Community Almanac


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.

Payson Education Center enrolling for spring 2013

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is currently enrolling for the spring 2013 school year.  New students are being accepted. The spring semester began on Monday, Jan. 7.

Call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information. PEC is located on the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane. 

Early Head Start accepting applications

Early Head Start is currently accepting applications. The program provides comprehensive home-based services to pregnant women and children, from birth to 3 years of age.

This is a government-funded program and does not charge any fees for services. Needed items for enrollment include: immunization record, proof of guardianship, and proof of income for the past 12 months.

Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Early Head Start Home Base Advocate Janet Reese at (928) 951-2455 to set up an appointment. When the application process has been completed, the applicant will be put on a waiting list.

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 

Evening Food Bank hours

The Deacon’s Pantry Food Bank at Community Presbyterian Church will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 8 and continuing every Tuesday except holidays. Hours have also been extended on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main (a block from Julia Randall School); for additional information, call (928) 474-2059.

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. 

Daily hikes planned

The Payson Walkers have one-hour hikes planned every day during January. Hikes scheduled for the next couple of weeks, starting at 9 a.m., are:

Thursday, Jan. 10 – Joanie King will lead, starting at Frontier School;

Friday, Jan. 11 – Mary Mastin will lead, starting at Home Depot;

Saturday, Jan. 12 – starts at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Rd.;

Sunday, Jan. 13 – starts at Payson Junior High School;

Monday, Jan. 14 – starts at Senior Circle;

Tuesday, Jan. 15 – starts at Green Valley Park Parks & Rec. Office;

Wednesday, Jan. 16 – Mary Mastin leads, starts at Gila Community College north lot;

Thursday, Jan. 17 – Joanie King leads, starts at west end of Longhorn;

Friday, Jan. 18 – Mary Mastin leads, starts at Home Depot;

Saturday, Jan. 19 – starts at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Rd.;

Sunday, Jan. 20 – starts at Payson Junior High School;

Monday, Jan. 21 – Connie Cockrell leads, starts at 925 W. Sherwood and Eagle Ridge Dr.

More leaders needed, for details, call Mary Mastin at (928) 468-6842.

Spirit of Payson Celebration

Come see the Payson Community Float that won two awards at the Fiesta Bowl Parade at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Payson High School football field parking lot. Get a hug from a tree! Meet all of the volunteers who shared the best of Rim Country with the nation. 

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of very month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Genealogy library has new hours

The Northern Gila County Genealogy Library 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.

Christmas tree drop off

A Christmas tree drop off and disposal is available at the Payson Event Center (rodeo grounds) across from Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Please leave your tree in the designated drop-off area.

Drop off your tree anytime through Jan. 31.

Take 2 performance

Take 2, The Dance Band, with Kathleen Kelly and Jim West, will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11 at the Ayothaya Thai Café, E. Highway 260, Payson.

Carpino performances

The John Carpino Band performs at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11 at the Journigan House, 202 W. Main St., Payson.

John Carpino performs solo at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12 at Ayothaya Thai Restaurant, E. Highway 260, Payson.

Saturday story time

The new director of the Payson Public Library, Emily Linkey, will present stories and puppet shows for children at 11 a.m. every Saturday.

The Payson Public Library is located at 328 N. McLane Road.

Jazz concert to help food bank

The monthly jazz concert at the Community Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13 will be dedicated to the church’s food bank, according to concert coordinator Gerry Reynolds.

Everyone attending the Pete Pancrazi performance is encouraged to bring canned goods or other non-perishable food (there is always a need for peanut butter) as a contribution in addition to the $5 donation requested at the door.

Pancrazi, a jazz guitarist and vocalist, will be accompanied by his quartet at the Jan. 13 program. The quartet includes pianist Claudia Bloom, bassist John Sims, and local drummer Gerry Reynolds,

The monthly jazz series at the Community Presbyterian Church is supported solely by donations received at the door, and by the Payson Friends of Jazz who volunteer.

Refreshments will be served.

An RSVP is encouraged; send an e-mail to

Beginning digital photography class

Learning the ins and outs of using a digital camera can be made easier by taking the beginning digital photography class at Gila Community College this spring semester.

The class focuses on learning the basics of a digital camera — from understanding the camera’s manual and function menu, to how to set your camera for best results and how to make better photographs.

The class is taught by award-winning photographer Tom Brossart, whose work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and calendars. Brossart has more than 30 years experience as a professional photographer. You can view some of his recent work at www.westernphoto

All types of digital cameras are welcome in the class, from point-and-shoot, to mid-level rangefinders and the digital single lens reflex (DSLR). It is a great class for film photographers who have recently switched to digital or for those who just want to learn more about their camera and how to make better photos.

Class time is Tuesday, from 2 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. beginning Jan 15. Call GCC at (928) 468-8039 for further information on the class. The class has a limited enrollment, so sign up soon.

Gila Community College spring 2013 semester started Wednesday, Jan. 9. Students can register at the Payson Campus, the Gila Pueblo Campus in Globe, or the San Carlos Campus Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Jan. 15.

For the latest spring 2013 schedule, visit For questions or more information, call the Payson Campus at (928) 468-8039, the Gila Pueblo Campus in Globe at (928) 425-8481, or the San Carlos Campus at (928) 475-5981.

GCC wearable art class

Want a fun new creative hobby that you can wear to show off to friends and family? Join 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 for the students to use as their creative nudge. The kit will also include some embellishing items for the students.

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

Special Alzheimer’s program

A special program for Alzheimer’s caregivers is planned from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Payson Senior Center.

Tryn Rose Seley will present “15 Minutes of Fame — how one photo does wonders to bring you both back to solid ground.” Participants will develop simple ways to engage and connect with the person they care for, create trust and accomplish daily tasks with greater ease.

Ponderosa Bible Church plans new, family program

Pastor Allen Mann, the new Family Ministries pastor of Ponderosa Bible Church, responding to discussions with parents in the church and others in the community, is launching a program for families to study the Bible together at church.

This new program, presented on Sunday nights will accommodate everyone. Starting Jan. 20, Ponderosa Bible Church will begin a Family Ministry that will bring the family together. This includes Bible study, worksheets that can be done together by parents and their children, fun activities that each family member can participate in, and devotionals that can be taken home and reviewed as a family during the week.

All are welcome to join. For more information, please contact the church office at (928) 474-9279.

Route 66 program

Pine Library is one of 50 libraries across the state selected to participate in The Big Read, a program on the great novel “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. The books are available at the library.

As part of the program, the library will host Marshall Shore, who will discuss Route 66. Shore’s program and a discussion about the book will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Pine Library Activity Room.

For more details, call the library at (928) 476-3678 or stop by at 6124 N. Randall Place, Pine.

Nonprofit representatives invited to workshop

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is hosting “Arizona Gives Day: Workshop for Nonprofits” at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W Main St. Payson.

All nonprofit professionals, local government employees, board members and volunteers are invited to attend this free workshop.

Arizona Gives Day is a day for Arizonans to come together to make donations to as many nonprofits as possible in 24 hours March 20. It is a one-day, statewide, online movement to harness the giving power of the community to strengthen the fund-raising capacity of Arizona nonprofits.

Several topics will be covered in the workshop:

• History and background of Arizona Gives Day

• How to get started

• Tips, templates and tools for success

More information and registration information can be found at or by calling (602) 279-2966.


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