Community Almanac



Rick Price, a veteran of more than 30 years in gospel music ministry, will present a dynamic tribute concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 14 at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane. Price has gathered some of the most talented and sought-after gospel artists on the scene today to create a dynamic Blackwood Brothers tribute concert. The concert is free. For more information, call (928) 474-2602 or 866-855-1036.

March 9 Tuesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Roth IRA seminar:10 a.m., Majestic Rim

Free tax help

Payson Community Action Program (CAP) has free tax help available for area residents.

The Payson CAP tax help site is at 107 W. Frontier St., Suite C. Payson residents can make an appointment by calling Dorine Prine, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch noon – 1 p.m.) for tax assistance at (928) 474-7192.

“We can help people — especially those who cannot afford paid tax assistance, such as people whose incomes are $50,000 or less, seniors, the disabled and people with English as a second language — prepare and electronically file their 2009 federal and state income tax returns,” said Prine, CAP spokesperson.

Payson area residents need to bring: photo identification for themselves (and their spouses), Social Security Numbers or Individual Tax Identification Numbers for each person listed on the tax return, all wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2), interest and dividend statements (Forms 1099 or 1098), a copy of last year’s tax return and any other information concerning income and expenses for 2009. If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

The Payson CAP tax help site offers free electronic filing. Electronic filing provides the highest degree of speed, accuracy and security in filing tax returns. If you are getting a refund, consider direct deposit. Direct deposit can increase the speed of your refund to as little as 10 working days or less and your check can’t get lost or stolen or returned as undeliverable.

Deadline to register for Women’s Wellness Forum

The women of the Rim Country are cordially invited to attend the 12th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum entitled “Our Health Matters So… Let’s Bounce Into Balance.” This premier women’s event will take place Saturday, March 13 at Payson High School, and the deadline to register is Tuesday, March 9.

The keynote speaker is Ali Vincent, Season 5 winner of the hit TV Show “Biggest Loser.” Classes include Balancing Life with Exercise, Balancing Your Health Soul, Bounce Into Balance with Home Repairs, Bouncing Back in Financial Hard Times, Bouncing Back with Negotiation Skills, Choosing the Right Foods, Evoke Your Passion, and Getting Rid of Aches & Pains. There are still openings!

Come at 7 a.m. for ZUMBA!®, a Latin dance/exercise class. Check-in for the forum begins at 7:15 a.m. and a continental breakfast and luncheon will be provided.  Keynote speaker begins at 8 a.m.

The cost is $10. For more information on the class choices and to register by phone, call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

March 10 Wednesday

• Blood drive: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Town Hall

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Free weight control seminar: 11 a.m., at the Payson Athletic Club,

• Senior Circle Member Lunch: 11:30 a.m., call (928) 472-9260 for reservations by March 9

• Fly-fishing registration: 6 p.m., Payson parks office

• Movie presentation: 7 p.m., Payson Public Library

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive at Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.

Register for parks fly-fishing classes today

Join the Payson Flycasters at the Parks & Recreation office to learn the art of fly-fishing in this two-class series on Saturday, March 13 and Saturday, March 20. The registration deadline is 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 10.

Fly-fishing 101 on March 13 will cover classroom information on fly-fishing basics and history and will meet from 9 a.m. to noon at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Fly-fishing 102 on March 20 includes hands-on fishing techniques at Green Valley Lake by the Parks and Recreation Office from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The fee of $10 per person covers registration for both classes, and participants must register in advance at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or online at For more information contact the Parks & Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 or visit the Web at

Free weight control seminar

Dr. C.M. Curtis will present a free seminar on the scientific basis of weight gain and healthy, natural, permanent weight control at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 10 at the Payson Athletic Club, 400 E. Highway 260. No reservations are required.

Senior Circle lunch

The next Senior Circle Member Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 10 with guest speaker Dr. Gilbert of the Payson Regional Medical Center. The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This will be the Circle’s St. Patrick’s Day Lunch, which will cost $4. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Call (928) 472-9260 to reserve a spot.

Special movie presentation

The movie Prayers for Bobby will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 10 at the Payson Public Library. Sponsored by the Payson Chapter of PFLAG International (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the aim is to continue an open and honest dialog with anyone interested in the issues surrounding many families and their religious beliefs today.

The group is the sole sponsor and there is no direct affiliation with the Town of Payson or the Payson Public Library.

Relevant educational information will be available and there will be time for discussion.

For more information, visit the Web site

March 11 Thursday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Movie in Pine: 2 p.m.

• Red Cross benefit: 6 p.m., Payson High auditorium

AARP tax services

AARP will be doing tax returns on a first-come first-served basis at the Elk’s Lodge, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be at the First Baptist Church in Pine from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Thursday, March 11 to assist low- to moderate-income individuals or those who are 60 and over with their tax preparation. There is no cost for this service, however, please bring a picture ID, Social Security Cards for all persons claimed on the return, last year’s tax return, your 2009 Tax Documents, and proof of Real Estate Taxes actually paid in 2009 (for the property tax credit).

Movie in Pine

There will be two Movie Madness Events to coincide with the Pine Elementary School’s Spring Break this year. The first movie takes place at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 11. The movie is the Nickelodeon film “The Penguins of Madagascar.”

Benefit for Red Cross

When a disaster strikes, like the recent flooding and power outages, Red Cross volunteers are some the first responders, offering devastated families a warm place to stay, a hot meal and most importantly support.

With March recognized by the Payson Town Council as the official Red Cross Month, now is the time to offer thanks to Red Crosses volunteers. While many of us may not have needed their assistance, we never know when disaster will strike.

On March 11, attend the first annual Payson Cares Red Cross Benefit to show how Payson cares for its own. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. in the Payson High School auditorium with several raffles. All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross.

At 7 p.m., the main event kicks off with the Home Town Country Radio Show. The Humor Me Comedy Troupe, Junction 87, Hashknife Pony Express, Southern Comfort, Rockin’ Ron Gibson Band, Section 8 and Jim West will all perform.

March 12 Friday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Republican meet and greet: 1 p.m., Senior Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

State senator to visit

There will be a meet and greet for Republican State Senator Sylvia Allen, Republican candidate for State Representative Brenda Barton, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress Rusty Bowers from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 12 at the Pine Senior Center, refreshments served. For more information, call Charlotte Mortensen (928) 476-6560.


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