Community Almanac, Dec. 31


Learn to preserve photos, documents, memorabilia

Have you ever wondered where your family came from and need help finding out? The Gila County Genealogy Society meets at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2 at 302 E. Bonita St. — the society’s library.

There will be a special program on preserving photos, documents and memorabilia by Christine Solymossy, archivist for the Payson Public Library.

At the December holiday luncheon the newly elected board for 2014 was sworn into office, so take the opportunity Jan. 2 to welcome them into service.

Snuggle with a Book

To close out 2013 and welcome 2014, the Payson Public Library will have a Children’s Winter Reading Program, Snuggle with a Book, through Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Participants who read a total of six books during the period of the program will receive prizes and a certificate.

Stop by the library at 328 N. McLane Road in Rumsey Park for more information.

New Year’s church services

Calvary Chapel Payson

Calvary Chapel Payson, 1103 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, will have its New Year’s Eve Service is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31. No service is planned for New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have a New Year’s Eve Service at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31. Holy Communion will be served. The theme will be “The Eternal Dateline.”

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440 or go online to

Sunrise Prayer Service

Rim Country’s annual New Year’s Sunrise Prayer Service will be held beginning at 7:15 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway (just north of the north side Circle K).

Dave Yoder will lead the praise music. There will also be time to seek forgiveness and give thanks before we pray for blessings on our community and nation. Theme verses will be from Psalm 71 and Hebrews 5:7 as we seek revival for our churches, our land and ourselves. Other sunrise prayer services will be held throughout Arizona. Start the new year right by joining with others for prayer. For more information, call (928) 472-8178.


The Kiwanis meet from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Thursday at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. The Young Professionals meet at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays at Macky’s Restaurant.

To learn more, contact Mike Clark at (928) 476-3283.

TOPS 0373

TOPS 0373 Payson (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter meets at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. 

We meet every Thursday morning. Our weigh-in starts at 7 a.m.  Our meeting starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 8:50 a.m. 

We are a non-profit support group for anyone wishing to drop those extra, unhealthy pounds. You gain new friends, along with invaluable information and support in your weight loss journey.  Come check us out! If you have any questions, call Ilona at (928) 472-3331.

Payson Tea Party

The Payson Tea Party meets every Thursday night (except holidays) at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are great speakers and/or great interaction each week on local, state and federal issues. All are welcome. Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

Computer group

All Payson Area Computer Association members and guests are invited to the general meeting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3 in the community room of the Payson Public Library.  

The new officers will hold a discussion focusing on members’ goals for the club for 2014. Attendees are encouraged to bring suggestions to the meeting. If time permits, a presentation will be held showing advantages of Windows 8.1 over Windows 8.0. 

General club meetings are held the first Friday of each month except August, and Fix-It meetings for members are held mid-monthly. For more information, email the club secretary at or visit the Club’s Web site at

Almost New Thrift Shop $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothing items, shoes, belts and more. Anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags, can be purchased for just $1 (for the entire bag). This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. The next sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6.

There is lots of inventory to choose from so come help us to support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

PEC enrolling

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is now enrolling for the 2014 spring semester.

The scheduled start date for the spring semester is Monday, Jan. 6. Please call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information. PEC is located at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane, Payson.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets from 2 p.m. Mondays at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

There are no fees or dues. The only membership requirement is a desire to not compulsively overeat anymore.

Call the following members for more information: Denise, (928) 978-3706; Mary Jo, (928) 978-4663; Ted, (928-) 951-3362; Alice at (602) 828-0917 or (928) 478-4361.

Moose Lodge events

The Women of the Moose meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month.The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

The lodge has a Thursday Fish Fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekly dinner specials are available.

The Moose Lodge is located on East Highway 260 in Star Valley; for more information, call (928) 474-6212.

