Community Almanac


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’s food bank.

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.

Salvation Army bell ringers needed

Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers are needed 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.

To volunteer, please call John Morgan, (928) 474-8454.

Turkey Trot 5K

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

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.

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

Brush pit schedule 

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, Nov. 17 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, Nov. 18 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

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.

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.

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.

Santa Paws benefit at Pine Country Animal Clinic

Pine Country Animal Clinic will have its Second Annual Santa Paws benefit from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 17 and from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Dec. 1 edition of the event will be held during the clinic’s Meet and Greet during the Town of Payson’s Electric Light Parade.

“Santa Paws” is an opportunity to have a picture taken of your dog with Santa for a small donation. All net proceeds will be directly donated to the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Pine Country Animal Clinic is at 401 W. Main St., Payson.


Do tell!

Storytellers spin yarns at annual Tellabration

Once again fans of old-fashioned storytelling will flock to Pine Community Center the Saturday before Thanksgiving for Tellabration - Saturday, Nov. 17.

Tellabration is a worldwide benefit evening of 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.

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.

Medicare Open Enrollment

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 next event in Rim Country will be 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.

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.

Nazarenes plan Thanksgiving service and dinner Sunday

Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will have a special Thanksgiving service and dinner starting at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 18. Everyone is invited to attend and bring a dish to share with a traditional turkey dinner. 

Learn about ever-changing landscape of Grand Canyon

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 Dinner is free at Elks Lodge

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.

Surviving the Holidays event helps cope with divorce

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 linda

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. Philip 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.

Blood drive in Pine Tuesday

Blood donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Pine First Baptist Church gym, 4039 N. Highway 87.

United Blood Services Pine/Strawberry donors will “Hear the Sweet Sound of Saving Lives” when they donate — compliments of the Phoenix Symphony. Donors will receive a voucher for one ticket to a Phoenix Symphony performance in appreciation for saving lives around the Thanksgiving holiday. 

For an appointment to Find the Hero in You, call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) toll free or visit www.UnitedBloodServices and enter the Pine zip code.

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.

Thanksgiving Eve worship service

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will have a special Thanksgiving Eve worship service at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The theme for the service will be “Do Not Be Anxious.” Holy Communion will be served. For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.

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.

Rim Country Edward Jones offices support Senior Christmas Angels

Local residents and businesses may help less fortunate seniors in the community by stopping by any Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours to select a “Senior Angel” between Friday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Dec. 14.

Shop for your selected senior and then drop off the gifts, which Edward Jones staff will deliver to Payson/Pine area seniors in need.

Branch locations are: 411 S. Beeline Highway, Ste. B, and 113 W. Main St. in Payson and 4010 N. Highway 87 in Pine.

Remembering the 50s with The Brasen Family

Mountain High Coffee Works presents The Brasen Family in concert from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 at 612 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.

The Brasen Family will present a show titled “Remembering the 50s” featuring tunes like Anytime, Blueberry Hill, Bye Bye Love, Charlie Brown, Don’t be Cruel, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog, Chantilly Lace, and more.

A suggested good will offering of $5 is requested at the door, with all of the proceeds going to Payson High School’s music department to assist in plans to attend the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.

Mazatzal Arts & Crafts Fair for holiday shopping

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.


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