Community Almanac, Nov. 19

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Tamales for Toys Saturday

The Annual Tamales for Toys event 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 for $20. For additional details, call (928) 978-3256 or (928) 951-3653.

Clothing distribution

Kaitie’s Closet, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is collecting clothes for distribution free to those in need in Rim Country.  Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome to attend any of the distribution events.

The next Kaitie’s Closet’s distribution will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow, Payson.

Remember Kaitie’s Closet is having a new shoe drive during the months of November and December. The goal is to have 200 pairs of new shoes before the cold weather arrives.

Pink boxes are located around town for convenient drop-offs. 

If you have no time to shop, please send financial contributions to Kaitie’s Closet Inc., 304 W. Corral Drive, Payson, AZ 85541.

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.” The final chapter is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the parish hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

Water management town hall

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa will have a town hall meeting on water management at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 at The Rim Golf Club, 300 S. Club House Rd.

Smith is chairman of the Arizona First Leadership Foundation and current president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Thanksgiving sale

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will have a Thanksgiving sale this week. All winter clothes, including jeans, will be half price. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23. Proceeds benefit the area food bank. The thrift store is located at 1006 S. Beeline Highway.

The thrift store is in need of volunteers. If you are interested, please call (928) 474-4476 Thursday through Saturday. Hours are very flexible.

Library programs

Here are some upcoming programs at Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road:

• Storytime: Preschool Story Time - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Baby Time - Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

• Tips for medical research with Medline Plus, PubMed, EBSCO Databases and more, Friday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

• PAWS to Read with Boo the Service Dog. Children ages 5-12 can sign up for a 15-minute one-to- one reading session with Boo, Friday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Cookin’ for Health with Peggy Martin, Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how to make turkey stock and turkey soup. Space is limited so register at circulation desk as soon as possible.

Learn to make gluten-free stuffing

Peggy Martin, certified nutrition consultant, will show interested residents how to make gluten-free stuffings: organic herbal cornbread stuffing; toasted oat groats/barley stuffing; and quinoa/wild ride/pecan stuffing.

The class is free of charge and is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 at Back to Basics Health Foods, 908 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. For more details, call (928) 474-8935.

Understanding Alzheimer’s

A free presentation on understanding Alzheimer’s disease is at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at the Powell House, 806 W. Longhorn Road, Payson.

Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, the program will include general information on the disease, myths about memory loss, the latest research and treatments and lowering the risk for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Veterans’ claims forum

The office of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) announced that the next veterans’ informational forum is from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at Payson Messinger Funeral Home community room, 901 S. Westerly Rd.

The forum, part of a series designed for veterans and their families, will provide information regarding the new Fully Developed Claims (FDC) process, created to expedite the claims process for veterans.

McCain’s staff, as well as representatives from the Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VA) and local Veterans Service Officers (VSOs) will brief veterans and answer questions regarding the new process. This forum is aimed at explaining the FDC process for new claims only. VA representatives and VSOs will not be able to answer questions regarding existing claims.

“I am pleased the Veterans Administration has evaluated its procedures and recognized the need for the new Fully Developed Claims process (FDC). It will greatly expedite the process for new claims — with a goal of processing them within 90 days — allowing our veterans to receive their benefits in a timely manner. I hope Arizona veterans and their families will take advantage of these informational forums and the new claims process,” said McCain.

Tellabration

Plan to visit Pine the evening of Saturday, Nov. 23 for the annual Tellabration event. The fund-raising dinner and show for those who purchased tickets in advance, begins with a meet and greet the storytellers 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 Pine Community Center.

Bingo for Elks Children’s Shopping Spree

The Payson Elks Lodge Luncheon & Bingo for its annual Children’s Shopping Spree is Saturday, Nov. 23 at the lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and a lunch of vegetable beef soup and a ham and Swiss on rye sandwich will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per person and cards may be purchased from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Those only playing bingo can buy their cards starting at noon. The event also features door prizes for players.

Get your ticket to the event at the Elks Lodge or from Mary Smith, (928) 468-8766 or (928) 978-1857.

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.

Habitat home available

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity organization has a three-bedroom, two-both home at Longhorn Condominiums open. Area residents interested in going through the application process to purchase the home are invited to attend open meetings at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 103 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Prospective applicants will learn what is required to qualify and be assisted with the process. Pre-qualifications to meet include: currently living in substandard housing; a resident of the Payson High School attendance area for 12 months; mortgage signer must have a steady income of more than 30 percent, but less than 60 percent of the Gila County area medium income; lawful, permanent residency status or U.S. citizenship for each applicant and co-applicant; have an acceptable background check; be able to make regular no-interest mortgage payments of about $500 a month, including principal, taxes and insurance, plus Home Owners’ Association fees; grant permission for a home visit; contribute at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” to other PAHH projects; participate in the HOA and comply with Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions.

Reservations are required. Call (928) 474-0330. Applications are available at the ReStore before the workshops — it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Quilt raffle

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary Arts & Crafts members have made another quilt to be raffled. Raffle tickets are available now through Dec. 10 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.

Angel Project Toy Drive

A special Angel Project Toy Drive is being held through Dec. 14 by 8-year-old Angel. She wants to collect toys and other gift items to benefit Payson area children and children in foster care.

Those interested may make a donation at boxes located in local restaurants and stores or choose an “Angel” from one of the drive’s local Angel Christmas trees.

For more information, please call Leticia (Angel’s mom) at (480) 322-2743 or Penni Stonebrink, AZ Partnership for Children, at (928) 970-0426. You may also call Leticia to have your donation picked up.

Diamond ring raffle

Do you enjoy wearing rings? Here’s a chance to win a 1/2 carat diamond, appraised at $3,600. Only 200 tickets will be sold, which make chances much better than winning the lotto.

Payson Jewelers donated the diamond for a previous charitable raffle. The winner donated it back again, this time to benefit the Payson Senior Center and Payson Assisting Displaced Students.

Raffle tickets are $25 each or three for $50. They are available at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson or the Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St., Payson.

The drawing will be Dec. 22 and ticket holders need not be present to win.

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