Community Almanac

The Angel Trees at Arizona State Credit Union still have lots of tags.

Photo by Andy Towle. |

The Angel Trees at Arizona State Credit Union still have lots of tags.


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.

Bell ringers needed

Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers are desperately needed for two-hour shifts Dec. 18-22 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.

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.

Roundup’s ‘Cash up for Christmas’ promotion

The Payson Roundup’s “Cash up for Christmas” winner will appear in the Friday, Dec. 21 edition, not the Tuesday, Dec. 18 edition as advertised.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Angel Trees still need help

The Angel Trees at Arizona State Credit Union still have lots of tags. Be an angel this year and help to brighten Christmas for children in need in the community or the pets at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. There are two trees still full of tags for both, so stop by the Credit Union at 104 E. Highway 260 (next door to Taco Bell) and pick up a tag or two today.

Gifts should be returned by Dec. 24.

The Angel Trees at National Bank and the Senior Circle also need the community’s help in providing for the area’s children in need.

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.

School concerts

School winter concerts are still taking place this last week before Christmas.

• Tuesday, Dec. 18 - Payson Elementary School Winter Concert. The concert will have two seatings, one from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and the other from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Each performance will feature K-2 grades, but each seating will have different classes. The show will have all three grades sing together for the opening and closing acts.

The kindergarteners will also perform with rhythm sticks, jingle bells and hand drums. The first graders will use hand bells to accent their choral arrangements. The second graders will play recorders with their singing.

Seating will be limited and on a first come first served basis.

For questions, call the PES office at (928) 474-5882.

• Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Pine-Strawberry Holiday concert and play. The pre-school through eighth grade classes will present a play and choral concert in the Pine-Strawberry gym at 6:30 p.m.

For more questions, call (928) 476-3283.

• Wednesday, Dec. 19 - The Payson High School Holiday Concert will be at 6:30 p.m. in the PHS Auditorium.  Both the band and the chorus will perform.

Caroling at Rim Country Health

Unity of Payson members will be Christmas caroling and distributing blessed stuffed animals at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.


The Angel Trees at Arizona State Credit Union still have lots of tags.

Many angel tags still not taken

The Angel Trees at Arizona State Credit Union still have lots of tags. Be an angel this year and help to brighten Christmas for children in need in the community or the pets at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. There are two trees still full of tags for both, so stop by the credit union at 104 E. Hwy. 260 (next door to Taco Bell) and pick up a tag or two today. Gifts should be returned by Dec. 24.

The Angel Trees at National Bank, 804 S. Beeline Hwy., and the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy., also need the community’s help in providing for Rim Country residents in need.

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.

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.

College meeting

The governing boards of the Gila and Santa Cruz Provisional Community College Districts will have a special joint meeting at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19 via interactive television. The broadcast will be at the Gila Community College Interactive Television Room at Gila Pueblo Campus, 8274 South Six Shooter Canyon Road, Globe.

The purpose of the meeting is work study session to discuss and possibly take action to introduce and support legislative action requesting state aid at the same rate for provisional community colleges per full time student equivalent as the existing community colleges. The boards will also discuss and possibly act on jointly introducing and supporting legislative action requesting equal funding for the state.

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.

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.

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 is closed for the holidays through 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.

See’s Candy at National Bank

Need a last minute gift? Look for See’s Candy at National Bank, at the corner of Main Street and Hwy. 87 in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. Proceeds from the sales provide funding for local charities and projects, including the Time Out Shelter, the Women’s Wellness Forum and Payson Community Kids.  Call (928) 474-6167 for more information.

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop sale

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop is celebrating Donation Dog Nala’s 15th birthday by having a 50 percent off sale on almost everything in the shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20. Canine and human refreshments will be served. The shop is at 434 S. Beeline Hwy, just behind the Time Out Thrift Shop.

Carpino performance

Singer and Songwriter John Carpino performs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 at Lady D’s Wine Bar, Chocolate and Art, 714 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Find details at

Payson Jazz Trio performance at Thai cafe

The Payson Jazz Trio, featuring Bob Smolenski on the piano, Mike Buskirk on bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums, will perform at Ayothaya Thai Café, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28.

To book the trio, contact Gerry Reynolds for January - February dates at or (602) 619-3355.

AARP Tax-Aide program needs volunteers

The Payson AARP Tax-Aide program needs volunteers for computer preparation of Federal Form(s) 1040 and Arizona form(s) 140 for Tax Year 2012.

Requirements include: knowledge of preparing a tax return and using a computer; commitment of four hours a week from Feb. 4 through April 15, 2013; and attendance at a training one-week class starting Jan. 15, 2013 on both Federal and Tax Returns.

Call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229 for more information and to volunteer.

Special Alzheimer’s program

A special program for Alzheimer’s caregivers is planned from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Payson Senior Center.

Tryn Rose Seley will present “15 Minutes of Fame – how one photo does wonders to bring you both back to solid ground. Participants will develop simple ways to engage and connect with the person they care for; create trust; and accomplish daily tasks with greater ease.

Early Head Start accepting applications

Early Head Start is currently accepting applications. The program provides comprehensive home-based services to pregnant women and children, from birth to 3 years of age.

This is a government-funded program and does not charge any fees for services. Needed items for enrollment include: immunization record, proof of guardianship, and proof of income for the year 2011 or the past 12 months.

Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Early Head Start Home Base Advocate Janet Reese at (928) 951-2455 to set up an appointment. When the application process has been completed, the applicant will be put on a waiting list.


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