Community Almanac

The annual Tamales for Toys event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe, 512 N. Beeline Highway. 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.

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The annual Tamales for Toys event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe, 512 N. Beeline Highway. 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.


Reserve a spot for wine, cheese tasting

Reservations are due today, Friday, Nov. 30 for the Dec. 7 Premium Wine & Cheese Tasting at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim Senior Apartments, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

The event is free, but seating is limited. To make a reservation, call (928) 474-3912.

Caring Presence is sponsoring the evening.

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.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, Dec. 1 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, Dec. 2 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.

Holly Berry Fair Saturday

Members of the Payson Womans Club will have their annual Holly Berry Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Womans Club building on Historic Main Street in Payson.

Green chili burros, soup and a slice of homemade pie will be available for lunch.

Among the gift items will be baked goods and holiday decorations.

The club will be open during the annual Electric Light Parade with warm drinks and cookies available to purchase.

Humane society angel tree

Help make the holiday happy for the animals at the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s shelter. Arizona State Credit Union has an angel tree with tags listing the dogs and cats at the shelter. Stop by 104 E. Highway 260 and grab a tag and bring back a gift by noon, Monday, Dec. 24.

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.

See’s Candy at Pine Library 

Pine Library just received its shipment of See’s Candy for this holiday season. A large selection of candy is available until sold out.

All proceeds will go toward purchasing additional library materials. Candy can be purchased during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call the library at (928) 476-3678.

There is also a “Tree of Giving” in the foyer. If you would like to donate to the library through this program, just select a title to purchase for the library. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with your community by giving a book to the library that will reach many hands.

Electric Light Parade

The 12th annual Electric Light Parade starts at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 in Green Valley Park and winds its way east on Historic Main Street to Sawmill Crossing.

There are more than 40 entries in the parade, which makes it one of the biggest ever.

Grand Marshal will be Payson High School student Chelsie Stodghill, a National High School Rodeo champion.

Parade announcing areas will be at the Presbyterian Church (Fred The DJ), the Oxbow Saloon (Eddie Armer) and the Pine Country Animal Clinic (DJ Craig).

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 the Almost New Thrift Shop, 304 E. Aero Dr.

Proceeds help support the programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary. For details, call (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).

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.

Help reopen Fossil Creek access to ATV trail

The Rim Country Riders ATV Club members have arranged a meeting at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4 with Coconino and Tonto National Forest Service personnel, including the Forest Supervisors, to discuss options to reopen Forest Road 708 for access to Fossil Creek. The meeting will take place at the Community Center Dining Hall at 3916 N. Highway 87, Pine. 

The club is lobbying to reopen Forest Road 708 to an ATV trail between Strawberry and Fossil Creek. The members invite anyone interested in the effort to attend the meeting.

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.

Business meet and greet

An Enchanted Occasion, Events & Design will present a business meet and greet networking opportunity from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Smartsystems, Inc., 405 S. Beeline, Suite B.

There will be music and refreshments, plus a drawing for prizes, including an overnight stay at Retreat Tontozona.

Participants are encouraged to bring in food or clothing for Payson Community Kids.

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.

Mid-week Advent Services begin December 5

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.

World Wide Festival to showcase exchange students

Come and celebrate the 13 exchange students that are at Payson High School and their home countries and cultures at the first-ever World Wide Festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Payson High School cafeteria.

Each country will be showcased with food samples and a drink representing the traditions of each county prepared by the Culinary Arts students. The cost is $3.50.

Unity concert

Unity of Payson will present a concert by Mark Stanton Welch from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Messinger’s Community Room, 901 S. Westerly Rd., Payson.

Mark Welch is a musician, singer/songwriter, and educator. For more than 25 years his creations have touched and inspired the hearts, minds and spirits of audiences worldwide.

Welch has appeared on stage with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Joan Borysenko, Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Don Miguel Ruiz and Sondra Ray.

The cost of the concert is $10 at the door and $5 for those 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and 260 Café in Payson. For more details, call (9280 478-8515

Ladies invited to attend Advent by Candlelight

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.

Longhorn Theatre to present Christmas play 

The Longhorn Theatre Jr. Thespians, along with the high school’s Longhorn Theatre Company, will present the 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. 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.


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