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Sonoran Swing will provide a big band sound and more for the dancing and entertainment pleasure of guests at the annual Mogollon Health Alliance Black & White Ball to be held Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Mazatzal Casino event center.

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.

Annual Black & White Ball is Saturday

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.

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 bcbrown2@theriver.com. 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.

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.

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 nonmembers.

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.

Thrift shop sale 

Take “Time Out 2 Shop” at your favorite thrift store Jan. 22, 23 and 24 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) where everything will be at least 50 percent off. The Time Out Shelter’s thrift shop is at 500 S. Beeline Hwy. (across from Wendy’s). The store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the phone number is (928) 474-3989. The donation gate hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All profits from the shop support Time Out, Inc., its domestic violence programs and services.

The Domestic Violence Hotline number is (928) 472-8007.

Dump the drugs

The Community Prevention Council is hosting a community event to help curb illegal drug abuse by properly helping people dispose of unwanted prescriptions. The event, called Dump the Drugs, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Sawmill Plaza by the Apothecary Pharmacy (watch for the signs).

This organized, community effort will properly dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs to minimize illegal usage. 

According to Debra Shewey of the Community Prevention Council, “This is a great time to clean out your cupboards and medicine cabinets to get rid of those old outdated and unwanted drugs. Proper disposal keeps our water supplies cleaner and helps prevent dangerous prescriptions from falling into the hands of youths and people suffering from addictions.”

Call Debra Shewey for more information at (928) 595-1199.

Learn about lung care

The Payson Regional Medical Center Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, presents Lunch & Learn at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27. The Senior Circle’s guest speaker, Dr. Terence Rousseau, will talk about lung care. For more information and to reserve a seat, call (928) 472-9290.

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department will be holding a free Family & Friends CPR class Thursday, Jan. 29. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information and to register. MHA pays for the class.

Bible talks

Bible talks focused on the life of Jesus and his teachings and their application to life today begin Wednesday, Jan. 21 and continue each Wednesday through February. The talks are presented simply and no collections are taken. These Bible talks are being held at the Mogollon Health Alliance activity center, 308 E. Aero Dr., from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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.

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.

As televisions are being replaced due to the change over to digital signal, the landfill is giving this opportunity to discard your old set. You may drop off your old TV at the bin located at the landfill for no charge on Feb. 7 and the landfill employees will collect and haul the sets to an electronics recycler in Phoenix. There is a limit of two (2) television sets per individual.

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.

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