Community Almanac

Payson Veterans Town Hall meeting


Payson Veterans Town Hall meeting


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.

Easter services

See the schedule of Good Friday and Easter services on Page 6B.

Live music

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 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.

John Scott Band

John Scott Band will be rockin’ the blues from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, March 29 at The Journigan House.

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.

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 only at the Blattner Pit, weather permitting: Saturday, March 30, 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.

The Pine Pit will be closed in observance of Easter. 

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 30, meet at Frontier School

• March 31, meet at Payson Public Library

• April 1, meet at Payson Public Library

• April 2 , meet at Green Valley Park Parks

and Recreation Office

• April 3, meet at Walgreens, Del Taco side.

Egg hunts Saturday

The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country is sponsoring Payson’s 16th Annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30 at the Rumsey 2 Softball Field, near Taylor Pool on North McLane Road.

Children 12 and younger can collect eggs filled with candy and coupons for prizes. The hunts are scheduled by age group:

• 9:30 a.m., ages 0 to 3

• 9:45 a.m., ages 4 and 5

• 10 a.m., ages 6 and 7

• 10:15 a.m., ages 8 and 9

• 10:30 a.m., ages 10 to 12

• 10:45 a.m., special needs children

The Pine Strawberry 4th Annual Easter Egg Fun Day is at the Cabins on Strawberry Hill, starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 30.

The event, sponsored by numerous businesses in Pine and Strawberry and coordinated by the amazing Shara Weiss of “Mommy Perks” and “the Pine Strawberry News” Web sites, will have goodie bags, an activity area, golden eggs, a fire truck and the Easter Bunny.

It is free for all, but parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended. Contact Shara Weiss for more information or a ride at (928) 978-6293.


Dennis Fendler/Roundup file photo

Payson Veterans Town Hall meeting

Payson Veterans Town Hall meeting

A Town Hall for Payson and Rim Country veterans is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 2 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road. 

Dr. Michael Lowe, Payson’s new Veterans Administration doctor, will be introduced. Scheduled to participate in the Town Hall are Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital Director Sharon Heldman and her staff, along with the Prescott Veterans Administration Hospital Director Donna Jacobs and her staff. 

After brief introductions, each director will advise the Payson and Rim Country veterans of how their VA hospitals interact with the veterans and what has been accomplished to reduce the frustrations veterans have experienced at the hospitals over the years. 

Dr. Lowe will introduce his staff and explain to the veterans how he expects to operate his veterans’ clinic. 

Jim Muhr, who has led a committee of veterans who have been working for a number of years on medical clinic concerns, said he feels there is now a VA clinic in Payson that will be veteran friendly, and which, along with the supporting VA Hospitals, has placed the Payson area veterans into an arena of respect.

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.

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.

Yoga at Senior Center

The Payson Senior Center is starting two yoga classes. There will be a “Gentle Yoga Class” from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and a “Basic Yoga Class” from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

These will be taught by Shirley Cape, a certified Yoga instructor and a new resident of Payson from Nebraska.

The Payson Senior Center is at 514 W. Main St. Call (928) 474-4876 for more information.

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.

Common Core Standards discussion at Tea Party

Common Core Educational Standards will be the topic at the Thursday, April 4 meeting of the Payson Tea Party. The group meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Jennifer Reynolds, who leads the Alliance for Sustainable Freedom team, has studied Common Core Standards implementation in Arizona. She created the Web site Arizonans Against Common Core to educate others to the problems she has found with these standards.

Call (928) 951-6774 for more information.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Payson Community Christian School third- and fourth-grade class trip to Creation Museum in Kentucky will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 5 — First Friday — at the Senior Center on Main Street, 514 W. Main St. Admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 8.

Help stock food bank and get a raffle ticket for 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.

Kids Fishing Festival

The annual Kids Fishing Festival — for all ages — is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at Green Valley Park. Fish for free, learn tips from experts; bid on great items at the Silent Auction; and enjoy food and fun. Get raffle tickets from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 5 at National Bank.

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.

Auction for Youth

The 18th Annual Kiwanis Auction for Youth is Saturday, April 6 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Banquet Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Happy Hour and music, with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The $60 individual ticket buys a meal of oven roasted, herb-rubbed prime rib with au jus and brown gravy, or breast of chicken in a mushroom wine sauce. A table for eight is $450. The recommended dress is western wear or cowboy duds.

Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country Charitable Foundation, the event proceeds will be used for Payson youth activities and scholarships.

Call (928) 978-4323 for more information.

Unity of Payson concert

Unity of Payson celebrates spring with a concert with Ron and Jen Paul. This music event will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Sunday, April 7. A $5 love offering is requested. Rim residents are also invited to join Unity of Payson’s 10 a.m. service, which the couple will lead. They have been making beautiful music together since they met 20 years ago at a musical event. Ron has been the music director and Jen a music minister at Unity of Flagstaff since 2007. Their music is from the heart and enlightens the soul.

The concert and Sunday service will be in the Central Arizona Board of Realtors Room at 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14. For more information, please contact Cindy Adams at (928) 468-6354.

Methodists offer performance

Payson High School Freshman Rio will perform in concert at the Payson United Methodist Church, located off of Highway 87 behind Ace Hardware, at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7.

The young man is blessed with a beautiful tenor voice that he loves to share with others. His concert is to help him raise money to attend the Mesa Community College Music Theatre camp this summer and receive lessons from a professional voice instructor. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome.

For more information, please call (928) 978-2580.

Music at Mount Cross

Mount Cross Lutheran Church will host Dave Anderson and Kelly Patten at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 7 in the sanctuary.

These versatile men will present Gospel music, Sunday School songs, contemporary Christian music and stories of God’s grace and mercy. Mount Cross is at 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s). A free-will offering will be accepted.

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, 500 S. Beeline Highway, 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.

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; Sandy Tarbet; and Julie McCray. 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.


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