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Spring break youth rec program slated



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The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church present The Ken Taylor Quartet at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 8 at the church, located at 800 W. Main Street. Admission is $5 per person, seating is limited. For more information, contact Gerry Reynolds at or call (602) 619-3355.

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 reminder

Main Street will again be celebrating First Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 6.

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will have music by The Starlighters, and there will be a Stroganoff Dinner served to raise money for the church’s Community Child Learning Center.

Guests can meet scrimshaw artist Home Neuen at Artists of the Rim Gallery and help name a sculpture; see a variety of demonstrations at Down the Street Gallery; visit with western artist CM Okerwall at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, hear Sounds Unlimited and buy a raffle ticket to help the Humane Society.

At Re-Runs Boutique, there will be Girl Scout Cookies for sale, a performance by the Zane Grey Twirlers and a chance to contribute to Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and KCMA Radio.

Get a bite and benefit New Hope Equine Rescue at Green Mountain Emporium. There will also be food and music at the Payson Senior Center Thrift Store; classic cars and Kiwanis brats at Gasoline Alley; and Soroptimists will be selling See’s Candy.

Free brush drops

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

The Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 7, it is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

The Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 8, it 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.

VIN etching

The 4th Annual Vehicle Theft Prevention and Awareness Day is March 7. The Payson Police Department will be providing free VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) etching from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at the police station at Town Hall. The police will also be conducting the Watch Your Car program at the same time. With the watch program, participants are provided with a special decal; if an officer observes a vehicle with the decal between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., they are authorized to investigate and verify ownership.

For more details, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 220 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A Taste of Rim Country

Get your tickets now for A Taste of Rim Country, the annual chef’s competition, to be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

The event, hosted by the Library Friends of Payson, features delectable delights from 12 participants from throughout the Rim Country, music and a big silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person, and proceeds benefit the library.

Jazz concert

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church present The Ken Taylor Quartet at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W Main St.

The program will feature beautiful ballads, mainstream jazz, and some hard-driving BeBop.

“Live people making live music for a live audience is among the most significant of human experiences’” says jazz trumpeter Ken Taylor. His musical voice is a unique amalgamation of styles blended into a very personal statement.

Taylor’s quartet will include Dave Grale on upright bass, Gerry Reynolds on drums, and pianist Woody Woodrey.

The performance is open to the public, with a $5 donation at the door. For more information and seating, contact Gerry Reynolds at or call (602) 619-3355.

Purim celebration set

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,

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.

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.

Smoking cessation information offered

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle will present a program on smoking cessation and its resources available in Arizona at its Good Morning for Good Health event Wednesday, March 11.

The program will be from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a light breakfast will be served. Make reservations at (928) 472-9290.

The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

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.

Hellsgate Fire District board meeting set

The monthly board meeting of the Hellsgate Fire District is at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at Station #22, Tonto Village. The public is invited to attend.

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.

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” depicts actual families from all walks of life 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. There is no charge for this presentation and all are welcome.

Women’s Wellness Forum is next Saturday

There is still time to register for the 11th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum, scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at the Payson High School. The cost is just $10, but only 300 participants can join the fun and the opportunity to learn about caring for themselves in a variety of different areas.

Scholarships are available and vendors will be offering a treasure of free information.

Call (928) 472-2588 for details.

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.

Pancake breakfast

The Payson Care Center will have a free pancake breakfast for St. Patrick’s Day. The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 17 at Payson Care, 107 E. Lone Pine Dr.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church will host its 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 17.

The church is at 507 W. Wade Lane, and the cost of the dinner is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, glazed carrots, parsley potatoes, Jell-O salad, rolls, dessert and beverages.

Tickets are available at the door and take-out is offered.

For additional details, call (928) 474-5440 or (928) 468-8371.

Public input sought

The Town of Payson is seeking public input for its Corporate Strategic Plan and the Payson Goal Plan. A work session to contribute suggestions will be held at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 17 at the council chambers in Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

Free family fossil hunt

Register your family today for the first Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Family Fossil Hunt to be held Saturday, March 21. Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers will guide participants on a fossil hunt just 20 minutes from Payson. Handouts and education will be provided.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Rim Country Mall parking lot south of Sears and will carpool or caravan with the group, utilizing their own vehicles. Don’t forget water and snacks.

Register today at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or at the Sears parking lot the day of the event.

Business Showcase mixer and more

The mixer for the annual Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 20 at Majestic Mountain Inn. Call (928) 474-4515 for details.

The annual Business Showcase, “Team Up to Succeed” is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 21 at the old gym at Payson High School. Call the above number for additional information.

Blood drives

Blood drives will be held in Payson from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 23 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 West Wade Lane, contact Dave Lyons at (928) 970-1117 for details; and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 at Frontier Elementary, 1000 Frontier Street, contact Ginny Ennen at (928) 468-2666 for details.

Those interested in donating can also make an appointment online at

Lymphedema workshop

There will be a free educational workshop on lymphedema from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 at Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Dr. Make a reservation by calling (928) 474-6896.

Free Weather Spotter training offered

The National Weather Service is offering free training classes to teach people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomenon and contribute to public safety.

The class will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 at the Gila County Division of Emergency Management, 5515 S. Apache Ave., Suite 400, Globe.

There is limited seating, so registration is required. Contact Leana Asberry at (928) 402-8805 or

Health screening at Senior Center

The Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., will host Life Line Screening on Thursday, March 26.

There will be screening tests for stroke and osteoporosis. Appointments are required, call 800-697-9721 or go online to There is a fee.

The program is sponsored by the Gila County Division of Emergency Management and Public Health Preparedness.

Adult spelling bee

The Rim Country Literacy Program is hosting its fifth annual Adult Spelling Bee Challenge Saturday, March 28. Register your team of four at 809 W. Longhorn, C14, call (928) 468-7257 or go online to

Folk music concert

A folk music concert to benefit the Payson High School Drama Club will be presented by The Fabulous Limeliters at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Payson High School auditorium.

This premier folk music group will offer a fun-filled concert of family-friendly music. Tickets are $25, with 50 percent of all profits going to the PHS Drama Club.

Get tickets from the chamber, (928) 474-4515, KRIM radio, 500 E. Tyler Parkway or call 800-838-3006.

Paperback deals at library bookstore

In March, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a special offer on paperback books.  During March, the store’s huge collection will be available for the low, low price of five for $1.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library.


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