Summer meals for kids
Kids 18 and under can have breakfast and lunch for free at Rim Country Middle School and Payson Elementary School. This program is open to all kids and this year parents who bring a child will also eat for free. Breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program continues through Friday, July 19. There will be no meals served July 4 and 5 due to the Fourth of July holiday.
Masquerade Ball RSVPs due today, June 25
Interested in a night of mystery and intrigue? Don’t miss Payson’s very own Masquerade Ball, presented by the Good Samaritan Society – Majestic Rim, a not-for-profit retirement community. The event is the third annual fund-raiser for the Payson Senior Center. Proceeds fund the Center’s bus transportation.
There will be live music by the Sonoran Swing Band, dancing and hors d’oeuvres. The Masquerade Ball will be at Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 29. Masks will be provided and formal attire encouraged. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple can be purchase at the Chamber of Commerce or Majestic Rim. The deadline to RSVP to (928) 474-3912 is Tuesday, June 25.
Christmas in June
Calling all early Christmas shoppers. Time Out Thrift Shop is having a Christmas Sale now through June 29 at 500 S. Beeline Highway. Save 50 percent on all Christmas items. Remember Poker Chip Monday for additional savings.
All proceeds from the Time Out Thrift Shop directly benefit domestic violence victims through the emergency shelter and transitional housing programs.
Free summer film series
A free Summer Matinee Film Series will be offered at 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through June 27 at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road. Coming up:
June 25: “Nature: Dogs,” (112 minutes), moderated by certified veterinary technician S. Starr.
June 27: “Understanding Cats with Roger Tabor” (80 minutes), moderated by certified veterinary technician S. Starr.
Senior Circle events
Upcoming events for members of the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle include:
June 26 - Lunch and Learn with Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny, who will discuss hemorrhoids. He will talk about why we get them, how we can treat them and most importantly, how can we prevent them from coming back.
On the Road with Senior Circle — Reservations are requested for participation in the Oct. 8-11 trip to the Albuquerque Balloon Fest. The trip includes transportation, accommodations for three nights at a Comfort Inn, daily breakfast and dinner, two visits to the balloon fest, sightseeing in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. For details, call (928) 472-9290 and speak with Rene.
APW Writers’ Retreat
Attend an Arizona Press Women’s Writers’ Retreat at the Merritt Lodge, near Payson, July 27-28. Enjoy an overnight stay that includes four meals for a discounted rate of $95 if reservations are made by June 26.
For details, contact Carol Osman Brown via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (928) 468-9269. You also can contact Gail Hearne at (928) 472-7132.
A swim party for families with special needs adults and children is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 26 at Taylor Pool in North Rumsey Park. Dress for a luau. For more information, call Lucy Karrys, (928) 478-0231 or (928) 595-2136.
Junction 87 gives next Concert in the Park
Voted Best Local Band in 2011, Junction 87 is a hard-working country band that rocks out. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Green Valley Park for great music starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Learn how to make Social Security claims
The Pine Library will host Jeff Young for a program on making Social Security claims from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 27 in the Library Activity Room.
This program will be an informative session on one of the most important financial decisions in a person’s life. Young will discuss the myths and realities of our national retirement system and how to best benefit from it. If you or someone you care about is considering taking Social Security benefits within the next 7 to 8 years, you will want attend.
For more information regarding this educational program, call the library at (928) 476-3678.
PCSA marks 20 years with Community Rummage Sale
The Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane, #2, is celebrating 20 years of accepting and honoring diversity and beliefs of people from all spiritual paths such as Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, etc.
To commemorate the anniversary, PCSA is having a Community Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. Setup in the parking lot at 107 W. Wade, will be Thursday afternoon, June 27. Individuals and organizations are invited to come set up their own tables.
Call (928) 978-9100 or (928) 478-6935 for more information.
Additionally, raffle tickets will be sold for a framed, limited edition and signed lithograph, “Paws for Thought” donated by internationally acclaimed scratchboard artist, Angela Cockle of Payson. The winner need not be present.
For more information or to donate items for the sale, please call John at (928) 468-8075.
TCCA early bird tickets
Early bird season tickets for the 2013-2014 season of the Tonto Community Concert Association are only available until June 30.
The TCCA has selected eight exciting concerts to celebrate its 35th year of bringing high quality entertainment to Payson and surrounding Rim Country communities.
The season subscription, if purchased by June 30 is $85. The subscription will be $90 starting July 1.
Concerts will feature The Diamonds; Franc D’Ambrosio; Sonic Escape with chamber music; Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101; noted actor and singer Hal Linden; music from the theater comes to the Rim Country with a Matt Davenport Productions review, Back on Broadway; tenor John Berry will bring a performance of country music; and child piano prodigy Umi Garrett.
The season starts September 30 and concludes May 17. All concerts are at the Payson High School auditorium. To find out more call (928) 478-4363 or e-mail email@example.com or find a subscription form at www.tccarim.org.
First Responder appreciation event at Ponderosa Bible
Ponderosa Bible Church will honor locale first responders Sunday, June 30. There will be a short ceremony and gift awards at the 9:30 a.m. worship service and again at the 11 a.m. worship service.
After the second service(approximately noon), a meal will be served on the church grounds to all the guests and their families.
The various agencies will be bringing some of their equipment, such as emergency vehicles and equipment. There will also be special games and activities for children.
This is an effort by the congregation of Ponderosa Bible Church to honor these special people and show appreciaiton for the care and devotion they provide for all in the community.
Ponderosa Bible Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.
Sweet Summer Sing-Along and Ice Cream Social
The public is invited to attend a Sweet Summer Sing-Along and Scoops of Blessings ice cream social Sunday, June 30 hosted by Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park).
The “singspiration” will be a combination of featured specials along with opportunities to sing-along with the old hymns and choruses of the church. The Sing-Along will start at 6 p.m., followed by an ice cream social featuring a door prize drawing for those attending. Bring a friend and join us for a special evening.
Community Open House
Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to a community open house at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, June 30 at Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. Lunch, offered in love by the People of S.O.T.P., will include brats, hot dogs, along with baked beans, sauerkraut, potato salad, drinks and desserts.
Guests are invited to attend Bible study at 8:30 a.m. and worship service at 10 a.m., or just come for lunch. Lunch will be served until the food is gone.
For more information, call the church office, (928) 474-5440 or visit, www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com.
Almost New Thrift Shop schedules $1 Bag Sale
Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts and more. Anything you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags can be yours for just $1. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. The next sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, July 1.
There is lots of inventory to choose from so come help 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. The shop is at 304 E. Aero Drive, Payson.
Help Payson Community Kids and win a four-night cruise
Payson Community Kids (PCK) is a non-profit organization that assists low-income, “at risk” families and their children. This year, PCK is sponsoring a raffle for a four- night cruise for two with Princess Cruise Line to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico, leaving from the Long Beach area.
There will only be 100 tickets sold at a cost of $100 each. The drawing will be held live on KMOG at noon, Wednesday, July 31.
To purchase tickets, visit the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce or call Suzy Tubbs at (928) 978-3256, Jim Leubner at (928) 951-5408, or Laura Meidinger at (928) 951-3896.
Artists invited to enter 2013 ArtOberfest by mid-August
The Payson Art League is calling for artists to join the annual ArtOberfest Show on Oct. 18, 19, 20, 2013 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.
If you are an artist interested in showing and selling your art, please visit the PAL’s Web site at www.paysonartleague.org or call Don Harmon at (928) 474-5554 for a mailed application.
This is a juried fine art and fine craft show representing varied art careers and backgrounds. The deadline for applying is Aug. 17.