Community Almanac

John Carpino

John Carpino


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. 21-22 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.

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.

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.

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.


John Carpino

Carpino to perform

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

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 Highway 87 in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, 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.

Time Out Thrift Shop Christmas sale

Shop and save on all Christmas items now at the Time Out Thrift Shop.

All Christmas items are 50 percent to 75 percent off. Check out the great selection of nice gifts and if you are looking for a gift for someone special who frequents the shop, we have just the thing — a Time Out Gift Card — and just in time for Christmas.

The shop will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 so that the volunteer and employee staff can enjoy the holiday with families.

All profits from the shop support Time Out, Inc., its domestic violence shelter and transitional housing in our community. Time Out shelter’s 24-hour hotline number is (928) 472-8007.

Gift-wrapping by Key Club

The Payson High School members of Key Club are wrapping Christmas gifts for the third year. Bring in presents and Key Club provides a variety of wrapping papers and bows for a donation. The final wrapping program is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 in the Walmart Garden Center.

Cinnamon Twist at Journigan House

Cinnamon Twist — Jennifer Baltz and Annie James — will be playing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 at Journigan House on Historic Main Street. They will feature a great mix of classic rock, country, blues and Christmas favorites.

Pine Library holiday events

During Christmas break, it’s Holiday Movie Madness. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 27 to see “Santa Paws 2, the Santa Pups,” and on Thursday, Jan 3 see “Thunderstruck.” Movies start at 1:30 p.m.

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.

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. 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.

Breakfast for a Buck

A Men’s Breakfast for a Buck is at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway. The meal this time will include a breakfast burrito, plus a fruit bowl, coffee and juice, all for just $1, prepared by Keith Talley and his crew. Randy Wilcox will then share an exciting message.

Senior Circle

The Senior Circle of the Payson Regional Medical Center will host another Lunch and Learn program at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9 with Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny, who will discuss a healthy liver as well as diseases of the liver and what we can do to promote healthy liver function. The liver helps your body digest food, absorb nutrients and rid itself of toxic substances, purifying your blood. 

A trip is being planned for early February to BransonFest Out West, February 4–7. This is a Branson Country Music Festival and more in Mesquite, Nev.   Call Renee at (928) 472-9290 for all the details.

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.

Bridge results

Tuesday Bridge Club winners Dec. 18 were: Diane Baran, first; Kay Houghton, second; Pat Murray, third.

Play is at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday, except Christmas and New Year’s, at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community. Area residents and guest are welcome.

Please call Mary Kemp at (928) 468-1418 for reservations and information.

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 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.

Rim Country Vegan Social Club

The Rim Country Vegan Social Club is a group devoted to a 100 percent plant-based diet. Members can enjoy classes, potlucks, outings and an organic Heirloom farm C.S.A. Call Rawchester for details at (928) 970-0229.


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