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Painting raffle to raise piano funds



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Jay Kemp will be the featured guest at the first meeting of 2009 for the Payson Art League. The meeting is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, west of Payson High School. The evening opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m.

A Baldwin baby grand piano has been donated to the Community Presbyterian Church for the ongoing series of jazz concerts, but now the Payson Friends of Jazz must raise funds to pay for expenses incurred in accepting the donation and purchases of necessary accessories, such as a bench and cover.

So the group is continuing to sell tickets for a raffle featuring a $1,200 painting by well-known artist Jay Kemp. The painting may be viewed at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, where tickets may also be purchased for $20 each (three for $50). Tickets are also available at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Attention, poetry lovers

Gila Community College in Payson is offering a spring semester poetry writing class (ENG 232) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This is a fun class in which students will discuss a wide variety of poets, as well as numerous poetic forms. The focus of the class will be the development of a student’s own poetic style and voice in imaginative and creative ways. Upon completion of the course, students will have compiled an artistic poetry portfolio containing some of their favorite poems, in addition to their own original poetry.

There is still time to register. For more information, contact Jim Quinlan at Gila Community College, (928) 468-8039, ext. 33.

Call to artists

Payson Art League is inviting all fine artists and fine crafts persons to join the popular ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour to be held May 1-3.

This is an anticipated annual event that allows the general public the opportunity to visit local art studios and see their favorite artists at work, ask questions, and purchase artworks directly from the artists. For studios that are not easily accessible, up to four artists grouping at one studio is accepted.

The deadline to register to participate is Jan. 20, and entry fee is $150 per artist for all three days. Please call Georgianne Smolensky at (928) 474-4293 to obtain an application and guidelines and/or to answer any questions.

Dove award winner performs Sunday

First Southern Baptist Church of Payson presents a concert with Christian singer, songwriter, musical evangelist and Dove award-winner Wade Hammond at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 18. The church is located at the corner of West Bonita and South Colcord Road.

Trusts, wills are topic

The Payson Regional Medical Center Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will have a forum on trusts and wills from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19. Bill Backes will present the program.

For more information and reservations, call the Senior Circle, (928) 472-9290.

January blood drives

Community Blood Drives are planned in January, including:

• 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.

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

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.

Early childhood services forum set

The First Things First Gila Regional Partnership Council will have a public forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22 at the Hayden Town Council chambers for community input and feedback on the use of a $438,714 grant for early childhood services.

For more information, contact Eva Cook at (928) 425-8172.

Register for 4-H by Tuesday

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).

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

History writing workshop scheduled

Beginning and experienced writers can explore history writing at a workshop Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. Sponsored by Arizona Press Women, the program is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and features three speakers and is open to the public. Participants will learn how to write and publish history books, historical fiction, articles and family histories.

A contribution of $10 is requested, which includes light refreshments. Reserve a seat by Jan. 23 by calling Arizona Press Women at (928) 472-7132 or (928) 468-9269; reservations can also be made by e-mail to Seating is limited.

Jayne Peace-Pyle, an award-winning author of more than 10 history books, editor and historian, is a fifth-generation descendent of Gila County pioneer ranching families. She finds it rewarding to preserve her Arizona cultural heritage and says that a history writer is part explorer, detective and storyteller. She will speak about how to write and publish history books. Co-founder of Git A Rope Publishing, Inc. with husband Jinx Pyle, she also edits and publishes history books by other authors. The Payson pair was named Arizona CultureKeepers in 2005 and Jayne is nominated for the Sharlot Hall Award this year.

Payson journalist Gail Hearne’s topic will be “Capturing a Footprint in Time” and focuses on writing historical articles for newspapers and magazines. Her articles about people, places and events in Arizona history have appeared in numerous publications.

Kay Keplinger, president of the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society, will offer research tips and talk about using her organization’s research resources.

Arizona Press Women is a non-profit organization that presents educational programs to help writers.

Hashknife party, ride

The annual Chamber Mixer for the Hashknife Pony Express riders is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23 at the Buffalo Bar & Grill, at the corner of E. Bonita Street and Beeline. The fee is $3 for chamber members and $5 for non-members.

The 51st re-enactment of the Pony Express will be in Payson at about 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28. Special Hashknife Pony Express letter/envelopes are available at the Payson Post Office for $1 until Jan. 26. Fill it out, stamp it and return it to the post office by Jan. 26 for a special 2009 Hashknife Pony Express cancellation stamp.

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.

LFOP Bookstore having January overstock sale

During the month of January, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring an overstock sale on works by Mary Higgins Clark, Jeffrey Deaver, Danielle Steele, Patricia Cornwell and Barbara Taylor Bradford. All hardback and paperback books by these authors are being offered as a 2 for 1 special. As always, the second item must be of equal or lesser value than the first.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on these outstanding authors. Take advantage of this offer to ensure that you have plenty of reading material for the cold months of winter yet to come. What better way to spend those frosty days than curled up with good book and something warm to drink! 

The bookstore has recently been deluged with high-quality donations. Volunteers will be placing these books on the shelves as quickly as possible.

The 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 LFOP Web site:


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