Community Almanac


Help church group help victims of Sandy

A team from Payson Crossroads Foursquare Church recently received training to be certified as responders to catastrophic events nationwide. The group is certified in the National Emergency Management System to be able to be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The catastrophic storm Sandy occurred almost immediately after the group’s training and it has not had time to raise any funds to launch a response effort. Members are asking the community to help raise sufficient money to send five trained individuals to help with recovery efforts.

To help, contact Pastor Gordon Hauptman of Crossroads Foursquare Church at (928) 474-2602 or (928) 978-2062.

The church is at 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson.

Talent show auditions

Payson’s Got Talent is here! Up to 12 family-appropriate acts in each age category will be accepted. Preliminary rounds of auditions will be through Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. High school students audition Tuesday and adults on Wednesday.

Enter a prepared act by filling out a form at the Payson Public Library and paying a $10 entry fee. The public is welcome to attend preliminary rounds. A small donation will be asked at the door.

The finals will be Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for students K-12. For more information, call Kathy Siler at Payson High School.

Election Day rides

The Republican Party will provide rides to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Call the Republican Headquarters at (928) 478-6206 to make arrangements for transportation.

Senior Circle

• The Lunch and Learn program Wednesday, Nov. 7 will feature Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton speaking about arthritis — an inflammation of one or more joints that will undoubtedly affect each of us as we age. Come and find out about the symptoms, risk factors and what we can do to alleviate the pain of arthritis.

• The Senior Circle will be closed all day on Thursday, Nov. 8 for parking lot paving. Regular hours and programming resume once the work is finished. Call (928) 472-9290 for more information.

Salvation Army bell ringers needed

There will be a potluck for Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Nazarene Church, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Bring a dish to share. The time will be used to sign up bell ringers that would like to volunteer for two-hour shifts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting the Friday after Thanksgiving at Walmart, Safeway, Bashas’ and Walgreens. 

The funds raised from the kettles, including checks, all stay in Payson to help those in need.

If you can’t make the potluck and want to sign up, please call John Morgan, (928) 474-8454.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

The church will host a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on the second Friday of every month. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Cookie Walk, Craft Fair

Shepherd of the Pines Cookie Walk is back by popular demand! Dozens of homemade cookies with holiday tins will be offered. All proceeds will benefit local organizations. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

High Country Holiday Bazaar

The Community Presbyterian Church’s High Country Holiday Bazaar is another place to look for those unique gifts. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

A variety of arts and crafts and baked good will be available, along with a chili lunch. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the children.


The 8th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will astound, amaze and delight.

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Quilt Roundup starts Friday

The 8th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will astound, amaze and delight.

The event, held at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11.

Admission to the exhibition is $5, with those 12 and under admitted free. Bring a can/package of non-perishable food for our local Food Banks and receive a ticket for a daily drawing.

Veterans offered free driving safety class

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered to veterans and their dependents free of charge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

The course is also available online at 50 percent off the regular price through Nov. 30.

To learn more about the classroom course, call (928) 472-9290. For additional details about the online course, visit and enter the promotional code, “VETERANS.”

Christmas Boutique in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be open every weekend in November for the annual Holiday Boutique.

Come and get in the holiday spirit in the Pine Community Center craft room, 3886 N. Highway 87 in Pine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, 17 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 24.

Open House for supporters of vets returning from combat

 A chance to visit with returning veterans and those who have supported the Merritt Center’s training for integration and civilian reentry with donations will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Merritt Lodge in Payson.

The Merritt Center offers a free 4-weekend educational program to returning combat vets. Stop in to hear the stories of these veterans and those who have financially supported the program that allowed them to return “all the way home.” Tour the lodge, enjoy refreshments and listen to musicians.

Send an email to RSVP with the number of friends and family attending our open house to For more information or an application, visit or call (800) 414-9880 or (928) 474-4268.

Veterans Day events

Payson and Rim Country residents will honor veterans with two programs for Veterans Day.

The first will be by the Payson Elks Lodge Saturday, Nov. 10. A ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, with a dinner to follow. The members of the Elks will provide a free meal to veterans featuring pork roast, buttered and parslied noodles, vegetables and a salad. The cost for non-veterans is $8 per plate.

A second ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The event will include the presentation and retirement of the colors by the Payson Military Honor Guard and Civil Air Patrol Cadets and more.

Lewis parody at church

A live dramatic production of “The Screwloose Lectures” will be presented at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway. This is a parody of C.S. Lewis’ famous “Screwtape Letters.” 

