Community Almanac



Photo courtesy of Jo Russell

Author and speaker Jo Russell answers the question, “How Can I Put the Guilt Gene In Its Place?” in a short, humorous talk 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at Oasis Christian Books and Gifts, 512 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. Russell will be signing “Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women” from 10 a.m. to noon, also at Oasis. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet, laugh and enjoy author Jo Russell. She’ll be there with a smile from 10 a.m. to noon, and speaking at 11, at the Oasis Christian Books and Gifts. For further information, call (928) 474-4713.

Jan. 31 Tuesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Woodhill Neighborhood Watch meeting: 7 p.m., Payson Public Library

Woodhill Neighborhood Watch

The Woodhill Neighborhood Watch group will meet with Police Chief Don Engler regarding the burglaries occurring in Woodhill subdivision. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Payson Public Library meeting room. All homeowners are encouraged to attend.

Questions may be directed to Lucy Briggs at (928) 468-8961.

Feb. 1 Wednesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Free tax help: AARP’s free tax help program begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Payson Elks, and continues through mid-April, (928) 472-6229

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Child singers wanted: 5:30 p.m., Payson United Methodist Church, (928) 474-0485

Free tax help and free e-filing

AARP volunteers in Payson will once again be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available Wednesday, Feb. 1 through Thursday, April 12 at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, located at Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson: Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Payson: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 1, 8, 15, 29 and April 5, 12. The college will be closed March 22 due to Gila College spring break.

No appointments will be taken. For more information, call Joan Stephens, AARP Tax Help coordinator, (928) 472-6229 (do not call the Elks or GCC).

Child singers wanted

Children in kindergarten through the fifth-grade who like to sing are invited to come to Payson United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

There is no registration fee and participants will learn fun, active songs.

For more information, call (928) 474-0485. 

Feb. 2 Thursday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Western dance lessons: 6 p.m., Senior Center, 514 W. Main, Payson

Western dance lessons

Bob and Helen Hughes are offering Country Western dance lessons every Thursday at 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 2 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., (928) 474-4876.

No partner is required. The session includes six dance lessons plus two dances. Cost is $8 for singles and $12 for couples per six-class session. Dance night will be open to the public

Feb. 3 Friday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Free movies: 9:15 a.m., Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• First Friday: 5 p.m., historic Main Street, Payson

Free movie and a muffin

Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., invites you for a free movie and muffin every Friday at 9:15 a.m.

February is Classic Romance month and the schedule is as follows: Feb. 3 “From Here to Eternity,” Feb. 10 “It Happened One Night,” Feb. 17 “An Affair to Remember,” Feb. 24 “Love Me or Leave Me.”

Time Out Thrift Shop sale

Take “time out to shop” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on First Friday, Feb. 3 at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s). Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off.

While you’re shopping and saving, be sure to get your tickets for the Sweetheart Raffle for a $25 gift certificate from the Time Out Thrift Shop. Tickets are 25 cents each or 5 for $1.

All profits support Time Out, Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and other domestic violence programs in our community.

The shelter hotline number is (928) 472-8007. For more information about the shop, call (928) 474-3989.

Chili Relleno Supper

Come join us us for an evening of good food and entertainment. We are serving Chili Relleno Casserole, beans, chips, dessert and drink from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. 

Eat in and enjoy the music of “Anything Goes” or get your dinner to go, only $5 a plate! The bus will be running to take you up and down Main Street after dinner too.

All proceeds go to the children’s programs at the Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center.

First Friday

Lovers of antiques, art, fun and much more are invited to First Friday at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art.

Lovers of music will enjoy a free concert by Payson’s own John Carpino while sitting by the fire pit. Lovers of animals can visit the Humane Society table to purchase raffle tickets and/or make a donation.

If you love Historic Main Street, bring a date, a friend, or just treat yourself and head to 520 W. Main St. The theme is “Date Night” for First Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 3 and everyone is invited.

‘Art from the Heart’

Down the Street Art Gallery’s  “Art from the Heart” Valentine’s event on First Friday, Feb. 3, will feature their newest artist, Jim McBride.

McBride is new to the Payson area and is a self-taught oil painter, inspired by nature and especially the Rocky Mountains. Meet him and the other artists making “Art from the Heart” and enjoy some chocolate treats.

The gallery is located at 703 W. Main St.

