Community Almanac, Nov. 5


Sonic Escape to perform Friday

Julliard graduates Shawn Wyckoff, flute; Maria Kaneko Millar, violin; and Nan-Cheng Chen, cello form Sonic Escape. The group will perform at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium as part of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2013-2014 season. Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and students under the age of 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. For more information, visit the association Web site at or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Christmas resources featured at library friends bookstore 

During November, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will feature an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books and more at two for the price of one. As always, the second item must be of equal or lesser value that the first item. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a head start on selecting unique and inexpensive gifts for friends, neighbors, caregivers, co-workers, secret pals, or anyone else on your Christmas list. 

Bookstore gift certificates are only $3 and make the perfect gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people. They are great stocking stuffers, as well. Stop by and discover the bookstore’s delightful holiday treasures.

The bookstore will also be offering all paperback books at the amazing value of 6 for $1 throughout November. Stock is constantly changing. 

All proceeds directly support the library.  The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at 

Meet new neurologist

At the next Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle Lunch and Learn, members and guests will have an opportunity to meet PRMC’s new neurologist, Christi P. Gill, D.O.

The Lunch and Learn is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 215 N. Beeline Highway. Reservations are required; call (928) 472-9290 to save a seat at least 48 hours in advance.

Film series on National Parks

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson, presents the Ken Burns film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” at 7 p.m. each Wednesday through Nov. 20, in the parish hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

Health benefits program on AHCCS and Medicare

The Community Presbyterian Church will present information on new health benefits available to people on both AHCCS and Medicare. These benefits are at no cost to those who qualify.

The informal information event will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. in Payson. The program is from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone who receives AHCCS (Medicaid) and Medicare.

The new benefits are for dental, vision, hearing and miscellaneous health items. Two representatives from Health Choice Generations, a Medicare Advantage Plan, will provide the details on all these extras. These benefits begin January 2014 here in Payson, at no cost.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact David Peterson at (800) 659-7030.

Payson Tea Party to present program on Islam

The Payson Tea Party will feature Dr. Carl Goldberg, who will present “Islam as Ideology - In the Words of Leading Islamic Religious Authorities” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7. Goldberg will discuss “what Non-Muslims need to know about Islam.” He is the Arizona chapter leader of Brigitte Gabriel’s citizen action network ACT! For America. 

The meeting is at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. For more information, call (928) 951-6774 or go online to

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church hosts a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on the second Friday of every month. For more information, go online to or call (928) 474-5440.

Football field, track closed

The football field and track at Payson High School will be closed for renovations through Feb. 10, 2014. There will be no public access to the football field and track during this time.

Payson Lions Estate Sale

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation will be conducting an estate sale at a large, luxury home on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-10 at 1004 N. Hillcrest in Payson.

Sale items will include living room sets including large sectional, trundle bed, recliners, chairs, bedroom sets and bedding, large oval freestanding mirror, conches, patio set, tools, ladders, many kitchen items and dishware, antique crystal, silver/bronze flatware, numerous silver pieces including tea set, original oil painting, refrigerator, LPs, CDs, clothing, and more.

Proceeds will be used by Lions to fund an ever-increasing demand for eye exams and glasses for local residents.

Also, flag displays will be made by Lions at local businesses and homes during the Veterans Day holiday. For more information, call Bill Davis at (928) 474-2176.

Gisela Yard Sale Days

Gisela Yard Sale Days will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-10. Signs will be posted on main highways and in town. There will also be fajitas and hot dogs available.

St. Philip’s Annual Fall Craft & Bake Sale

The Mystical Rose Sodality of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Philip St., hosts its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale Nov. 8-10.

Along with the new Christmas decorations and other crafts, a bargain table of books and gently-used items is there for the thrifty shopper.

Chances are being sold for three beautiful prizes to be drawn at noon, Sunday, Nov. 10. Raffle tickets are $1 each or a book of six for $5 and can be bought in the parish hall during the sale.

High Country Holiday Bazaar

Community Presbyterian Church’s High Country Holiday Bazaar is a great place to look for those unique handmade gifts. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

A variety of handmade arts and crafts and baked goods will be available, along with a barbecue lunch. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the children.

Cookie Walk

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church’s annual Cookie Walk is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at the church at 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

Healthful uses for cranberries

The November 9 Cookin’ for Health class at the Payson Public Library will explore creative healthful ideas on using fresh, whole cranberries, beginning with cranberry juice; cranberry syrup, which may be used for desserts, pancakes, cocktails, added to salad dressings etc.; easy cranberry relish; and fresh cranberry coffee cake.

