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Story time at the Library

Story time at the Library Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Romance for sale

In February thoughts turn to romance and in honor of Valentine’s Day, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring paperback romance novels at the incredibly low price of 20 for $1. Many of these will be drawn from a recently received, extremely large donation of paperback romances that are in like new condition. Hurry in for the best selection. You will be amazed by the vast selection and great quality of this offering.

Bookstore stock has never been better and new items are added daily.  Therefore, the wise patron stops by often.  Bookstore volunteers are always happy to help you.  Every penny spent in the bookstore goes directly to the Payson Library for purchase of new materials. 

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information visit the Library Friends of Payson website at www.library friendsofpayson.org  

First Friday Sale at Time Out shop

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a special sale for First Friday, Feb. 1.

Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off. This includes jewelry, boutique and western wear. Shoppers can also buy Time Out gift cards.

The shop also now accepts credit and debit cards and gladly picks up donations of gently used furniture or larger items. Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

All profits from the Time Out Thrift Shop support Time Out Inc., its Domestic Violence Shelter and Transitional Housing.

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop sale 

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop until 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 for the monthly First Friday half-off sale. The store’s winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The shop is at 434 S. Beeline Hwy., Suite B, C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop). Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations and other animal welfare needs. For more information call (928) 970-1097.

First Friday sale

In celebration of First Friday Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art offers 20 percent off with a food bank donation on all purchases, including fine art. This sales event happens during regular business hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 through Monday, Feb. 4. 

Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Main St., Payson.

First Friday barbecue and music

The Payson Habitat ReStore will have live music by Phil Lykins and barbecue sliders with coleslaw for First Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1.

There will also be big savings all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — 50 percent off all items up to $250 — the entire store. For more information, call (928) 474-4247.

Open musical revue

Community Presbyterian Church and Anything Goes will host an open musical revue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1.

Anything Goes will be playing its music and other musicians will perform.

Snacks will be provided. There is a $5 suggested donation.

The church is at 800 W. Main St.

Down the Street Art Gallery

First Friday is still alive and well at Down the Street Art Gallery on Main Street with a Valentine gathering featuring the co-op’s newest artist, Margo Lessard Morphis. She is an oil painter specializing in large, expressive horses.

Stop in for a sweet treat and meet Margo and the other artists from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb 1, 703 W. Main St., Payson. 

Brush pit schedule 

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, Feb. 2 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

The Pine Pit is closed due to snowy and muddy conditions caused by the recent winter storms.

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Story time at the Library

Saturday story time

Payson Public Library Director Emily Linkey shares “Kissing Coyotes” at a recent story time. Enjoying the story are Aspen Khrom Barr, Amber Hennessey and Denise Blanchette. Linkey will present stories and puppet shows for children at 11 a.m. every Saturday. The Payson Public Library is located at 328 N. McLane Road.

Child ID program offered at library

The Payson Public Library is having the Arizona Child Identification Program, put on by the Arizona Masons, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2.

In the ID Kit, parents get a photo ID card for each child, color photos, digital fingerprints, a recorded interview, DNA sample (preferably done by parents), and Amber Alert profile.

All is provided at no cost to parents and no identification information is kept by the Masons — just the permission form, which parents will need to fill out.

For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Almost New Thrift Shop $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts and more — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags. Spend just $1 and take it home.

This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. This month’s sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4.

There is lots of inventory to choose from and proceeds 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.

Free tax help and free e-file

Volunteers with AARP-Tax Aide will be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers from Feb. 4 through April 11.

Services will be provided at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 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., Feb. 7, 14, 21, 23; March 7, 14, and 28; April 4 and 11 (the college will be closed the week of April 17; no taxes will be done that week at GCC).

Sheet sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance is having a sheet sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Organizers say the sheets are “as soft as Egyptian cotton” with twin sizes priced at $25 and all other sizes sold for $39. Assorted styles will be offered.

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.

Computer tutors at library

Staff at the Payson Public Library will be available from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday — starting Feb. 5 — to give one-on-one help with computer questions. The staff can help with e-mail, creating documents in Microsoft Word, using the Internet and more.

The library computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact the library for more information, (928) 474-9260.

Town hall on Arizona’s Common Core Standards

Common Core Standards are the next reform in education. Do you have questions? Concerns? Do you feel prepared? What does your school and community need to implement the new standards? What help do you need, as a teacher or parent to prepare children?

Come sit down with Dr. Craig Barrett, chair of the Arizona Ready Council, for a conversation on the upcoming Arizona Common Core Standards. Barrett will present a program from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5 via iTV at Payson Board of Supervisors Room, 620 E. Highway 260.

