Community Almanac, Nov. 12


Shoe drive

Kaitie’s Closet’s annual New Shoe Drive is in November and December to help area children in need get through the winter with new, warm shoes. Pink drop boxes are at several locations for donations. Find them at all school offices, Walmart, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Payson Physical Therapy and Valley Imaging Solutions.

Kaitie’s Closet, Inc. is a 501(c)3, so if you have no time to shop, please send financial contributions to Kaitie’s Closet Inc., 304 W. Corral Drive, Payson, AZ 85541. The goal is to have 200 pairs of new shoes before the cold weather arrives.

Library programs

Coming up at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road —

• Storytime Schedule: Preschool, 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays; Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.,Thursdays.

• Friday, Nov. 15, 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., see “The Hunger Games” (PG-13).

• Monday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., “You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Mayflower” for children, ages 8 to 13.

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.

Learn about Common Core

A parent education class on learning the basics of Common Core Standards through the eyes of a parent/teacher is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Rock of Ages Fellowship Hall, 204 W. Airport Rd., Payson.

Childcare is available and refreshments served. Call (480) 688-6427 for details.

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.

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.

Salvation Army needs help

Volunteers are needed for the Salvation Army’s Holiday Bell Ringer program. Collections will be taken at Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens, Bashas’ and Big Lots every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and also on Monday and Tuesday the week of Christmas, ending Christmas Eve. Ringers serve two-hour shifts.

Anyone can be a Salvation Army Holiday Bell Ringer including people who need community service hours. Call John Morgan at (928) 474-8454 or (928) 595-0517 to sign up to help.

All donated funds stay in Payson to help the people in need. Salvation Army assists with utilities, rent, lodging, food, gas, clothing, travel and much more.

Additionally the Salvation Army Angel Tree, which provides an opportunity to gift a child in need is located at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Medicare enrollment assistance

Medicare Open Enrollment continues through Dec. 7. State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors will screen and provide application assistance for Medicare Savings Programs and Low Income Subsidy program for assistance with Medicare Part D out-of-pocket costs, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

For more information, call Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, 1-800-293-9393.

Turkey Trot 5K

The annual Turkey Trot 5K at Green Valley Park is Saturday, Nov. 23. Race registration is open at the Payson Parks and Recreation office.

The pre-registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 15. All pre-registrants will receive a cozy sweatshirt with this year's logo on it. Day-of entrants are not guaranteed a sweatshirt.

Day-of registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at approximately 9 a.m. The race starts and ends at Green Valley Park. It is open to ages 10 and older and the cost is $40 per person, which includes a sweatshirt.

Winners of this year’s race will receive a turkey sponsored by Safeway, Inc. The top three places in each age group will also receive medals.

If you would like to participate as a volunteer, please contact David Roehrig at (928) 474-5242, extension 7.

Gingerbread House Decorating Class

Come to the free and fun gingerbread house class from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 at Dimi Espresso and be ready for the Swiss Village contest during the Christmas Lighting.

Come and learn from Monica Vaughn from The Sweet Shoppe this week and be ready to drop off your entry at Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov 29.

Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

There will be a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Friday of every month. Visit: for directions and more information, or call (928) 474-5440.

Merry Mall

The annual Merry Mall event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. There will be baked goods and crafts for sale and for refreshments: a potato and/or pie bar.

Boulders Trail PATS Hike

Join neighbors and visitors at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 for a PATS Hike of Boulders Trail. This beautiful route features fantastic views of the Granite Dells. The hike starts at the end of Phoenix St. The excursion is 2.2 miles and is ranked “easy” for level of intensity. Dress appropriately, with closed-toe footwear and bring water.

Turkey Shoot

Come to the Jim Jones Range, south of town, for a Turkey Shoot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16.

Sponsored by the Tonto Rim Sports Club, with turkeys provided by Safeway, participants could win as many as four turkeys for only $2 per shot.

Try one or all four of the shooting options: archery, best shot in group at 25 yards; handgun, best shot in group at 15 yards; rifle, best shot in group at 100 yards; shotgun with slugs, best shot in group at 50 yards.

