Community Almanac, Dec. 13


See 'Frozen' and help RCMS Band

Sawmill Theatres, 201 W. Main St., Payson, is presenting a 10:30 a.m. showing of “Frozen” Saturday, Dec. 14. Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to the Rim Country Middle School Band.

Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents to Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 at the church.

There is no charge and refreshments will be available.

The church has a Family Movie Night the first and third Friday of each month. For details, go online to www.shepherdofthe or call (928) 474-5440.

Christmas Boutique

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 14 and 15. This is the final weekend to get the unique gifts, only available from area artists and crafters.

The Christmas Boutique is in the Arts & Crafts Guild Room at the Pine Community Center.

Cookin’ for Health

The next Cookin’ for Health program at the Payson Public Library is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14.

Facilitator Peggy Martin, certified nutritional consultant, will offer Healthful Holiday Cookin’ — Keep it simple with make-ahead sides.  

Affordable Health Care Act program

A free program on understanding the Affordable Health Care Act is planned at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at Powell House, 806 W. Longhorn Rd., Payson.

Presented by Tom Russell, the program will include how the act works and how it impacts individuals and families; the nuts and bolts; how the exchanges work; what are “grandfathered” plans; and whether or not you can sidestep registering for it until 2015.

Call (928) 474-6249 for more information.

‘ChariTree’ celebration

Looking to do something different and uplifting for the holidays? Interested in joining your friends in supporting our community?

Then make the time to drop by Steve Coury Ford in Star Valley for the ChariTree Celebration at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14.  This is the last chance to vote for and bid on your favorite ChariTree and possibly go home with one of these beautifully decorated trees.

All trees were donated by local businesses and decorated by local charities. Just come by with non-perishable food items to be placed under your favorite tree(s) and thus cast your vote. Don’t forget you can also purchase a tree through a silent or live auction. All proceeds will be split among all participating charities. Live music courtesy of Cinnamon Twist and refreshments courtesy of Dimi Espresso, the Sweet Shoppe and The Beverage Place will also be part of the festivities.

Vote with food and benefit the local food banks. Buy a tree and benefit 24 local charities.


As a treat for patrons 16 and older, the Payson Public Library will present a program on making mini holiday scrapbooks from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16.

Space is limited and registration is requested. Stop by the circulation desk or call (928) 474-9260. The library is located at 328 N. McLane Road.

Angel Trees around the Rim  

Angel Project Toy Drive

A special Angel Project Toy Drive is being held through Dec. 21 by 8-year-old Angel. He 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.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

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.

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 through 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).

See’s Candy  

Pine Library still has See’s Candy available for sale. There is a variety of candy, from a 2-pound box of chocolates to a 4-ounce Santa gift box.

The library is also offering a chance on a gorgeous See’s Candy basket valued at $180. The drawing for this basket will take place Saturday, Dec. 21.

Pine Library is a non-profit community library serving Rim Country residents.  Funds from the sale of See’s Candy and the tickets for the gift basket support the purchase of additional materials from DVDs to new books. Candy will be available until sold out. Stop by during regular library hours to make your selection. Contact the library at (928) 476-3678 with any questions.

Pine Strawberry Food Bank

Cold weather is here, along with the holidays, and the need in the community is continuing to grow. Please consider donating to the Pine Strawberry Food Bank. A collection box is at Ponderosa Market as well as a freezer for turkeys and hams; another drop box is at the post office.

The Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) so donations are tax deductible and qualify for the Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit. Donations can be mailed to: Pine Strawberry Food Bank, P. O. Box 1534 Pine, AZ 85544. For more information, please call Diane at (928) 476-3579.

Book sale benefits MHA

The Mogollon Health Alliance will benefit from the Books Are Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. in the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance).

Select from hundreds of new books and a big selection of gift items including photo albums, stationery, music and much 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.

Free stress-reducing relaxation session

Give yourself a special holiday treat with a free stress-reducing relaxation session from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Senior Circle Activity Room, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Join Penny Navis-Schmidt, a local clinical social worker, for a session of meditative movement guaranteed to help you manage the stress of this busy season. After the session, there will be refreshments and healthy snacks.

Then, Holly Crump, a local Eastern Area Health Education Center program coordinator, will facilitate an optional format to talk through stress that you may be facing during this holiday season. Sometimes, just talking through a concern helps to diffuse the anxiety that accompanies it. We will share, and invite you to share additional tips for enjoying a stress-free 2013 holiday.

Chamber Mixer

The December Chamber Mixer is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19 at Dan Good Flooring, 810 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Call (928) 474-4515 to reserve a spot and get additional details.

Christmas for Kids

Do you have last-minute Christmas shopping, house cleaning or just need time to relax? Let us share the Christmas story with your child. They will play games, activities, and have a light snack.

The program is offered by Rock of Ages Church, 204 W. Airport Rd., Payson, and will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 21 for children ages 3 to 12. For details and to register, call (480) 688-6427.


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