Community Almanac

A beginning digital photography class will be offered at Gila Community College this spring semester. The instructor is award-winning photographer Tom Brossart, whose work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and calendars.


A beginning digital photography class will be offered at Gila Community College this spring semester. The instructor is award-winning photographer Tom Brossart, whose work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and calendars.


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. 

Shelby School accepting students

The Shelby School has limited enrollment for the spring semester for the following grades: first, second, third, seventh, eighth, and ninth. Please contact the school at (928) 478-4706 for your children to begin the spring semester.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Daily walks 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:

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.

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.


A beginning digital photography class will be offered at Gila Community College this spring semester. The instructor is award-winning photographer Tom Brossart, whose work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and calendars.

Learn from a pro

Digital photography class for beginners

A beginning digital photography class will be offered at Gila Community College this spring semester. The instructor is award-winning photographer Tom Brossart, whose work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and calendars. The class focuses on learning the basics of a digital camera. All types of digital cameras are welcome in the class. 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. The class has a limited enrollment, so sign up soon. Enroll online at or at the Payson Campus, 201 N. Mudsprings Road, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (928) 468-8039 for more information. Brossart has more than 30 years experience as a professional photographer. You can view some of his recent work at

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

Audition for choral society

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Anyone interested in the group is invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

Rehearsals for the April 27 Spring Concert begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14 following the tryouts.

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come be a part of the Payson Choral Society.

For further information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

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.

More GCC classes

Gila Community College has added two piano classes to the spring schedule: one class is for piano majors and the other is just for beginners.

GCC is also offering a jewelry class and a world art class.

Registration continues through Tuesday, Jan. 15. There are many more classes still available. View the entire schedule at, or come into the office at 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Payson.

$1 bag sale

Shop and Save on winter clothing at the Time Out Thrift Shop on Wonderful Wacky Wednesday, Jan. 16.

It is only $1 for a bag of regular clothing (no boutique or western wear).

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across the street from Wendy’s) and is opened from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Proceeds from the shop support Time Out, Inc., its domestic violence shelter, programs and transitional housing.

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.

Lip Sync Contest auditions

Audition for the 5th Annual Lip Sync Contest at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Auditions are open to all high school-aged students enrolled at Payson High School, Payson Center for Success and the Payson Education Center. All high school-aged home-schooled students may audition as well.  

There are only 14 spots available in two categories: comedy and traditional. Pick up an audition form at any of the schools listed.

For more information, please contact Lip Sync Chair Thomas Walling at:

MHA offers health career scholarships

Mogollon Health Alliance is now accepting applications for its Human Health Career Scholarships. These scholarships are given to applicants residing in northern Gila County who are pursuing careers in various health care fields.

Awards will be given at the discretion of the MHA Auxiliary Scholarship Committee. Applications and information may be obtained from the MHA office at 308 E. Aero Drive, (928) 472-2588. Applications are also available at the following locations: Gila Community College, Payson High School, Payson Center for Success, and the Payson Roundup.

The deadline for application submissions for the fall semester is Friday, March 29.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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.

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 

Ponderosa Bible Church plans new, family program

Pastor Allen Mann, the new Family Ministries pastor of Ponderosa Bible Church, 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.

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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