Community Almanac


Gosar staff sets Payson veterans’ roundtable The staff of Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) will hold a Veterans’ Roundtable in Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 23 at Payson Messinger’s Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Rd. Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom who are dealing with PTSD.

Veterans are invited to share their thoughts and concerns about veterans’ issues and learn about the services that Rep. Gosar’s office provides. Staff will answer questions and provide help with the Veterans Administration and veterans’ benefits and other claims issues.

Gosar will not be in attendance.

Back-to-school vaccines

It’s almost that time of the year again — school starts July 29. Children are going to need their vaccines up to date in order to register for school.

Arizona State will no longer be providing vaccines for any underinsured children. For those who have children that fall into this category, please contact your family doctor as soon as possible to get those school shots.

The Gila County Health Department can provide some of the shots your child may need, but you must bring your child’s immunization record and your insurance card when you visit our office.

Some of the vaccines are in short supply so don’t delay.

The health department is located at 107 W. Frontier, across the street from the post office, in Payson. Call (928) 474-1210 for more information.

Senior Circle

A Lunch and Learn is planned for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 24 on the Medicare physical, presented by Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton and Dr. Amalia Pineres.

The goals of the Medicare physical are health promotion, disease prevention and detection. 

The PRMC Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Call (928) 472-9290 to make a reservation for this programs.

Clothing distribution

Kaitie’s Closet, a nonprofit organization that collects clothes for distribution, will be giving away free clothes from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

Anyone in Rim Country needing clothing for children in grades pre-K through 12 is welcome to attend the distribution. 

Kaitie’s Closet is still in need of a place to sort and collect clothing and volunteers are always needed, so please call (928) 468-1036 to help. 

Expert gives RV travel tips

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak, Arizona author and RV lifestyles expert, will share her experience and knowledge about RVing at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. This free and open to the public event is hosted by the Library Friends of Payson. Light refreshments will be served.

Bruzenak has been traveling in an RV full-time and part-time with family or on a solo basis since 1992. She has authored a number of books and e-books on RVing and some will be available for purchase.

Bruzenak owns and operates Pine Country Publishing. Visit her Web site,

For further information please contact the library at (928) 474-9260.

PES open house

Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road, will host an open house on Friday, July 26. All students and families are invited to meet Mr. Asa Hall, principal; visit with teachers and see what’s new this year at PES.

Stop by any time between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Contact Missy at Payson Elementary School, (928) 474-5882 or e-mail missy. for more information.

Free household hazardous waste disposal event

A free household hazardous waste recycling event for Payson area residents will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 27 at the Payson Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway.

 Items eligible for disposal are paints, solvents, adhesives, auto batteries, motor oil, fuel, aerosol cans, propane tanks, pesticides, herbicides, fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing items, acids, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, fire extinguishers and other household products with caution, warning, danger, poison, toxic, flammable, combustible or corrosive labels. Up to 10 waste tires without rims per licensed driver also will be accepted.

Materials not accepted include medications and pharmaceuticals, biohazardous or infectious waste, medical sharps, explosives, compressed gas cylinders (barbecue-sized and smaller), large appliances, radioactive waste, smoke alarms and ammunition.

Improve your quality of life

Experiencing weight issues or dealing with conditions that are negatively impacting your daily quality of life and have a desire to do something about it?

Join Natural Health Educator Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI, Wellness Advocate for a complimentary lecture on how to improve your quality of life naturally without shots, prescriptions, stimulants, juices, surgical procedures or fad treatments.

The lecture is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, July 27 at Healthy Perspectives Wellness Center, 1107 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 2, Payson. The lecture is free to the public, but reservations are required, call (928) 472-7120.

Open mic night

Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson will have an open mic night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 27.

Plan for an evening filled with a fun and exciting assortment of local talent. Everyone is invited to participate and will receive a choice of a free iced coffee or tea.

Barton at Republican Club

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, July 29 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. State Representative Brenda Barton will speak.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

The Shelby School open house and registration

The Shelby School is currently accepting registration for Grades K-8 for the 2013-2014 school year.

The annual open house is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday July 30. This is a time for prospective students and families to come visit and see what the school is all about.

The Shelby School is located in the tall pines, 12 miles outside of Payson, off East Highway 260 at 249 W. Standage Dr., Tonto Village. The school provides daily bus service to and from Payson throughout the school year.

Please call (928) 478-4706 for additional details

PEC enrolling

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is now enrolling for the 2013/14 school year. New students are also being accepted. The scheduled start date for the fall semester is Monday, Aug. 5. Please call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information. PEC is located at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane in Payson.

Pixie Hollow Tea Party

The Payson Public Library will have a Pixie Hollow Tea Party for young ladies ages 4 to 10, Saturday, Aug. 3. There will be a party from 10 a.m. to noon and another from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with only 25 youngsters participating in each.

Registration is taking place now at the library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Guests are invited to come dressed as their favorite Pixie Hollow Princess or make use of the accessories the library will have available for the fashion show, which will be at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Parents are asked to remain at the library while their children are at the party.

For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9290.

PCK Ladies Champagne Luncheon

Ladies, grab your summer hats (or Tiaras) and come to A Champagne Garden Party & Pretty Yard Sale. The Payson Community Kids benefit 2013 Champagne Garden Party is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Freegard Garden, 27 Freegard Lane, Star Valley.

Tickets are $25 per person. Proceeds will go to the Payson Community Kids, which provides help for underprivileged children in the community.

Tickets can be purchased from Judi Freegard, (928) 517-1034) or Payson Community Kids Director Suzy Tubbs (928) 978-3256.

GED testing

GED testing has been scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17, 2013 in Payson.

Candidates must pre-register at 112 W. Cedar Lane. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The registration deadline for this testing session is Aug. 13, 2013. Contact Chastity Van Buskirk at (928) 402-4339 or or Gail Gorry (928) 472-5373 for more information.

GED testing is a public service provided by the Gila County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Linda O’Dell.


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