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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. 14, 21, 23; March 7, 14, and 28; April 4 and 11 (the college will be closed the week of March 18; no taxes will be done that week at GCC).
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.
Payson Walkers plan 1-hour outings for February
Walks planned around Payson by the Payson Walkers start at 9 a.m. daily and last for an hour. All walks are on pavement.
Feb. 13 – meet at east end of Phoenix Street.
Feb. 14 – meet at the intersection of Granite Dells Rd. and Sutton Rd.
Feb. 15 – meet at Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline.
Feb. 16 – meet at Frontier Elementary.
Missions Convention features guest speakers
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.
The community is invited to attend the annual Missions Convention where services in the month of February are devoted to missionary speakers from the United States and around the world.
Wednesday evening, Feb. 13 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.
Lip Sync Contest is Saturday
Don’t miss the fifth annual Lip Sync Contest to be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the library, the high school drama club, Oasis Christian Books and Chitwood Cabinets. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $6 for students.
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 Roar.”
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.
Valentine’s Day with a Twist
Cinnamon Twist will be playing live from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14 at the historic Journigan House. Bring your sweetheart for a surf and turf dinner and enjoy some of the world’s greatest love songs with Annie James (guitar and vocal) and Jennifer Baltz (lead vocal). Call Journigan House at (928) 474-2900 for reservations,
If you have other plans and miss us on Thursday, Cinnamon Twist will also be playing live starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at Journigan House.
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.
Art-rageous Art Fair at Payson Public Library
The Payson Public Library is pulling out all the stops for its 2013 Art-rageous Art Fair, which begins Saturday, Feb. 16 and continues through Friday, Feb. 22.
Events include: a gymnastics exhibition for ages 4 to 18, taught by Susie Watson from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16; photography for ages 10 to 18, taught by Amy Martell from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19; art and drawing for ages 6 to 18, taught by Homer Sanders from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20; cake love for ages 5 and up, taught by Monica Vaughn from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21; jewelry making basics for ages 5 to 18, taught by Kathy Morgan from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22; and music basics for ages 5 and up, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22.
All classes are free, but space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible at the Children’s Room of the library, 328 N. McLane Rd.
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.
Non-violent Communication introductory class planned
Come and learn the language of the heart: Non-violent Communication.
Would you like to be able to “speak your truth” in any situation, without worrying about saying the wrong thing, offending someone, or making the situation worse?
Non-violent communication is a process of conflict resolution that values the needs of all concerned.
Dr. Donna Steckal, Ph.D. will hold an introduction to Non-violent Communication from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Payson Healing Arts Center, 616 N. Beeline Hwy.
For more information please call Dr. Steckal at (928) 474-4452.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by picking up the packet at Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, 8969 W. McCartney Road, Casa Grande, AZ 85194-7432.
The Culinary Arts hosts annual Chef Event
Come out and support the culinary arts students of Payson High by tasting the flavors of Route 66 buffet style at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Julia Randall Elementary cafeteria.
Purchase tickets at the door, from a culinary student, or from Devon Wells.
The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children 7 and under.
Call the Payson High School Office at (928) 474-2233.
County sets meetings on building codes updates
The Gila County Community Development Division and the Building Safety Advisory & Appeals Board are hosting meetings on a proposal to update the county’s building codes.
A meeting in Globe is planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the conference room of the Gila County Administration Building, 745 N. Rose Mofford Way.
A meeting in Payson is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in the conference room of the Gila County Administration Building, 610 E. Hwy. 260.
For more information please contact: Gila County Community Development
(928) 474-7105 of email@example.com.
The February Chamber Mixer will be held in the office complex at Fargo’s Restaurant at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28. The hosts are: Fargo’s, Kevin Dick Investments, Tom Russell, Dana Law Firm, and the Law Offices of Mary Brooksby. The mixer will include tours of each office, light refreshments, and samples of THAT Brewery’s locally produced beers.
There will be door prizes, chances to network, and talk to friends and prospects. Please bring cards to pass out and brochures of your product/service.
Admission is by Chamber Mixer Card or $5 for members and $20 for non-members.
Please call or e-mail the chamber, (928) 474-4515 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are attending.
Call for artists
The Payson Art League is calling for artists to join the annual ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour May 3, 4 and 5. If you are an artist interested in showing and selling your art at your studio in an organized tour, please contact Jan Ransom at (928) 468-8593 for more information and the application. This is a juried fine art and fine craft show representing varied art careers and backgrounds. Deadline for applying is March 1.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with The Cat in the Hat
The Cat is back and the Payson Public Library is ready to celebrate with all new ideas, games, and fun! The celebration is for Dr. Seuss’s birthday and will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2 with a Hot Dog Meal for $1.
Dr. Seuss movies will be playing throughout the library; there will be Dr. Seuss books to read throughout the library; Cat in the Hat crafts; face painting; Yertle the Turtle bowling; Hop on Pop game; Fox in Sox relay; Sneetch Beach relay; Horton Hears a Tune and prizes. Performance starts promptly at 7 p.m.