Community Almanac

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

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


Valentine candy in Pine

Pine Library is once again selling See’s Candy for Valentine’s Day. A large assortment is available including heart shape boxes for that special someone. A variety of sizes are also available from 4-ounce to 1-pound decorated boxes. Plus, buy a ticket for a chance on a great See’s chocolate raffle basket! Proceeds from the sale go toward the purchase of additional library materials. Stop by the library during normal business hours or call (928) 476-3678.

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  

Free tax help and free e-file

Volunteers with AARP-Tax Aide will be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers now 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).

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. 5 and continuing through March 12. The class will teach you to make money with the things you no longer need.

For more information, call 468-8039.

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

Longhorn Theatre performs ‘Star-Spangled Canteen’

The Payson High School Longhorn Theatre Company will open its next production “Star-Spangled Canteen” Thursday, Feb. 7 in the high school auditorium.

The show runs February 7-9. Show times are 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 9, with a 4 p.m. matinee on Friday, Feb. 8. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will serve a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Feb. 8. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted. The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.


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


Lip Sync Concert is Feb. 16

The fifth annual Lip Sync Concert is Saturday, Feb. 16. Doors at the Payson High School 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.

Gila County Spelling Bee

Gila County schools’ “spell-off” is at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Students from Gila County schools who have won the preliminary bees in their district will compete against each other to qualify for the Arizona State Spelling Bee on March 23 at Eight/Arizona PBS, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

The event Friday afternoon is open to everyone, free of charge.

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 students in grades 3-5 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.

Meditation program at Senior Center

Meditation Classes for the Beginner with Kim Young start this Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Payson Senior Center. The class is from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., through mid-March.

The program is open to the community and is a six-week series. Learn about enjoyably painless and effective meditation practice. Bring a journal and wear comfortable clothing.

Coffee and tea will be served.

The cost is $10 per class, $3 for the low-income and Senior Center members; $50 for the entire series.

The Payson Senior Center is at 514 W. Main St., Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-4876 or e-mail kimyoung99@

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.

Jazz concert

The Beth Lederman quartet performs at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main.

Lederman will be on piano; Mary Petrich on saxophone; Mike King on upright bass; and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

Organizer Reynolds said Lederman is a beautiful piano stylist with a repertoire of seductive ballads to Latin to hard-driving jazz.

Her work is complimented by the superb saxophonist Mary Petrich, a jazz artist in the truest sense, and triple A-list upright bassist Mike King, Reynolds added.

A $5 donation is requested, refreshments included. Contact Reynolds at or call (602) 619-3355 for information and to RSVP.

Bible study

A serious bible study on discipleship, “One Step to Freedom,” is offered by the Nazarene Church, 200 E. Tyler Parkway from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays. Harold Fleeger will be teaching on how to discover the peace and strength to break the chains that bind you and lead to a fuller life in Christ. This is an ongoing course, which started Jan. 13, but is still open to participants.

Any questions, call Nancy at (928) 474-5890 or e-mail to

Heart Health panel

The Payson Senior Circle will present a Heart Health panel for National Heart Month at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 13.

These programs at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson are always well-attended, so make a reservation now at (928) 472-9290.

The Heart Health panel will feature information on cholesterol, the opening of PRMC’s new CATH LAB, a healthy heart diet and exercise. Panel participants are Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton, Dr. Toby Paulson, Mary McMullen and Michael Barland.

Lunch will be served. Contact Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat.

Payson Care Center has “Elvis in the Building”

The Payson Care Center’s Valentine’s Day party is at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 ... and Elvis is in the Building. The Nifty Fifties party will have an Elvis impersonator, plus DJ Craig with the golden oldies music; lots of food; dancing; and a fifties costume contest. The event is open to the community at 107 E. Lone Pine Dr.

Music and dining up north The StrawBEARy Bear

The StrawBEARy Bear will be open Thursday, Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day. Choose something from the menu or enjoy a special: king crab dinner, Thursday through Sunday, or prime rib dinner, Thursday and Saturday only.

Cord Price and Blue Rock Country will be performing in The Bear Lounge from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Call (928) 476-6503 for reservations or visit for more information.

Flying Grizzly

The band SoulEver will present a “free” rock and roll concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Flying Grizzly in Strawberry.

Learn about long-term care and Medicaid

The Payson Senior Center will host Richard White, managing shareholder for JacksonWhite of Phoenix. 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.

Artists of the Rim moves

The Artists of the Rim gallery has moved to the Swiss Village, 618 N. Beeline Highway.

The gallery will have a ribbon cutting with the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at noon, Saturday, March 2.

Business Showcase

The 21st Annual Business Showcase will be held March 16 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. The theme is Celebrating Seniors of All Ages and will showcase services and products for seniors, 18-80. The 2nd Annual Students Showcase, sponsored by Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell, will also be part of the event.

The showcase is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; set up is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 15, which will be followed from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. by a Sneak Preview Chamber Mixer, hosted by Rim Country Health.  Awards will be given for the Best Theme, Best of Show and the People’s Choice, voted on by those attending.

Exhibitors must sign up by March 1 or pay a late fee. There are only 48 booth spaces and last year’s exhibitors have priority in obtaining a booth and the site of the booth. After March 1, prospective exhibitors will have the opportunity to secure a booth.

With the booth, exhibitors will also receive one table and two chairs, and should bring a table cloth. Electricity is available for all booths, just bring an extension cord/buzz bar.

For more information, please call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Relay For Life of Rim Country

The community kick-off meeting for Relay For Life of Rim Country is slated from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 8 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Fireside Room, located on the west side of the casino (old restaurant).

A Taste of Rim Country

The upcoming annual A Taste of Rim Country, sponsored by the Library Friends of Payson, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Payson Public Library. This year’s event will be a gala evening of fine dining with various stations arranged throughout the library, featuring some of the Rim Country’s best chefs showing off their remarkable culinary talents. Guests will also enjoy a selection of wines or sparkling cider.

Chefs from the following restaurants will be participating: Cake Love, Beeline Café, 260 Café, Gerardo’s, Mazatzal Bakers (Mazatzal Hotel and Casino), Journigan House, Laura’s Small Café, Payson High Culinary Club, Creekside Steak House and Landmark at the Creek. Many of these chefs are returning participants and some are new to the event.

During the evening, guests may cast a ballot for their favorite chef. The chef who receives the most votes is named “Best of the Best” and given a trophy, recognizing their official status. Chefs who are interested in participating in this event should contact Karen Thornton at (928) 478-4133 as quickly as possible, as space is extremely limited.


Fred Carpenter

In addition to sampling the delicious food and wine, guests can also bid on a wide selection of Silent Auction items, ranging from a catered five-course dinner for six to fine art work, jewelry and many other specialty items. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, with half of the proceeds going to a very lucky winner. Music for the evening will be provided by Fred Carpenter, DJ.

Tickets are $30 per person. All proceeds support the Payson Public Library and its various ongoing programs. Tickets are available for purchase at the Payson Public Library, with half the cost of the ticket being tax deductible. Don’t wait to get your ticket, as they are limited and will not be sold at the door on the evening of the event.

To learn more, please call the Payson Public Library at (928) 474-9260 or online visit


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