Community Almanac


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.

Community Kids offer Christmas cards

The Payson Community Kids members have made special Christmas cards. The group is selling boxes of 12 cards for $20.  There are six different designs with two of the same cards in each box. 

Get the cards by calling (928) 978-3256 or stop by Roadrunner Rubbish, 107 W. Wade Lane #7; Bob’s Western Wear; or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Brush pits closed for holiday

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will close its free brush drop-off points for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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. 

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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 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

Managing medications

Carol Wilson, director of Independent Living Services with Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, will present a lecture on managing medications at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30 at the Payson Senior Center.

Topics for this lecture include: knowing possible interactions/side effects and when to take certain types of medications.

Wilson will be handing out free literature regarding these important issues and free pillboxes for all who attend.

Chamber music concert

The critically acclaimed Aleron Trio will present their charming virtuosity in a Tonto Community Concert program highlighting composers Beethoven, Schoenfield and more at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30.

The Aleron Trio features Solenn Séguillon on violin; Anne Suda, cello; and Teresa Yu, piano.

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.

Electric Light Parade

Payson’s annual Electric Light Parade, sponsored by APS, will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, rain or shine, on Payson’s Historic Main Street.

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.

Almost New Thrift Shop bag sale planned

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts, etc. Anything you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags can be purchased for just $1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3. The sale will take place the first Monday of every month.

Proceeds help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

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.

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.

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 Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road. The evening includes remembrances 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. 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 to make a reservation for the event.

House Lighting Contest entries due Dec. 7

The 8th annual Rim Country Chamber “Light the Rim” house lighting contest, co-sponsored by H&H Heating & Cooling and the Payson Roundup, is now accepting applications. The theme “Light the Rim” combines community spirit and individual creativity by Rim Country residents. There is no charge to enter the contest.

The Chamber or the Roundup must receive applications by noon, Dec. 7, 2012. Judging will take place on the evenings of Dec. 11 and 12 and the lights must be lit during the hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on those evenings.

Prize money for the event, donated by H&H Heating and Air Conditioning, is as follows: $250 for first; $150 for second; and $100 for third.

A map and list of entrants will be placed in the Dec. 14 issue of the Roundup and be available at the Roundup and the Chamber.

The House Lighting map will offer the opportunity to put business card-sized ads around the map reminding the readers about your business. The charge for an advertisement in this highly desired map is only $25. Call Bobby Davis at (928) 474-5251, ext. 105 to advertise.


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