Community Almanac

Firefighters will be going door-to-door Saturday, March 2 handing out free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Firefighters will be going door-to-door Saturday, March 2 handing out free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Get tickets now for Lincoln Day Luncheon

The Gila County Republican Party’s Annual Lincoln Day Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant on East Highway 260.

The theme will be “Getting Back to our Principles.” Featured speakers will be U.S. Representative Dr. Paul Gosar and Arizona’s Director of Americans for Prosperity, Tom Jenny.

Tickets are $30 single and $55 for two (no tickets sold at the door). Contact Lolly Hathhorn at (928) 474-2334, Sally Low at (928) 474-9779, or Pam Burrell at (928) 200-2535 for tickets.

Business Showcase booth sign-up deadline March 1

The 21st Annual Business Showcase will be held March 16 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. 

Exhibitors must sign up by March 1 or pay a late fee. There are only 48 booth spaces and last year’s exhibitors have priority in obtaining a booth and the site of the booth. After March 1, prospective exhibitors will have the opportunity to secure a booth.

The theme is “Celebrating Seniors of All Ages” and will showcase services and products for seniors, 18-80.

The showcase is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; set up is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 15, which will be followed from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. by a Sneak Preview Chamber Mixer, hosted by Rim Country Health.  Awards will be given for the Best Theme, Best of Show and the People’s Choice, voted on by those attending.

For more information, please call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

March 1 deadline for women’s stress management event

Register by Friday, March 1 for a free salad bar and program on stress management for women by calling (928) 474- 2552.

The program for all Rim Country women is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Lomona Conference Center located on the campus of Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 in Payson.

The program, “Creative Suffering: How to Make Yourself Miserable,” is a satirical look at stress management. The speaker will be Dr. Susan C. Bobek, a retired nurse educator who has presented programs on stress management and mismanagement for many years.

Call for artists

The Payson Art League is calling for artists to join the annual ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour May 3, 4 and 5. If you are an artist interested in showing and selling your art at your studio in an organized tour, please contact Jan Ransom at (928) 468-8593 for more information and the application.

This is a juried fine art and fine craft show representing varied art careers and backgrounds. Deadline for applying is March 1.

MHA arts, crafts, bake sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts Sale in the hospital’s main lobby, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 1 only. Many of its top sellers will be available.

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

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Firefighters will be going door-to-door Saturday, March 2 handing out free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

FreeAlarm Distribution Saturday

Firefighters will be going door-to-door Saturday, March 2 handing out free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., three teams of two, including a firefighter and volunteer, will knock on doors on East Aero Street. If they have time, the teams may hit some homes on Cedar, said Vince Palandri with the Payson Fire Department. Teams will offer a brief home safety assessment and free installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, including strobe smoke alarms for the hearing impaired, if needed. Teams will also make sure existing smoke alarms are functioning and that the home’s address is visible from the street. Teams will be out every Saturday through March handing out the alarms in the southeast section of town. A $32,000 federal grant is funding the program.

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Appliance and metal ‘free day’ at landfill

Appliance and metal ‘free day’ at landfill

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 2.

Staff will be accepting refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters. Other metal items will also be accepted.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. As the county will handle the freon removal from the appliances, please do not tamper with the freon lines and no trash of any kind in the appliances.

Landfill hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday and holidays.

For more information on this event, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350.

First Friday

Celebrate the first Friday of March with a variety of sales and special events around town.

• The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a 1st Friday Sale from 10 a..m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 1. At the “March Madness Sale” everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off, plus there will be a $1 Bag Sale on all regular clothing (no boutique or western wear).

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across the street from Wendy's) and is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Volunteers will gladly pick up donated gently used furniture and larger items.

Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

• The Payson Habitat ReStore plans a 50 percent off sale (the first $0 to $100 of a purchase) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this First Friday, March 1. There will be special prizes and munchies all day long.

Starting Monday, March 4 the Payson Restore will be open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p..m. For more information, call (928) 474-4247.

• Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art celebrates the “Luck of the Irish” during the first weekend of March. Look for merchandise with even a wee bit of green and receive a 20 percent discount. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, located at 520 W. Main St., is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Down the Street Art Gallery is hosting Kite Nite this First Friday, March 1. Stop by the gallery and view kites decorated by gallery artists, then let your creative juices fly and decorate your own kite to take. For all ages and the young at heart. Down the Street Art Gallery will supply kites, markers and a nosh from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 703 W. Main St. — where art is fun.

Musical performances

• The Payson Jazz Trio performs at the Ayothaya Thai Café, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson (north side of highway across from Safeway) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2. The group includes Bob Smolenski, piano/keyboard; Gerry Reynolds, drums; Mike Buskirk, bass.

