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Spaghetti dinner to raise money for food bank

The Rim Country Rotary is having a spaghetti dinner to help the Payson Food Bank.

Dinner is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for children under 10; with those under 5 admitted free.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department will have a free “Heartsaver” CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13. Please call MHA at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, its gift shop at the hospital and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Dr.

Thanksgiving in a Box

The high school is collecting canned food items to be donated to local families in need and St. Vincent de Paul.

There is a drop-off box at the Payson High School Administration Office. Bring fresh food only on Tuesday, Nov. 20, the last day for donations.

Senior Circle news

The Senior Circle, located at 215 N. Beeline Highway, announces the following upcoming event. For more information, call (928) 468-1012.

• Our risk manager, Cia Obara, will present a program Wednesday, Nov. 14 about creating advance directives which allow people to appoint an executor who can act on their behalf if they lose the capacity to act for themselves. She will discuss the benefit of having a living will, a DNR and a health care power of attorney.

Play at PHS

How do you feel about teen pregnancy?  Does it concern you? Or do you ignore the issue? 

Longhorn Theatre will present a short play on the subject called “Dolls” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Payson High School Auditorium. This is one of Jerome McDonough’s best plays. He wrote, “Addict,” which you may have seen last year. 

The presentation is free, but you might want to bring a few dollars and support Longhorn Theatre at the theatre snack bar.

Preregister for 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 www.PaysonParks.com. 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 a sweatshirt.

Winners of this year’s competition will receive a turkey sponsored by Safeway, Inc.

Turkey Tuesday

The season of giving is here. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Payson, Bashas’ Supermarket and Channel 12 News are joining forces to collect turkeys.

Last year, St. Vincent de Paul distributed 300 turkey dinner boxes to Rim Country residents. This year, the need is even greater. St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at Bashas’ from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 to accept turkeys, non-perishable food items and cash donations. Turkeys, food items and cash donations can also be dropped off at the S.V.d.P. Food Bank on or before Nov. 20. The location is 511 S. St. Phillips St., Payson; the food bank is open from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

As always, all donations will be kept in the Payson Rim Country area and distributed by The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Payson to those in need.

For more information, call (928) 474-9104 during operating hours.

Medicare Open Enrollment events for Rim Country

Open Enrollment is the one time of year when everyone with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage. Take advantage of Open Enrollment now through Dec. 7 and you may be able to save money, get better coverage or both.

Open Enrollment events will have a general presentation and review of Medicare 2013 plan options, one-on-one enrollment assistance, screening for “extra help” programs and other benefits assistance.

The events in Rim Country will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, 6124 N. Randall Place, Pine; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, Bible Church, 45239 Highway 188, Tonto Basin.

For further information, contact the Benefits and Advocacy Program at Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens at 1-800-293-9393.

Taking control over the effects of Parkinson’s

Debbie Tiffany, physical therapist with Payson Physical Therapy, will be at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15.

She will discuss how you and physical therapy can help decrease the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

She graduated from Ohio State University with clinical expertise in acute care and outpatient physical therapy. She has a broad background with orthopedic and neurologically impaired patients and is certified as an LSVT “BIG” therapist, helping Parkinson’s patients work their way back to better physical health.

This lecture is free and open to the public; please call (928) 474-4876 to reserve your seat for this lecture. You are also invited to stay for lunch after the lecture. A suggested $4 donation is for the cost for lunch, and advance reservations are appreciated.

November Chamber Mixer

The November Chamber Mixer will be held at THAT Brewery in Pine from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. THAT Brewery is at the Rimside Grill location, the first building on the left a half-mile south of Pine on Highway 87.

There will be beer sampling, snacks, door prizes, networking and fun. Cost is $3 per member and $5 per community. Bring cards and brochures to share.

Please call the chamber at (928) 474-4515 to reserve a place for this great semi-holiday event.

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.

17th Annual Celebration of Life

Hospice Compassus and the Rim Country Hospice Foundation invite the public to a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 5 at the Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road. The evening includes prayers and remembrances, music and a special tree lighting ceremony. Gerardo’s Firewood Café provides a delicious, full-course meal. The Celebration of Life is free of charge and open to the community.

