Community Almanac


Disney Showcase at PHS

A Disney Showcase will be presented by the PHS Musical Theatre Club as a benefit for its spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” A variety of songs, dances and yo-yo acts will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the high school auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. There will be a snack bar and a gift boutique as well.

The advanced theatre class at PHS will present a variety of scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 in the auditorium. Admission is free.  Donations are appreciated.

Kaitie’s Closet Distribution

The last 2012 Kaitie’s Closet Distribution will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Julia Randall Elementary. All those needing free children’s clothes are more than welcome.  There is also a small amount of adult clothing available.

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.

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.

Summer clothes clearance

The Nook New and Resale Stop is holding a Summer Clothes Clearance Sale through Nov. 21. All our summer men’s and women’s clothes are half price with our men’s shirts at 50 cents each. Now is the time to stock up for next spring.

The Nook is located at 113 E. Cedar Lane on the south end of Payson behind the Circle K. All proceeds go to New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center. Donations are accepted during store hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Call (928) 474-2963 for more information.

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.

‘Black’ Friday and Saturday pet adoption special

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is having a “Black” Friday and Saturday Adoption Special. On Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 only, adopt any black or partially black animal for just $25. The HSCAZ shelter is located at 605 W. Wilson Court (just south of Main Street and west of McLane Road); hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Let's Talk Turkey

Turkey Tuesday

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at Bashas’ until 6 p.m. today, 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.

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. Today — Tuesday, Nov. 20, is the last day for donations.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

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.

Pine Community Thanksgiving

The third annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner will 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.

Big sale set

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop at 434 S. Beeline Highway (behind Time Out Thrift Shop) will be having a Black Friday sale with nearly everything in the shop on sale for half-price.

New winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. All profits benefit local animal rescue groups and help low-income people with emergency vet bills and spaying or neutering pets.

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

Adopt a Senior Christmas Angel at Edward Jones office

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.

Swiss Village Lighting

Join the Swiss Village merchants and your Rim Country neighbors and visitors for the annual Swiss Village Lighting at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23. The festivities feature Santa, who will arrive on a fire truck, a gingerbread house contest, the Lighted Forest and more.

For details, call Rebecca Acord at (928) 978-0640.

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.

Flag football

A Turkey Bowl Flag Football game is panned for 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 for high school students.

It will be at the south soccer field in Rumsey Park. There is a $10 entry fee.

Call Georgia Burnside at (928) 474-2233 for Coach Sanchez’s phone number. 

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.

Festival of Lights in Pine

The residents of Pine and Strawberry will launch the holiday season with the 4th Annual Festival of Lights at the Pine Community Center from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25.

There will be a craft fair in the Cultural Hall of the Community Center and then at dusk on Saturday, there will be caroling and the community Christmas tree will be lit in ceremonies that will include refreshments. Afterward there will be a Jingle Bell Parade and activities in the Cultural Hall.

The Pine Strawberry Business Community sponsors the event.

Soul Sisters singing in Rim Country

The Payson Friends of Jazz, Jazz in AZ and the Rim Country’s own jazz concert coordinator, Gerry Reynolds, will bring Soul Sisters Judy Roberts and Renee Patrick to Payson for a special post-Thanksgiving concert.

Pianist and jazz vocalist Roberts and jazz and soul vocalist Patrick will present a special performance from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Donations received at the door will support church musical programs. There will be light refreshments.

For more information and seating, contact:

Groups gather to plan gift giving

The Rim Country Optimist and Rotary Clubs, Payson Senior Center, Modified Motorcycle Association, Angels (Care Home Health) are meeting together at the Cedar Ridge meeting room at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27. The meeting is to make plans for Christmas giving to the displaced and disadvantaged.

Any individuals, families and representatives of organizations that wish participate are welcome to attend.

Please contact Joan Young if you will be attending or if you need further information, (928) 472-2264 or go online to

Tamales for Toys

The annual Tamales for Toys event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe. Enjoy a dinner of two tamales and sides for $6 or the donation of a new unwrapped toy. Buy a dozen tamales for $20, or order by Nov. 26 and get a dozen for $15. Call (928) 978-3256 or (928) 951-3653 to place an advance order.

The event will benefit Payson Community Kids and is presented by the Town of Payson Fire Department, the Optimist Club, Gerardo’s and Northern Gila County Firefighters.

Santa Paws benefit at Pine Country Animal Clinic

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

The event will be held at 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.

Free concert

The Spirit of Christmas will be presented at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Payson High Auditorium. The event features great music, a spectacular production and special guest David O’Neill.

Admission is free, but a donation of non-perishable food is requested.

Quilt raffle

MHA Auxiliary Arts & Crafts members have made another quilt to be raffled. Raffle tickets are available now through Dec. 4 at the PRMC La Boutique Gift Shop, MHA office and from members of MHA Auxiliary Arts & Crafts. Get tickets for $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held Dec. 4 and the winner will be notified by phone. For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Choral Society concert

The Payson Choral Society’s Christmas concert, “Believe” comes to the Payson High School Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 15. Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Concert tickets are $10 at the door for adults, or $8 if purchased in advance. Children and students up to age 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and at the library.


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