Community Almanac

Veterans Seminar

Veterans Seminar


GED testing

GED testing has been scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17 in Payson.

Candidates must pre-register at 112 W. Cedar Lane. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The registration deadline for this testing session is Aug. 13. Contact Chastity Van Buskirk at (928) 402-4339 or cvanbuskirk or Gail Gorry at (928) 472-5373 for more information.

PEC Open House

The Payson Education Center will have an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14. PEC is at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane.

The public is invited to attend. Pizza will be served.

PEC is an alternative, accredited high school and is now enrolling for the 2013/14 school year. New students are still being accepted, although classes started Aug. 5.

Call PEC at (9280 468-8509 for more information.

Calling all Girl Scouts

It’s time again to register for the new Girl Scouts year. Girl Scouts is open to all girls from age 5 through 17. The registration fee is $15 and scholarships are available.

Registration is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Rim Country Middle School; from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15 and Monday, Aug. 26 at Scoops ice cream shop located near the movie theaters; and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, at Julia Randall Elementary School gym.

Parent/guardians are required to complete the paperwork and you may bring your new or returning Girl Scout with you to registration.

There is also a need of adults who would like to be involved with Girl Scouts as leaders or assistants. All training is provided in Payson. If you have any questions, please call Rhonda at (928) 474-0653 or Diane at (928) 595-0128.

Armer shares history

Eddie Armer, local author, songwriter and historian, will give a presentation titled “A Slice of Arizona and Rim Country History” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd.

Formerly, Armer served as an Arizona state highway patrolman. Currently, he continues to enjoy songwriting and has produced a CD. He is also the author of a book about the life of Charles Clifford Griffith. Both the CD and the book will be available for sale and autograph.

You are cordially invited to attend this free and open-to-the-public Author Spotlight sponsored by the Library Friends of Payson. Light refreshments will be served.

For further information, please contact the library at (928) 474-9260.


Veterans Seminar

Free veterans benefits seminar

Melvin Morris of the Arizona State Veterans Home will make a presentation on veterans’ benefits from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Powell House, 806 W. Longhorn Rd., Payson.

If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, you may qualify for veterans’ benefits. The program will include the benefits that are available, who qualifies and how to apply.

For details, call (928) 474-6249.

Learn to can your extra garden harvest

Want to know what to do with all that extra garden harvest? The Community Garden will host canning classes presented by the LDS Relief Society Ladies at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway across from The Home Depot.

For more information, please call Nancy Gardner (928) 474-4627.

Four Church garage sale for Payson Helping Payson

This “one day” sale will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, and is sponsored by Payson United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Community Presbyterian Church and Mount Cross Lutheran Church

These four churches, recognizing the vital roll that Payson Helping Payson has played in our area over the past 20 years, are stepping up to ensure that the good work done by PHP will continue through these hard times. So far this year, PHP has helped more than 100 families “in crisis” with assistance on rent, utilities and special needs.

Doors open at 8 a.m. Friday and the sale will continue to 4 p.m. Very few items will be priced and most will be offered for a “donation only.”

The Payson area “community” can donate goods for the sale, other than clothes and VHS tapes. These items can be dropped off at Mount Cross Church between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15.

Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

There will be a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Friday of every month. Visit for directions and for more information, or call (928) 474-5440.

Payson chapter of Amnesty International invitation

August 17 marks the third year Payson’s local Amnesty International chapter will proudly join the Oldest Continuous Rodeo Parade and march for human rights. Following the parade, Payson Amnesty International will host its First Annual Human Rights Picnic and statewide meeting and outreach event at Rumsey Park, Ramada 2, from noon to 4 p.m. Members of Amnesty International, their families and friends, as well as anyone interested are invited. 

The event is free and open to the public and picnic lunch will be provided.

For further information, contact Penny Navis-Schmidt at (928) 978-1268 or at

Home school kick-off

To encourage and equip Rim Country home schoolers, home educators are invited to a fall kick-off meeting in Payson. AFHE-Arizona Families for Home Education board members Rich and Heather Haupt will discuss the legal requirements for home schooling in Arizona, encourage new and experienced moms on embracing the strengths of home schooling, and share encouragement specifically for dads.

The program is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

For questions and to reserve a spot, call or message Kim at (480) 694-7459 or send an e-mail to

Vintage Base Ball Game

See an old-fashioned “base ball” game at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Rumsey II softball field in North Rumsey Park.

The Payson Cougars will play the Arizona Stars & Stripes in a game reflecting the 1860s version of the sport — wearing “old time” uniforms.

There were no gloves, no overrunning first bag (first base), and an out is recorded if a hit ball is caught on one bounce.

It’s different and it’s sure to be fun. Come out and enjoy some entertaining history.

Artists invited to enter 2013 ArtOberfest by mid-August

The Payson Art League is calling for artists to join the annual ArtOberfest Show on Oct. 18, 19, 20, 2013 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. 

If you are an artist interested in showing and selling your art, please visit the PAL’s Web site at or call Don Harmon at (928) 474-5554 for a mailed application. 

This is a juried fine art and fine craft show representing varied art careers and backgrounds. The deadline for applying is Aug. 17.

Pine Child Find Activities

The Pine Strawberry Elementary School District is starting its annual Child Find Activities for all three- and four-year-olds.

Child Find is a program to identify children who may require services to address a potential disability in learning, speech, vision, hearing, physical growth or some other possible developmental delay.

The district will screen all 3- and 4-year-olds by appointment the third Monday of each month during the school year. Special arrangements may be made for alternate days.

To schedule a preschool screening for your child or for more information, please call the Pine Strawberry Elementary School at (928) 476-3283.

Learn about hepatitis

Millions of people in the U.S. are infected with Hepatitis C and many are unaware of they have the condition, in large part because they may not have any symptoms.  Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver damage, liver cancer and liver transplants in the U.S.  Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending a one-time Hepatitis C screening for all adults born between 1945 and 1965. Screening for Hepatitis C can help people who are infected live longer, healthier lives.

Please join Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny for a discussion about Hepatitis A, B and C at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Make a reservation for seating several days in advance so there is enough food prepared. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat.


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