Community Almanac, Dec. 3

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House Lighting Contest

The 9th Annual “Light the Rim” House Lighting Contest will award a total of $500 in prize money to winners this year. First prize is $250; second prize is $150; and third prize is $100. The deadline to enter is Saturday, Dec. 7. Entry forms are available at the Roundup office, 708 N. Beeline Hwy.; at Rim Country Guns & Archery, 513 S. Beeline; the Chamber office at the corner of Beeline and W. Main and at www.rimcountrychamber.com.

Judging will be on the evenings of Dec. 10 and 11. Winners will be announced Dec. 13 and a map of all entrants will be available in the Roundup and the Chamber. Call (928) 474-4515 for more information.

Habitat home available

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity organization has a three-bedroom, two-bath home open at Longhorn Condominiums. Area residents interested in going through the application process to purchase the home are invited to attend open meetings at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 103 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Prospective applicants will learn what is required to qualify and be assisted with the process. Pre-qualifications to meet include: currently living in substandard housing; a resident of the Payson High School attendance area for 12 months; mortgage signer must have a steady income of more than 30 percent, but less than 60 percent of the Gila County area medium income; lawful, permanent residency status or U.S. citizenship for each applicant and co-applicant; have an acceptable background check; be able to make regular no-interest mortgage payments of about $500 a month, including principal, taxes and insurance, plus Home Owners’ Association fees; grant permission for a home visit; contribute at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” to other PAHH projects; participate in the HOA and comply with Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions.

Reservations are required. Call (928) 474-0330. Applications are available at the ReStore before the workshops — it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Salvation Army needs help

Volunteers are needed for the Salvation Army’s Holiday Bell Ringer program. Collections will be taken at Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens, Bashas’ and Big Lots every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and also on Monday and Tuesday the week of Christmas, ending Christmas Eve. Ringers serve two-hour shifts.

Anyone can be a Salvation Army Holiday Bell Ringer including people who need community service hours. Call John Morgan at (928) 474-8454 or (928) 595-0517 to sign up to help.

All donated funds stay in Payson to help with utilities, rent, lodging, food, gas, clothing, travel and much more.

Additionally the Salvation Army Angel Tree, which provides an opportunity to gift a child in need, is located at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Angel Trees sprouting on Rim  

Angel Project Toy Drive

A special Angel Project Toy Drive is being held through Dec. 14 by 8-year-old Angel. She wants to collect toys and other gift items to benefit Payson area children and children in foster care.

Those interested may make donation at boxes located at Cutting Edge, Mandarin House, Knotty Pine Cafe, Sawmill Theater, Time Out Thrift Store, Payson Barber Shop, PizzA Hut, Alibertos, Tiny’s, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Pizza Factory, Anderson Dental, Star Valley Storage or Bob’s Western Wear. Those interested may choose an “Angel” from one of the drive’s local Angel Christmas trees at Stage or LaSierra.

For more information, please call Leticia (Angel’s mom) at (480) 322-2743 or Penni Stonebrink, AZ Partnership for Children, at (928) 970-0426.

Edward Jones Office

Rim Country residents and businesses may help less fortunate seniors in the community or the women and children passing through the Time Out Shelter by stopping by Chris Walsh’s Edward Jones Office, 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, Payson during regular business hours to select and “Angel” from the Angel Tree between Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Drop off the gifts to be delivered along with the tag by Dec. 18. Please note that Edward Jones cannot accept cash or cash equivalent donations.

Senior Angel Tree in Pine

The Pine Edward Jones office is closed until March. However, Maureen Walsh would still like to do the Senior Christmas Angel Tree in Pine. 

A tree with the names and suggested gifts for the elderly in the Pine and Strawberry areas is located at the Pine Thrift Store this year.

Senior Circle Money Tree

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle is sponsoring a Money Tree this holiday season to raise funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank and its efforts to provide financial assistance to Payson and Rim Country families in need.

Stop by the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday (not holidays) or 9 a.m. to noon; take an envelope from the tree and return it to the front desk with a donation (cash or check payable to St. Vincent de Paul Society).

New shoe drive

Kaitie’s Closet, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is having a new shoe drive through December. The goal is to have 200 pairs of new shoes for Rim Country families in need this winter.

