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Cat in the Hat March 2.

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Cat in the Hat March 2.


Enjoy the flavors of Route 66 tonight at JRE cafeteria

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.

Business Showcase booth sign-up deadline March 1

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.

Minnesota Breakfast

Rim Country residents and winter visitors from Minnesota are invited to a Minnesota Breakfast starting at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Come and enjoy a great breakfast or just a cup of coffee and spend a few minutes visiting with others from Minnesota.

For additional information, contact Betty Raveling at (928) 468-7132.

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. 28; 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).

Clothing distribution

The next Kaitie’s Closet distribution of children’s and young teens’ clothes will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s Pre-K through 12 and some adult clothing, shoes and coats is welcome.

Lenten services

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, located at 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant), will hold mid-week Lenten services on Wednesdays, Feb. 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.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will hold Lenten services at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, March 6, 13 and 20. The services are preceded by a potluck at 5 p.m.

The theme for the services is “Restore the Roar” and the community is invited to participate. For additional information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.


Cat in the Hat March 2.

Cat in the Hat Time

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2 at the library

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’ 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. The library is located at 328 N. McLane Road.

Youth soccer registration

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.

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.

March 1 deadline for women’s stress management event

Register by Friday, March 1 for a free salad bar and program on stress management for women by calling (928) 474- 2552.

The program for all Rim Country women is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Lomona Conference Center located on the campus of Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 in Payson.

The program, “Creative Suffering: How to Make Yourself Miserable,” is a satirical look at stress management. The speaker will be Dr. Susan C. Bobek, a retired nurse educator who has presented programs on stress management and mismanagement for many years.

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.

MHA arts, crafts, bake sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts Sale in the hospital’s main lobby, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 1 only. Many of its top sellers will be available.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call 472-2588.

First Friday

Celebrate the first Friday of March with a variety of sales and special events around town.

• The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a 1st Friday Sale from 10 a..m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 1. At the “March Madness Sale” everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off, plus there will be a $1 Bag Sale on all regular clothing (no boutique or western wear).

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across the street from Wendy's) and is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Volunteers will gladly pick up donated gently used furniture and larger items.

Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

• The Payson Habitat ReStore plans a 50 percent off sale (the first $0 to $100 of a purchase) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this First Friday, March 1. There will be special prizes and munchies all day long.

Starting Monday, March 4 the Payson Restore will be open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p..m. For more information, call (928) 474-4247.

• Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art celebrates the “Luck of the Irish” during the first weekend of March. Look for merchandise with even a wee bit of green and receive a 20 percent discount. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, located at 520 W. Main St., is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Down the Street Art Gallery will celebrate March’s First Friday with special events: March winds and april showers, bring forth May flowers... Kites at night; artists delight!

Preparing for March breezes, Down the Street Art Gallery is hosting Kite Nite this First Friday, March 1. Stop by the gallery and view kites decorated by gallery artists, then let your creative juices fly and decorate your own kite to take. For all ages and the young at heart. Down the Street Art Gallery will supply kites, markers and a nosh from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 703 W. Main Street — where art is fun.

Learn about GPS ‘add on’ systems

A class for users of “Add-On” style automotive GPS navigation systems is at the Parks office at Green Valley Park at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 2. The class is geared toward helping those new to these systems understand how to get the best out of them. This is a basic course to help set your unit up to your preferences and to create routes and to be able to navigate.

The class is limited to no more than five participants and you can sign up by going to the town’s tourism web site and opening the event registration area.

Bring your GPS unit and owner’s manual. Please make sure that your GPS battery is fully charged. The class will probably last not more than two hours.

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.

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.

Medicaid long-term care program rescheduled

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 was postponed due to the snowstorm, and will now be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 5.

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.

This is a free of charge event and open to everyone, so reserve a seat by calling (602) 697-4870.

Appliance and metal discard day at landfill

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 2.

Staff will be accepting refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters. Other metal items will also be accepted.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. As the county will handle the freon removal from the appliances, please do not tamper with the freon lines and no trash of any kind in the appliances.

All other debris will be regular price, so leave yourself easy access to remove these metal items and appliances so the landfill personnel can exclude the weight from any other trash that you may bring to the landfill to dispose of.

This is a great opportunity to get rid of old, unwanted appliances and piles of metal from local residences for free.

Landfill hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday and holidays.

For more information on this event, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Apply to own an affordable home

Have you dreamed of homeownership but didn’t think you could afford to buy a home?

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity may be able to help. PAHH is accepting applications for available condominium homes at Longhorn Village, through March 7, 2013.  The total payment for a three-bedroom, two-bath condo is approximately $500 per month, including HOA, taxes and insurance.

Applicants must have a need for safe, decent, affordable housing, reside in the Payson School District for at least one year, and have an income between 30 and 60 percent of the Gila County area median for your household size. Households of all sizes are encouraged to apply. Please call (928) 474-0330 or stop by the ReStore to find out the income range for your household size, and pick up an application packet to fill out prior to the meeting. Income documentation is required, so please pick up a packet for full details. The Habitat ReStore is located at the corner of Highways 260 and 87, next to Urgent Care.

A mandatory orientation meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7 at the Payson United Methodist Church. Please be prompt: the doors close at 6:30 p.m. Bring your application to the meeting. Family Selection volunteers will be available to help you with your application. No one under 18 will be allowed at the meeting, so please arrange in advance for childcare. 

Please call Habitat now at (928) 474-0330 with any additional questions.


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