class.

Registration is open through Feb. 27. With a grant from the Red Cross, the fee has been reduced to $25. Limited space is still available, so register today. Please call Parks and Recreation with questions, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Hometown Country Radio Show

Mark your calendar for 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Black Box Studio at the Payson High School for the premiere of Hometown Country Radio Show featuring great comedy, music and fun.

Jim West has rounded up his friends to help, including Junction 87, Trouble in Paradise and Jinx Pyle. Ken Brooks will host the fun.

Kathleen Kelly is the writer and director. She believes a place for area students to take part in professional theater in Payson is needed. She has included the high school students in her past productions, and Saturday, three talented high school students will also perform. They are Zack Horsley, Aurora Sturlin and Kendra Huston. The proceeds will go to start a scholarship fund for the drama students at Payson High and to create a place for theater in Payson. The cast also includes Pam Barnes, Don Dozier, Doc Holiday, Jim Norman and Barbara Sturlin.

Tickets are $5 and available at KMOG or at the door of the Black Box Studio at Payson High.

Benefit concert

Dr. Victoria Harris will perform a piano concert to benefit Gila Community College students participating in an educational tour to London in May. There is no admission charge, but donations will be gladly accepted and applied toward students’ travel expenses.

Dr. Harris will perform works from Schumann, Haydn, Debussy, and Chopin. The concert will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 in Room 301 (the community room) at Gila Community College. Silent auction items will be available for bidding prior to the concert and during intermission. A brief reception with light refreshments will follow the performance.

Gifted testing set

Payson Unified School District is hosting open gifted testing the first week of March. If you are interested in having your student tested, please contact Marlene Armstrong at marmstro@pusd .com or (928) 474-4511.

NRA dinner

The Zane Grey Friends of NRA is hosting its annual dinner and auction at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Friends of NRA is an exciting, grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement, raises money and gives 100 percent of the net proceeds to qualified local, state and national programs with emphasis on local and state. More than $50,000 has come back to the Payson region from the group’s events.

Tickets are selling fast. For ticket reservations, please call Tallie at (928) 474-3630 or (928) 595-0546 or stop by the office of Hinshaw Associates, 1100 N. Beeline Highway, Ste. A.

Ed Blair is guest

Three Love Stories is the topic to be discussed by Ed Blair at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 1 at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness. The public is invited.

The PCSA is located at 107 W. Wade Lane, Suite 2. Blair is a retired Lutheran minister from Minnesota.

Free supper Mondays

Mountain Bible Church is providing free suppers on Monday nights.

The outreach is an effort to help those in need through these difficult financial times.

The community dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Building C of the church at 302 E. Rancho Road, and there are no strings attached.

Anyone interested in helping out with the dinner can call Jana at Mountain Bible, (928) 472-7800 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and noon Friday.

Edward Jones sponsors estate planning event

G. Scott Flake, an Edward Jones Financial advisor, is sponsoring “Planning Your Estate” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, 512 N. Beeline Highway. J. Grant Walker, estate attorney, is the featured guest.

For more information, call Cam at (928) 468-1470.

Dr. Seuss Family Night

The Payson Public Library will have its annual Dr. Seuss Family Reading Night Tuesday, March 3. There might not be green eggs and ham, but there will be hot dogs, chips, and punch for only $1 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. after the food, the mood of fun for everyone continues with stories and more.

K-5 recreation program

Register your child today for the second Payson Parks and Recreation Spring Break Recreation Program, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, March 9-12 for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Children will participate in inside and outside games and sports, build crafts, and have a daily snack all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants.

The cost is $30 per child and space is limited, so register today at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, extension 7.

First Friday fun

First Friday fun on Historic Main Street will have a March Madness theme Friday, March 6. Many of the merchants on West Main stay open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and feature such things as food, music, classic cars, artists, antiques, collectibles and more.

Special photo workshops

Arizona wildflowers and Sedona landscapes will be the subject of two special photography workshops this spring. Gila Community College, with award-winning photographer/editor Tom Brossart, will be hosting these two workshops. Brossart is a photography instructor at the Gila Community College campus in Payson and an editor and photographer with the Payson Roundup.

