Community Almanac


Salvation Army bell ringers needed

Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 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.

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. 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.

Goodies at Christmas parade

Keep warm with some delicious baked treats and hot cocoa or coffee from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at 800 W. Main St. The Presbyterian Child Learning Center is sponsoring this event and proceeds will go toward the children’s Christmas community service programs. Come early, get a good spot to watch the parade and park for free.


Angel Tree

Fulfill a Christmas wish today

Kiwanis have ‘Wish Tree’ for CASA children

Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country has a “Wish Tree” at the Payson Roundup office, 708 N. Beeline Highway, for Rim Country children in the CASA program.

Each snowflake ornament on the Kiwanis Holiday Wish Tree represents a CASA child in foster care.

Select a snowflake starting and let foster children know that they are not forgotten and their holiday wishes can come true by donating a gift.

Contact Katrisha Stuler with CASA of Gila County (ask for Katrisha at the Probation Window) or call (928) 474-7145. Wrapped gifts are to be turned in to the Roundup no later than Dec. 10.

It is suggested that gifts be valued between $20 and $25.

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” now through 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.

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.

Payson blood drive

The most difficult time of the year to maintain Arizona’s blood supply is Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.  You can help by donating blood this holiday season. To make an appointment to Find the Hero in You, call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) toll free or visit www.United (enter your Zip Code).

All blood types are needed, however, Type O-negative is always in greatest demand.

Payson’s next blood drive is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Payson High School, 301 S. McLane in the auditorium lobby.

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.

Mid-week Advent Services

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church

Midweek Advent Services will be held at Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, in preparation for the birth of Jesus. Services will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church welcomes the public to attend its “Advent - The Coming of Jesus!” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is at 204 W. Airport Road, Payson.

Candlelight Advent

The Ladies of Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church invite all ladies to “Advent by Candlelight 2012” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a time to relax and reflect on the coming of Jesus, our Savior. The program involves lighting of the Advent candles, singing Christmas songs, elegant desserts and fellowship. All women are invited to attend.  Rock of Ages is at 204 W. Airport Road, Payson.

Student recital

Music students of Dr. Victoria Harris will present a recital at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 in Room 301, the Community Room, at Gila County Community College.

A reception will follow the program. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Jr. Thespians Christmas play 

The Longhorn Theatre Jr. Thespians along with the High School Longhorn Theatre Company will open its first play of the season at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7.

“Acts of Christmas” is a series of three short plays that will warm hearts. The series includes “A star in the window” about a shopkeeper’s kind heart that gives Christmas a special meaning. “A Tree to Trim” is about a stodgy professor who comes to understand the joys of Christmas with the help of his trusted assistant and the children next door. “The Christmas Visitor” is about an orphan who shows a rich but unhappy couple the true meaning of Christmas.

The plays are produced through Plays, the drama magazine for young people. All three shows will play in the high school auditorium. Prices are $4 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.   

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 by Dec. 9 at (928) 474-5251, ext. 105 to advertise.

Library events for children

The Payson Public Library will have two three-week programs for children in December.

The Count Down to the Holidays program is for ages 5 to 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

The Tiny Tots Christmas Program is for ages 2 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

Kaitie’s Closet collecting Coats for Kids

Kaitie’s Closet is once again seeking “Coats For Kids” with the onset of cold weather. Leave donations in one of the many drop boxes around town, or bring to Beeline Business Equipment, 706 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village.

Kaitie’s Closet is one of the largest monthly distributors in Rim Country of free children’s clothing, so please remember it when making donations this year. It is also a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax deductible organization. 

To volunteer or for more information, please call (928) 468-1036.


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