Community Almanac

We Need You!

We Need You!


Quilts to keep homeless veterans warm

Beautiful homemade quilts, one a Christmas quilt, are being raffled for Veterans Helping Veterans.

These quilts were donated for a benefit for Veterans Helping Veterans. Funds from the ticket sales will raise money for blankets to help keep the homeless veterans warm at the Ponderosa Manor shelter.

Tickets are only $2 each or three for $5 and are available at the Veterans Thrift Store at 606 S. Beeline Highway. The winning tickets will be drawn on Sunday, Dec. 23 and posted at the Thrift Store. For more information, call (928) 970-0046.

ReStore 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 home improvement items every day. 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.

Water lecture

Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI, wellness advocate with Healthy Perspectives will present a free educational lecture, “Water, Water Everywhere But From What Source Should I Drink?” from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15.

She will discuss the many types of water available and which ones have the greatest impact on overall health and well-being. Learn about the various types of water and how to properly alkalize, hydrate and detoxify the body. Attendees are asked to provide a sample of their drinking water and during the lecture they will be tested for pH content. Please reserve a space for this event at Healthy Perspectives by calling (928) 472-7120.

Help needed to provide Christmas for youth in need

Help is needed to provide a happy holiday for the growing number of displaced and disadvantaged youth in the Rim Country.

A number of area organizations are uniting to help meet this need for at least 140 youngsters. Anyone who would like to join the group is welcome. There will be gatherings Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 to sort and wrap presents. Items not received will have to be purchased around that same time. The party for the kids is Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Senior Center.

Some financial donations have been made, but more are needed to purchase clothing. For more information, contact Joan Young, Rim Country Optimist Club, P.O. Box 2273, Payson, AZ 85547 or (928) 472-2264. Checks should be made out to Rotary Club Foundation and are deductible.

Payson Choral Society Christmas concert Dec. 15

The always-popular Payson Choral Society Christmas concert comes to the Payson High School Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 15. Performances of “Home for Christmas” are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Daria Mason directs the concert, with accompaniment by Victoria Harris.

Concert tickets are $10 at the door for adults, or $8 if purchased 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.

Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students. These are awarded each year at the spring concert.

For added information, call John Landino (928) 468-0023.


We Need You!

Bell ringers needed

Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers are desperately needed for two-hour shifts Dec. 17-22 and on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at Walmart, Safeway, Bashas’ and Walgreens. The funds raised from the kettles, including checks, stay in Payson to help those in need.

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

Humane society angel tree

Help make the holiday happy for the animals at the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s shelter. Arizona State Credit Union has an angel tree with tags listing the dogs and cats at the shelter. Stop by 104 E. Highway 260 and grab a tag and bring back a gift by noon, Monday, Dec. 24.

Community Kids offer Christmas cards

The Payson Community Kids members have made special Christmas cards. The group is selling boxes of 12 cards for $20.  There are six different designs with two of the same cards in each box. 

Get the cards by calling (928) 978-3256 or stop by Roadrunner Rubbish, 107 W. Wade Lane #7; Bob’s Western Wear; or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Nazarenes present ‘The Bethlehem Project’ and host mission speaker

The Children’s Department of the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will present a drama at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 16 that features the traditional Christmas story with a fresh twist that provides both fun and relevance for everyone. The Bethlehem Kids and the Shepherd Kids don’t get along until they find the same Savior. There is lots of humor and colorful characters, but it moves to a pointed message of love, salvation and reconciliation.

Missionary Patrick Karlowski will talk about his exciting work with Extreme Ministries in Peru at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16.

No admission charge for either program.

Attention: Churches

Rim Country churches are invited to send the Payson Roundup information about special programs and services planned for Christmas. Drop the notices off at the office at 708 N. Beeline Highway or send by e-mail to

The notices are due by noon, Monday, Dec. 17.

Unity of Payson

Michelle Abraham is the spiritual education and volunteer/outreach coordinator at Unity of Phoenix and is a licensed Unity teacher candidate. Her personal life mission is to create an awareness that empowers individuals to cultivate their greatness and celebrate the present moment. 

Abraham will lead Unity of Payson members in the third week of Advent program, The Gift of Love, which demonstrates when one comes from a heart-centered consciousness, we are reminded that Love can illumine minds and fill hearts with joy. 

