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Donate food for chance to win original work of art.

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Donate food for chance to win original work of art.


Winter wear sale

St. Vincent de Paul’s new thrift shop has a half-off winter wear sale this Friday, Saturday and Monday and again next week. It’s a new shop, but you can find lots of good stuff already. The shop is at South Highway 87 and Cedar Lane (across from Circle K South) and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Monday.

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.

Business Showcase

The 21st Annual Business Showcase will be held 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.

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 16 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 17 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.

Hellsgate recognizing alert youngsters for help

The Hellsgate Fire District will recognize two youngsters who may be responsible for saving the lives of six elderly people in Tonto Village last month.

The children were playing outside and saw fire coming out of the chimney. They alerted the residents and the firefighters were called to the scene and were able to save the home.

The youngsters will be honored in a ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16 at the Star Valley station of the district and made junior volunteer firefighters.

The public is invited to attend the celebration.

Learn to make chutneys, relishes and salsas

The next Cookin’ for Health class at the Payson Public Library is at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16. It will focus on make-ahead chutneys, relishes and salsas. Instructor Peggy Martin will show participants how to make the items with real food, no processed mixes.

Space is limited, so sign up at the library now.

Time to get the green on

The Rim Country Celts 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.


Donate food for chance to win original work of art.

Donate food for chance to win original work of art

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. See photos of the work in progress 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.

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 28; April 4 and 11 (the college will be closed the week of March 18; no taxes will be done that week at GCC).

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 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.

Senior Circle has bingo

The Senior Circle’s next Member Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20 and will feature a couple of bingo games. The lunch is $4 per person and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call (928) 472-9290.

Artists of the Rim Gallery ribbon cutting scheduled

Come and celebrate the opening of the new Artists of the Rim Gallery at a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce at noon, Wednesday, March 20. The new gallery, with new member artists, is at 618 N. Beeline Highway. For details, call (928) 472-1159.

Lenten services

• Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant), will hold mid-week Lenten services on Wednesday, March 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 20. Everyone is welcome to come to the free soup supper in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the service at 7 p.m. The theme of our 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 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.

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.

Live music 

John Carpino will perform live from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, March 22 at The Journigan House, 202 W. Main St., Payson; and at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23 at Lady D’s Wine Bar, Chocolate and Art in a benefit for Payson Elementary School’s music and art programs.

Mexican Consulate in 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.

Jean sale

The Polkadot Blvd will be having a designer bling jean sale in the main lobby at Payson Regional Medical Center, 807 S. Ponderosa St., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 25. Buy one and then get a second for 20 percent off.

Proceeds will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Woolwine benefit

A benefit for Kayla Woolwine 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 with multiple prizes. 

Tickets are $20 each and are available at El Rancho, Bud’s Plumbing, Chitwood Cabinets and NAPA. 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.

Fool’s Day Fun is April 6

The Payson Community Prevention Council will be holding its 8th Annual Fool’s Day Fun from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at the Julia Randall Elementary School.  

The “Start Talking Before They Start Drinking Event” aims to inform parents and their children about the dangers of underage drinking.  

The event will feature lots of family oriented games and activities designed to open a dialogue between children and their parents about underage drinking.  

Hot dogs and beverages will be provided, as well as a number of raffles and event giveaways. For more information, contact Debra Shewey at (928) 595-1199 or Joe Sanchez at (928) 238-0256.


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