Community Almanac

Business Showcase is Saturday


Business Showcase is Saturday


Help stock food bank and see art underway

Down the Street Art Gallery is conducting a food drive now through First Friday, April 5.

Stop by the gallery, 703 W. Main St., Payson, and donate a non-perishable food item and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win an original work by Donn Morris. A prominent local artist, Morris will be creating the piece at the gallery.

The drawing will be during the First Friday celebration, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 5.

The more food donated, the better the chance of winning. Morris will be the featured artist in April and will be showing a collection of his latest works in watercolor and pen and ink.

Payson Walkers

The Payson Walkers have planned the following outings to begin at 9 a.m. daily. Everyone is welcome to participate, but please remember to park away from the most used areas of any parking lot so as to not block businesses/clients, etc. For more information, call the Payson Parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

• March 13, meet at library

• March 14, meet at Alpine Heights and Upper Sunshine

• March 15, meet at Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline.

Free tax help and free e-file available through April 11

Volunteers with AARP-Tax Aide will be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers now 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., ; March 14, and 28; April 4 and 11 (the college will be closed the week of March 18; no taxes will be done that week at GCC).

Payson Senior Center

The following is on the schedule at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.:

• Wednesday, March 13 attend Zumba Gold at 9 a.m.; Bible study is at 10:30 a.m. and open to all; Evelyn will do SIT & FIT at 11:15 a.m. for those who need a little slower-paced work out.

• Thursday, March 14 is a little calmer — sometimes there is music in the morning, other times we just visit and catch up with each other; at 12:30 p.m. canasta players are at it again; and then at 1:30 p.m. the wood carvers come and work on projects.

• Friday, March 15 there will be a Movie with Munchies at 9:15 a.m., which is free for all; this is the day the Center celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Anne James playing some Irish music.

• Monday through Friday a tasty lunch is served at noon for a suggested donation of $4. Please call in advance to reserve a seat at the meal, (928) 474-4876.

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.

Benefit Frybread Lunch

A Frybread Lunch to benefit Payson family Ronny and Wendie Woolwine will be held at the Tonto Apache Gym from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 13. Funds raised will help the family with expenses on the road to recovery of their little girl — Kayla Woolwine.

Frybread with a soft drink is included for your $6 donation to Team Kayla. Frybread will be prepared by Sophie Davis’ Family and Friends.

Please contact Tim Barrett at (928) 472-1170 with questions.

Another benefit is planned for Saturday, April 6 at the Spur Bar, 3964 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley. There will be food, drinks and a raffle. Please contact Joe Mustaca, (928) 595-0151 with questions.

An account to help the family with medical and travel expenses has been opened at Canyon State Credit Union, 514 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. The account is under “Ronnie and Wendie Woolwine” and is for Kayla.


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Business Showcase is Saturday

Business Showcase is Saturday

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

The theme is “Celebrating Seniors of All Ages” and will showcase services and products for seniors, 18-80. The showcase Sneak Preview Chamber Mixer, hosted by Rim Country Health, is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 15. The Showcase is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.

Andy Towle/Roundup

Senior Circle features program on kidney disease

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle Lunch and Learn for Wednesday, March 13 will be a program 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. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Make a reservation for a seat, as these programs are popular with members of the Senior Circle and public. Call (928) 472-9290.

There will be a Member Lunch at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20 along with bingo. The lunch is $4 per person and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call (928) 472-9290.

Dr. Patrick Harrison will talk about carpal tunnel and trigger finger at the 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 Lunch and Learn.

Harrison will speak about the causes, symptoms and treatment of carpal tunnel — a condition where pressure on the median nerve affects feeling and movement of the hand. He will also address trigger finger — a painful condition where the finger or thumb catches, snaps or locks, then “pops” back suddenly (as a trigger on a gun.) Please reserve a seat by calling (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 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 will hold a Lenten service on Wednesday, March 13. Everyone is welcome to come to the free soup supper 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. Rock of Ages is at 204 W. Airport Road. 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 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.

Time to get the green on

The Rim Country Celts are planning two celebrations this week.

The group meets at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at the home of its new president, John Munro, for a potluck and Ceilidh music. Call Munro for directions at (928) 468-6220. 

The members of the group are inviting all their Rim Country neighbors (visitors too) — Irish or not — to come out for a St. Patrick’s Celebration starting at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at The Journigan House, 202 W. Main, Payson. There will be plenty of good, old, fun Irish music from Cinnamon Twist and friends and a corned beef and cabbage and red potatoes dinner can be ordered from the menu, along with Green Beer.

