Community Almanac

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

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


Free Chi-Qigong

Join Greg Rose for free introductory sessions of Qigong at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15 and 22 at Payson Healing Arts Center, 616 N. Beeline Highway.

Qigong (Chi Kung) is an easily learned moving meditation. Greg teaches a variety of forms that can be practiced standing or seated, thus benefiting students of all ages and physical abilities. Practice benefits include deep relaxation; cardiovascular and circulatory improvement; increased vitality, balance and focus; overall physical and mental health and well being.

Qigong for Health and Wellness classes begin at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 with practice at 8 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. For more information, call Greg at (928) 951-4020.

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 week, starting at 9 a.m., are:

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.

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.

$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.


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

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:

Valentine card making class

There will be a free Valentine card making class Wednesday, Jan. 16, starting at 2 p.m. at Sweet Nostalgia, 512 S. Beeline Highway, #6. Seating is limited, please call (928) 595-1265 for reservation.

Nonprofit representatives invited to workshop

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is hosting “Arizona Gives Day: Workshop for Nonprofits” at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16 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.

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.

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.

Chamber mixer Jan. 17

The first Chamber mixer of 2013 will be held at Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe Jan. 17. The sponsor will be Anytime Fitness and the mixer starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Gerardo’s will serve up healthy, light refreshments and Rim Country Health will shuttle attendees to the Anytime Fitness location for a tour of the facilities. For this evening only, Anytime Fitness will extend the “Join for $1” program.

Come and ask questions, see the actual use of the facility and join us for door prizes, tours, good food and networking. Please call Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at (928) 474-4515 to get a space.

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.

Senior Circle events

Coming up at the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway:

• Wednesday, Jan. 23 Lunch and Learn — Wouldn’t it be cool if your doctor could see inside your GI tract simply by having you swallow a pill sized camera. The day is here!! Dr. Luis Coppelli will talk to us about the PH capsule and the pill camera.

• Wednesday, Jan. 30 Lunch and Learn — Payson Regional Medical Center has expanded their specialty diagnostic capabilities to include PET/CT scans. The PET/CT involves  a sophisticated imaging process used in the early detection and monitoring of cancer. To learn more about the PET scan and its capabilities, join us for this lunch and learn.

 Please contact Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 to reserve your seat at least three days in advance so we know how much food to prepare.

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. 

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.

Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus are having a Pancake Breakfast Sunday, Jan. 27 at St. Philip’s Parish hall. The menu consists of pancakes, sausage patties, eggs, juice and coffee, all for $5.50. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Proceeds are for Knights’ local charities.

Prevent spread of infection

Local physician, Dr. Alan Michels will be speaking on ways to prevent the spread of infection, not only in your household but in a hospital or healthcare environment. He will also address why the bacterium MRSA has received so much national media coverage. The free lecture will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at Payson Care Center (just west of the hospital on Lone Pine Drive).

Dr. Michels is an internal medicine practitioner and the medical director and Payson Care Center.

Seating is limited, so please call (928) 951-2305 to reserve your seat.


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