Each workshop will involve a two- to three-hour preplanning session, an onsite photo shoot and then a three-hour review after the photo shoot is completed.

The wildflower workshop starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 7 with a review of techniques, lens choices and other pre-shoot items. The group will travel to Lost Dutchman State Park for the photo shoot. Each participant in the workshop will get one-on-one help from the instructor.

A final review of all work will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 20. The workshops are designed for beginning and advanced photographers and will focus on composition, camera, use of lens and technique. Participants with SLR or DSLR cameras are given first priority. A point and shoot or rangefinder camera with macro capabilities will also be accepted.

The Sedona landscape photo workshop following the same schedule will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 18 with a preplanning session on landscape composition and equipment. The photo shoot will begin around 2 p.m. in the Sedona area, with a follow-up session beginning at 2 p.m. the following Friday, April 24, at the college.

Each workshop will cost $95 separately or participants can attend both workshops for $150. Attendance is limited to 12 photographers. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation and food. There is some trail hiking involved, so attendees need to be able to hike trails that are rated from easy to moderate.

Anyone interested needs to register at Gila Community College, Payson Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or log on to

Driver Safety Class set

AARP will hold a driver safety class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. This is an eight-hour classroom refresher for motorists ages 50 and older. AARP members’ cost for tuition and materials is $12, however, for the discounted rate, participants must have their current AARP membership card and a driver’s license with them. All other participants must pay $14. Only cash will be accepted.

Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount upon completion of the course. Bring a sack lunch. Enrollment is limited, so call Dave Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register or for more information.

Jewish celebration for Purim planned

The Rim Country Minyan will gather for a Purim celebration from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 8 at a private home in Payson. The festivities will include a humorous Purim play enacting the story of Queen Esther. For additional information, contact Naomi Mallinson, (928) 468-2212,

GCC spring break

Gila Community College will be closed for spring break from March 9 through March 14. All campuses — Gila Pueblo, San Carlos, and Payson — will be on break. Classes will resume Monday, March 16. Classes planned for Saturday, March 7 at the Gila Pueblo Campus will be held as scheduled.

It’s not just about books

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the Books Are Fun Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 10 and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Quality books and unique gifts including photo albums, stationery, music, and much more will be sold to the public at great discounts. 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.

Documentary presentation

The Payson chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will present the documentary, “Anyone and Everyone” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at the Payson Public Library. PFLAG is the sole sponsoring entity for this showing and is not endorsed by the Town of Payson.

“Anyone and Everyone” was produced by filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz, and depicts actual families from all walks of life (multi cultural, different religious backgrounds, and various generations) who share their intimate accounts of how they dealt with their child’s sexual orientation.

This film is especially important in view of the following statistics: 26 percent of gay teens are told they will have to leave home when they reveal their sexual orientation. Of the approximately 1.6 million homeless American youth, up to 40 percent identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (GLBT), and based on a Department of Health study of youth, 40 percent of GLBT students attempted suicide, compared to 10 percent of their heterosexual peers.

PFLAG Payson hopes this presentation will begin an open and honest dialogue with anyone concerned with these issues. Relevant educational information will be available. There is no charge for this presentation and all are welcome.

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.

Cypress, Boulders Loop hike planned March 14

Parks and Recreation hiking instructors will lead a free Payson Area Trails System (PATS) group hike on the Cypress and Boulders Loop Trail starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 14 at the Cypress Trail Access at the east end of Phoenix Street. Due to local construction that has closed parts of Phoenix Street, participants will need to use Mud Springs Road to Cedar and Sutton Roads to access the east end of Phoenix Street. The Cypress and Boulders Loop Trail route is a moderately difficult hike of approximately 5 miles roundtrip and participants should expect some elevation changes and loose granite. Wear stout hiking shoes and bring extra water. Dogs need to be on a leash or under control of their owners. Participants can register in advance at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or onsite the morning of the hike.


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