Community Almanac



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Cinnamon Twist, which features Anne James, at far left, and Jennifer Baltz, at left, along with Larry Brasen, will be performing at the Payson Senior Center St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 16 and at the Payson Elks’ March 17 blow out. There will be corned beef and cabbage served at both events, plus more. See details below for more information.

March 13 Tuesday

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

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop moves to new location

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop will be leaving its Main Street location and moving to 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite C & D, Tuesday, March 13.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. As a non-profit business, all proceeds benefit local animal welfare organizations. Drop-off donations are welcome. Donated items can also be picked up. For more information, call (928) 951-2587.

March 14 Wednesday

• Quilt-a-Thon: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Baptist Church in Pine, continues through Friday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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


The Quilt Angels, formerly called DPS Quilt Angels, are known for providing quilts to DPS for victims of crime and families of fallen police officers, residents of nursing homes and for making quilts and Christmas stockings for children of local Food Bank families.

Next week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 this small group of caring quilters are undertaking a gigantic project by hosting a Quilt-a-Thon at the First Baptist Church in Pine on Highway 87. They expect to complete 150 Comfort Quilts with the community’s help.

Lunch will be provided to those participating. If you sew, bring your sewing machine, if you don’t, help is needed with tying, turning, ironing and more.

For information, contact Gloria Fohr at (928) 476-3623.

March 15 Thursday

• 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

• GCC Board Meeting: 2:30 on Payson campus

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

GCC Board Meeting

The Gila County Community College board will meet at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15 at Room 209 at the Payson campus and Room 522 at the Gila Pueblo campus.

March 16 Friday

• 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 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

• St. Patrick’s Celebration: 10:30 a.m., Payson Senior Center

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

Senior Center events

A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 16.

All lasses and lads are welcomed. There will be traditional Irish folk music with Cinnamon Twist. Entertainment is free and open to all area seniors.

Following the entertainment, stay for another St. Patty’s Day tradition, a corned beef and cabbage dinner with all the trimmings. The cost is $4 per person and reservations are required. Call (928) 474-4676 for reservations.

Then at 11 a.m., Monday, March 26 Payson Care Center’s educational series continues. Mike Crossman, physical therapist at the Payson Care Center, will present the program, Peripheral Neuropathy.

Crossman will discuss the causes and symptoms of foot numbness, treatment and pain management.

The Payson Senior Center lunch will follow the presentation; for lunch reservations please call (928) 474-4876. The Senior Center, located at 514 E. Main.  

Looking ahead

Free tax help and free e-filing

AARP volunteers in Payson are preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available 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., March 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).

Purim party melodrama event

The Member Care Committee of Community Presbyterian Church will present a Purim melodrama at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 18 in the church sanctuary located at 800 W. Main St., Payson.

This tongue-in-cheek play is a light-hearted look at the biblical events faithfully recorded in the Old Testament Book of Esther as she risks all to save the Jews of her day from the wrath of King Ahasuerus. Come join in the frolic as audience participation is encouraged. Families are welcome.

Admission requested is the donation of two cans of food for the Payson Food Drive. Light refreshments will be served. Call the church office for additional information at (928) 474-2059.

Latex paint disposal

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate a latex paint recycle day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 17.

Bring in leftover latex paint for disposal or recycling to the Buckhead Mesa Gila County Landfill. All unusable paint will be properly disposed of and the good paint will be bulked and distributed.

Read the paint can carefully. The county can only accept latex paint at this event.

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill is located on Highway 87, across from the entrance to the Tonto Natural Bridge and is open Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. Minimum rate is $5 for debris up to 200 pounds in weight. Anything over 200 pounds is an additional 2-1/3 cents per pound.

For more information, call the Buckhead Mesa Landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Archaeology society meeting

The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society will host Allen Dart at its March 17 meeting.

Dart has worked as a professional archaeologist in New Mexico and Arizona since 1975 and his program “Ancient Native American Pottery of Southern Arizona” is being underwritten by the Arizona Humanities Council.

The meeting is at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 Easy St., Payson, starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 17.

The chapter’s annual Native Foods Potluck will follow the presentation. Those who would like to bring a Native Food to the luncheon, please contact Wayne Walter for a recipe at or (928) 474-4419.

Prehistory of the Southwest students will review Lectures 11-15 and Test 1 results following lunch.

Book signing at Rim Country Museum

As part of the Arizona Centennial celebration, the Northern Gila County Historical Society is hosting a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at the Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park, 700 Green Valley Parkway.

The book is “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012.”

It features short biographies of 28 remarkable women who used their writing skills to record history, report news, argue a cause, expose injustice, and promote awareness of the diverse people of the southwest. Three Rim Country authors contributed to this anthology, edited by the Arizona Press Women (APW). The three local authors are Carol Osman Brown, Carol Jean LaValley, and Barbara Bayless Lacy. This newly released book will be available in the museum gift shop. Additional information is available at www.skirting

The anthology, published by Wheatmark of Tucson, is designated an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. The biographies were written by 18 award-winning members of Arizona Press Women, a non-profit group.

Elks St. Patrick’s Day event

The Payson Elks Lodge is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17 with a dinner and show.

This is a benefit and is open to Elks members and their guests. There will be a program on Saint Patrick by Father William “Bill” Gyure, Catholic priest. The meal will feature corned beef, cabbage and a dessert. Entertainment will be Celtic music by the group Cinnamon Twist.

The tickets, are $15 in advance and may be purchased at the bar or contact Lloyd Gibson at (575) 649-5015. At the door, admission for the dinner and entertainment is $20 per person and $5 for entertainment only.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 6:30 p.m.

Blood drive Monday

Participate in the March Rim Country area blood drive and be entered to win D-backs Party Suite tickets.

United Blood Services and the Arizona Diamondbacks have partnered to hit a home run for Arizona hospital patients. All March blood donors will be automatically entered to win one of 25 pairs of party suite tickets to the April 21 game when the team takes on the Atlanta Braves, courtesy of the D-backs.  For more information or to schedule a donation appointment, call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) toll-free or visit

All blood types are needed, however, Type O-negative is always in greatest demand.

The Payson blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 19 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

PEC Parent Resource Night

Payson Education Center would like to invite the Payson community to attend its Parent Resource Night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. 

The topic for this hour-long presentation is The Dangers of Drugs. Members of Gila County Meth Coalition will give the presentation.

The public is welcome and light refreshments will be provided. Payson Education Center is an accredited alternative high school located at 112 W. Cedar Lane in Payson. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.


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