Highway 260 lane closure
The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the eastbound lane of a 1,000-foot segment of State Route 260 between Kohl’s Ranch and Christopher Creek this week. The closure will be in effect through Jan. 8 and will run 24 hours a day.
ADOT is preparing to widen the highway, and the closure is required for drilling a test shaft. The test shaft will provide geological data to the roadway designers.
ADOT advises drivers to be prepared for delays up to 10 minutes and to be alert for flaggers, construction equipment and work crews.
For the most current information about closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.
Spring Stampede 10k Race
Welcome spring in the Rim Country with a high altitude 10k March 13. The race course includes a monstrous hill with majestic Mogollon Rim views. Entry fee is $20 before Feb. 25. Late registration is $25. Day of race registration is available, however, there is no sweatshirt guarantee for late registration. Race will be chip timed. Course time limit: 2 hours. Registration begins Jan. 5.
The race starts at 9 a.m. in the Taylor Pool parking lot in North Rumsey Park, off McLane Road. Call the Payson parks office, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for details.
There will be two blood drives in the Payson area in January. The first is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Gila County courthouse complex, 714 S. Beeline Highway. For more information, call Pam Fisher at (928) 474-2029.
The second is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane. For more information, call Kirsten Rosser at (928) 474-5440.
Wacky Wednesday returns
The Payson United Methodist Church is again sponsoring the Wacky Wednesday program beginning Wednesday, Jan 6.
Wacky Wednesday is a free after-school program for children, which meets every Wednesday from elementary school dismissal until 5:30 p.m.
The program provides free bus transportation from all Payson public elementary schools to the church, where the program is held. Parents pick up kids at 5:30 p.m. and are invited to stay for a free family meal and more. Call 474-KIDS (5437) to register.
First Friday events set for Jan. 8
With the first Friday of 2010 falling on the Jan. 1 holiday, the Main Street First Friday festivities will take place the second Friday of the New Year, Jan. 8 — for January only.
Among the features will be guest artists Jeff Wiles and Beverly Adams at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St.
Computer basics workshop
The Rim Country Middle School Community Involvement Team is offering a computer basics workshop beginning Monday, Jan. 11. The workshop is designed for the novice computer user and for those with a limited understanding of the basics.
This is a hands-on workshop where participants will gain technical skills for a personal computer or a small office computer. The program is in RCMS Computer Lab E-45 (directly across from the office) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To reserve a spot, call Gina Castaño at (928) 474-4511, ext. 2214 or e-mail gina. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds the program.
Concert at Bootleg Alley
Vyktoria Keating will perform at Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art, 520 W. Main St., between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8. Bootleg Alley will also have refreshments and more.
For details, call (602) 859-0507.
Rummage sale at church
The Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. Among the items offered: infant clothing, home decorating items, small appliances and more.
There will be a Payson Area Trails System Hike of American Gulch South starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. The hike is 3 miles roundtrip and the level of difficulty is moderate.
This route includes majestic views off of high points in the Rim Country toward Fossil Creek, along with mountain meadows.
Meet at the American Gulch South Trailhead, 2.6 miles west of Highway 87 on Main Street/Doll Baby Ranch Road. This is a free event.
Learn about waterfowl
The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is offering a unique seminar provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Migratory Game Bird Supervisor, Mike Rabe, on waterfowl natural history and identification.
The class will include a slideshow and presentation, followed by identification of waterfowl in Green Valley Park. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, but extras will be available.
Space is limited, so register today. Registration is open through Jan. 12, 2010, the class is from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19. It is open to all ages. The fee is $5 per person.
Payson Schools schedule Half-Day In-service
Payson Unified School District 10 will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Jan. 13. Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.
Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.
Bookstore clearance sale
During the month of January, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a clearance sale on its entire inventory. All hardback and paperback books, videos, music cassettes, DVDs, and jigsaw puzzles will be offered at a 2-for-1 special. Patrons are invited to mix and match any items in the store during this outstanding offer. As always, the second item must be of equal or lesser value than the first.
Recently the bookstore has been deluged with high quality donations. Bookstore 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 website at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.
At GCC for spring
Once again Gila Community College is offering Zumba® Latin Fitness Plus — also known as “Exercise in Disguise” with a Latin flair. The basic-steps formula makes it easy for anyone to follow. Christy Walton teaches the program. The course number is HPE 101AJ and it will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., Tuesdays.
Also in the spring, GCC will be offering Mixed Martial Arts with Dan Klimut.
Klimut has been a martial arts practitioner for nearly two decades and has been instructing since 1994. He has trained in several martial arts as well as having trained in Japan. The training he will offer will be a combination of his primary martial art (Bujinkan Ninjutsu), in which he is a Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt) and real-life experience as a police officer. Classes will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and begin this month.
Two certification programs are scheduled during the spring term at GCC:
•Personal Training — HPE 107, 5:30 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. Wednesdays.
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the principles of strength and fitness training, including fitness evaluation, exercise prescription, special populations, and nutrition. This class prepares students to take the national certification exam.
• EMT-Basic — EMT 103, 5:30 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. Tuesdays, and 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Saturdays. This 9-credit introductory course is designed to meet all state and national requirements to prepare in testing for the EMT-Basic via the National Registry. Clinical experience in an emergency department and vehicular experience will be included.
Vaccination Fairs set
The Gila County Health Department will be conducting Influenza Vaccination Fairs in both Payson and Globe Jan. 14. The Payson fair is at the Gila County Health Department, 107 W. Frontier, Suite A, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In Globe, the fair will be at the Globe Chamber of Commerce, 1360 N. Broad Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Vaccination Fairs are being held in response to National Influenza Vaccination Week as declared by the Centers for Disease Control and a proclamation of the Board of Supervisors of Gila County, Arizona making Jan. 11 through Jan. 15 National Influenza Vaccination Week. The Novel H1N1 vaccination will offered at no charge to all who are 6 months of age and older.
The seasonal flu vaccination will also be available to everyone 6 months of age and older. Everyone 18 years old and under can receive the vaccine free, it is also covered under Medicare Part B. There is a charge of $30 for all others.
A free raffle will be conducted for those who receive a flu vaccination at one of these clinics. All prizes are donated by local businesses.
Rim Valley Church of God schedules concert
The Rim Valley Church of God will host Larry Ahlborn in concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17. Ahlborn is a songwriter, musician and singer. He has recorded many CDs and DVDs. Ahlborn is a blind musician who plays and signs with audience participation.
The Rim Valley Church of God is at 208 S. McLane Road. For information, call (928) 474-5449.
Coats of many colors
In loving memory of Marcy Rogers, a campaign is under way for used coats and socks that are clean and in good condition. This collection is to benefit less fortunate children of all ages. Drop-off points are at the Payson Galleria, The Sock Room and Appliance Plus. If you know a child who needs a coat, please call (928) 978-1774. Donations will be accepted until Jan. 31.
Charity 5k race Jan. 30
The Payson High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a charity 5K race for the community Jan. 30. It will begin in the high school parking lot at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The entry fee is a nonperishable food item.