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The Woods Tea Co. will be the guests at the next program in the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2008-2009 series. The group is noted for the variety of folk tunes and instruments it presents in its concerts. The program is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12.

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien will have two public meetings Wednesday to discuss the potential impact of the proposed state budget cuts to K-12 education in Payson. The meetings will be at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Payson High School auditorium. These meetings will be for employees, parents and the general public.

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.

Coffee with CASA

Coffee with CASA will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30 at the office of State Farm agent Deborah Barber, 902 S. Beeline Highway.

The public is invited to join the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for an open house with free Fireside Espresso coffee and treats to learn more about volunteering with CASA.

Urban Mountain Biking

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is offering an urban mountain biking class at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 31. It will start at Rumsey Park, Ramada 1 and go through areas of Payson which encompass sections of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS), including paved areas for a less-challenging ride.

This is a perfect beginner class for those who have a mountain bike, but aren’t quite sure how to use it. Topics to be covered include basic bike maintenance, safety and riding techniques.

Class cost is $15, and advance registration is required. Register online at or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. Participants need to bring their own mountain bike and helmet.

For more information, contact the Parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

King Arthur Flour baking classes

King Arthur Flour will present free baking classes in Arizona at the end of the month. The first class at each presentation will be on sweet and savory yeast breads; the second class will be on festive cookies and pies.

Classes will be Jan. 28 in Flagstaff at the Little America Hotel, 2515 E. Butler Ave. at noon and 7 p.m.; Glendale at Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Dr., at noon and 7 p.m.; Mesa at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 1600 S. Country Club Dr., noon and 7 p.m.; and Tucson at Radisson Suites Hotel, Tucson Airport, 7051 S. Tucson Blvd., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

No registration is required, but for more information, call 800-827-6836 or go online to

International choir performs free concert

A free concert by the internationally known Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda will be presented at Tonto Rim Christian Camp at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2. Tonto Rim Christian Camp is located by Kohl’s Ranch on the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery Road.

This will be a once in a lifetime event. For detailed directions or questions, call (928) 478-4630.

Register for Business Showcase by Feb. 6

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.

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.

  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  

Outdoor survival skills class for children

Want your 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 signs 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.

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 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) 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.

Refreshments will be served.

For seating and information, contact Gerry Reynolds

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. During the show, they use as many as a dozen different instruments, including banjos and bouzoukis, guitars and bodhrans, and traditional tin whistles.

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.

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.

Lip Sync entries wanted

A Lip Sync Contest will be held Feb. 21 in the Payson High School Auditorium. The contest is open to all high school students from Payson and surrounding communities, including home-schooled students.

Prizes will be gift cards totaling $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Contest rules are available at Payson High School (Drama Club, STUGO, Main Office), Payson Center for Success, Payson Community Christian School and Payson Education Center.

The evening will also include a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction featuring a wide variety of items for all ages. Donations of auctions items or scholarship donations will be welcomed.

The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Payson High School Drama Club, Rim Country Optimists and Rotary Club. All proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for continuing education.

For more information, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

ecital 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.

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.

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.

Volunteer opportunities

Time Out Thrift Shop

Time Out Thrift Shop needs two shop volunteers. Must be drug- and alcohol-free. Please call (928) 474-3989 or come to the shop at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across from Wendy’s. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit Time Out, Inc.

Pregnancy center

New Beginnings Pregnancy Center needs volunteers. Training will be provided. Call Michele DeRouin at (928) 978-0164 for details.

GED testing

Dr. Linda O’Dell, Gila County Superintendent of Schools, announces the following GED testing dates in Payson: 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.

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.


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