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Daily walks planned

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

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

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

For details, call the Payson Parks office, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Children’s clothing offered

Kaitie’s Closet will distribute children’s clothing from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road.

Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome to attend.

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. 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.

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.

Tea Party to hear about Medicaid and AHCCCS

The Payson Tea Party will host Tom Jenney of Americans for Prosperity from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31. 

His topic of discussion will be Governor Brewer’s proposed expansion of the Medicaid/AHCCCS program.  Come hear the pros and cons the Legislature will need to consider as it make decisions about accepting the federal funding for this program. 

The Payson Tea Party meets every Thursday night at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260.  For more information call (928) 468-1131.

Romance for sale

In February thoughts turn to romance and in honor of Valentine’s Day, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring paperback romance novels at the incredibly low price of 20 for $1.  Many of these will be drawn from a recently received, extremely large donation of paperback romances that are in like new condition.  Hurry in for the best selection.  You will be amazed by the vast selection and great quality of this offering.

Bookstore stock has never been better and new items are added daily.  Therefore, the wise patron stops by often.  Bookstore volunteers are always happy to help you.  Every penny spent in the bookstore goes directly to the Payson Library for purchase of new materials. 

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 website at  


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Volunteers with AARP-Tax Aide will be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers from Feb. 4 through April 11.

Services will be provided at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 7, 14, 21, 23; March 7, 14, and 28; April 4 and 11 (the college will be closed the week of April 17; no taxes will be done that week at GCC).

First Friday Sale at Time Out shop

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a special sale for First Friday, Feb. 1.

Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off. This includes jewelry, boutique and western wear. Shoppers can also buy Time Out gift cards.

The shop also now accepts credit and debit cards and gladly picks up donations of gently used furniture or larger items. Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

All profits from the Time Out Thrift Shop support Time Out Inc., its Domestic Violence Shelter and Transitional Housing.

First Friday sale

In celebration of First Friday Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art offers 20 percent off with a food bank donation on all purchases, including fine art.  This sales event happens during regular business hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 through Monday, Feb. 4. 

Bootleg Alley is located at 520 W. Main St., Payson.

First Friday barbecue and music

The Payson Habitat ReStore will have live music by Phil Lykins and barbecue sliders with coleslaw for First Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1.

There will also be big savings all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 50 percent off all items up to $250 - the entire store. For more information, call (928) 474-4247.

Open musical revue

Community Presbyterian Church and Anything Goes will host an open musical revue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1.

Anything Goes will be playing its music and other musicians will perform.

Snacks will be provided. There is a $5 suggested donation.

The church is at 800 W. Main St.

Down the Street Art Gallery

First Friday is still alive and well at Down the Street Art Gallery on Main Street with a Valentine gathering featuring the co-op’s newest artist, Margot Lessard Morphis. She is an oil painter specializing in large, expressive horses.

Stop in for a sweet treat and meet Margo and the other artists from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb 1, 703 W. Main St., Payson. 

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.

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.

Free 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 the Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

University transfer process discussed at GCC

A special program is planned at the Payson campus of Gila Community College on transferring work to Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University or the University of Arizona.

The program is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 in GCC Room 403, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Topics will included programs of study at GCC (Eastern Arizona College) and steps in the university transfer process.

For more information, contact Joe Shannon at

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.

Lip Sync concert

The fifth annual Lip Sync Concert is Saturday, Feb. 16. Doors at the Payson High auditorium open at 5:30 p.m., with the concert at 7 p.m.

Presented by the Rim Country Optimist Club, Payson Rotary Foundation, Modified Motorcycle Association, American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education, the event gives participants a chance to have fun, entertain the audience and win prize money. The proceeds from ticket sales fund scholarships.

Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available from members of the sponsoring organizations, members of the high school’s Drama Club, and at the Payson Public Library, Oasis Christian Books & Gifts, and Chitwood Cabinets.

Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $6 for students.

The evening will also have a silent auction and 50-50 raffle.

For more information, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

Learn about long term care and Medicaid

The Payson Senior Center will host Richard White, managing shareholder for JacksonWhite of Phoenix, Ariz. He will present a program on Arizona’s Medicaid long-term care options. The program is from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20.

This presentation is an overview of the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS). It covers medical and financial eligibility requirements, services covered by ALTCS, identifying ALTCS candidates, and how to identify red flags that can cause candidates to become ineligible.

White practices elder law, assisting senior members of the community with issues of concern unique to them, including health care issues and elder abuse and exploitation issues. He also handles pre-crisis and crisis planning for family members in need of immediate long-term health care and helps families qualify for public benefits including Arizona’s Medicaid program, ALTCS, and the VA Aid and Attendance benefit.

This is a free of charge event and open to everyone, so reserve a seat by calling (602) 697-4870.


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