Pink boxes are located around town for convenient drop-offs. If you have no time to shop, please send financial contributions to Kaitie’s Closet Inc., 304 W. Corral Drive, Payson, AZ 85541.

Learn about osteoporosis

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle hosts Dr. Amalia Pineres at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Pineres will discuss osteoporosis, a bone disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density leading to an increased risk of fracture.

Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Christmas customs program

The History and Customs of Christmas will be presented, along with Celtic and holiday music starting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Dimi Espresso in the Swiss Village.

Cinnamon Twist and Neil Morrison will present the program.

Cinnamon Twist is an American Celtic band based in Payson and will perform traditional Christmas carols along with Scottish and Irish songs. Morrison is a historian from Pine known for his dynamic presentations of historical figures at local libraries and museums in authentic clothing of the time period. For this presentation, he will focus on colorful and unusual Christmas traditions dating back to the 16th to 18th Centuries. The presentation is free to the public.

For more information, please contact Anne James at (928) 951-4420.

School play

The Junior Drama Club presents “The Hysterical History of the Trojan War” by D. M. Larson.

This comedic short play will be performed at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 in the high school audtitorium.

It is directed by PHS students Lyndsay Popke and Cody Rislund. Tickets will be at the door for $3 for adults and $2 for students. Bring a few extra dollars for the amazing Longhorn Theatre Concession Stand.

Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale in the hospital’s main lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6.

Items available to purchase: baby blankets, bibs, toys, scarves, catnip toys, dishcloths, jewelry and more.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Carol’s Cookie Sale

The Ladies (ECW) of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church present Carol’s Cookie Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson. 

The community is invited to stop by the parish hall during the hours of the Cookie Sale to walk among the goodie-laden tables, selecting their own assortment of homemade cookies and treats. This is a great way to get a variety of cookies for holiday entertaining and gift giving without having to spend hours in the kitchen. 

Cookies will be sold by the Baker’s Dozen, so that you can select the variety you wish. 

Come early for a select number of decorative tins for the cookies, ready to give as a gift, or to include in your holiday décor.

Bring the children and let them decorate sugar cookies at the kids’ table while you shop. 

Proceeds from the sale will be used to support ministries and missions that serve children, youth and women in the Rim Country.

The ladies of the church are honoring the memory of Carol Hiscox with the sale.

For more information, contact Sue Becker, (928) 595-4123. 

Christmas Boutique

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the weekends of Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. The Christmas Boutique is in the Arts & Crafts Guild Room at the Pine Community Center.

Have some hot cocoa and goodies; get a good spot

Keep warm with some delicious baked treats and hot cocoa or coffee from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center, 800 W. Main St. All donations will go toward the Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center children’s Christmas community service programs. Come early, get a good spot to watch the parade and park for free. 

Electric Light Parade

Payson’s Electric Light Parade is at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 on Historic Main Street, rain or shine. This year’s theme is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Bring non-perishable food items to donate when you see the award-winning Fiesta Bowl Parade Pine Trees. All donations will help local families in need.

Brush pits closing for the winter

As of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be closing all brush drop-off pits for the winter months (December and January). Currently the plan is to reopen for normal weekend operations in February 2014, weather and funding permitting. 

Live Your Dream Art Contest

Children of all ages are encouraged to enter the Live Your Dream Art Contest sponsored by Soroptimist International.

Age categories for recognition are: 4 years to 7 years; 8 years to 11 years; 12 years to 15 years, and 16 years to 18 years. 

Artwork can be in any medium — pencil, paint, crayon, etc. The piece can be no larger than 11-inches-by-14-inches. The subject should be a woman who inspires the student: family member; friend; or celebrity, alive or dead. She can be someone from history, someone in the student’s personal life or even a fictional character. 

The pictures will be submitted with an entry form on the back. The local club members will review artwork, but all art will be forwarded to Soroptimist of the Americas headquarters. 

No artwork will be returned, but may be used in the Web site or on promotional materials. Local winners will be honored at a banquet in Payson in March 2014.

Artwork and an entry form must be turned in no later than Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.  Contact Kim Kendall, (928) 478-6112, the student’s art teacher or Jean Oliver, (928) 474-6167 to obtain more information or an entry form. On the entry form is a place to explain why or how this woman inspires you. Participants may have more than one entry.

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