Community Almanac


Payson Jazz Trio performance at Thai cafe

The Payson Jazz Trio performs at the Ayothaya Thai Café, 404 E. Highway 260 (north side of highway across from Safeway) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5.

The trio includes Bob Smolenski, piano keyboard; Gerry Reynolds, drums; Mike Buskirk, bass.

MOAA meeting

The Payson Satellite Northern AZ Chapter MOAA meeting is Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Crosswinds Restaurant at the Payson Airport. There will be no guest speaker at this Holiday Party luncheon. The luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. and meals will be ordered from the menu at a cost of $15 per person. Wine and dessert is included. Dress is casual.

Military officers, members, family and guests are cordially invited. Please call Joe Pickens at (928) 472-2309 for a reservation.

Brush pits closed for holiday

The free brush pits operated by the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be closed for the New Year’s holiday Saturday, Dec. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 30 so that the staff and volunteers can spend the holiday weekend with their families.

Unity of Payson to hold Burning Bowl Ceremony

Dr. Lynnette Brouwer will lead the members of Unity of Payson in the annual Burning Bowl Ceremony Sunday, Dec. 30. The title of her talk, and purpose of the burning bowl, is “Release the Old, Invite the New.” This is an opportunity to invite the blessings of Spirit into your life and your plans in the coming year.

Brouwer has attended Unity churches for nearly 20 years. During that time she has led book groups, served on a board of directors and is near completion of the Licensed Unity Teacher program. She is a member of the Unity of Payson steering team and leads the Foundations Class, a pathway to membership in the church.

Services are at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 30 at the office of the Central Arizona Board of Realtors, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14.

For more information, visit the Web site: or call (928) 478-8515.

New Year’s services

Shepherd of The Pines

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have a New Year’s Eve service at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31. Holy Communion will be served. The theme will be “Not a Plastic Jesus.” For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440.

St. Philip the Apostle Church

St. Philip the Apostle Church, 511 S. St. Philips St., Payson, will celebrate New Year Masses of obligation as follows: New Year’s Eve Vigil Mass, 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; New Year’s Day Mass, 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1 and 12:30 p.m. for Spanish Mass.

New Year’s Sunrise Prayer Service

The Payson Church of Christ at 401 E. Tyler Parkway will host the community’s annual New Year’s Sunrise Service at 7:15 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1.

For more information, call (928) 472-8178.

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 state tax returns.

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

Bookstore clearance sale

During the month of January, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a storewide clearance sale. The entire inventory will be offered at three for the price of one. The second and third items must be of equal or lesser value than the first item.   

Be sure to stop by the Bookstore Bargain Table in the library’s lobby. All items on this table will be clearance priced at four for $1 during January. 

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at www.library  

Daily hikes slated

The Payson Walkers have hikes planned every day the first week of January 2013. All hikes start at 9 a.m.:

• Tuesday, Jan. 1 - meet at the Parks & Rec Office in Green Valley Park;

• Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Mary Mastin will lead; meet at the north lot at Gila Community College;

• Thursday, Jan. 2 - Joanie King will lead; meet at the west end of of Longhorn;

• Friday, Jan. 4 - Mary Mastin will lead; meet at Home Depot.

Chamber changes benefits, dues structure

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will change its membership benefits and dues structures. These changes are designed to better serve members and to insure the financial survival of the Chamber.

The Chamber is increasing dues and will change from an employee-based dues program to a benefits-based dues program.  The new program will give companies the opportunity to customize their Chamber benefits and dues to fit their individual company needs.

Please look for the Chamber letter at your individual renewal time, look at the Chamber Web site or come to the Chamber for a copy of the new brochure, which outlines the benefits and new fee schedule.

Pine Library events

During Christmas break, it’s Holiday Movie Madness at the Pine Library. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Jan. 3 to see “Thunderstruck.” Movies start at 1:30 p.m.

Genealogy library

has new hours

Beginning Jan. 4, 2013 the Northern Gila County Genealogy Library hours will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It will be closed all major holidays.

The public is always welcome to use the society’s library for genealogy research. And if the hours aren’t convenient, contact the society at its e-mail address: or phone (928) 474-2139 and a librarian will return the e-mail or call and set up an appointment.

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.

American Legion Riders to meet January 5 

The American Legion Riders’ next meeting is at Tiny’s Restaurant on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

Breakfast is at 9:15 a.m. with a business meeting to follow at 10 a.m. Major items to be discussed will be continuation of planning for the United Kingdom Wounded Warriors’ visit to Payson and planning for the seventh annual Fun Run to benefit Payson Supply Line.

Interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, call Tonto Rim Post at (928) 474-6969.  

Almost New Thrift Shop plans $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags and it can be yours for just $1. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. This month’s sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs presented by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

County swears in officials

Gila County’s elected officials will take their oaths of office at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 in the Supervisors Hearing Room at the Gila County Courthouse, 1400 E. Ash St. in Globe, Ariz.

Members of the public and the media are welcome to attend. An informal reception with light refreshments will follow in the patio area outside the hearing room.

Democratic Women’s Club

The Democratic Women’s Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at Tiny’s Restaurant at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 8. The featured speaker will be Lin Ennis, a trainer, a writer and the recent communications director for the Angela LeFevre campaign. The subject will be “What next? Three things Democrats should do now.”

This meeting is open to both women and men. Those planning to eat lunch should arrive at 11:30 a.m. If you have further questions, contact Carol Waymire at (928) 468-1115 or Pat Rollins at (928) 472-4700.

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, Feb. 4–7. This is a Branson Country Music Festival and more in Mesquite, Nev. Call Renee at (928) 472-9290 for all the details.

Jazz concert

The next jazz concert at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson is at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13. The concert features jazz vocalist and guitarist Pete Pancrazi and his quartet.  

His quartet plays many styles of jazz, be-bop, blues, swing and Pete’s jazz-pop vocal renditions.

The event is open to the public. For more information and to make reservations, contact or (602) 619-3355.

Bridge results

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for Dec. 19 were: Ruth Aucott and Judy Fox, N/S, George Aucott and Steven Fox, E/W, first; Frances Schwartz and Wanda Sitz, N/S, Bonnie Eller and Larry Hoecker, E/W, second; Diane Bricker and Teri Jimerson tied with Meg Turlukis and Phon Sutton, N/S, Ed and Dot Koshinski, E/W, third.

For information and reservations, please call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.

AA 24-hour hotline

Alcoholic Anonymous has a 24-hour hotline to call: (928) 474-3620.


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