There is no cover charge or admission fee, according to Anne James, program manager for the Rim Country Celts.

New officers for the Rim Country Celts are Munro, president; Paty Henderson, vice president; and Anne James, program manager.

Young adults invited to special library program

The Payson Public Library will present “Breaking Dawn, Part 2” at a special event for young people, ages 12 to 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 15.

Along with the movie, there will be refreshments and a just-for-fun personality test.

For more information, call Katie or Emily at (928) 474-9260.

Historian is guest speaker

Wayne Ranney, author and lecturer, will be the featured speaker at the Library Friends of Payson Monday, March 18.

Ranney, a member of the Arizona Humanities Council speaker’s board, will present a program entitled “Retracing the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes in Arizona Territory, 1874-1878.” Hear about the harrowing travels of a refined New England woman in the wild Arizona Territory in the 1870s.

The Library Friends meeting, which is held in the Library Meeting Room, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free program. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, please call (928) 474-9260.

Historical Society has program on Payson sawmill

The Northern Gila County Historical Society will feature Gail Hearne’s history of the Owens Brothers Lumber (the old sawmill) at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 at the Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park.

The mill once stood at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main, the current site of the Sawmill Crossing shopping center. It was the largest employer in the area for a number of years and many homes in Payson were built from the materials it produced.

This event will be held on the second floor of the Rim Country Museum. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Town sports programs

There is still time to register for a variety of sports programs planned by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

The deadline to register for the popular Fundamentals Basketball Academy is today, Tuesday, March 12.

The program is planned from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., March 18-21 for all boys and girls in the third to eighth grades. Conducted by Bill Farrell, the camp concentrates on teaching the fundamentals of basketball, plus its life-enriching skills.

The cost is $35 per participant and includes a camp T-shirt.

The deadline to register for the Future Longhorn Baseball Camp is Wednesday, March 13. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 14 in partnership with the Payson High School baseball team.

The program is for boys in the third through eighth grades and concentrates on the fundamentals of baseball. The fee is $20 per participant and includes lunch, a T-shirt and admission to that afternoon’s high school baseball game.

Easter Pageant in Mesa

Experience the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, ministry, selfless death and miraculous Resurrection through music, dance and drama.

In the beautiful setting of the Mesa Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the story of Christ beautifully unfolds on the stage. The 65-minute pageant is now regarded as the largest annual outdoor Easter pageant in the world with a 450-member cast.

For all ages, religions and cultures, this spectacular event is free to the public. No donations are accepted and no tickets are required.

The pageant is at 8 p.m. from March 19-21 and March 26-30. Spanish performances will be held on March 22 and 23. The pageant is performed on the north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center, 525 East Main St., Mesa, Ariz.

Fry Bread for Families

Fry Bread for Families will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at the Fireside Room (old restaurant) at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Get fry bread and a drink for just $6. Proceeds benefit families in need throughout the Rim Country.

Register today for annual Women’s Wellness Forum

Women of the Rim Country are cordially invited to attend the 15th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum, “Straight to the Heart… Women’s Heart Health” Saturday, March 23. This year the day is being dedicated to the memory of Christy Walton, who led the popular Zumba program that opened the event for many years.

The keynote speaker is Abby Rike, former contestant of the hit TV show “The Biggest Loser.” Classes offered through the course of the morning include: Parenting Teens/Preteens; Cooking for Health; Healthy Gardening; Hormones; Qigong; Heart Health; Accelerated Wisdom; Bringing a Spark to your Relationships; Weight Management; and Reduce Toxins to Reduce Disease. The number of participants in each class is limited, but there are still openings.

Come at 7 a.m. for Zumba, a Latin dance/exercise class; check-in for the forum begins at 7:15 a.m.; a continental breakfast and luncheon will be provided. Keynote speaker begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per person, paid in advance. There are some scholarships available to help women attend who might not be able to otherwise.

For more information on the class choices and to register by phone, call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

Mexican Consulate to visit Payson

The Mobil Mexican Consulate will be at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Saturday, March 23. Appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for processing of Passport and Mexican Matricula Consular. Please do not bring companions to your appointment.

To make a free call to set up appointment, dial 1-877-639-4835.

Holy Week services

The Payson Roundup invites Rim Country churches to submit information about the Holy Week services being planned.

With Palm Sunday on March 24, the paper will begin running the announcements on Friday, March 22. To be included, please have all the information to us by 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 20. It should be brief as we expect a number of announcements to be included. E-mail your information to or drop it by the office at 708 N. Beeline Highway (we cannot take information over the phone).


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