Community Almanac


Salvation Army bell ringers needed

Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Walmart, Safeway, Bashas’ and Walgreens. 

The funds raised from the kettles, including checks, all stay in Payson to help those in need.

To volunteer, please call John Morgan, (928) 474-8454.

Quilt raffle

MHA Auxiliary Arts & Crafts members have made another quilt to be raffled. Raffle tickets are available now through Dec. 4 at the PRMC La Boutique Gift Shop, MHA office and from members of MHA Auxiliary Arts & Crafts. Get tickets for $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held Dec. 4 and the winner will be notified by phone.

For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Celebration of Life

Hospice Compassus and the Rim Country Hospice Foundation invite the public to a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 5 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road. The evening includes remembrances and a special tree lighting ceremony. Gerardo’s Firewood Café provides a delicious, full-course meal. The Celebration of Life is free of charge and open to the community.

Personalized crystal ornaments can be ordered for $12 per ornament. Each participant is asked to bring a can of food for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Anyone interested in attending or ordering ornaments should contact Hospice Compassus at (928) 472-6340 to make a reservation for the event.

Business meet and greet

An Enchanted Occasion, Events & Design will present a business meet and greet networking opportunity from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Smartsystems, Inc., 405 S. Beeline, Suite B.

There will be music and refreshments, plus a drawing for prizes, including an overnight stay at Retreat Tontozona.

Participants are encouraged to bring in food or clothing for Payson Community Kids.

Hunter Safety Class

The Arizona Game and Fish Hunter Safety Class will be offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13. The class will be at 208 S. McLane, with the field day on Dec. 15 at Jim Jones Shooting Range.

The cost is $8 per person. Contact Henry Thompson at (928) 978-0058 for details.

Mid-week Advent Services begin December 5

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church

Midweek Advent Services will be held at Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, in preparation for the birth of Jesus. Services will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

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

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church welcomes the public to attend its “Advent - The Coming of Jesus!” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is at 204 W. Airport Road, Payson.

Unity concert

Unity of Payson will present a concert by Mark Stanton Welch from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Messinger’s Community Room, 901 S. Westerly Rd., Payson.

Mark Welch is a musician, singer/songwriter, and educator. For more than 25 years his creations have touched and inspired the hearts, minds and spirits of audiences worldwide.

Welch has appeared on stage with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Joan Borysenko, Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Don Miguel Ruiz and Sondra Ray.

The cost of the concert is $10 at the door and $5 for those 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and 260 Café in Payson. For more details, call (9280 478-8515



World Wide Festival at PHS

Come and celebrate the 13 exchange students that are at Payson High School and their home countries and cultures at the first-ever World Wide Festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Payson High School cafeteria. Each country will be showcased with food samples and a drink representing the traditions of each county prepared by the Culinary Arts students. The cost is $3.50.

Ladies invited to attend Advent by Candlelight

The Ladies of Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church invite all ladies to “Advent by Candlelight 2012” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a time to relax and reflect on the coming of Jesus, our Savior. The program involves lighting of the Advent candles, singing Christmas songs, elegant desserts and fellowship. All women are invited to attend.

Rock of Ages is at 204 W. Airport Road, Payson.

Controlled burn discussion

Northern Arizona University will be putting on a Smoke Awareness Workshop in Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Payson Schools District Office board room, 902 W. Main Street. All residents of Payson and the surrounding communities are invited to attend to discuss the impact of controlled burns on health and quality of life. Please contact Erik Nielsen or Katie Sauerbrey at (928) 523-4980 for more information.

Student recital

Music students of Dr. Victoria Harris will present a recital at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 in Room 301, the Community Room, at Gila County Community College.

A reception will follow the program. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Longhorn Theatre to present Christmas play 

The Longhorn Theatre Jr. Thespians, along with the high school’s Longhorn Theatre Company, will present the first play of the season at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7.

“Acts of Christmas” is a series of three short plays. All three shows will play in the high school auditorium. Prices are $4 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.   

House Lighting Contest entries due Dec. 7

The 8th annual Rim Country Chamber “Light the Rim” house lighting contest, co-sponsored by H&H Heating & Cooling and the Payson Roundup, is now accepting applications. The theme “Light the Rim” combines community spirit and individual creativity by Rim Country residents. There is no charge to enter the contest.

The Chamber or the Roundup must receive applications by noon, Dec. 7, 2012. Judging will take place on the evenings of Dec. 11 and 12 and the lights must be lit during the hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on those evenings.

