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.
Women’s Wellness Forum is Saturday
There is still time to register for the 11th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum, scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at 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.
Free brush drops
This coming weekend, 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:
Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 14. The Blattner Pit 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 15. The Pine Pit 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. Use by commercial haulers is prohibited.
Mission open house set
Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is opening a mission church in Tonto Basin.
The mission church will use the building belonging to the Punkin Center Baptist Church at 441 McLellan Drive. The culmination of the effort to start the Tonto Basin Lutheran Church will start with two open houses — one from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 14 and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Services will start Saturday, March 28 and will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At the open houses, members of the community are encouraged to come and visit the facility and see what is being planned for the new church. Dress is casual, and light refreshments will be served.
Free community dinner
Mountain Bible Church is providing free dinner on Monday nights.
The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Building C of the church at 302 E. Rancho Road.
If you desire more information or would like to volunteer to serve, call Jana at Mountain Bible, (928) 472-7800.
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.
Young Authors group
The Payson Public Library is looking for young authors, journalists and poets who enjoy creative writing. The Young Authors Group begins March 21 with the objective of encouraging young writers to create and share stories. The Library Mouse program for first- through fifth-grade age levels meets from 11 a.m. to noon. The Teen Ink program for middle school grade levels meets from noon to 1 p.m. Sign up at the library or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.
The next Business Buzz meeting is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19 at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors office in Mario’s Borgata, north of Tiny’s Family Restaurant.
The speakers will be Julie Ruttle and Maria Cohen, along with others, who will discuss “The Truth about Financing Home Loans from A to Z.” The cost of the luncheon, catered by Fargo’s Steakhouse, is $10 for members of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, and $12 for nonmembers. To reserve a spot, call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.
Z-Coil shoes available
New Z-Coil shoes will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center.
Styles include sneakers, boots, clogs, and much more.
Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.
For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.
The mixer for the annual Rim Country 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.
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 staff and volunteers will guide participants on a fossil hunt just 20 minutes from Payson. Handouts and education will be provided. Hunters 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.
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 W. 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 St., contact Ginny Ennen at (928) 468-2666 for details.
Those interested in donating can also make an appointment online at www.bloodhero.com.
Public input meeting
The public is invited to attend a special meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 at the Town Hall Council Chambers. The town is seeking public input regarding ideas for the Corporate Strategic Plan and the Payson Goal Plan.
The meeting was originally scheduled for March 17.