Community Almanac

Roy Clark

Roy Clark


Veterans Town Hall on clinic postponed

The Veterans Town Hall scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, April 2 has been postponed at the request of the director of the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital, according to the Payson Veterans Advocacy Committee, which has been working to bring a full-service VA clinic to the Rim Country.

The rescheduling of the planned meeting is due to ongoing contract issues that must be finalized between the Phoenix VA and the Payson VA Clinic.

When a new date for the town hall has been set, it will be announced to the public.

Assessor needs current addresses

The Gila County Assessor’s office mailed out the “2014 Notice of Values” on Feb. 28, 2013. Many of these have been returned to the assessor’s office due to lack of correct mailing address.

If you want to receive your notice, you must notify the assessor’s office of your address change. Address change forms can be completed on the Web site Or you can phone the office to have an address change form mailed to you. Call (928) 472-7973 in Payson; (928) 402-8714 in Globe; or toll free (Arizona only), 800-304-4452.

Live music

Jam at Journigan House

Cinnamon Twist anchors the new Journigan House Jam Session at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The event will have no cover, but canned and non-perishable foods for the food bank will be welcomed, along with any “tips” for the performers, which will also be contributed to the food bank.

Payson Jazz Trio

The Payson Jazz Trio will perform at Ayothaya Thai Cafe, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., April 12-13, May 17-18. The Payson Jazz Trio includes Bob Smolenski, piano; Mike Buskirk, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

Free tax help and free e-file available through April 11

Volunteers with AARP-Tax Aide will be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers now through April 11.

Services will be provided at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 4 and 11.

Common Core Standards discussion at Tea Party

Common Core Educational Standards will be the topic at the Thursday, April 4 meeting of the Payson Tea Party. The group meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Jennifer Reynolds, who leads the Alliance for Sustainable Freedom team, has studied Common Core Standards implementation in Arizona. She created the Web site Arizonans Against Common Core to educate others to the problems she has found with these standards.

Call (928) 951-6774 for more information.

Thrift Shop sale 

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop on April 5 for its monthly First Friday half-off merchandise sale. The store’s new summer hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.  The shop is at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop).  Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations and other animal welfare needs.  For more information, call (928) 970-1097.


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Win a 1-week vacation in Branson, Mo.

That’s just one of the great prizes up for grabs at the 18th Annual Kiwanis Auction for Youth beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Banquet Hall. Other prizes include a foursome of golf at Chaparral Pines or The Rim Club, a BBQ grill, guided fishing and hunting trips, automotive service from Miller Autoworks and more.

The $60 individual ticket buys a meal of oven-roasted, herb-rubbed prime rib with au jus and brown gravy, or breast of chicken in a mushroom wine sauce. A table for eight is $450. The recommended dress is western wear or cowboy duds.

Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country Charitable Foundation, the event proceeds will be used for Payson youth activities and scholarships.

Call (928) 978-4323 for more information.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Payson Community Christian School third- and fourth-grade class trip to Creation Museum in Kentucky will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 5 — First Friday — at the Senior Center on Main Street, 514 W. Main St. Admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 8.

Art for food

Donn Morris will be creating an original work that one lucky person will take home First Friday, April 5.

To help area food banks, Down the Street Art Gallery has been giving a raffle ticket for each item of canned or non-perishable food brought in over the last several weeks. Tickets can also be purchased for a chance to win Morris’ work; the cost is $1 per ticket or six for $5.

Morris will be the featured artist in April and will be showing a collection of his latest works in watercolor and pen and ink.

Down the Street Art Gallery is at 703 W. Main St., Payson.

Gosar in Payson 

Congressman Paul Gosar (R, AZ-04) will hold a “Listening Session” for the Town of Payson from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 5. This event is open to the public and will be held at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road.

This unique forum will allow residents to voice their concerns about the issues that matter most to them.

Kids Fishing Festival

The annual Kids Fishing Festival — for all ages — is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at Green Valley Park. Fish for free, learn tips from experts; bid on great items at the Silent Auction; and enjoy food and fun. Get raffle tickets from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 5 at National Bank.

Woolwine benefit

A benefit for Kayla Woolwine is planned for Saturday, April 6 at the Spur Bar, 3964 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley. There will be food, drinks and a raffle with multiple prizes. 

Tickets are $20 each and are available at El Rancho, Bud’s Plumbing, Chitwood Cabinets and NAPA. Contact Joe Mustaca, (928) 595-0151 with questions.

An account to help the family with medical and travel expenses has been opened at Canyon State Credit Union, 514 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. The account is under “Ronnie and Wendie Woolwine” and is for Kayla.

