Community Almanac, Nov. 8


Jazz concert Sunday

The Payson Friends of Jazz will feature pianist and saxophonist Frank Smith, along with Steve Douglas, upright string bass; Gerry Reynolds, drums; and surprise guest, David Robinson, guitar; in a performance Sunday, Nov. 10 in Payson.

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.

Robinson has performed with Stevie Nicks, The Four Tops, Sam “Soul Man” Moore, Joni Sledge, the Phoenix Symphony and many others.

The program is at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. Doors opens to the community at 2 p.m. and the music begins at 3 p.m. (one hour later than at previous concerts). A $5 per head donation is requested and includes refreshments. A response to will help assure that good seats are made available.

Estate Sale this weekend

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation will conduct an Estate Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to raise funds for eye exams and glasses for the Working Poor.

The sale will take place at a large, luxury home at 1004 N. Hillcrest Dr. in Payson. Sale items will include living room sets, a large sectional, trundle bed, recliners, chairs, bedroom sets and bedding, large oval freestanding mirror, conches, patio set, hand tools, ladders, many kitchen items and dishware, antique crystal, silver/bronze flatware, numerous silver pieces including tea set, original Hector Salas oil painting, refrigerator, LPs, CDs, clothing, etc.

Also, flag displays will be made by Lions at local businesses and homes during the Monday Veterans Day holiday. You can e-mail us at paysonlionsfoundation@gmail .com or call Bill Davis at 474-2176 for more information on these programs or how you can help.

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.

Free brush disposal

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, Nov. 9, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Nov. 10, 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.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only.  No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

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.

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.

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 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

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

Veterans honored Sunday

Please join the congregation at Payson United Methodis Church this Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. During the service, there will be a few moments to honor our veterans.

The church is at 414 N. Easy St. (behind Ace Hardware).

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. See complete schedule of events on page 6A.

Elks Lodge to honor veterans

The Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Dinner at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11. Veterans eat free, all others pay $8. 

For more information, call the Lodge at (928) 474-2572.

Heart health presentation

Cardiologist Dr. Salvatore Gillette will give a presentation on Heart Health from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Please call the library to register to register for this program, (928) 474-9260.

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 generous donations to our Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

Chamber annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce will take place beginning at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Best Western Payson Inn. The agenda will feature talks by board President Harvey Pelovsky, a financial review of the year, a discussion of 2013 accomplishments and the election of officers. All members are urged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call (928) 474-4515.

Balance Assessment Tests

Balance Assessment Tests are being conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Please call (928) 474-4876 to reserve your spot. The testing is being completed by the Payson Care Center physical therapy team.

Learn to play Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg lessons are offered the second Wednesday of every month at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Lessons are free for members. For more information, call (928) 472-9290.

Scrub and Shoe Sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. Come check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories and much more. Look for “Scrub Bucks” around town and receive a discount!

Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Chamber Mixer

The November Chamber Mixer will be held at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Guests will be entertained by the Plan B Band, have light refreshments and a no-host bar. Bring your cards, brochures or exhibits and network.

Door prizes are needed, and will earn you a one-minute commercial for your business. Come and meet new and old friends and business associates. You must be over 21 to be admitted. Admission is by Chamber Card or $5 for members and $20 for community. Please call the Chamber at 474-4515 to reserve your place at this networking event.


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