Community Almanac

Those interested in serving as garden monitors are invited to register now. For more information, call (928) 595-2805.

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Those interested in serving as garden monitors are invited to register now. For more information, call (928) 595-2805.


Live music

John Carpino

John Carpino and Friends perform from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 5 at Mountain Top Brewery, 401 N. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

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.

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.

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.

Look for the fun for First Friday on Old Main to start blooming again this summer.

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.

Brush pits open

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, April 6 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, April 7 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.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only.


Those interested in serving as garden monitors are invited to register now. For more information, call (928) 595-2805.

Get Growing!

The Payson Community Garden, located on Tyler Parkway, is now open from 5 p.m. until dark, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday (closed Sunday).

Saturday morning classes are free to all, not just garden participants, and start at 8 a.m. April’s class schedule includes:

Water systems April 6

Seeds and transplanting April 13

Alfalfa tea April 20

Worms April 27

Those interested in serving as garden monitors are invited to register now. For more information, call (928) 595-2805.

Ponderosa Bible Church Men’s Breakfast for a Buck

Ponderosa Bible Church will have another Men’s Breakfast for a Buck at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 6.

The featured speaker is Phil Dickey who was called into ministry from secular work in 1992 and has spent the past 20 years traveling to churches around the country with a musical “sermon” designed to encourage and challenge people in their faith. His musical style has been described as “Southwestern Gospel.”

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.


Kayla Woolwine

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.

Auction for Youth

The 18th Annual Kiwanis Auction for Youth is Saturday, April 6 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Banquet Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Happy Hour and music, with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Presbyterian Church plans special service

For the first time ever, Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will have a “Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans” service Sunday, April 7.

There is a community sing at 10:15 a.m., with the service starting at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Charles Proudfoot, who is of Scots descent, will lead the service and Cinnamon Twist (Anne James, another Scots, and Jennifer Baltz) will provide the music.

The word kirkin’ means blessing and is believed to have been originated by the Rev. Peter Marshall in New York as part of an effort to raise funds to help with the war effort in Great Britain.

The day also commemorates the 692nd anniversary of the Declaration of Abroath, when the people of Scotland sent a letter to the Pope dated April 6, 1320 which put forth the idea for the first time that the government derives its power from the consent of the governed — an idea reflected in another Declaration signed by the representatives of 13 British colonies in 1776.

Rim residents of Scots and Irish descent are invited to attend this special event wearing or carrying their family tartans for a blessing. If those attending don’t have a plaid, the church will provide one.

Learn more at the Web site: under “coming events” or call Paty Henderson at (928) 970-0754.

Options for terminated Universal Health Care plans

Medicare terminated its contract with Universal Health Care, Inc. (Plan #H5404) and Universal HealthCare Insurance (Plan #s H5096, H5820 and H8098) April 1, 2013. Participants in those plans will be receiving a letter from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about this.

All persons currently enrolled in one of these Universal Plans were moved to Medicare effective April 1. If you require prescription drugs on or after April 1 and have not received a letter from CMS with the name of your new drug plan, call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

A special election period (SEP) for persons in one of the Universal Plans listed above have until May 31, 2013 to choose another plan in Gila County.

Medicare has made assurances that there will be no interruption in services at this time, but participants must choose another plan by May 31, 2013.

The Payson Senior Center is hosting Donna Card, Medicare Benefits Specialist, at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 9. Please come and find out what you need to do to make sure you have continued health coverage. She will explain what is happening and will help you enroll in another plan that fits your needs.

Call Payson Senior Center at (928) 474-4876 or Donna Card at (928) 474-3779 for further information.

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.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, April 12. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Student health fair

A health fair at the Julia Randall Elementary School gym will be held from after school until 8 p.m., Friday, April 12.

There will be several student demonstrations and movement opportunities including: Zumba, yoga, Dance Dance Revolution, Polar Activity Watches, K-2 music/movement, 3-5th Fit Kids and more.

Native Air will be landing one of their helicopters if it is not on call.

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.

Special on gardening books

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring gardening books as its two-for-one April special. Since spring brings out the gardener in all of us, stop by and pick up several gardening books with this great offer. As always the second book must be of equal or lesser value than the first. Another April special is coffee table books, also offered at two for the price of one. 

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information, visit the LFOP Web site:


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