Community Almanac


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Open Meeting Law training tonight and Wednesday

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 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.

PES Book Fair

The Payson Elementary School Scholastic Book Fair takes place this week at the PES library. The schedule includes:

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.

Senior Circle programs on hospice care, kidney disease

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.

Prayer vigil on immigration

The congregation of Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N Easy St., invites the residents of the Rim Country to join it at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 6 for an evening of word and song, stories of immigrants and immigration reform, and prayer.

This vigil will provide an opportunity for people to ponder and focus on how current immigration policies split families, create undo stress and complications in the lives of those who have no voice on policies.

This is an invitation to engage communities of faith and individuals on this issue to lay the groundwork for events that may follow in support of humane immigration reform. For more details, call (928) 474-0485. Refreshments will be served afterward.



Join the Quilt-a-Thon

Join the annual Quilt Angels Quilt-a-Thon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 13, 14 and 15 at the First Baptist Church in Pine, 4039 N. Highway 87. Lunch will be provided. Bring your sewing machine or, if you don't sew, you can tie quilts. It is a lot of fun and it’s for a good cause — the quilts are donated to law enforcement officers and firefighters to offer comfort to victims at the scene of an emergency.

Apply to own an affordable home

Have you dreamed of homeownership but didn’t think you could afford to buy a home?

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity may be able to help. PAHH is accepting applications for available condominium homes at Longhorn Village, through March 7, 2013.  The total payment for a three-bedroom, two-bath condo is approximately $500 per month, including HOA, taxes and insurance.

Applicants must have a need for safe, decent, affordable housing, reside in the Payson School District for at least one year, and have an income between 30 and 60 percent of the Gila County area median for your household size. Households of all sizes are encouraged to apply. Please call (928) 474-0330 or stop by the ReStore to find out the income range for your household size, and pick up an application packet to fill out prior to the meeting. Income documentation is required, so please pick up a packet for full details. The Habitat ReStore is located at the corner of Highways 260 and 87, next to Urgent Care.

A mandatory orientation meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7 at the Payson United Methodist Church. Please be prompt: the doors close at 6:30 p.m. Bring your application to the meeting. Family Selection volunteers will be available to help you with your application. No one under 18 will be allowed at the meeting, so please arrange in advance for childcare. 

Please call Habitat now at (928) 474-0330 with any additional questions.

Protecting yourself, your computer, your identity

Gila Community College is hosting a free 1-hour seminar and slideshow on “Protecting Yourself, Your Computer, and Your Identity” presented by Norbert “Bob” Gostischa, information technology security expert, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7 in Room 301 of the Payson Campus of Gila Community College.

He will simplify, clarify and demystify your computer, making your Internet experience a safe one.

• Protect yourself from viruses, worms, Trojans, root kits and bot nets

• Computing safety tips

• How to spot phishing attempts and ransomware

• How to recover when your e-mail account has been hijacked

• E-mail etiquette

• Social networking safety tips

• Software installation safety tips

• Using free software to create layered protection

• Features and benefits of free anti-virus programs

• Android Smartphone and tablet safety and protection

For more information, call (928) 468-8039, or visit the campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Music performances

• Ayothaya Thai Restaurant, Highway 260 and Manzanita, Payson – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 7 – John Carpino, solo/acoustic.

• The Journigan House, 202 W. Main St., Payson – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, March 8 – John Carpino, solo/acoustic.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, March 8 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church hosts a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

New Thrift Store in town

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is now open for business. Located at South Highway 87 and Cedar (across from the Circle K, South), the shop is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Volunteers are needed. Call (928) 474-4476 anytime, or visit during open hours. For large donations, call to schedule a pick-up. The shop will also deliver large items for a nominal fee.

All profits go to support the local Food Bank.

Kids: it’s time to roar

Head down to the new Tiger’s Gaming Lounge at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 8 for the grand opening festivities.

There will be giveaways and snacks and it is only $4 per hour per person to play.

Tiger’s Gaming Lounge is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Kicking off Relay for Life

Relay for Life is a community gathering where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at our local high school track and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

The kickoff is scheduled for Friday, March 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mazatzal Casino in the Fireside Room (the old restaurant). The public is invited. If you are interested in participating, please plan to attend.

This year, in Payson, we will experience a major change. Relay will no longer be an overnight event. We will host the event from noon to midnight on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Relay for Life brings together millions of people throughout the United States to raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from the disease. While we raise much needed funds, we also raise awareness of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and patient support. Relay brings people together from all walks of life with the common goal of eliminating cancer.

Payson Community Garden opens Saturday

The Payson Community Garden opens at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at the garden site next to the Church of the Nazarene on Tyler Parkway.

Come on out to hear about the resources available to Rim Country gardeners from consultants to soil preparation material. A list of future classes will be presented, covering drip systems, friendly flora and fauna, and hydroponic gardening. Plots are still available for $60 and if weather permits, planting can start. Soil, water, security and advice are included in that price.

AARP Drivers Safety class

AARP will sponsor a Drivers Safety Class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Payson singers, Tempe Chorus join for March 9 show

There will be a special concert at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9 with both the 70-member Payson Choral Society and the highly regarded 100-member Tempe Chorus.

This concert will be held at the Payson High School Auditorium and is being presented to bring the entertainment of the combined groups of Payson and Tempe to the Rim audience and raise added musical scholarship funds for Payson students.

The concert will be at no charge, but a free will scholarship offering will be accepted at the door.

For more information, please call John Landino (928) 468-0023. The Payson Choral Society’s spring concert is Saturday, April 27.

Musical benefit

Enjoy a fun evening with singer and musician, Bob D’Aurelio, former leader of the New Celebration Chorale Group, as he presents a Senior Cabaret at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9.

The event will raise funds for area food banks and the Knights of Columbus Charities. Enjoy music from the early 1900s to the 1950s, plus some show tunes, cowboy music, some great stories and a few shared memories. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $10 per person or $20 for a family. Buy them at the Payson Senior Center, Payson Public Library, Payson Hair Company (Next to Bashas’) or Tiny’s Restaurant.


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