Community Almanac

Jazz vocalist and guitarist Pete Pancrazi

Jazz vocalist and guitarist Pete Pancrazi


AARP Tax-Aide program needs volunteers

The Payson AARP Tax-Aide program needs volunteers for computer preparation of federal form(s) 1040 and Arizona form(s) 140 for Tax Year 2012.

Requirements include: knowledge of preparing a tax return and using a computer; commitment of four hours a week from Feb. 4 through April 15, 2013; and attendance at a training one-week class starting Jan. 15, 2013 on both federal and state tax returns.

Call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229 for more information and to volunteer.

Bookstore clearance sale

During the month of January, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a storewide clearance sale. The entire inventory will be offered at three for the price of one. The second and third items must be of equal or lesser value than the first item.   

Be sure to stop by the Bookstore Bargain Table in the library’s lobby. All items on this table will be clearance priced at four for $1 during January. 

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at www.library  

Daily hikes slated

The Payson Walkers have hikes planned every day the first week of January 2013. All hikes start at 9 a.m.:

• Tuesday, Jan. 1 - meet at the Parks & Rec Office in Green Valley Park;

• Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Mary Mastin will lead; meet at the north lot at Gila Community College;

• Thursday, Jan. 2 - Joanie King will lead; meet at the west end of of Longhorn;

• Friday, Jan. 4 - Mary Mastin will lead; meet at Home Depot.

New hours at Presbyterian Food Bank

To better serve the needs of the community, effective Jan. 1, the hours at the Community Presbyterian Church Food Bank are being extended as follows:

• Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church is located at 800 W. Main St.

Chamber changes benefits, dues structure

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will change its membership benefits and dues structures. These changes are designed to better serve members and to insure the financial survival of the Chamber.

The Chamber is increasing dues and will change from an employee-based dues program to a benefits-based dues program.  The new program will give companies the opportunity to customize their Chamber benefits and dues to fit their individual company needs.

Please look for the Chamber letter at your individual renewal time, look at the Chamber Web site or come to the Chamber for a copy of the new brochure, which outlines the benefits and new fee schedule.

Card players wanted

The Saving Graces of Payson — a Canasta card-playing group — is looking for a few ladies who enjoy fun, laughter and friendship.

This Red Hat group meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Crosswinds Restaurant patio room. There is a break for lunch around noon and play and resumes after lunch. Anyone interested in joining will be welcomed. You do not need to know how to play, the members will be happy to teach the game.

Please contact Queen Mum Ann-Marie at (928) 468-8585; please leave a message if there’s no answer.


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Jazz vocalist and guitarist Pete Pancrazi

Jazz Concert

Jazz vocalist and guitarist Pete Pancrazi and his quartet will be featured in a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. His quartet plays many styles of jazz, be-bop, blues, swing and Pete’s jazz-pop vocal renditions. The event is open to the public. For more information and to make reservations, contact at or call (602) 619-3355.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

The Desert Southwest Chapter cordially invites caregivers, families, service providers and members of the community to attend the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group meeting at Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

The key is to walk away with skills to support caregivers of a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

For additional details, contact Shirley Grady at (602) 697-4870.

Lost Loves

Lost Loves, a support group for adults who have lost a loved one through suicide, meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Adults suffering from such a loss are welcome to attend the group sessions which are free of charge. The group is facilitated by a professional counselor an da survivor of suicide loss.

Please contact Elizabeth at 928-468-2133 for more information.

Pine Library events

During Christmas break, it’s Holiday Movie Madness at the Pine Library. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Jan. 3 to see “Thunderstruck.” Movies start at 1:30 p.m.

Genealogy library has new hours

Beginning Jan. 4, 2013 the Northern Gila County Genealogy Library hours will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It will be closed all major holidays.

The public is always welcome to use the society’s library for genealogy research. And if the hours aren’t convenient, contact the society at its e-mail address: or phone (928) 474-2139 and a librarian will return the e-mail or call and set up an appointment.

Payson Jazz Trio performance at Thai cafe

The Payson Jazz Trio performs at the Ayothaya Thai Café, 404 E. Highway 260 (north side of highway across from Safeway) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5.

