Community Almanac



Teresa McQuerrey/Roundup

Bud Huffman’s beautiful hand-crafted pens could go a long way to reviving the dying art of handwriting. Using Cross pen workings, Huffman designs pen with wood, acrylic and Corian® — yes the stuff made for countertops. He also makes pens featuring the colors of military honors, bottle stoppers, letter openers and more. He will have his work for sale at the Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 Mazatzal Arts and Crafts Fair.

Nov. 15 Tuesday

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

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

• Bargain books: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rim Literacy has books still available from its annual book sale

• Salvation Army potluck: 5:30 p.m., Payson Church of the Nazarene, kicking off Bell Ringing Season

• Relay of Life organizing: 5:30 p.m., old restaurant at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

Last chance for great bargains on books

What do Steve Berry, Jeffrey Deaver, Tammy Hoag, and Nora Roberts have in common? They are all authors whose books are still on the shelf at the Rim Country Literacy Program’s office. They are among the books still available for purchase from the 12th Annual Used Book Sale. This week, while books last, a bag of books is available for $1.

The Rim Country Literacy Program office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The office is located at 1001 S. Beeline Highway, behind the Knotty Pine Café. Call (928) 468-7257 for more information.

Learn about recycling

America Recycles Day is Tuesday, Nov. 15 — the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States.

Earth Wise Exchange will have a booth outside Safeway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to explain the benefits of recycling. Visitors are encouraged to take the pledge to learn more about recycling options in Rim Country and to reduce personal waste by recycling.

More information about the free local event is available at info@ew-exchange .com or by calling (480) 294-2037.

Salvation Army potluck and bell ringer kickoff

The Salvation Army Unit of Payson plans a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson to kick off Bell Ringing Season.

Everyone attending should bring a potluck dish to share.

For more information about the dinner, or to sign up to be a Holiday Bell Ringer for 2011, call John Morgan at (928) 474-8454 or (928) 595-0517 or Jenny Scott at (928) 970-0601.

Relay for Life organizational meeting

There will be an organizational meeting for the 2012 Relay for Life at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Mazatzal Casino conference center (the old restaurant).

All are invited to this informational meeting to introduce the community to the event, committee chair positions and their responsibilities. Anyone interested in becoming a committee chair, serving on a committee or simply learning more about Relay for Life is encouraged to attend. Dinner will be served.

Nov. 16 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

• Senior Circle events: 11:30 a.m., early Thanksgiving potluck, last day to register of day trip to Queen Creek Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms, additional events through the month and into December

Senior Circle events

A potluck luncheon is planned for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Turkey will be provided and attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share. Guest speaker will be Shiranda Deerwoman, a certified facilitator of Transformational Kinesiology.

Members of the Senior Circle will have a day trip Thursday, Nov. 17 to Queen Creek Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms. The bus departs at 8 a.m. sharp from Stage parking lot. Tour the Olive Oil mill with time to shop.  Take a ride on a narrow gauge train; enjoy lunch and a guided hayride tour at Schnepf Farm. The bus will return to the Stage parking lot at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Those interested can reserve a spot up to 24 hours in advance of the trip, so call the Senior Circle by Wednesday, Nov. 16 at (928) 472-9290 if interested in participating.

Another trip is planned for Thursday, Dec. 8 with an evening of fun beginning with dinner at the Blue Adobe Mexican Grill in Mesa, followed by a holiday lights tour and a holiday concert at the Mesa Mormon Temple Gardens. At Christmas time, the grounds are converted to an exquisite Nativity display accented by hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights. Nov. 23 is the deadline to book this unforgettable trip.

There will be a Lunch and Learn program Wednesday, Dec. 7 with Dr. Toby Paulson, Payson’s newest cardiologist.  Join Dr. Paulson and Dr. Sam Gillette as they discuss heart health during the busy and sometimes-stressful holiday season.

The Senior Circle Christmas Lunch is planned for Saturday, Dec. 3.

Senior Circle members and their guest are invited to a Christmas brunch at St. Philip the Apostle parish church hall. Gerardo’s Fireside Cafe will cater the luncheon. The price is $16.50 per person. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve your seat.

The Circle’s annual bake sale is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Purchase a basket of goodies or just stop by for some coffee or tea and a sweet treat.

For reservations call (928) 472-9290.

Optimists hear about university plans

The Rim Country Optimist Club is extending an invitation for area residents to join them at Messinger’s new funeral home, 901 S. Westerly Road, in the large, public meeting room to hear Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and some of the committee working to bring a four-year university to the area provide a progress report.

The meeting is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16. Messinger’s is located south of West Main Street. A light dessert and coffee will be served.

For further information, contact Joan Young at (928) 472-2264 or see www.rimcountry

Nov. 17 Thursday

• Scrub sale: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., west lobby of PRMC, proceeds benefit Mogollon Health Alliance

• 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

• Free Memory Screenings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, need an appointment

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

Scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17. Check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories and much more.

All money raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Free memory screenings

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. As part of a national initiative to promote early detection of memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, Rim Country Health will conduct free memory screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17. Rim Country Health is at 807 W. Longhorn Road.

These confidential screenings are not a diagnosis, but can suggest whether a medical evaluation would be beneficial. Participants will receive follow-up resources and information on dementia and successful aging. To schedule a 15-minute appointment, call Christy Walton at (928) 595-0406.

Nov. 18 Friday

• Holiday Craft and Bake Sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Payson First Assembly of God Church, by Green Valley Park, continues Saturday

• 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

• Entries due for Electric Light Parade: call the town parks office, (928) 474-5242, ext. 272, or stop by

Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park), will hold its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19.

Entry to the sales area is from the upper level parking area. The sale will feature a variety of delicious baked goods, handmade quilts, throws, baby blankets, crafts, holiday items, curios and more.

The public is invited to come and do their holiday shopping early. All proceeds go to charities.

Electric Light Parade entries due Nov. 18

The clock is ticking down to the annual Electric Light Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. Entry applications must be submitted to the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department by Friday, Nov. 18. Entry fees are between $10 and $25.

The theme is “North Pole Fantasy” and among the suggested ideas: reindeer in their barn, Santa in his workshop or elves asleep after their work is finished.

Title sponsor for the event is Chili’s. The parade is an annual event on Payson’s Historic Main Street and will start at Green Valley Park and go east on Main to Sawmill Crossing. It will take place regardless of the weather, so get those entries in and get to work on those float plans.

For more information, go to the parks Web site or contact Deb Rose at (928) 474-5242, ext. 272.


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