Prize money for the event, donated by H&H Heating and Air Conditioning, is as follows: $250 for first; $150 for second; and $100 for third.

A map and list of entrants will be placed in the Dec. 14 issue of the Roundup and be available at the Roundup and the Chamber.

The House Lighting map will offer the opportunity to put business card-sized ads around the map reminding the readers about your business. The charge for an advertisement in this highly desired map is only $25. Call Bobby Davis by Dec. 9 at (928) 474-5251, ext. 105 to advertise.

Arts & Crafts sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts Sale in the hospital’s main lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7. Many of the group’s top sellers will be available including: baby blankets/bibs/toys, Christmas decorations, scarves, catnip toys, fire starter baskets and much more.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop sale 

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 for its monthly First Friday half-off sale.  The store is at 434 S. Beeline Hwy., Suite B, C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop) and winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations.  For more information, call (928) 970-1097.

ReStore plans weekly celebration

December is a time to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore would like to thank all of its customers, volunteers and donors by having a celebration every Friday in December. Come down and enjoy some holiday treats with hot cocoa or cider while enjoying special savings throughout the store. The ReStore gets new donations of furniture, appliances and of course home improvement items everyday. The store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

To make a donation, please contact the ReStore at (928) 474-4247.

Soroptimist holiday wine and cheese

The local Soroptimist club is holding its Annual Holiday Wine and Cheese Party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 at Messinger’s Community Room.  Lots of food, other than cheese, will be available.

Tickets are $15 each and include food, wine or water and door prizes.  Raffle prizes and silent auction items will be on display. 

Money from the club’s Radiothon will be distributed to local groups who work with victims of domestic violence.

Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, as well as from club members.  Call (928) 474-6167 for more information. 

Help children with Angel Tree

The pre-kindergarten children of Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center are helping the less fortunate children of Payson this Christmas season. Come support them with their Angel Tree community service project from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W Main St. They will be serving beef stew with dinner roll, drink and dessert selling 2013 calendars featuring the children’s artwork and raffling several great items.  The cost for dinner is $5; calendars are a minimum donation of $8; and raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The CPC will also have The Mudhens Train Show open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive.

Have an Art-filled holiday

Down the Street Art Gallery members wish everyone an Art filled Holiday... Red Boxes filled with free Art, coupons for great Art deals and little treats can be yours for a small donation to Community Art Fund. This First Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.,come enjoy a cup of holiday cheer with the gallery’s artists and meet new artist Janice Hoyt. Hoyt’s art in charcoal, ink and watermedia is featured this month.

Artists of the Rim Gallery

Artists of the Rim Gallery is happy to welcome Betty Daily to its co-op family. Her work consists primarily of landscapes, both the small leaves on a forest floor and the vistas of mountains, each dancing with vivid color. Come see and enjoy her creative work. Please bring a can of food for the Food Bank box. This time of year is especially hard for those in need. Don’t miss the latest sculpture “Christmas in the desert”. This is a six-foot Saguaro cactus with a nesting owl awaiting Santa and wishing all a blessed Holiday season. First Friday is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 7.

Mudhens Train Show

Once again the Mudhens are sponsoring a train show at Community Presbyterian Church. The show is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.

The layout is modular in design with modules built by several different people. Each year Santa rides a special train. This year the layout will feature several sound equipped locomotives and even some sounds from mines and mills along the line. Also this year features two new modules depicting the area of Vance Junction, Colo. on the Rio Grande Southern

The train will be open during the CPCLC dinner. Admissionto the train show is free, however everyone is encouraged to bring a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive.

Food drive matinee

There will be a special matinee of The Rise of the Guardians for donations to the area food banks at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.  The admission will be two or more cans of food.

Jazz concert

Payson Jazz Trio joins Dr Jass & the Heartbeats in a two-set holiday-themed presentation of swinging jazzy tunes at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

A $5 donation includes refreshments.  Contact for RSVP and information:, (6020 619-3355.

General Plan community workshop

As part of the Town of Payson General Plan update a Community Issues Identification Workshop is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home Community Room, 901 S. Westerly Rd.

This is a public forum and a terrific opportunity to get involved in shaping the development of the community over the next decade.

This workshop will delve into the community’s priorities by exploring topic areas through brainstorming, small group exercises, and identifying opportunities and challenges to be addressed.

For more information, contact the Town of Payson Planning & Zoning Department, (928) 474-5242.


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