Looking ahead

Benefit for marine biology tour

There will be an enormous rummage sale and pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Walmart parking lot to raise money to send area students on a Pacific coast marine biology tour.

Get a jump on spring cleaning and make donations for the event. Call Lori at (928) 474-2681 for pick-up.

Humorous answers for the guilt-plagued

Northeast Arizona author and speaker Jo Russell answers the question, “How Can I Put the Guilt Gene In Its Place?” in a short, humorous talk 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at Oasis Christian Books and Gifts, 512 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Russell will be signing her book “Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women” from 10 a.m. to noon, also at Oasis.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet, laugh and enjoy author Jo Russell. She’ll be there with a smile from 10 a.m. to noon, and speaking at 11, at the Oasis Christian Books and Gifts. For further information, call (928) 474-4713.


The music students of Alana Wallace invite area residents to their annual recital at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at Mountain Bible Church, Building C, 302 E. Rancho Road.

Come hear pianists and vocalists celebrate the progress they have made in the past year. Students who have reached their goals will be receiving certificates. There is no charge and all are welcome. Please call (928) 472-7689 if you have any questions.

Benefit at the Buffalo

Local favorites John Carpino and the HOT Cappuccinos will be providing live music for the benefit and fund-raising event for Payson cancer patient Jaci Hill, Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Buffalo Bar and Grill in Payson.

There will be door prizes, raffles, silent auction items, dancing and more. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Details pertaining to this event and more can be found at

Take eBay class at GCC

Gila Community College is offering “eBay as a Home-Based Business” as a six-week class from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., Mondays, Feb. 6 to March 12.

Taught by “Powerseller” Gayle Goodwin, who has been an eBay member for 13 years, the class will cover where and how to find items to sell, how to write, photograph, create and upload listings, how to make and track sales and how to make money from home.

Learn more by calling (928) 468-8039.

$1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts — anything that can be worn, except for jewelry, and can fit into one of the shop’s bags, can be purchased for just one dollar.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at the Almost New Thrift Shop, 308 E. Aero Drive.

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

For more information, call (928) 468-5515.

Southern Gospel concert

Kevin Spencer, noted Southern Gospel singer, will be performing live and in concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway (across from Home Depot).

Kevin Spencer is born again Christian and believes in living what he sings. He has made recordings with Bill Gaither and released a new tribute CD to his favorite singer, the late Rusty Goodman.

Everyone is invited to attend and bring a friend. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken. For more information, call (928) 474-5890 or email

Senior Circle calendar

Dr. Zakaluzny will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Feb. 8 Lunch and Learn at the Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline. His topic will be G.E.R.D. (gastro esophegeal reflux disease). 

The Senior Circle plans a trip to Barleens Arizona Opry on March 13. A luxury motor coach departs Payson at 9:15 a.m.

For details one either event, call (928) 472-9290.

Hashknife coming to town

Once again, the Hashknife Pony Express riders are coming to Payson.

The group of volunteers with the Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse, will ride in to the Payson Post Office at 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Be there to greet them and to get autographs.

Photo workshops

Award-winning photographer Tom Brossart will be conducting a series of three photo workshops this spring.

Adventures in Photography will be hands-on workshops to help those in attendance understand their digital camera and its functions, which will lead to better photos.

The first workshop will be in Sedona on Feb. 10 and will focus on landscape photo techniques. The second workshop will be in March and will concentrate on wildflower photographs (the date of this workshop will be determined when the wildflowers are blooming). The final workshop will be April 6.

The cost of each workshop is $100, or $80 for those who have attended previous workshops with Brossart or have taken his digital photography course at GCC.

Each workshop is limited to eight participants to ensure as much one-on-one instruction as possible, so sign up soon by calling (928) 979-2393 or e-mail Brossart at

Christian concert

A Christian concert, featuring Chris Driesbach, will be presented at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road, Payson at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.

For additional details, call (928) 970-7606.

Sweetheart Dance

The Payson Elks Lodge will have its Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance Saturday, Feb. 11. Cocktails start at 5 p.m.; dinner featuring Herm’s Famous Ham Dinner, is at 6 p.m.; and music starts at 7 p.m. with Junction 87.

Dinner tickets are on sale now at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, for $15 each, or they can be purchased at the door the night of the dance. For more information, contact the Lodge at (928) 474-2572.

