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A new benefit for the Payson Humane Society — Payson Pet-A-Palooza pet fair and adopt-a-thon — will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Payson Safeway. There will be music, food and fun for the whole family, including contests for pets (which must be vaccinated and well behaved). There will be demonstrations by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office K9 dogs, assistance dogs, dog training, pet grooming and 4-H. Venture Crew 7354 is serving food and there will be a leash-less play area, crafts, art and many pet supply vendors, plus a petting zoo.

Formal dress and generous hearts are the rule for the upcoming Black & White Ball.

The Mogollon Health Alliance will present the formal charity event Jan. 24 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Doors open at 5 p.m. The cost is $1,200 per table or $175 per person. Proceeds allow the MHA to help patients of the DaVita Rim Country Dialysis Center with a variety of expenses.

Sonoran Swing will once again provide the music for the evening, with special vocal performances by Gary Cordell and Mary Gilbert.

For more information on donating or purchasing tickets, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Fudge, salsa on sale

Fudge and salsa are back at a huge reduction in price as an apology for the cancellation of the December visit due to weather. A large selection of the Salsa King’s award-winning salsa and some of America’s best fudge will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby.

Fudge flavors include chocolate, walnut bark, cinnamon nuts, sweet roasted nuts and lots more. Salsa flavors include garlic passion, just peachy pineapple and chipotle black bean and corn — to name a few.

Proceeds will benefit the many programs and scholarships available through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Payson schools on half-day schedule Jan. 14

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Jan. 14.

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, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

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

January blood drives

Community Blood Drives are planned at several locations on a number of different days during January:

• Jan. 18: Mazatzal Casino Bingo Room, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Donors at the Mazatzal Casino will get a coupon for a pint of ice cream from Scoops Ice Cream in Payson.

• Jan. 20: First Baptist Church in Pine, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All donors in January will get a voucher for the FBR Open in Scottsdale.

Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 16 years old.  Additional height/weight restrictions apply for donors ages 16 to 22.  For donor eligibility questions, call 480-675-5497. Call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServices today to make your appointment to donate blood.

Trumpet concert Jan. 18

Nationally recognized trumpeter Joel Finnesgard will be in concert at Crossroads Foursquare Gospel Church, 114 E Cedar Lane at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 18. His music includes a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary praise and worship songs in an easy listening style. He has recorded six albums and has had over 700 concerts. 

Rim Country residents are invited to visit the church for this program and “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet,” Psalm 150:3.

Church plans concert

The Rim Valley Church of God, 208 S. McLane Road, will host a free concert by Larry Ahlborn at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18. Ahlborn is a vocalist and pianist. He has a mellow, tenor voice with a down-home style that will relax, bring back and create happy memories.

For more information, call (928) 474-5449. The church is located on the west side of the high school.

4-H registration set

Rim Country young people, ages 9 to 19, who want to raise a 4-H market animal need to register their project by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20. Market animals include swine, steers, goats and lambs.

Enrollment forms can be found online at or at area University of Arizona Cooperative Extension offices. The Extension office in Payson is at 107 W. Frontier St., Suite B (in the county courthouse complex). The office in Globe is at 5515 S. Apache Ave., Suite 600 in Central Heights.

For additional details, contact Lani Hall, 4-H Youth Development Agent, at (928) 595-0655 or e-mail her at Information is also available at

Childhood development topic of Jan. 21 meeting

The Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First) staff would like to invite your participation in an informational meeting about the funding process for First Things First.

The informational meeting will focus on the most common funding mechanism that First Things First will utilize known as the Request for Grant Application (RFGA) process. Please join us for a meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Gila Community College Room 402.

For more information, please email, ecook@ or, or call Beverly Russell, Eva Cook or Mary Courvoisier at (928) 425-8172.

Hashknife Pony Express mixer is Jan. 23

The annual Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce mixer for the Hashknife Pony Express riders will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Bar & Grill at the corner of Highway 87 and East Bonita St. The cost is $3 for chamber members and $5 for nonmembers. Entertainment will be provided by Junction 87 following the mixer.

The annual Pony Express re-enactment ride is set to come into Payson around 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28. To learn more, call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

January sale

The American Legion Thrift Store is having a super sale all dur-ing January. All shoes, sweaters and sweats are only 50 cents each, or buy three for $1. The thrift store is downstairs at the Legion Hall, 709 E. Highway 260.

GED testing

Dr. Linda O’Dell, Gila County Superintendent of Schools, announces the following GED testing dates in Payson: Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16. Seating is limited. The cost for the complete test is $65; retakes are $10 per test. Those taking the test must be pre-registered at the County School Superintendent’s Office, 719 S. Beeline Highway in Payson. Office hours are 8 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday, other times by appointment. For more information, call (928) 472-5373.

Free CPR class set

The Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will have a free “Family & Friends” CPR class Thursday, Jan. 29. Please call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information.

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.


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