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Payson Parks and Recreation soccer is open to all children between ages 4 and 12th grade.

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Payson Parks and Recreation soccer is open to all children between ages 4 and 12th grade.


Art-rageous Art Fair

The Payson Public Library is pulling out all the stops for its 2013 Art-rageous Art Fair, which continues through Friday, Feb. 22. Events include: 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.

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. 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.

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.

Lenten Services

Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, located at 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant), will hold mid-week Lenten services on Wednesdays, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13 and 20 at 6 p.m. Join us for Lenten supper (free-will offering) each week at 5 p.m., just prior to the mid-week service.

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold our second Lenten service on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Everyone is welcome to come to our FREE soup supper in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m., followed by our service at 7 p.m. The theme of our 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 located at 204 W. Airport Road. For more information, call Pastor Sweet at 474-2098.


Payson Parks and Recreation soccer is open to all children between ages 4 and 12th grade.

Register now for Spring Soccer

Payson Parks and Recreation soccer is open to all children between ages 4 and 12th grade. There are no try-outs and no child is cut from a team. The goal of the program is to help players develop their soccer skills and to have fun and enjoy the game. All leagues are co-ed and games are played weeknights at the Rumsey Park soccer fields. Cost is $25 and includes game shirt. Volunteer coaches are needed. Your child’s fee is waived if you coach. Register online at or at the Green Valley Park Office.

Scrub 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.

Have fun playing Bunco

Men, women and guests are invited to the Payson Elks Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 23 to play Bunco. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and play starts at 11 a.m.

The cost is $15 and includes a Ham & Swiss Cheese Sandwich and Vegetable Beef Soup Lunch with iced tea (you may purchase soft drinks).

Door prizes and prize money will be offered (cash prizes determined by the number attending).

The lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Bunco is very easy to play and no experience is needed. For more information, please call Mary Smith (928) 468-8766 or (928) 978-1857.

Food bank benefit concert

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.

Passover celebration dinner reservations due Feb. 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.

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.

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.

Enjoy the 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.

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.

Get tickets now for Lincoln Day Luncheon

The Gila County Republican Party’s Annual Lincoln Day Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant on East Highway 260.

The theme will be “Getting Back to our Principles.” Featured speakers will be U.S. Representative Dr. Paul Gosar and Arizona’s Director of Americans for Prosperity, Tom Jenny.

Tickets are $30 single and $55 for two (no tickets sold at the door). Contact Lolly Hathhorn at (928) 474-2334, Sally Low at (928) 474-9779, or Pam Burrell at (928) 200-2535 for tickets.


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