Personalized crystal ornaments can be ordered for $12 per ornament, but must be reserved by Friday, Nov. 16.

Each participant is asked to bring a can of food for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Anyone interested in attending or ordering ornaments should contact Hospice Compassus at (928) 472-6340 and to make a reservation for the event.

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 haircuts, manicures or pedicures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.

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

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.

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. 17 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 24.

The Library Friends of Payson present speaker

The Library Friends of Payson will present Wayne Ranney, a member of the Arizona Humanities Council board, on Monday, Nov. 19.

Ranney, a geologist, author and educator who specializes in interpreting the landscape history of the Colorado Plateau, will speak about the ever-changing landscape of the Grand Canyon.

The Library Friends of Payson meeting, which is held in the library meeting room, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free program. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, please call the library at (928) 474-9260.

Community Thanksgiving

The Payson Elks Lodge is hosting a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The Lodge will be serving turkey with all the trimmings and three choices of pie at three seatings Thursday, Nov. 22: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

While the dinner is free, the organizers ask that participants try to get tickets in advance so they have an idea of how many will be served, however, they are not necessary. Tickets are available at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline, Payson; the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce; the Payson Senior Center; and the Pine Library.

The Thanksgiving meal will be delivered to the homebound that make arrangements by Monday, Nov. 19 by calling the Elks at (928) 474-2572 or Joy Richards at (928) 978-2373.

Pine Community Thanksgiving

Plans are under way for the third annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner to take place in the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day.

The group is looking for volunteers to help set up and serve. Volunteers may call (928) 476-2151 or (928) 476-4633. You may also call to reserve a space for dinner.

Boy Scouts selling lunch

Boy Scout Troop 7354 will have hot dogs and bratwurst available for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

The hot dog meal is $3 and the bratwurst meal is $4, each meal includes the main attraction plus chips and soda or bottled water.

Surviving the Holidays

DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays is a free, two-hour event where participants learn practical, effective strategies to help make it through the holidays. Held Monday, Nov. 19 at Mountain Bible Church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the seminar includes video study materials, discussions and a copy of the brochure, Holiday Survival Guide with 30 days of encouraging readings.

To register or get more details, call Linda Lee, (928) 970-9511 or e-mail lindaleehoff@yahoo.com.

Look Good ... Feel Better classes for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society Look Good ... Feel Better® program provides women with cancer an educational session run by licensed beauty professionals on how to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment and two classes are scheduled to take place at Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle, located 215 N. Beeline Highway, on Nov. 21. For more information or to register for either class, contact Jan Parsons at (928) 472-9290.

Sign up to be part of the Electric Light Parade

Payson’s annual Electric Light Parade, sponsored by APS, is being organized now. The deadline to register to participate is Wednesday, Nov. 21. The theme is all about Traditional Holiday Characters from Rudolph, Frosty and Jack Frost, to The Grinch and more.

It will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, rain or shine, on Payson’s Historic Main Street. The entry fees are: $25 for a towed vehicle; $15 for any single motorized vehicle; and $10 for walking participant.

Contact the Payson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department for more information, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Turkey Shoot

The Tonto Rim Sports Club is having a Turkey Shoot at the Jim Jones Range from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.

The event is your chance to win a turkey for the holiday. Safeway is donating 40 turkeys for the event and the cost to participate is $2 per shot. Four shooting options: archery at 25 yards; handgun at 15 yards; rifle at 100 yards; and shotgun (shooting slugs) at 50 yards. All best shot in group; all shooting offhand; any sights permissible. For more information contact Ed at (928) 468-9075.

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, gemstones, 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.

Hunter Safety Class

The Arizona Game and Fish Hunter Safety Class will be offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13. The class will be at 208 S. McLane, with the field day on Dec. 15 at Jim Jones Shooting Range.

The cost is $8 per person. Contact Henry Thompson at (928) 978-0058 for details.

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