Call (928) 468-9075 for details, ask for Ed.

Humane Society open house

The Humane Society of Central Arizona has teamed up with Julia Randall Elementary students to design the 2013 Wall of Hope fund-raising murals.

The display holds 200 envelopes. Each envelope has been designed by a student and contains a number that represents a possible donation amount from $1 to $200.

There will be an open house and showing of the Wall of Hope from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 16 at the shelter, located at 605 W. Wilson Court (just south of Main Street off South McLane Road). Enjoy cookies and cider as you browse through the envelopes on the Wall of Hope looking for the perfect one (or more) for your donation.

Also available will be the 2014 HSCAZ calendar featuring shelter alumni. The calendars, which make great holiday gifts, are $12 each; all proceeds benefit the homeless animals of Rim Country.

Comic Relief concert

Unity of Payson is celebrating its two-year anniversary with an amazing night of humor and music featuring 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.

Guided hike of Dude Fire site

Join the Northern Gila County Historical Society volunteers on a hike to the Dude Fire site at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19. Chuck Jacobs, retired fire chief, will guide the walk. Participants will meet at the Rim Country Museum parking lot at 1 p.m. and carpooling will be arranged at that time. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Call the museum, (928) 474-3488, to reserve a spot. There is no charge for this event.

November Chamber Mixer

The November Chamber Mixer will be held at the Payson Elks Lodge from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Lodge guests will be entertained by the Plan B Band, have light refreshments and a no-host bar. Bring business cards, brochures or exhibits and network.

Door prizes are needed — a prize donation will earn contributors a one-minute commercial for their business.

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 (928) 474-4515 to reserve a place.

Lunch and Learn

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle will host Tanya Schlegel-Ryder of PRMC Home Health Care for a Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20.

For adults who need clinical support, receiving medical care doesn’t have to mean leaving home. The care needed can be provided by health professionals in the home.

Make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance to have a seat at the table. Call (928) 472-9290 to RSVP. The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Tamales for Toys

The 24th Annual Tamales for Toys is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 at Gerardo’s Firewood Café, 512 N. Beeline Highway. The event benefits Payson Community Kids and is presented by the Payson Fire Department, Mazatzal Optimists Club, Gerardo’s Firewood Café, Northern Gila County Firefighters Local 4135 and the generosity of Rim Country residents.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the café and enjoy two tamales, beans, chips and salsa (the cost is $7 a plate without a toy).

Those interested can also purchase a dozen tamales to go (or delivered free within the Payson town limits) for $18 if ordered in advance by Monday, Nov. 18, or $20 if ordered the day of the event.

To place an order, or additional details, call (928) 978-3256 or (928) 951-3653.


Plan to visit Pine the evening of Saturday, Nov. 23 for the annual Tellabration event. A fund-raising dinner and show tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by Nov. 16, they are available at the Pine Senior Thrift Shop at the Community Center on N. Highway 87. A meet and greet the storytellers is at 5 p.m., with dinner served by 5:30 p.m. in the Senior Dining Room. The show is at 7 p.m. and show-only tickets, available at the door, are $5 per person. Refreshments will be available at the show, which will be in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center.

Turkey Tuesday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Payson, Bashas’, Safeway and Channel 12 News are joining forces to collect turkeys.

Last year, St. Vincent de Paul distributed 300 turkey dinner boxes. This year, the need is even greater.

On Tuesday Nov. 26, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at Bashas’ from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accept turkeys, non-perishable food items and cash donations. Turkeys, food items and cash donations can also be dropped off on or before Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the S.V.d.P. Food Bank, 511 S. St. Philip St., Payson. Call (928) 474-9104 for details.

The food bank is open from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. All donations will be kept in the Payson Rim Country area and distributed by The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Payson to those in need.

Payson Elks Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Join the Payson Elks for a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, Nov. 28 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. There are three seatings: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and volunteers are needed to set up, serve and clean up. Call the Elks at (928) 474-2572 for details.

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.


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