The class is at 1 p.m. and facilitated by Peggy Martin, Certified Nutrition Consultant. Register as soon as possible at the library circulation desk as space is limited. The library is located at 328 N. McLane Road.

AARP Driver Safety Course

The next AARP Driver Safety Course is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and includes a 1 hour lunch break), Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy.

To register, call (928) 472-9290. The cost for AARP members is $12, for others it is $14.

Falling Leaves Fashioneesta Event is Saturday

The Rim Country Optimist Club will be holding its 3rd Annual Falling Leaves Fashioneesta Event from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

This fashion show and luncheon sold out last year before the event, so get tickets early. Contact Joan Young, (928) 472-2264; Flo Moeur, (480) 201-2990; or Payson Senior Center, (928) 474-4876 for tickets or information.

This is a benefit to help raise funds to provide clothes and more for homeless and displaced students.

Jazz concert Sunday

The Payson Friends of Jazz will feature pianist and saxophonist Frank Smith with Steve Douglas, upright string bass; Gerry Reynolds, drums; and a surprise guest in a performance at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10 (this is an hour later than the regular 2 p.m. start time for the concerts).

Smith has performed for 40 years with a wide range of professionals, including Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Coasters, Frankie Valle, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Diamonds and The Fifth Dimension.

The program is at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. Doors opens to the community at 2 p.m. A $5 per head donation is requested and includes refreshments. A response to will help assure that good seats are made available.

Free dental services offered to veterans Nov. 11

Attention military veterans! Dr. Mattern’s High Desert Dentistry on Main Street in Payson will be giving back to local veterans by offering free fillings, extractions and cleanings at his office on Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Take advantage of this free service by calling Dr. Mattern’s office at (928) 472-8400.

This service is by appointment only, so call today to reserve your space. Appointments will be scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to bring your military ID, so be prepared to show your DD214, VA Enrollment Card or Military ID.

Veterans Day Program

The Town of Payson Veterans Day program will be presented at the Payson High School Auditorium beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11.

This year’s program will include refreshments, welcoming remarks, a presentation of the Colors by the Payson Military Honor Guard/CAP, invocation by Father Lowell Andrews. Speakers will include the mayor, the police chief, and representatives from the Payson Fire Department and the Tonto Apache Tribal Council.

A series of moving tributes will include a special tribute to the Merchant Marines, a musical tribute by the Payson Choral Society, presentations by our community youth and much more.

The program will continue with a patriotic medley of service hymns, a benediction and moment of silent reflection, singing of “Amazing Grace” followed by a bugle tribute of “Taps” and closing remarks.

After the program and courtesy of the Rim Country Classic Car Club, a selected number of veterans will be taken to lunch. The lunch convoy will be escorted by members of the Vietnam Legacy Motorcycle Club.

November 11th has been proclaimed as a time to honor our veterans, past and present. Join with your fellow citizens to honor our veterans on this patriotic occasion and to re-dedicate ourselves to the principles and values for which they fought, and are continuing to fight, to defend and preserve our precious freedoms.

For more information, contact Colonel Bill Sahno, USMC (Ret), Chairman, Payson Patriotic Events Committee, (928) 472-6617.

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free “Heartsaver” CPR class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, our gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Quilt raffle

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary Arts & Crafts members have made another quilt to be raffled. Raffle tickets are available now through Dec. 2 at the hospital’s La Boutique Gift Shop, MHA office and from members of MHA Auxiliary Arts & Crafts. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held Dec. 3 and the winner will be notified by phone.

For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Tax-Aide volunteers needed

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Arizona is seeking volunteers to prepare taxes for seniors and low-income families during the 2014 tax-filing season. Greeters, client facilitators and tax counselors are needed. It is not necessary that volunteers be an AARP member.

Volunteer training for the program will be held in December or January with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites opening to the public beginning Feb. 1 through April 15, 2014. 

Locations and shifts vary. Tax-Aide volunteers are expected to work four hours a week during the program’s 10-week run. 

To volunteer, please call AARP toll-free at (888) OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) or register online at

Comic Relief concert

Join Unity of Payson for an amazing night of humor and music with Greg Tamblyn, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 16.

Tickets are on sale for $10 in advance, available following the Sunday service, and $12 at the door. You may also e-mail your request for tickets to unityofpayson@

Unity of Payson meets in the Central Arizona Board of Realtors conference room, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14 (behind Tiny’s Restraurant) with Sunday service at 10 a.m. Visit for more information.


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