Fool’s Day Fun is April 6

The Payson Community Prevention Council will be holding its 8th Annual Fool’s Day Fun from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at the Julia Randall Elementary School.  

The “Start Talking Before They Start Drinking Event” aims to inform parents and their children about the dangers of underage drinking.  

The event will feature lots of family oriented games and activities designed to open a dialogue between children and their parents about underage drinking.  

Hot dogs and beverages will be provided, as well as a number of raffles and event giveaways. For more information, contact Debra Shewey at (928) 595-1199 or Joe Sanchez at (928) 238-0256.

Native American Flute Circle

The Native American Flute is one of the easiest instruments to learn to play and one of the most beautiful. Bring your flute, or just come and listen. Native drummers also welcome. The free event is at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at Tom Russell’s office, 620 E. Highway 260 behind Fargo’s Steakhouse in Payson, Suite D-3. Call (928) 474-1233 for more information.

Unity of Payson concert

Unity of Payson celebrates spring with a concert with Ron and Jen Paul. This music event will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Sunday, April 7. A $5 love offering is requested. Rim residents are also invited to join Unity of Payson’s 10 a.m. service, which the couple will lead. They have been making beautiful music together since they met 20 years ago at a musical event. Ron has been the music director and Jen a music minister at Unity of Flagstaff since 2007. Their music is from the heart and enlightens the soul.

The concert and Sunday service will be in the Central Arizona Board of Realtors Room at 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14. For more information, please contact Cindy Adams at (928) 468-6354.

Methodists offer performance

Payson High School freshman Rio will perform in concert at the Payson United Methodist Church, located off of Highway 87 behind Ace Hardware, at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7.

The young man is blessed with a beautiful tenor voice that he loves to share with others. His concert is to help him raise money to attend the Mesa Community College Music Theatre camp this summer and receive lessons from a professional voice instructor. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome.

For more information, please call (928) 978-2580.

Music at Mount Cross

Mount Cross Lutheran Church will host Dave Anderson and Kelly Patten at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 7 in the sanctuary.

These versatile men will present Gospel music, Sunday School songs, contemporary Christian music and stories of God’s grace and mercy. Mount Cross is at 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s). A free-will offering will be accepted.

Senior Circle

Upcoming events at the Payson Senior Circle include:

Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. – Lunch & Learn: Irritable Bowel Syndrome to be discussed by Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny.

Wednesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. – Member Lunch with chicken cordon bleu and trimmings; a 50-50 raffle and bingo. 

Please call (928) 474-9290 to reserve your seat at least 24 hours in advance. The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Oil Change for Charity

Get an oil change and help Time Out Inc. in its efforts to help victims of domestic violence.

The 5th Annual Oil Change for Charity will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 12. It is sponsored by Miller Autoworks and made possible by Steve Miller, CarQuest, NAPA and BG Auto Parts. All of the proceeds, except taxes, will be donated to Time Out. Miller Autoworks is located at 600 W. Main St.

Call (928) 468-8855 to make an appointment, or Camille at (928) 472-8007 for more information.

Time Out benefit

A luncheon and fashion show, Steppin’ Out, to benefit Time Out Inc. and its efforts to help the victims of domestic abuse, is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at Chaparral Pines Golf Club. Admission is $25 per person, purchase at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Authors share stories of fascinating pioneer women

There will be a program by three authors about a trio of fascinating Gila County pioneer women at the Pleasant Valley Community Center in Young at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13.

Mary Brown will discuss Helen Duett Ellison Hunt, who pioneered in Gila County with her family and went on to become the first Arizona first lady.

Nancy Lucia Humphry will discuss Maria Lucia Gonzales Humphry, a midwife and healer who came to Gila County in 1906.

Julie McDonald will talk about Pearl McEuen Cromer, who spent the first seven years of her life in a covered wagon and spent the balance of her 98 years in Globe.

Gila County to celebrate County Government Month

Gila County will celebrate National County Government Month during the month of April to highlight county justice programs and services. The theme is “Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities.”

Some local events will include:

• April 15 – County Departments “Open House” (Globe and Payson)

• April 19 – Earth Day Poster/Essay Contest (K-12). Winners will be announced at the Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting May 7. All entries will be displayed at the courthouse during the month of April.

• April 27 – Free E-Waste Day (Payson Event Center) – bring any type of electronic equipment, non-vehicle batteries, cell phones, VCRs, CDs, small and large appliances, etc. This event is sponsored by Gila County, Town of Payson, ADEQ, Northern Gila County Sanitary District, Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District and Tonto Apache Tribe.


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