Scouting adventures

Scouting adventures await boys ages 7 to 18 with Pack 7354. While the group meets at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, it is nondenominational and provides a true scouting experience with lots of outdoor activities and the opportunity to learn skills. Both the Pack and Troop meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. For details, call (928) 950-4576.

Order of the Eastern Star

The Ponderosa Chapter #64 O.E.S. meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Rd., Payson.

A potluck dinner is held at 5:30 at the second meeting of the month.

All Eastern Star members are invited. Ladies with any Masonic family affiliation are encouraged to join the group.

In addition to the meetings, the ladies gather at 10 a.m. every Wednesday for a fun game of canasta.

For more information, contact Lois Miller, secretary, at (928) 474-0521.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post #69, located at 709 E. Highway 260.

We would like to invite all members to join us.

Masonic Lodge

The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge #70, located at 200 E. Rancho Road in Payson, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. A dinner is held at 5:30 p.m. every second Tuesday for members, families and guests with an after-dinner program followed by the lodge’s Stated Meeting at 7 p.m.

For more information, go online to or contact Tom Jones, secretary, at (928) 474-1305 or (818) 314-9950.

Senior Circle

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle’s first Lunch and Learn for 2014 is at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8. The featured speaker is Carl Valenti, director of emergency services, who will talk about PRMC’s recently obtained Level IV Trauma Center designation.

Learn about this and other changes being made including our Senior Friendly Emergency Room and PRMC’s 30 minutes or less pledge.

Make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance by calling (928) 472-9290. The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

A Lunch and Learn on neuropathy and nerve pain by Dr. Kristy Gill is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Neuropathy results when nerves that carry messages to the brain and spinal cord from the rest of the body are damaged or diseased. Symptoms include tingling, numbness and loss of sensation in the arms and legs. Learn more about the cause, symptoms and treatment for neuropathy at this lunch and learn.

Rim Country Coalition

The Rim Country Coalition will have two meetings in January — 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 9 and 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24. Both will be at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Lip Sync auditions

Once again, Payson Rotary Club Foundation and Payson Rim Country Optimist Club, along with Modification Motorcycle Association (MMA), American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE), are hosting a Lip Sync Contest Saturday, Feb. 8.

Auditions are at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

High school students and eighth-graders will be competing for $1,100 in prizes. School faculty — either individually or in groups — will compete for one scholarship to designate for their school or department.

All schools and students in Payson and the surrounding areas are eligible to try out as long as they complete an application. Application forms can be found on Payson High School Web site, the Rim Country Optimist Club Web site or contact Thomas Walling at Payson High School.

For more information, contact Joan Young with the Optimists, (928) 472-2264,

Digital photography class

Learning the ins and outs of using a digital camera can be made easier by taking the beginning digital photography class at Gila Community College this spring semester. Students must have a digital camera of some type. DSLR cameras are preferred for the class but not mandatory.

The class is taught by award-winning photographer Tom Brossart, who has more than 30 years experience as a professional photographer.

Class time is from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 14. Call GCC at (928) 468-8039 for further information on the class.

Blood drive

The next Payson Community Blood Drive is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

To make an appointment or get additional details, call (928) 951-0863.

Free Well Child Clinics

The Gila County Health Department offers a free “Well Child Clinic the third Wednesday of every month. It is available for infants ages 2 months to 18 months and promotes wellness by providing physician examinations and appropriate immunizations, usually given at 3, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months of age. Parents will be able to obtain information regarding their child’s growth and development, as well as discuss any concerns regarding their child.

Appointments may be made by calling (928) 402-8811 or (928) 402-8808.

Tax-Aide volunteers needed

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Arizona is seeking volunteers to prepare taxes for seniors and low-income families during the 2014 tax-filing season. Greeters, client facilitators and tax counselors are needed.

Volunteer training for the program will be held in January with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites opening from Feb. 1 through April 15, 2014. Tax-Aide volunteers are expected to work four hours a week during the program’s 10-week run. 

To volunteer, please call AARP toll-free at (888) OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) or register online at


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