Community Almanac


MHA selling handbags, more

Just in time for Mother’s Day gifts, the Mogollon Health Alliance is hosting Paula’s Bags & More of Scottsdale with a sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Proceeds from the sale help support the many programs and scholarships offered by Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Learn about long term care

Payson Care Center will present a program by Jackson White on Arizona Long Term Care at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 8.

White will discuss: how to apply for Arizona Long Term Care; the program’s eligibility requirements; when to start applying; what services fall under ALTC; how a loved one’s dementia care may be covered and more.

For more information, call Krystal at (928) 970-1835. Payson Care Center is located at 107 E. Lone Pine Drive.

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free ‘Heartsaver’ CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through its benefit events, its gift shop at the hospital and through donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Kindergarten registration

Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road, encourages families with children who will be five years old before Sept. 1, 2012 to attend registration for the Lil’ Longhorn Roundup Kindergarten Wednesday, May 9. Families should come according to last name initial: A-F, 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; G-L, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; M-O, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; P-S, noon to 12:30 p.m.; T-V, 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.; W-Z, 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Families should bring the future kindergartner, birth certificate and immunization records.

Kindergarten is free for half-day students. Deposits of $50 for all-day kindergarten are still being accepted until May 18.

For more information, call Laura at PES, (928) 474-5882.

Country music concert

Bonfire will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 10 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village. Call (928) 478-7166 for more information.

Benefit yard sale

The Community Prevention Council will have a giant yard sale, along with food and fun from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 11 and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at the parking lot at 111 W. Cedar Lane, Payson.

Spaces can be rented for $10 and donations will be accepted beginning at 7 a.m., Friday, May 11. For more information, contact Debra Shewey at (928) 595-1199.

Payson Education Center yard and bake sale

Payson Education Center, an accredited alternative high school, will be holding its 3rd annual yard and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 11.

Money raised will be used to fund student field trips and school activities. PEC is currently accepting donations for the sale.

Payson Education Center is located at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane.  Call (928) 468-8509 for more details. 

Shelby School Open House and pre-enrollment May 11

The Shelby School Open House is from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, May 11.

The school will be open for tours and pre-enrollment information for the 2012-2013 school year.

Parents of current students can come see what their children have done this year, while interested parents and students can come see what the Shelby School has to offer.

The school is located at 249 W. Standage Drive, 15 miles east of Payson off Highway 260. Contact Genoa at (928) 478-4706 for more information.


Barrel racer

Rodeo volunteers wanted

Come work with one of the greatest giving groups in Payson — the Payson Rodeo Committee. Be a part of Payson’s heritage and help with students’ education at the same time.

The committee is looking for help at the upcoming Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, to be held May 18 and 19. Volunteers can work in areas like the ticket booth or the souvenir booth, doing 50/50 ticket sales, security and other non-livestock areas.

See what it is all about and how you can meet some great people. The committee will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at the Best Western Inn of Payson. For information, call John Landino (928) 468-0023.

Open mic night

There will be an open mic night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, May 11 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village. Call (928) 478-7166 for more information.

Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive

The 2012 Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive is Saturday, May 12. Postal patrons are asked to leave unexpired, non-perishables at their box and their carrier or assistants will pick it up.

There will also be a drop-off place in front of the post office on Saturday. All food stays here in Payson.

Community Yard Sale

The Community Yard Sale, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 12.

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of the church to the community at large and provides a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost with advertising taken care of.

For just $10, participants can rent a 10-foot-by-19-foot space.

The church will be open for restrooms and drinking fountain.

All proceeds from this event go to our Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions and the church’s food pantry. CPC works closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer citizens help when needed six days a week.

The Yard Sale will be at 800 W. Main Street (corner of Oak and Main). Reserve a space by calling the office at (928) 474-2059.

High Country Garden Club Plant Sale

High Country Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 12 adjacent to Highway 87 in front of Walmart.

Many varieties of vegetables and plants will be offered as well as baked goods. Come and load up for your spring garden planting.

Payson Supply Line Fun Run

The Payson American Legion Riders’ big benefit for the Payson Supply Line is on Saturday, May 12.

The Payson Supply Line sends comfort and care packages to active duty military personnel serving in Afghanistan. The benefit helps raise the money needed to purchase the materials and pay for the shipping.

The Fun Run will be held at the American Legion Post, 709 E Highway 260, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and lunch from noon until 2 p.m. Auctions and awards will begin at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to participate and you need not enter the Fun Run to join the festivities.

For more information, call the Post at (928) 474-6969.

Driving Safety Class

AARP’s Driving Safety Class for May will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. The instructor will be Richard Loth. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.


American Kestrel

Prey Tell - Wildlife Fair is Saturday

Expect a fantastic day of activities for the whole family during the Annual Payson Wildlife Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at Green Valley Park in Payson.

The event is presented by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, U.S. Forest Service and the Payson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department.

No fishing license is required for fair attendees and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.

For more information, contact Parks, Recreation & Tourism at (928) 947-5242, extension 7.

Rim Country Corvette Show

The Rim Country Corvette Group, in collaboration with Chapman Auto Center of Payson, will present its 1st Annual Corvette Show, to be held at Chapman Auto Center of Payson, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 12.

This will be a display show only; there will be no judging. However, there will be food and vendor booths. The Humane Society of Central Arizona and the Payson Rodeo Committee will be participating as well.

For additional information, call (602) 320-5309; (602) 320-5186; or (928) 474-3607.

Bike Safety Day

Saturday, May 12, ABATE of Arizona High Country Chapter is having its First Annual Bike Safety Day at Rumsey Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a free event focusing on safety for children on bicycles. There will be food and entertainment, plus bike games and raffles for the children. A bike show for both kids and adults is planned, along with an adult bead run and plenty of fun events for kids of all ages. Vendors will also be participating.

Special Mother’s Day movie

Several churches in the Payson area have arranged for two showings of the movie, “Magdalena: Released from Shame.” The first will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at the Julia Randall School Cafeteria; the second, the Spanish language version, will be at 7 p.m. at the large ramada at Rumsey Park.

Contact Karen Borgman, (928) 472-7934 for more information, or see the Web site:

Christian songwriters

Payson area Christian songwriters will gather from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline in the Swiss Village. Call (928) 478-7166 for more information.

Free Concert

Enjoy being serenaded on Mother’s Day, May 13 or at noon, Monday, May 14. 

Retired pilot and violinist Sam Kreiling from Tucson, together with Payson’s own pianist Angeline Ng will be performing some light classics. Free hot dogs and dessert will be served. Bring your own beverage and your favorite salad to share. Please RSVP Angeline at (928) 951-4853 for location as seating and parking is limited.

Constitutional seminar

The Payson Tea Party presents the “Making of America” Constitutional Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26 at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E. Cedar St., Payson.

Rick Dalton, the presenter, does a great job of providing a clear overview of the great principles of America’s freedom; the stirring history of their discovery and adoption into the Constitution.

The $10 fee includes a great 52-page workbook; and for an additional $5 participants may purchase a box lunch (provided by 260 Café) and soda for the lunch break — or bring a lunch or eat out.

To obtain tickets, call Darlene, (928) 468-6900 or Shirley, (928) 468-1131. Contributions are welcome in order to sponsor students at the seminar.


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