Community Almanac



Photo courtesy of John Carpino

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend listening to John Carpino perform at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art for First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 on Historic Main Street Payson.

Nov. 1 Tuesday

• Deadline to register for Irish ancestry workshop: call (575) 649-5015 for details, fee is $20

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

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

Researching Irish ancestry

The Rim Country Celts are sponsoring a two-hour workshop titled Ireland Research by specialist Valerie Sullivan.

The workshop is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Payson Elk Lodge, 1206 N Beeline Highway.

This workshop is to help anyone interested in finding their ancestors in Ireland.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Nov. 1, with the $20 fee, payable upon registration. There must be 20 participants to present this program.

Please call Lloyd or Nancy Gibson at (575) 649-5015 to make reservations and arrangements for payment.

Sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, thyroid issues, hard to get rid of cellulite and/or just tired of being overweight?

Join Natural Health Educators Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI, Lifestyle Advisor, and Vivian Seville, CNA, LMT Joyologist, to discuss root causes of these issues, effective options to successfully improve your quality of life and manage your weight without shots, prescriptions, stimulants, juices or FAD treatments.

Upcoming lecture dates are 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14.

The lecture is free to the public, but reservations are required. Call (928) 472-7120 for additional details.

Nov. 2 Wednesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 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

• Kyl staff visits: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 610 E. Hwy. 260, Payson

• Special Healing Service: 6 p.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson

Kyl staff in Payson

Adam Bean, a constituent service representative for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, conducts office hours at the Gila County Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260, Payson from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Beach will be in Payson Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the Senator’s Phoenix office at (602) 840-1891.

Special Healing Service

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will have a special service of Wholeness and Healing at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2. Physical, spiritual and emotional well-being will be the focus of the service. Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440.

Nov. 3 Thursday

• 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 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

• Day of the Dead celebration: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Payson Public Library

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

Day of the Dead celebration Nov. 3 at the library

The Payson Public Library is presenting a special family program to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The free event is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 at the library.

The program will let you participate in a different culture; enjoy dance, songs and music; make a calaca; laugh at Sr. Calavera’s puppet show; decorate a sugar skull; learn a little Spanish; have loads of fun.

For more information, call Katie or Terri at (928) 474-9260.

Nov. 4 Friday

• St. Philip’s Holiday Craft & Bake Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 511 St.Philips St., continues Saturdday and Sunday

• 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

• Jason Schechterle speaks at PHS: 10:30 a.m.

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

• First Friday festivities: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., various shops and galleries, Payson’s Historic Main St.

Tootsie Roll time

Members of the Payson fraternal group known as the Knights of Columbus will once again be at the entrances of Walmart, Safeway and Bashas’ stores giving out free Tootsie Rolls Friday, Nov. 4, Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6.

Each Knight will be holding a yellow canister hoping to collect money for the handicapped in Payson and for the Payson Special Olympics.

This is an annual worldwide event for the Knights of Columbus. The Knights in Payson have been doing this for 20 years.

St. Philip’s Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

St. Philip’s Catholic Church’s annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale will be held the first weekend in November in the Parish Hall, 511 S. St. Philip St.

Offered for sale are beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts, seasonal decorations and useful household items handmade with love by members of the Mystical Rose Sodality. A bargain table is also featured with gently used, but useful items. 

Delicious, freshly baked goods may be sampled with coffee while shopping. A wide variety of pies, cookies, breads and some sugar-free treats are also available to purchase. 

For added fun, shoppers may try their luck buying tickets for three exquisite prizes:  a popcorn-stitch afghan, a Regency porcelain doll and an angel afghan. 

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. Then on Sunday, Nov. 6, fresh plain and iced cinnamon rolls will be available in addition to the remaining sale items from 9 a.m. to noon when the raffle winners will be drawn. 

Loving and generous Mystical Rose Sodality members will use all of the money generated to perform many good works throughout the year. 

Jason Schechterle to give presentation at PHS

Jason Schechterle will be making a presentation at Payson High School at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 4 to inspire area high school students with his story of triumph over adversity.

Schechterle’s visit is made possible through a grant from Pfizer to the Mogollon Health Alliance, adding a new component to this year’s Community Health and Care Fair.

In 2001, he suffered third and fourth degree burns over 43 percent of his body. His positive attitude has served him through more than 50 surgeries and he believes each day life just gets better.

The Mogollon Health Alliance Board and staff hope that Schechterle ‘s presentation inspires each of the teens in the community to believe in their dreams and know that they can overcome adversity.

His presentation is entitled “My Journey” and lasts an hour.

Schechterle will be back in Payson March 24, 2012 as the keynote speaker at the annual Women’s Wellness Forum.

First Friday festivities

Sale at Time Out Thrift Shop

Shop and save from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., First Friday, Nov. 4 at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway in Payson, across the street from Wendy’s.

All profits from the sales at the thrift shop benefit Time Out, Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and domestic violence services in the community.

Young learners help area’s homeless students

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center’s Pre-Kindergarten class wants to help the homeless students in Payson. So, it is inviting Rim Country residents and visitors to come to dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. 

The menu will feature a Beef Stroganoff dinner with hot vegetable, roll, drink and dessert along with musical entertainment by the Trio Plus 1. 

The cost of dinner is $5 plus a non-perishable food item. 

All proceeds will go to sponsoring homeless Payson students at Christmas time.

Art raffle for food donors

As Thanksgiving approaches, we find ourselves thankful for what we have and mindful of those who are less fortunate.

First Friday, Nov. 1 will be a time to share at the Artists of the Rim Gallery. Members are asking for donations of nonperishable food for the Payson food banks. The gallery’s artists have donated artwork to be raffled off that evening. For every one item of food donated, the donor will receive one raffle ticket. Raffle tickets will also be sold. Join members of the Artists of the Rim Gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 4 and make the event a memorable success.

New area artists featured

Down the Street Gallery is featuring new to the area artists during its First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 4. Enjoy a showcase of works by Melanie Capps and Nancy Frost, along with music and refreshments.

Melanie Capps recently moved to the Payson area from northern Idaho to escape the severe winters. Growing up, to occupy her time she did arts and crafts. Then 10 years ago her interest exploded when she discovered wire-sculpture.

Capps uses only 14k gold-filled wire or the Argentium silver wire to create heirloom quality jewelry. Each wire-sculpture piece is one of a kind.

Capps will be demonstrating her wire wrapping techniques and will be offering workshops in the near future.

Nancy Frost recently returned to Arizona from California. She spent most of her formative years in the west and that life experience has influenced her art greatly.

She is currently working in acrylics, often used like watercolors. Frost will demonstrate this First Friday Nov. 4 at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main Street, Payson.

Bootleg Alley hosts John Carpino

It’s the season to be thankful. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is thankful to be a part of Payson and First Friday.

On Nov. 4, while sitting around the fire pit, those gathering from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 520 W. Main St. will be treated to a concert by Payson favorite, John Carpino. They can be thankful for our furry friends and donate at the Humane Society table. Raffle tickets can be bought as well. Donations of money or food can be made for the local food bank.

So, come out and enjoy and give thanks for good friends, wonderful music and loads of ambiance at the celebration of First Friday on Historic Main Street.


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