Child care will be provided for nursery- age children. Admission is free. For information, call (928) 474-9279.

Business awards tickets available

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets to the 2012 Rim Country Business Awards Luncheon. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of seven. The awards will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. To make a reservation, call (928) 474-4515.

Time to Turkey Trot

It’s autumn and that means it’s time for the annual Turkey Trot 5K at Green Valley Park on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Register at the Payson Parks office in Green Valley Park or go online to The pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 14. All pre-registrants will receive a cozy sweatshirt. Day-of registrants are not guaranteed a sweatshirt.

Day-of registration will start at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at approximately 9 a.m. The race will start and end at Green Valley Park. The fee for those 10 and older is $40; or students through the 12th grade with ID can register for $25, but the fee does not include sweatshirt.

Winners of this year’s competition will receive a turkey sponsored by Safeway, Inc. The top three places in each age group will receive medals.

Scoops Ice Cream and Espresso, along with Safeway, will provide refreshments.

To volunteer, please contact Janell Blizzard at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Chamber annual meeting

The 2012 Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting will be held at the Best Western Payson Inn at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14.  A continental breakfast, hosted by the Best Western will be served. The annual meeting is open to all members with dues paid up to date.  For more information, and to hold a seat, please call John Stanton at the Chamber, (928) 474-4515.

Bake & Holiday Craft Sale

The First Assembly of God Church Women’s Ministries presents its annual Bake & Holiday Craft Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17.

The sale is on the second floor of the church, which is located at 1100 W. Lake Drive, by Green Valley Park. It will feature baked items, caramel corn, crafts, quilts and baby items.

Proceeds benefit the group’s mission work and other charities.

Gem & Mineral Show

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club will be having their 15th Annual Gem & Mineral Show Nov. 17-18 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino bingo hall.

Gems, minerals, fossils and lapidary equipment will be available to purchase, as well as an education center for the children (and adults).

Admission is $3 for adults, children under 12 are free. Discount tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Payson Library, the Parks & Rec office and the USFS Office on East Highway 260.

For more information, call Margaret Jones at (928) 476-3513 or (928) 970-0857.

Pamper yourself for a cause

To help raise money for the Time Out Shelter, Kutz Etcetera, 201 W. Main St. Suite K, will give $10 haricuts, manicures or pedicures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.

Call the salon at (928) 474-4918 for details.

Tellabration time

Once again fans of old-fashioned story telling will flock to Pine Community Center the Saturday before Thanksgiving for Tellabration.

Tellabration is a worldwide benefit evening of storytelling. Its originator J. G. Pinkerton envisioned this international event as a means of building community support for storytelling.

The event in Pine includes a meet and greet and dinner with the guest storytellers, followed by an evening of lively Arizona tales.

The seating for the dinner is limited and costs $25 per person. It starts at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. in the community center dining room. To make a dinner reservation, call (928) 476-6427.

The evening of storytelling is at 7 p.m. in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall and will showcase the talents of Don Doyle, Doug Bland, Victor McCraw, Liz Warren, Dee Strickland, Dustin Loehr and Dorothy Anderson.

Admission to the storytelling event alone is $5 per person.

Proceeds will benefit the Pine Strawberry School.

Mazatzal Arts & Crafts Fair

The Mazatzal Arts & Crafts Fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25. Admission is free and the fair is a chance to do all your holiday shopping.

The fair features great artists making jewelry of all kinds, using silver, gem stones, and crystals; purses and totes; gourd art; pens; paintings; photography; aprons, quilts and placemats; cards; woodworking; candlesticks; clothing, scarves; and lots more.

The event will be in the Bingo Room at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Cassettes for Vets

The Marine Corps League of Tonto Basin has started a donation program for the Veterans Hospital in Phoenix: “Cassettes for Vets.”

The Marine Corps League of Tonto Basin started by donating 100 combo am/fm stereo radio with tape players (Walkman type) with headphones to give to the veterans at Phoenix Veterans Hospital.

This is a great place to donate those “hang around tapes” for a great cause. The vets really go for Country/Western, popular, and the “Oldies.” Many vets are unable to read due to disabilities, so the “books on tapes” are also a real blessing.

To date, the Marine Corps League of Tonto Basin has donated more than 1,000 tapes to the Arizona Veterans Nursing Home on North 3rd Street, behind the Vet’s Hospital.

If you would like to donate tapes to the veterans, please drop them at the Payson Roundup or call Mike Milburn, (928) 478-4027, for pick up.


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