Community Almanac

Hobbit Fans Unite!

Hobbit Fans Unite!


Payson MVD office moving

The Payson Motor Vehicle Division office is moving to the Payson Village (Bashas’) shopping center.

The new site will be open Monday, Jan. 28. The current location at 200 W. Frontier (west of the post office) will close Jan. 24 and remain closed Jan. 25. During this time, no MVD transactions will be performed. This closure will allow for the preparation of the new facility to be ready for opening at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 28.

The new location will have several improvements to provide better service, such as a larger parking area for customers, which will accommodate large vehicles requiring inspection. The interior has a larger waiting area and a comfortable setting in order for customers to be served more efficiently.

The new Payson area facility will provide a wide range of driver license and motor vehicle title/registration services.

For more information, please visit the MVD Web site at

Sandoval sisters appear with Garrison Keillor

Becka and Jen Sandoval, Payson natives, with their band, Run Boy Run, appear tonight at Grady Gammage Auditorium with Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion.

The show is sold out, but it will be broadcast live online and on NPR’s KJZZ 91.5 at 5 p.m. and KNAU 88.7 at 6 p.m.

The young women are the daughters of Roy and Sylvia Sandoval of Payson.

Gem and Mineral Show

The 55th Annual Gila County Gem & Mineral Show is this weekend, Friday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Gila County Fairgrounds, three miles north of the junction of Highways 60 and 70 near Globe.

The popular gem show features loose stones as well as finished jewelry, lapidary equipment, books and tools, minerals and slabs. Artisans will be on hand to demonstrate gold and silver casting, silver smithing, chain making, fire agate polishing, twist wire craft and channel and custom jewelry making. A special feature is a mineral pit for digging — participants take home their finds.

The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 per person.

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.

Free piano concert

Payson United Methodist Church is hosting John Nilsen, an award-winning pianist from Washington, in a free concert at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18. Payson United Methodist Church is at 414 N. Easy St. All are welcome.

Daily walks planned

The Payson Walkers have one-hour hikes planned every day during January. Hikes scheduled to start at 9 a.m. are:

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.;

Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Green Valley Park, starts at Parks Office;

Wednesday, Jan. 23 – starts at Elks Lodge, Airport & Beeline;

Thursday, Jan. 24 – Joanie King leads, starts at west end of Longhorn;

Friday, Jan. 25 – starts at Payson Library;

Saturday, Jan. 26 – starts at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Rd.;

Sunday, Jan. 27 – starts at Payson Junior High School;

Monday, Jan. 28 – starts at Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway;

Tuesday, Jan. 29 – Green Valley Park, starts at Parks Office;

Wednesday, Jan. 30 – starts at Hospital Auxilary office, East Aero and Ponderosa St.;

Thursday, Jan. 31 – Joanie King leads, starts at west end of Longhorn.

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


Hobbit Fans Unite!

Hobbit fans unite

Hobbit fans, ages 10 to 18, are invited to an after-hours party at the Payson Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18. Librarians Katie and Emily have an unexpected journey planned for the evening. There will be glow in the dark sword fights (using special markers) and riddles in the dark. Brush up on Hobbit lore for a trivia contest too and practice those dusty tag skills for a troll freeze tag game. See what a beard looks like on you and make a pair of furry flip-flops. Participants won’t go hungry — expect Hobbit-esque food and drink. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not necessary and there is plenty of room for everyone. Sign up at the library or call Katie or Emily at (928) 474-9260. (Movie poster courtesy of

Saturday story time

Payson Public Library Director 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.

Free Qigong

Join Greg Rose for free introductory sessions of Qigong at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 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.

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.

Learn about pain medication

The Rim Country Coalition will host a program on prescribing pain medication by Dr. Alan Michels of Ponderosa Family Care at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25 at the Payson Senior Center.

The Rim Country Coalition is a newly formed group of local agencies and community members. The focus of the group is the prevention of substance misuse/abuse among older adults in the Payson area. The group meets on the fourth Friday of every month. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

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.

Alpha program

Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Dr., Payson is hosting another round of the Alpha program.

Alpha guests explore Christianity in a relaxed, welcoming and engaging atmosphere. The Alpha course covers the basics of Christianity. It is a seven-week course, with a one-day weekend getaway in the middle. Each week, guests gather for about two hours. They share an informal meal, sing a few songs, and listen to a talk on how Christianity approaches the question at hand, then gather into small groups for discussion.

Mountain Bible’s next Alpha program begins Monday, Jan 28. Free child care is available. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., with the class starting at 6 p.m.

Please contact Angela Keeley at (480) 244-6186 for more information.

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.

Hashknife events

It’s Hashknife time. The 55th Annual Hashknife Pony Express comes to Payson Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Next week, look for drawings from area school children in the post offices in both Payson and Pine and see which youngsters were awarded for their efforts.

The children learned about the annual event Jan. 9 when riders visited schools.

Riders are expected at the Payson Post Office around 4:45 p.m., Jan. 30. A dinner for the Hashknife Riders is planned that evening at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. A social hour is set from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the roast beef buffet dinner following at 7 p.m. There will be a dance at the Oxbow afterward. The cost is $20 per person. For tickets, call Bonnie at (928) 951-6536. She recommends making reservations by Friday, Jan. 25.

The riders will leave from the Payson Post Office at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.

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.

Child ID program offered at library

The Payson Public Library is having the Arizona Child Identification Program, put on by the Arizona Masons, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2.

In the ID Kit, parents get a photo ID card for each child, color photos, digital fingerprints, a recorded interview, DNA sample (preferably done by parents), Amber Alert profile.

All is provided a no cost to parents and no identification information is kept by the Masons — just the permission form, which parents will need to fill out.

For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.


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