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A latex paint recycle day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at the Buckhead Mesa Gila County Landfill. Bring leftover latex paint for disposal or recycling. 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 landfill is located north of Payson on Highway 87, across from the entrance to the Tonto Natural Bridge.

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.

GCC registration

Registration for summer and fall classes at Gila Community College began Thursday, March 15.

The college is closed next week for spring recess.

March 17 Saturday

• Latex paint disposal day at landfill: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Archaeology Society hosts speaker has special potluck: 10 a.m., Church of the Holy Nativity

• Payson Public 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

• Book signing Rim Country Museum: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Carol Osman Brown and Carol LaValley

• St. Patrick’s Day party: 5:30 p.m., Payson Elks Lodge with program on St. Patrick, dinner and live Celtic music

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 north of Payson 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

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.

March 18 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Purim melodrama: 2 p.m., Payson Community Presbyterian Church, admission is two cans of food for Payson Food Drive

• Pool tournament: 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

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.

March 19 Monday

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

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

• Blood drive: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane

• Program on the CCC in Rim Country: 10:30 a.m., Payson Public Library meeting room

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.

Civilian Conservation Corps in Rim Country

The history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression era will be featured in a vivid photographic presentation created and narrated by local writer and educator Pat “Gail” Hearne at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 19 in the Payson Library Community Room. This presentation will highlight Rim Country CCC camps, state and national CCC history, and pay tribute to several Arizona CCC enrollees. The living history portion of the program will honor CCC alumni guests who will share memories of their CCC days.

A short business meeting hosted by the Library Friends of Payson begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. For more information, call Bessie Tucker at (928) 474-9260 or visit

March 20 Tuesday

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

• Parent Resource Night at PEC: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., program by Gila County Meth Coalition

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.

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).

Hospice Compassus offers volunteer training

Hospice Compassus will be holding a bi-annual volunteer training beginning Monday, March 26 at the Hospice House at 511 S. Mud Springs Road. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Patty Kaufman at (928) 472-6340 with any questions and to sign up for the training. Class size is limited.

The volunteers working with Hospice Compassus patients and staff in Payson provided more than 2,000 years of service in 2011.

Hospice Compassus volunteers are integral members of the dedicated teams of professionals who provide hospice services throughout the community. Hospice volunteers bring companionship to hospice patients, respite to families and caregivers and support in administrative efforts. Join the team of outstanding volunteers.

Minnesota Breakfast

Rim Country residents and winter visitors from Minnesota are invited to a Minnesota Breakfast starting at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Come and enjoy a great breakfast or just a cup of coffee and spend a few minutes visiting with others from Minnesota.

For additional information, contact Betty Raveling at (928) 468-7132.

March Business Buzz

The March Business Buzz, Marketing on a Shoestring, featuring Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of “Local First, Arizona,” will be held at the Payson Elks Lodge beginning at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21

Lanning will discuss the free tools and resources that small business owners can use to reach new customers and to keep existing ones. She will discuss how to effectively use the Internet and social media to enhance business.

Local First Arizona is a 1,500-member, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting locally owned Arizona businesses. Lanning is a small business owner who speaks throughout the state on “Being Loyal, Buying Local.”

The Payson Elks Lodge will provide lunch, including a choice of two hot sandwiches, side dish and coffee or iced tea, for $8 per person. To insure enough meals, please call the Chamber for a reservation at (928) 474-4515.

The Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway. The Business Buzz is presented by the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.


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