Evening Food Bank hours

The Deacon’s Pantry Food Bank at Community Presbyterian Church will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday except holidays. Hours have also been extended on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main (a block from Julia Randall School). For additional information, call (928) 474-2059.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free “Heartsaver” CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5. Call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through its fund-raising efforts, its gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to the Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

University transfer process discussed at GCC

A special program is planned at the Payson campus of Gila Community College on transferring work to Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University or the University of Arizona.

The program is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 in GCC Room 403, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Topics will included programs of study at GCC (Eastern Arizona College) and steps in the university transfer process.

For more information, contact Joe Shannon at Joe.Shannon@eac.edu.

Learn about eBay as a home-based business

Gila Community College is offering a short-term class on eBay as a home-based business from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., Tuesdays, starting Feb. 6 and continuing through March 13. The class will teach you to make money with the things you no longer need.

For more information, call 468-8039.

Gila County Spelling Bee

Payson schools’ preliminary for the county spelling bee is at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Students from Gila County schools who win preliminary bees in their district will compete against each other to qualify for the Arizona State Spelling Bee on March 4.

For more information, please call the Gila County Education Service Agency at (928) 402-8783.

JRE science fair

Julia Randall Elementary School will have its science fair in the school gym, Friday, Feb. 8. Come see the science projects 3-5 grades have created over the school year. The science fair will be open to the public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information call Carm Locke at (928) 970-0135.

Payson Senior Center

The Senior Center at 514 W Main St. is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. A delicious lunch is served daily for a low fee, but reservations are recommended.

Many activities are offered daily including Zumba Gold, 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday; Movie and Muffin, 9:15 a.m. Friday; and live music most days. Country Western Dance classes are held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; and Alzheimer’s Support group meets at 1:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday; Woodworking is on Thursday afternoon.

The Payson Senior Center is the provider for Meals On Wheels and Senior Transportation in Payson and Star Valley. A Medicare/Social Security counselor is on site.

The Thrift Store is at 512 W. Main St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Upcoming events:

Mardi Gras lunch, Tuesday, Feb. 12;

Fire Department program on Vial of Life, 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13;

Valentine’s Day dance and lunch, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb, 14 with music by Kathleen Kelly & Jim West;

Richard White talks about Arizona Long-term Care requirements, services and red flags, 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20;

February movies: Feb. 8 – Hello Dolly; Feb. 15 – Dancing Lady; Feb. 22 – The Trouble With Angels.

The facility is available for rent for benefits, parties, memorial services and meetings. Call (929) 474-4876 for information and drop in.

AARP Driving Safety Class

An AARP Driving Safety Class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. To register, call (928) 472-9290.

Lip Sync concert

The fifth annual Lip Sync Concert is Saturday, Feb. 16. Doors at the Payson High auditorium open at 5:30 p.m., with the concert at 7 p.m.

Presented by the Rim Country Optimist Club, Payson Rotary Foundation, Modified Motorcycle Association, American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education, the event gives participants a chance to have fun, entertain the audience and win prize money. The proceeds from ticket sales fund scholarships.

Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available from members of the sponsoring organizations, members of the high school’s Drama Club, and at the Payson Public Library, Oasis Christian Books & Gifts, and Chitwood Cabinets.

Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $6 for students.

The evening will also have a silent auction and 50-50 raffle.

For more information, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

Learn about long-term care and Medicaid

The Payson Senior Center will host Richard White, managing shareholder for JacksonWhite of Phoenix, Ariz. He will present a program on Arizona’s Medicaid long-term care options. The program is from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20.

This presentation is an overview of the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS). It covers medical and financial eligibility requirements, services covered by ALTCS, identifying ALTCS candidates, and how to identify red flags that can cause candidates to become ineligible.

White practices elder law, assisting senior members of the community with issues of concern unique to them, including health care issues and elder abuse and exploitation issues. He also handles pre-crisis and crisis planning for family members in need of immediate long-term health care and helps families qualify for public benefits including Arizona’s Medicaid program, ALTCS, and the VA Aid and Attendance benefit.

This is a free of charge event and open to everyone, so reserve a seat by calling (602) 697-4870.

Health career scholarships

Mogollon Health Alliance is now accepting applications for its Human Health Career Scholarships. These scholarships are given to applicants residing in northern Gila County who are pursuing careers in various health care fields.

Awards will be given at the discretion of the MHA Auxiliary Scholarship Committee. Applications and information may be obtained from the MHA office at 308 E. Aero Drive, (928) 472-2588. Applications are also available at the following locations: Gila Community College, Payson High School, Payson Center for Success, and the Payson Roundup.

The deadline for application submissions for the fall semester is Friday, March 29.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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