Community Almanac

Once again the Town of Payson is hosting a big community Easter egg hunt for those 12 and younger — the 16th Annual Egg Scramble.

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Once again the Town of Payson is hosting a big community Easter egg hunt for those 12 and younger — the 16th Annual Egg Scramble.


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

Payson Walkers

All walks are scheduled for 9 a.m. daily. The hour-long excursions are on pavement. Please park away from the most used areas of any parking lot so as to not block businesses, clients, etc. Everyone is welcome.

• March 27, meet at Peach Orchard Trailhead

• March 28, meet at Majestic Rim, Tyler Parkway

• March 29, meet at Home Depot parking lot

• March 30, meet at Frontier School

• March 31, meet at Payson Public Library.

Senior Circle

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.

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.

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.

Screening for men

The Prostate On-site Project’s mobile clinic will be in Payson Thursday, March 28 to screen Rim Country men for prostate problems. The cost is $72 per screening and some insurance carriers are accepted.

To schedule an appointment, call (480) 964-3013.

Live music

Jam at Journigan House

Cinnamon Twist anchors the new Journigan House Jam Session 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.

Payson Jazz Trio

The Payson Jazz Trio will perform at Ayothaya Thai Cafe, 404 E. 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.

John Carpino

John Carpino is performing at 6 p.m., Friday, March 29 at Cardo’s, 203 E. Highway 260, Payson, and at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at Ayothaya Thai Restaurant, 404 E. Highway 260, Payson.


Once again the Town of Payson is hosting a big community Easter egg hunt for those 12 and younger — the 16th Annual Egg Scramble.

Easter fun for the young

Once again the Town of Payson is hosting a big community Easter egg hunt for those 12 and younger — the 16th Annual Egg Scramble.

This year, the event is at the Rumsey 2 Softball Field, near Taylor Pool on North McLane Road, Saturday, March 30.

Children can collect eggs filled with candy and coupons for special prizes. Different age groups will hunt for the eggs at separate times:

• 9:30 a.m., ages 0-3

• 9:45 a.m., ages 4 & 5

• 10 a.m., ages 6 & 7

• 10:15 a.m., ages 8 & 9

• 10:30 a.m., ages 10-12

• 10:45 a.m., special

needs children

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.

Easter services

See the schedule of Easter services on Page 2B.

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.

Native American Flute Circle

The Native American Flute is one of the easiest instruments to learn to play and one of the most beautiful. Bring your flute, or just come and listen. Native drummers also welcome. The free event is at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at Tom Russell’s office, 620 E. Highway 260 behind Fargo’s Steakhouse in Payson, Suite D-3. Call (928) 474-1233 for more information.

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.

Choral Society spring concert

The Payson Choral Society’s spring concert, “Time Machine” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris, comes to the Payson High School Auditorium Saturday, April 27.

Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pre-sale concert tickets are $8 for adults. All students under 18, and children will be admitted at no charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the Payson Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert for $10 each.

Proceeds from the society’s concerts provide musical scholarships to middle and high school students. These are awarded and the students will sing their winning tryout selection each at the spring concert.

For more information, please call John Landino (928) 468-0023.

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.

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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