• Cinnamon Twist is playing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, March 1 at Journigan House, 202 W. Main St., on a brand new stage. Annie James and Jennifer Baltz are Cinnamon Twist.

• Singer and songwriter John Carpino will be the featured artist at Lady D’s Wine Bar, Chocolate and Art, 714 N. Beeline Highway, Payson at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2. The show was re-scheduled from last Saturday after a cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. Proceeds will benefit the Payson Food Bank. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring canned food items or non-perishable food items.

• The Jam Band at the Payson Elks Lodge #2154, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, performs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 2 and every Saturday in March. Bring your signing voices, musical instruments and dancing shoes. This is open to the public and members of the Elks would like to see all their neighbors come out for the fun.

Brush Pit Schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, March 2 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, March 3 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

Learn about GPS ‘add on’ systems

A class for users of “Add-On” style automotive GPS navigation systems is at the Parks office at Green Valley Park at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 2. The class is geared toward helping those new to these systems understand how to get the best out of them. This is a basic course to help set your unit up to your preferences and to create routes and to be able to navigate.

The class is limited to no more than five participants and you can sign up by going to the town’s tourism web site and opening the event registration area.

Bring your GPS unit and owner’s manual. Please make sure that your GPS battery is fully charged. The class will probably last not more than two hours.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2

The Cat is back and the Payson Public Library is ready to celebrate with all new ideas, games, and fun! The celebration is for Dr. Seuss’ birthday and will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2 with a Hot Dog Meal for $1.

Dr. Seuss movies will be playing throughout the library; there will be Dr. Seuss books to read throughout the library; Cat in the Hat crafts; face painting; Yertle the Turtle bowling; Hop on Pop game; Fox in Sox relay; Sneetch Beach relay; Horton Hears a Tune and prizes. Performance starts promptly at 7 p.m. The library is located at 328 N. McLane Road.

PES Book Fair

The Payson Elementary School Scholastic Book Fair is March 4-8 at the PES library.

The schedule includes:

Muffins for Mom, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday, March 4.

Donuts for Dad, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 5.

Grand Goodies Event, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 6 for grandparents and grand guests.

Clifford the Big Red Dog will make a special guest appearance from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., and from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 7.

Cat in the Hat will make a special guest appearance from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., Friday, March 8.

Medicaid long-term care program rescheduled

The Payson Senior Center will host Richard White, managing shareholder for Jackson White of Phoenix. He will present a program on Arizona’s Medicaid long-term care options. The program was postponed due to the snowstorm, and will now be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 5.

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

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

General Plan workshop

The Town of Payson will have workshop on updating the General Plan at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 at the Payson Public Library.

Open Meeting Law training

The Gila County Attorney’s Office will present Open Meeting Law classes to the public in Payson in March.

The class is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 5 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 6 at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road. The March 5 class will be in Room 403; the March 6 class will be in Room 404.

Those who would like to attend are encouraged to call Sharon Listiak at (928) 402-8841 or e-mail slistiak@co.gila.az.us to register. Space is limited. Those who pre-register will be given seating preference.  The public is invited to attend. The classes will be particularly helpful to anyone who serves on or who may in the future serve on a public board.

Senior Circle events

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle has scheduled the following events:

• Wednesday, March 6, 11:30 a.m., Lunch and Learn — Hear about hospice care from hospice care consultant Rebecca Friend, who will dispel myths about hospice and answer questions such as, “Can I keep my own doctor if I enter Hospice?” and “Is my Hospice Medicare benefit only good for 6 months?” 

• Wednesday, March 13, 11:30 a.m., Lunch and Learn — Learn about Fresenius (also known as kidney disease) from nephrologist Dr. Daniel Walton, who will talk about normal kidney function, kidney problems and their treatment and renal replacement therapy.

To reserve a spot, call (928) 472-9290.

Lenten services

• Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant), will hold mid-week Lenten services on Wednesday, March 6, 13 and 20 at 6 p.m. There will also be a Lenten supper served (free-will offering) each week at 5 p.m., just prior to the mid-week service.

• Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road, will hold its fourth Lenten service on Wednesday, March 6. A free soup supper is served in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m., followed by the service at 7 p.m. The theme of the Lenten services this year is “Names of Wondrous Love.” Pastor David Sweet and Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg conduct the services. For more information, call Pastor Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

• Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will hold Lenten services at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 13 and 20. The services are preceded by a potluck at 5 p.m.

The theme for the services is “Restore the Roar” and the community is invited to participate. For additional information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.

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