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Payson High School Culinary students

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Payson High School Culinary students




Gymnastics exhibition

Art-rageous Art Fair

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.

Last day to recycle old athletic shoes

Members of the Payson High School Key Club are participating in the Niké Reuse-a-Shoe Program, which requests old athletic shoes be donated through Feb. 15 to be recycled into such things as playgrounds, tracks and basketball courts.

Donate at: the Payson High School administration building; the Payson Roundup; Payson Packaging; the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce; the Edward Jones office by Pioneer Title; and Beeline Chiropractic.

Rim Country music

John Carpino will be giving a solo/acoustic show at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at the Journigan House.

Cinnamon Twist — Jennifer Baltz and Annie James — will also be playing live starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at Journigan House.

John Carpino performs to benefit Payson’s St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at Lady D’s Wine Bar, Chocolate and Art.

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. Call the parks office, (928) 474-5242 for details.

Feb. 16 – meet at Frontier Elementary

Feb. 17 – meet at Payson Public Library, south end of lot

Feb. 18 – meet at Payson Public Library, south end of lot

Feb. 19 – meet at recreation office, Green Valley Park

Feb. 20 – meet at east end of Phoenix Street

Feb. 21 – meet at intersection of Granite Dells Road and Sutton Road

Feb. 22 – meet at Payson Event Center, south Beeline

Feb. 23 – meet at west end of Longhorn.

Brush pit schedule

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

Saturday, Feb. 16 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.

Sunday, Feb. 17 the Pine Pit will remain closed due to continuing snowy and muddy conditions.

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.

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 Rim Country Optimist Club, Payson Rotary Foundation, Modified Motorcycle Association, American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education present the event.

The evening will also have a silent auction and 50-50 raffle. For more information, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

Free tax help and free e-file available through April 11

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. 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 to Crochet

Learn to Crochet at Sweet Nostalgia, 512 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 6 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20.

This is a free class to anyone interested in learning how to crochet with Audrey.  Seating is limited; please call (928) 595-1265 to make a reservation and for more information.

Learn about long-term care and Medicaid

The Payson Senior Center will host Richard White, managing shareholder for Jackson White 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.

Passover celebration dinner reservations due March 20

Come celebrate the “Last Supper” the way Jesus did. Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, is hosting a Passover Seder and Dinner at 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24.  

Rabbi Jack Zimmerman, pastor of the Beth Simchat HaMashiach Messianic Fellowship in Scottsdale, will lead this Passover Seder demonstration. 

What was Christ’s Last Supper really like? Come and find out. Discover the connection between the Old Testament and the New as you see and experience how Jesus celebrated the Festival of Passover. A full meal is included. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for children, 12 and under.  Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets by Wednesday, Feb. 20.  Call (928) 474-5890 for tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Scrub and Shoe sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21.

All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to the community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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 Highway.

For more information please call Dr. Steckal at (928) 474-4452.


Payson High School Culinary students

PHS culinary arts students offer flavors of Route 66 

Come out and support the culinary arts students of Payson High School 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.

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 obtain 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.

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. Highway 260.

For more information, please contact Gila County Community Development, (928) 474-7105 or communitydevelopment@

Chamber Mixer

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 jstanton@rimcountrychamber .com 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.


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