Community Almanac

Members of the Payson High School Key Club are participating in the Niké Reuse-a-Shoe Program.

Members of the Payson High School Key Club are participating in the Niké Reuse-a-Shoe Program.


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).

Longhorn Theatre performs ‘Star-Spangled Canteen’

The Payson High School Longhorn Theatre Company production “Star-Spangled Canteen” is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 in the high school auditorium. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.

JRE science fair tonight

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.

Nazarene Youth rummage sale

The Youth in Action of the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, are having a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 at the church. Great bargains on gently used items will be on display. The money raised will fund future youth projects.

Brush pits 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. 9 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 continuing snowy and muddy conditions caused by the recent winter storms.

Payson Walkers

Walks planned around Payson by the Payson Walkers start at 9 a.m. daily and last for an hour. All walks are on pavement. Scheduled are:

Feb. 9 – meet at west end of Longhorn.

Feb. 10 – meet at Gibson Court, off E. Phoenix.

Feb. 11 – meet at south end of parking lot at Payson Public Library.

Feb. 12 – meet at the parks office in Green Valley Park.

Feb. 13 – meet at east end of Phoenix Street.


See’s Candy Sale

Sweets for the Sweet

See’s Candy Sale

Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country will be selling See’s Candy at Walgreens on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10.

See’s Candy is also available — all the time — at Four Seasons Realty, 1101 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. Proceeds from these sales benefit local charitable organizations and events, such as Women’s Wellness Forum, coming up on Saturday, March 23.


Members of the Payson High School Key Club are participating in the Niké Reuse-a-Shoe Program.

Recycle your old Sneakers

Members of the Payson High School Key Club are participating in the Niké Reuse-a-Shoe Program, which requests old athletic shoes be donated from Feb. 11 through Feb. 15 to be recycled into such things as playgrounds, tracks and basketball courts. Shoes can be donated at the Payson High School administration building, the Payson Roundup, Payson Packaging, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Edward Jones office by Pioneer Title, and Beeline Chiropractic.

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.

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@

Cookin’ for Health

The Payson Public Library will have a series of cooking classes on Saturday starting in February. The first class is on modifying recipes to reduce the amount of sugar, salt and fat without sacrificing flavor. Taught by Peggy Martin, the class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9. Stop by the library reference desk for more details.

Special Needs Valentine’s Spaghetti Dinner and Dance

There will be a Valentine’s Dinner Dance for the Rim Country’s special needs residents, their families and caregivers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9.

The event will be at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community Apartments, 807 W. Longhorn Rd., Payson.

The sit-down dinner will feature lasagna and dessert.

Those attending are encouraged to wear their finest clothes and make a $5 donation.

To make a reservation, call Lucy at (928) 478- 0231 or (928) 595-2136.

Missions Convention

The First Assembly of God church, 1100 W. Lake Drive (by Green Valley Park), will host a series of speakers for its annual Missions Convention starting at its 10:30 a.m. services, Sunday, Feb. 10 and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 17.

Pastor Kelly Wooldridge has recently completed his fifth year with the Payson congregation and invites the community to attend the annual Missions Convention where each year at least five consecutive services in the month of February are devoted to missionary speakers from the United States and around the world.  

Beginning at the 10:30 a.m. service on Feb. 10, Kurtis Denton, missionary to Italy will be speaking. Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., Southwest Missions representatives, Wayne and Dreu Huffman will be sharing what God is doing in Arizona and the across the Southwest Region. Gary and Tamara Webb, who work with the U. S. Missions Foster Program, will be speaking at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 17; then on Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m., the congregation will be hosting an International Missions Potluck Dinner with Paul and Shelly Singh, missionaries to India.

Jazz concert

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

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

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

Learn about financial aid for students 

Parents and guardians are invited to the Payson High School Cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 for a presentation and time for questions on how to apply for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most scholarships use the FASFA application to determine need.

For more information, call PHS at (928) 474-2233.

Senior Center events

Upcoming events at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W Main St. include:

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. — The Payson Fire Department presents a talk on the Vial Of Life. Reservations for the presentation are suggested, but not required, however, those staying for lunch, will need a reservation. Call (928) 474-4876.

Thursday, Feb 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. —Valentine’s Day Dance and Lunch with music by Kathleen Kelly and Jim West, dancing and a fabulous meal. Reservations required, call (928) 474-4876.

Wednesday, Feb 20, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Richard A. White, who practices elder law, will present an overview of the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS). He will cover eligibility requirements, covered services and how to identify red flags that cause ineligibility. The event is free of charge and a reservation is recommended.  Call (602) 697-4870 for more information.

Heart Health panel to address Senior Circle

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.

Lenten Services

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church will begin the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday services on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Everyone is welcome to come to the free soup supper in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m., followed by the service at 7 p.m. The theme of Lenten services this year will be:  “Names of Wondrous Love.” Pastor David Sweet and Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg will conduct the services. Rock of Ages is at 204 W. Airport Road. For more information, call Pastor Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

Shepherd of the Pines

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will celebrate Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Holy Communion will be served. The theme for the service is “Rescued from the Rubble.”

Mid-week Lenten services will be held the following five Wednesdays with a potluck soup supper at 5 p.m. and the service at 6 p.m. The theme for the services is “Restore the Road.”

The community is invited to join the congregation. For more information, contact Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.

Payson Care Center has ‘Elvis in the Building’

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.

Valentine’s Day Spaghetti Dinner to benefit youth

Payson Church of Christ, 401 E. Tyler Parkway (across from KMOG, will have a benefit Valentine’s Day Spaghetti Dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14.

Dinner includes spaghetti and sauce, salad, bread stick, a beverage and dessert.

Tickets are available in advance at Oasis Christian Bookstore and cost $6 for a couple, $5 for adults, and $2 for children under 12. Tickets will be $1 more at the door.

The event is to help the youth group ‘In His Grip’ raise money for camp.

What is Agenda 21?

Is Transition Town Payson #121 part of Agenda 21? How are the policies of this agenda affecting our local communities and our state and national sovereignty?

Join the Payson Tea Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 to hear Lyle Rapaki of Sentinel Intelligence Services, who has provided legislators with briefings on border security and threats against Arizona state sovereignty, and Heather Gass, founder of the 3,000-member East Bay Tea Party. Gass’ group’s major focus is Agenda 21 and private property rights.

Call (928) 468-1131 for additional details.

Proposals sought for senior citizen program funding

Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens (PGCSC) is requesting proposals for the program year 2013-14. Proposals are sought to provide services for the elderly and physically disabled adults in Pinal and Gila Counties. 

Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens contracts with a network of community providers in the two-county area to provide congregate meals, home delivered meals, transportation, case management, home care services, minor home repair, respite services, legal services and family caregiver services.  

All persons interested are encouraged to apply. 

Sealed proposals must be received by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, no later than noon, Monday, Feb. 25. 

To request a Request For Proposals packet, contact Ana Medina, chief operating officer, at (520) 836-2758, ext. 112, or via e-mail at or by picking up the packet at Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, 8969 W. McCartney Road, Casa Grande, AZ 85194-7432.


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