The trio includes Bob Smolenski, piano keyboard; Gerry Reynolds, drums; Mike Buskirk, bass.

Breakfast for a Buck

A Men’s Breakfast for a Buck is at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway.

The meal this time will include a breakfast burrito, plus a fruit bowl, coffee and juice, all for just $1, prepared by Keith Talley and his crew. Randy Wilcox will then share an exciting message.

American Legion Riders to meet January 5 

The American Legion Riders’ next meeting is at Tiny’s Restaurant on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

Breakfast is at 9:15 a.m. with a business meeting to follow at 10 a.m. Major items to be discussed will be continuation of planning for the United Kingdom Wounded Warriors’ visit to Payson and planning for the seventh annual Fun Run to benefit Payson Supply Line.

Interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, call Tonto Rim Post at (928) 474-6969.  

GCC wearable art class

Want a fun new creative hobby that you can wear to show off to friends and family? Why not join in one or both of Leslie Peacock’s Wearable Art Classes at Gila Community College for the spring semester. Peacock is an award-winning wearable artist who willingly shares information about fabrics, threads and techniques while adding humor and fun to the class. Students will create beautiful, one-of-a-kind jackets or vests while sharing time with other like-minded students.

During the spring semester, students will be given the option of creating their own jacket or vest or Peacock will provide a kit of embroidered motifs along with teaching decorative stitching, using various threads and stitch combinations for the students to use as their creative nudge. The kit will also include some embellishing items for the students.

Either way, Peacock will work individually with each student to help create her work of art.

For further information or to sign up for the class, contact Gila Community College at (928) 468-8039.

Almost New Thrift Shop plans $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags and it can be yours for just $1. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. This month’s sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs presented by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community Room, 807 W. Longhorn Road (after turning in the main driveway, turn right at the first driveway. The Community Room is in the center of the apartment complex). Another meeting is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Mountain High Coffee Works in the Swiss Village.

There are no fees or dues. The only membership requirement is a desire to not compulsively overeat anymore.

Call the following members for more information: Denise, (928) 978-3706; Mary Jo, (928) 978-4663; Ted, (928-) 951-3362; Alice at (602) 828-0917 or (928) 478-4361.

Buddhist Meditation and Study Group

The Payson Buddhist Meditation and Study group meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday evenings at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane. Call (928) 595-1378 for additional information.

County swears in officials

Gila County’s elected officials will take their oaths of office at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 in the Supervisors Hearing Room at the Gila County Courthouse, 1400 E. Ash St. in Globe, Ariz.

Members of the public and the media are welcome to attend. An informal reception with light refreshments will follow in the patio area outside the hearing room.

Democratic Women’s Club

The Democratic Women’s Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at Tiny’s Restaurant at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 8. The featured speaker will be Lin Ennis, a trainer, a writer and the recent communications director for the Angela LeFevre campaign. The subject will be “What next? Three things Democrats should do now.”

This meeting is open to both women and men. Those planning to eat lunch should arrive at 11:30 a.m. If you have further questions, contact Carol Waymire at (928) 468-1115 or Pat Rollins at (928) 472-4700.

Payson Womans Club

The Payson Womans Club, the oldest service club in Payson, holds general membership meetings at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Payson Womans Club building, 510 W. Main St. Membership is open to local women ages 18 and up.

Senior Circle

The Senior Circle of the Payson Regional Medical Center will host another Lunch and Learn program at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9 with Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny, who will discuss a healthy liver as well as diseases of the liver and what we can do to promote healthy liver function. The liver helps your body digest food, absorb nutrients and rid itself of toxic substances, purifying your blood.

A trip is being planned for early February to BransonFest Out West, Feb. 4–7. This is a Branson Country Music Festival and more in Mesquite, Nev. Call Renee at (928) 472-9290 for all the details.


Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country meets at noon every Wednesday at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. For more information, please contact Sandi Scott, (928) 978-4748 or Audrey Wilson, (928) 472-9380.

Pine Strawberry School Community Forum

There will be a forum to inform the residents of Pine and Strawberry about the school district’s east playground improvement construction and drainage program at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Pine Strawberry School Gym.

For more information, contact Mike Clark, superintendent, at (928) 476-3283. 


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