The Reunion Jazz Band

The Reunion Jazz Band will be featured from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

The band will present mainstream jazz and some BeBop played the way you remember — music from the glory years of jazz, performed by experienced musicians.

The band includes Ken Hales on trumpet and flugelhorn; Clark Furlong, trombone; Chuck Bellman, saxophone and flute; Tom Walker, piano; Randy Wright, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

A $5 donation is requested at the door and includes refreshments.

Reservations are also requested; send to:

Meditation-a-thon to raise funds for no-kill shelter

The Payson Buddhist Study group is sponsoring a meditation-athon from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11.

The donations raised will be given to Tara’s Babies, a no-kill shelter started as a rescue effort for Katrina dogs and expanded to include many dogs throughout the years that were scheduled to for euthanasia or unable to be adopted out at other shelters. All proceeds from the event will be used to feed and care for the dogs.

Each meditator will find his/her sponsor(s) for the time segment she/he chooses. Anyone interested in participating or making a donation can call (928) 595-1378 for more information or to sign up.

Zumbathon benefits Payson Christian Clinic

It’s time to gear up for another Zumbathon. Get out those red workout clothes and spread the Valentine’s Day love for your neighbors Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Proceeds will benefit the Payson Christian Clinic, which serves area residents unable to afford care from other health care providers.

The event begins with a mini-lesson on Zumba at 9:45 a.m. This will be followed by two hours of heart-pumping Latin fitness dance. The first hour will be devoted to the Zumba Gold program, which is a slower pace, with the second hour all about regular Zumba.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Prizes will be awarded to those who collect the most pledges.

For more information, or to print out a pledge form, go to the Rim Country Health Web site, which is sponsoring the event, Tickets and pledge forms are also available at Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Road; Curves, 400 E. Highway 260; the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway; or from any of the area’s Zumba instructors.

For more information, contact Christy Walton, (928) 595-0406.

Lip Sync Concert

Be sure to put Feb. 18on your calendar as there will be a Lip Sync Concert at Payson High School along with an amazing Silent Auction and a 50-50 raffle.

High School students will be competing for a total of $1,100 in prizes. Fifty attendees will be randomly picked to be audience judges to award a $100 prize. This event is sponsored through the cooperative effort of Kiwanis, Optimist and Rotary clubs and the high school drama department.

Tickets are now being sold by club members at a discounted price prior to the event. As this event’s proceeds are for scholarships for continuing education, the three clubs continue to accept auction and monetary donations.

Visitors are always welcome at the Rim Country Optimist Club meetings. For further information or Lip Sync tickets, call Joan Young, Public Relations, 472-2264 or visit our Web site at www.rimcountry Last year’s pictures of this event are on the site.

Reserve your Business Showcase booth now

Rim Country Business: Past, Present & Future — the 20th Annual Business Showcase, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Mazatzal Casino Exhibition Hall.

This is an opportunity to highlight your business and products to other businesses and residents of Payson and the surrounding communities. This year, spaces will only be offered in the main hall, which will limit the number of booths. So, fast action is advised.

A completed application and payment will be required to hold a booth or location. If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Call for artists

The Payson Art League is now organizing its annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour, which will be held May 4, 5 and 6. PAL welcomes new artists to participate, either at their own studio or by joining another artist.

For applications and information, please contact tour director Jan Ransom, (928) 468-8593.

Women’s Wellness Forum to feature Jason Schechterle

The 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum is March 24 and features Jason Schechterle as the keynote speaker.

Schechterle is the Phoenix police officer who suffered fourth-degree burns to his face, neck and hands when his patrol car went up in flames after being rear-ended in 2001.

He became a motivational speaker after retiring from the Phoenix Police Department in 2006. His topic at the forum will be “Making Coffee.”

The forum will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 on the Payson High School campus. Participants will attend three break-out sessions, choosing from the following topics: yoga, skin care, domestic violence, automotive maintenance, hormones, scrapbooking, making unusual vegetable dishes, living well with diabetes or pre-diabetes, living the green life, and accessorizing.

There is a $15 fee to attend the forum and there is limited financial assistance available for women who would like to attend, but cannot afford the fee.

To learn more or to register, contact MHA at (928) 472-2588 or stop by the office at 308 E. Aero Dr., Payson or go online to


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