Community Almanac

Puttin' on the Glitz

Puttin' on the Glitz


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

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.

Daily walks planned

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

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 Public Library in Rumsey Park.

Saturday, Jan. 26: Starts at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Rd.

Sunday, Jan. 27: Starts at Rim Country Middle School.

Monday, Jan. 28: Starts at Payson Regional Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Starts at Hospital Auxiliary office, Aero & Ponderosa St.

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

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

Red Cross van arrives

Join the Rim Country volunteers with the American Red Cross as they welcome the new Red Cross van. The van and volunteers will be at the Payson Public Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Food for a movie

Bring two cans of food for the Payson Area Food Drive to the LDS Church, 913 S. Ponderosa, to see “How to Train Your Dragon” and get popcorn and a drink too.

The movie will be presented from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25.

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.


Puttin' on the Glitz

Puttin’ on the Glitz

The Black & White Ball will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. The evening will feature the big band sound by Sonoran Swing with vocals by Mary Gilbert and Gary Cordell. The 6 p.m. dinner includes a choice of prime rib or baked ziti with chicken and pasta primavera, salad, twice-baked potatoes, bread and what casino culinary experts promise will be a dazzling dessert.

Tickets may be purchased

through Wednesday, Jan. 23

from the Mogollon Health

Alliance. The cost is $200 per

individual or $1,500 for a table

seating eight.

Call (928) 472-2588 for more


Proceeds will

benefit MHA and

the Rim Country


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.

Route 66 program

Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine is one of 50 libraries across the state selected to participate in The Big Read, a program on the great novel “The 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 library’s activity room.

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

Alpha program

Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, 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.

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.

Special program at Star Valley Baptist Church

Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, will present the music and ministry of Art and Wanda Peace, singers, songwriters and evangelists, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27.

The couple has ministered all over the United States and their music is played on radio stations all across the country, on World Wide Television, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Branson Mo.

For information, call (928) 474-5557.

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 health care environment.

He will also address why the bacterium MRSA has received so much national media coverage.

The free lecture will be held at 2 p.m.m Wednesday, Jan. 30 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. 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.

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), and Amber Alert profile.

All is provided at 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.

Almost New Thrift Shop $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts and more — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags. Spend just $1 and take it home.

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, Feb. 4.

There is lots of inventory to choose from and proceeds support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

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

Sheet sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance is having a sheet sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby. Organizers say the sheets are “as soft as Egyptian cotton” with twin sizes priced at $25 and all other sizes sold for $39. Assorted styles will be offered.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department will be holding a free “Heartsaver” CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5. Call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through its fund-raising efforts, its gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

AARP Driving Safety Class

An AARP Driving Safety Class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. To register, call (928) 472-9290.

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.

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.


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