Community Almanac

Dr. Patrick Harrison will talk about carpal tunnel and trigger finger at the 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 Lunch and Learn at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Dr. Patrick Harrison will talk about carpal tunnel and trigger finger at the 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 Lunch and Learn at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.


Assessor needs current addresses

The Gila County Assessor’s office mailed out the “2014 Notice of Values” on Feb. 28, 2013. Many of these have been returned to the assessor’s office due to lack of correct mailing address.

If you want to receive your notice you must notify the assessor’s office of your address change. Address change forms can be completed on our Web site

Or you can phone the office to have an address change mailed to you. Call (928) 472-7973 in Payson; (928) 402-8714 in Globe; or toll free (Arizona only), 800-304-4452.

Live music 

John Carpino

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, 714 N. Beeline Highway, in a benefit for Payson Elementary School’s music and art programs.

Payson Jazz Trio

The Payson Jazz Trio will perform at Ayothaya Thai Cafe, 404 Highway 260, Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., March 28-29, April 12-13, May 17-18. The Payson Jazz Trio includes Bob Smolenski, piano; Mike Buskirk, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

Jam Session

Cinnamon Twist is the anchor act at the new Journigan House Jam Session, which is at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The event will have no cover, but canned and non-perishable foods for the food bank will be welcomed, along with any “tips” for the performers, which will also be contributed to the food bank.

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 23 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 24 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.

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.

Soroptimists selling See’s Candy for Easter

See’s Candies, from the Soroptimists, will be available at the Women’s Wellness Forum, Saturday, March 23 from noon to 2 p.m. at the old gym at the high school; on Sunday, March 24 candy will be available at Walgreens Drugstore; and at 1100 S. Beeline Highway.

On Good Friday, members of the local Soroptimist club which sponsors these sales, will be at National Bank from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with candy for sale.

If you are running late, Walgreens will be the place for See’s Candies on Saturday, March 30.

Money raised helps support local community projects of the club. For club information, call (928) 978-8866.

Hear about Transition Town Payson on KMOG

John Hurlburt and Monte McCord will be on the Stephanie Landers’ morning broadcast at 9 a.m., Monday, March 25 on 1420 AM KMOG. They will discuss the purpose, objectives and goals behind the establishment of a transition town initiative in Payson.

Transition Town began in Great Britain as a platform allowing a local community anywhere in the world with an opportunity to develop a measure of sustainability and resilience in uncertain economic times. The two will also provide details on how local residents may become involved in one of a number of action groups associated with the initiative.


Dr. Patrick Harrison will talk about carpal tunnel and trigger finger at the 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 Lunch and Learn at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Carpal Tunnel & Trigger Finger

Hand conditions are topic at March 27 Lunch & Learn

Dr. Patrick Harrison will talk about carpal tunnel and trigger finger at the 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 Lunch and Learn at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

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.

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.

Clothing distribution 

Kaitie’s Closet is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization collecting clothes for distribution free to those in need in Rim Country.  Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome to attend the distributions.

The next Kaitie’s Closet distribution is from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 27 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road.

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. 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.

The Nook is moving

The Nook - New & Resale Shop is moving to 408 W Main St. All proceeds benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy Center. The shop is currently accepting all donations — especially any furniture items. Donations will be accepted at the current location, 113 E. Cedar Lane (behind Circle K) until March 27. 

The new store will open on Tuesday, April 2. For more information or to volunteer, please call (480) 231-0772.

Egg Scramble

The Town of Payson Community Easter Egg Hunt will be at the Rumsey 2 Softball Field on North McLane Road starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30. The event is for children ages 12 and under. Call the parks office at (928) 474-5242 for details.

Exhibition scheduled

The multi-media works of Mario Belvedere of Pine, Ariz., will be displayed from March 30 through April 20 at the Payson Healing Arts Center, 616 N. Beeline Highway.

The opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 30 and the center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Belvedere, a native of Sicily, has resided in Pine since 2005.


Kayla Woolwine

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.

Time Out benefit

A luncheon and fashion show, Steppin’ Out, to benefit Time Out Inc. and its efforts to help the victims of domestic abuse, is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at Chaparral Pines Golf Club. Admission is $25 per person, purchase at the Time Out Thrift Shop, which open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Authors share stories of fascinating pioneer women

There will be a program by three authors about a trio of fascinating Gila County pioneer women at the Pleasant Valley Community Center in Young at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13.

Mary Brown will discuss Helen Duett Ellison Hunt, who pioneered in Gila County with her family and went on to become the first Arizona first lady.

Nancy Lucia Humphry will discuss Maria Lucia Gonzales Humphry, a midwife and healer who came to Gila County in 1906.

Julie McDonald will talk about Pearl McEuen Cromer, who spent the first seven years of her life in a covered wagon and spent the balance of her 98 years in Globe.

Time Out seeks alumni volunteers, board members

Time Out will be honoring volunteers — past and present — at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Homecoming at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 28 at the Oxbow, 607 W. Main St.

This luncheon will highlight the last 20 years that Time Out Shelter has been in existence. If you have volunteered for Time Out in the thrift shop, shelter, transitional housing or as a board member, please join us in this celebration. It will be a fun filled afternoon with lunch, music, raffles and sincere appreciation. RSVP to executive or (928) 472-8007 or sign up at the Time Out Thrift shop with Charlotte at (928) 474-3989.

Women’s conference at Payson LDS

The Relief Society organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a special Women’s Conference from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20, with a lunch to follow.

The theme of the conference is “You are of Eternal Worth.” Speakers will include former police chief, Gordon Gartner, who will speak on the topic, Angels Among Us. Other speakers will include Sandy Tarbet whose talk is entitled, Leaven for our Loafs and Julie McCray, who will present a talk on Life’s Quilt. There will be a special guest from New Mexico who will discuss the topic Eternal Snapshots.

The event will be held in the Cultural Hall of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson. Guests are welcome.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for an upcoming Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism event.

The 2nd Annual “Embrace Your Inner Geek” 10K and 5K races are Saturday, May 4 and helpers are desperately needed for timing, scoring and general marshaling. If you are able to help, please e-mail Mary McMullen at She will provide the details of assignments.

Jazz concert, wine auction set for humane society

The Humane Society of Central Arizona has announced plans for its upcoming fund-raiser. The Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction will have live music by the Payson Jazz Trio; a special menu of sweet and savory hors d’ oeuvres; wine tasting; a photo booth; poker for paws; spa package raffle items; wine auction; and a majestic Arizona sunset.

The location of the Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction is Falcon Crest Bed and Breakfast overlooking the town of Payson. Falcon Crest is located at 1105 N. Falcon Crest Drive.

The Sunset Jazz & Wine Auction is scheduled for Friday, May 10. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit or call (928) 474-5590.

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 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 E. Main St., Mesa, Ariz.

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., April 4 and 11.


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