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, 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 11.
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.
Musical offered at PHS
The Payson High School Musical Theatre Club presents Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11 and Saturday, April 13 and at 4 p.m., Friday, April 12 in the high school auditorium. This musical is fun for the entire family.
Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for students. Tickets in advance are $2 less and can be purchased at Oasis Christian Books, Miss Fitz 260 Café and Habitat Re-store.
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.
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
The Coordinated School Health Advisory Council presents a Student Centered Health Fair from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 12 at the Julia Randall Elementary School gym.
There will be more than 20 booths sharing nutrition, healthy activities and choices as well as general health. Local doctors, dentists and many community organizations will take part.
This will be an active fair with family movement opportunities and demonstrations such as Zumba; yoga; Dance, Dance, Revolution; PES Cowboy dance; JRE Fit Kids Council; and the H.S. Yo-yo club.
There is no admission.
Community Garden offers free classes on Saturdays
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: 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.
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.
The John Darst Trio Plus One will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.
A donation of $8 or more includes refreshments. Small children and students are free.
Please make a reservation by contacting: email@example.com, or calling (602) 619-3355.
Town sports program
Registration is taking place now through April 15 for the town’s Adult Spring Co-ed Softball League. The season begins April 22.
Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign up for each division.
A player cannot play in more than one division or on more than one team. All participants must be at least 16. The fee is $275 and includes the ASA registration fee.
A Books Are Fun Fair is set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 at the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance).
Select from hundreds of books and gifts, such as photo albums, stationery, music and much more.
All proceeds support the Mogollon Health Alliance scholarship fund and its many other programs.
Star Valley council meets at Lamplighter April 16
To accommodate an anticipated large crowd, the Star Valley Town Council will meet at the Lamplighter RV Park’s recreation building for its next meeting at 6:10 p.m., Tuesday, April 16.
Call the Star Valley Town Hall for directions if needed, (928) 472-7752.
Payson Alumni Night
Payson Education Center will be hosting an alumni night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. All former students are invited to attend the event, which will feature a luau theme. There will be a barbecue, games and a slide show from previous school years.
Payson Education Center is an accredited, alternative high school located at 112 W. Cedar Lane in Payson. For more information, call (928) 468-8509.
Parent Resource Night
The PEC’s Parent Resource Night is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24. Participants will learn how to write a resume and apply for employment online. The public is also invited. Snacks will be served. For more information, call PEC at (928) 468-8509.
PES Safety First Day April 19
Payson Elementary School will have its Gracie Lee Haught Safety First Day at 1 p.m., Friday, April 19. The school will host eight community entities whose members will teach the students about safety rules around the home and community.
Do you love chocolate? The Ladies of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invite the public to a Chocolate Buffet at 6 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the church, located at 1000 N. Easy St.
Guests will be given a box to fill with samples of a great variety of wonderful chocolate desserts prepared by the ladies of the church for $10. Proceeds will support Outreach Ministries that focus on children and families in need.
Women’s conference at Payson LDS
The Relief Society organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a special Women’s Conference from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20, with a lunch to follow.
The theme of the conference is “Of Eternal Worth.” Speakers will include former police chief, Gordon Gartner; Sandy Tarbet; and Julie McCray. There will be a special guest from New Mexico who will discuss the topic Eternal Snapshots.
The event will be held in the Cultural Hall of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson. Guests are welcome.
There will be Relay for Life bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday April 26 at Walgreens.
Choral Society spring concert
The Payson Choral Society’s spring concert, “Time Machine” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris, comes to the Payson High School Auditorium Saturday, April 27.
Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pre-sale concert tickets are $8 for adults. All students under 18, and children will be admitted at no charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the Payson Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert for $10 each.
Proceeds from the society’s concerts provide musical scholarships to middle and high school students. These are awarded and the students will sing their winning tryout selection each at the spring concert.
For more information, please call John Landino (928) 468-0023.