Sunday, Dec. 16 services are at 10 a.m. at the office of the Central AZ Board of Realtors, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14. For more information, visit the Web site: or call (928) 478-8515.

Moose Lodge Christmas party

The Moose Lodge in Star Valley will have a Christmas party for children ages 10 and younger from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16. Youngsters are invited to come see Santa and Mrs. Claus.

JRE 5th-grade music class to sing Christmas carols

Community Presbyterian Church offers its sanctuary to the community to come hear 66 children from the 5th-grade music class of Ms. Juli Davies, Music Director at Julia Randall Elementry School. The children will be singing several Christmas carols at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the church, 800 W. Main St. Light refreshments will be served.

Pain management program

The Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will present a program on pain management with Dr. Marc Grant at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Call ahead for reservations, (928) 472-9290.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

The Desert Southwest Chapter cordially invites caregivers, families, service providers and members of the community to attend the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group meeting at Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

For additional details, contact Shirley Grady at (602) 697-4870.

Pine Library holiday events

Christmas time is fun time for kids at the library. Pre-school story hour is every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 19 it’s “Polar Express” time with a surprise at the end of the story.

During Christmas break, it’s Holiday Movie Madness. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 22 to see “Santa Paws 2, the Santa Pups,” and on Thursday, Jan 3 see “Thunderstruck.” Movies start at 1:30 p.m.

See’s Candy at Pine Library 

Pine Library just received its shipment of See’s Candy for this holiday season. A large selection of candy is available until sold out.

All proceeds will go toward purchasing additional library materials. Candy can be purchased during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call the library at (928) 476-3678.

There is also a “Tree of Giving” in the foyer. If you would like to donate to the library through this program, just select a title to purchase for the library.

Mid-week Advent Services

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. 19.

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

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road, invites everyone to its last Advent service for 2012. Advent III – “His Advent... In Power... Count on it... HE WILL COME AGAIN IN POWER!” is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19.

A free soup supper will be held before the service at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For information, please contact Pastor David Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

Books are Fun Fair

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the Books Are Fun Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19 and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday Dec. 20 in the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance).

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.

Chamber Mixer

The December Chamber Mixer is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Payson Senior Center, 512 W. Main St.  There will be light refreshments, tours of the facility and the thrift shop. The evening will include the usual highlights, such as door prizes and fun. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for the community. Please call the Chamber to RSVP, (928) 474-4515.

Payson Library events

The Payson Public Library has special programs for children in December.

The Count Down to the Holidays program is for ages 5 to 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

The Tiny Tots Christmas Program is for ages 2 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

GCC announces holiday schedule

Gila Community College will be closed for the holidays beginning Dec. 17 and will reopen Jan. 2.

The spring 2013 semester begins Wednesday, Jan. 9 and registration is now under way. Students can register at the Payson Campus, the Gila Pueblo Campus in Globe, or the San Carlos Campus Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 14 or beginning Jan. 2.

For the latest spring 2013 schedule, visit For questions or more information, call the Payson Campus at (928) 468-8039, the Gila Pueblo Campus in Globe at (928) 425-8481, or the San Carlos Campus at (928) 475-5981.

Health, weight program

The gift of health starts with you and gaining more knowledge enabling informed choices in your wellness journey.

Join Natural Health Educators Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI, and Vivian Seville, CNA, LMT, Joyologist from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20 at Healthy Perspectives to gain insight into how you can start taking steps to improve your quality of life and successfully manage your weight. This lecture is free, but reservations required, call Healthy Perspectives at (928) 472-7120.

Raffle for field trip

The third- and fourth-grade combo class at the Payson Community Christian School is planning a field trip the first week of May 2013 to The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. The Creation Museum is an impressive museum that includes all kinds of scientific information from the Biblical perspective. 

To help the students and school raise the funds for the trip — an estimated $12,000 — Scott Helmer of Rim Country Guns has donated a Ruger 10-22 Take Down Rifle to raffle. The tickets are $5 for one or six for $25. The tickets for the raffle may be purchased from the Christian School Office, 213 S. Colcord Road, and the phone number is (928) 474-8050. Tickets can also be purchased at Rim Country Guns, 513 S. Beeline Highway, call (928) 474-8000 for details. Participants must be able to legally own a gun and be 18 or older. The drawing is planned for Dec. 20.


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