Community Almanac



Patty Steeley adds an “angel” tag to the tree at Arizona State Credit Union. The tags list the gifts wanted/needed by Child Protective Services and Time Out clients. Most have been “adopted,” but some are still waiting to be claimed, as are “angels” of the Salvation Army at National Bank. The credit union needs gifts purchased and returned by Wednesday, Dec. 20. Salvation Army gifts are needed by Dec. 20.

Dec. 16 Friday

• Last day to “adopt” a senior: This is the last day to visit one of the Edward Jones offices to “adopt” a senior for the holidays

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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

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

Payson Salvation Army needs bell ringers, more

The Payson chapter of the Salvation Army is in desperate need of volunteer Holiday Bell Ringers for the entire week before Christmas, Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 23.

Volunteers are need for two-hour shifts at both Safeway and Walmart. Anyone can be a bell ringer. To sign up, please call John Morgan at (928) 474-8454 or (928) 595-0517.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree still has children to be “adopted” for the holidays. The tree is at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Cash or check donations for the Salvation Army can also be dropped at National Bank, which will allow the donations to stay in Payson to assist the people in need.

Senior Angel program

Local residents and businesses may help less fortunate seniors in the community by stopping by any Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours to select a “Senior Angel” through today, Friday, Dec. 16. Shop for your chosen angel and drop off all gifts, which Edward Jones staff will deliver to Payson area seniors in need.

Branch locations are Suite B, 411 S. Beeline Highway and 113 W. Main St. in Payson, and 4010 N. Highway 87 in Pine.

Dec. 17 Saturday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Payson Public 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

• Moose holiday party for children: 1 p.m., Greater Payson Moose Lodge, Star Valley

• Choral Society Concert: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium, admission is $10, children 18 and younger admitted free if accompanied by an adult

Brush pits closed now through the holidays

The Regional Payson Area Project... for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) free brush drop-off points at Blattner and Pine Pits will be closed this weekend due to snowy and muddy conditions caused by recent storms. The pits will remain closed for the following two weekends so staff can have the Christmas and New Year’s holidays off.

Moose holiday party for children planned

The Greater Payson Moose Lodge will host its annual Children’s Christmas Party for all area children 12 years and under Saturday, Dec. 17. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Lodge at 1 p.m. with a gift and candy for each child in attendance.

Cookies and punch will also be served. For information, please call the Lodge at (928) 474-6212 after 1 p.m.

Choral Society Christmas concert

The Payson Choral Society will present its annual Christmas concert at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The program Believe is directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris.

Concert tickets are $10 at the door for adults and $8 in advance. Children and students up to age 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the Payson Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert.

Auditions for the spring concert will be held on at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19 at the Payson United Methodist Church on Easy Street. For more information, call John Landino, (928) 468-0023.

Dec. 18 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• A Christmas Carol: 6:30 p.m., Ponderosa Bible Church, presented by the Payson Children’s Theatre/Choral Group

Payson Children’s Theatre/Choral Group

The Payson Children’s Theatre/Choral Group will present its Christmas production “A Christmas Carol” at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec 18 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

The next production will be in May. Auditions will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Any child between the ages of 6 and 12 who loves to sing, dance and act is invited to participate in the group.

The group meets for practice at 2:45 p.m. every Tuesday. Church vans pick the children up at the various schools and return them home between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, please call Janice Weldon at (928) 474-7079 or the church office at (928) 474-9279. Children do not have to be members of the church to participate and there are no fees involved.

Dec. 19 Monday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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

• High School concert: 6:30 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium, free

PHS Winter Concert

Join the Payson High School band, show choir, modern choir and guitar class for a Winter Concert at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19 at the PHS auditorium.

Selections include the Longhorn Band’s award-winning “African Odyssey” and a selection of patriotic songs they performed at its recent appearance at Pearl Harbor. The show choir will present its Jekyll and Hyde number. Both the show choir and modern choir will sing holiday favorites. The guitar class rounds out the performance for this free concert.


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