Community Almanac, Nov. 22

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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.

New shoe drive

Kaitie’s Closet, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is having a new shoe drive through December. The goal is to have 200 pairs of new shoes for Rim Country families in need this winter.

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.

Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park) will hold its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23. Entry is from the upper level parking area.

The sale will feature a variety of delicious baked goods, handmade quilts, throws, baby blankets, crafts, and holiday items.

The public is invited to come and do their holiday shopping early. All proceeds go to missions and local charities.

There also will be a Boutique consisting of gently used attractive items.

Thanksgiving sale

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Thanksgiving sale continues. All winter clothes, including jeans, will be half price. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and 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.

Turkey Trot 5K

The annual Turkey Trot 5K at Green Valley Park is Saturday, Nov. 23.

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 (while they last).

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.

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 for $20.

For additional details, call (928) 978-3256 or (928) 951-3653.

Soroptimist sale

The local Soroptimist club is holding a sale outside Walgreen’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23. There will be See’s Candies, cookbooks and some arts and crafts. Get an idea for your Thanksgiving hostess gift, presents for Christmas for friends and family.

Tickets for the group’s Holiday Wine and Cheese Party will also be available. See’s Candies are always available at Arizona Elite Properties, 1101 S. Beeline Highway, or at the American Legion on East Highway 260. Want a special candy order — it can be delivered within a week.

Cookin’ for Health

Cookin’ for Health with Peggy Martin, takes place Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. Participants will learn how to make turkey stock and turkey soup. Space is limited, so register at circulation desk as soon as possible.

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.

Monday deadline for Elks Thanksgiving deliveries

The Payson Elks Lodge will have its annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline, Thursday, Nov. 28. Seatings start at 11:30 a.m. Homebound residents wishing to have Thanksgiving dinner delivered must call the Elks Lodge by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24. The number is (928) 474-2572. To volunteer, just show up at 10 a.m. Thursday morning and you will be given a task to help make this special meal possible.

Pine/Strawberry Thanksgiving Dinner

This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving and once again a Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the Senior Dining Room of the Pine Community Center.

Coordinated by Dave and Terry Burkhart, the event is presented through a combined effort by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation and other organizations and individuals.

The totally free Thanksgiving feast takes place at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 28 in the senior dining room, 3916 N. Highway 87, Pine. For reservations or to volunteer, call (928) 476-4633.

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 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.

Swiss Village Christmas Lighting

Tradition and fantasy will be coming together the day after Thanksgiving at the 35th annual Swiss Village Christmas Lighting from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29.

There will be a gingerbread house decorating contest displayed at Dimi Espresso.

Many Swiss Village businesses will be decorating trees for the party and the trees will then be donated to needy families afterward.

Be sure to be come early to have a pony ride and stroll around the shops. The lights come on at 6 p.m. as Santa arrives.

Mazatzal Arts & Crafts Fair

The Mazatzal Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Event Center inside the Mazatzal Casino.

The fair will feature paintings, clothing, jewelry of all kinds from gemstone to Native American, yard art, mosaics, jams and jellies, wood working, leather work, knitting, crochet work, and more. Admission is free.

Pine Strawberry Festival of Lights and Craft Fair

The Pine Strawberry Business Community presents the 5th Annual Festival of Lights Craft Fair from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Pine Community Center.

The Christmas tree lighting starts at dusk on Saturday along with Christmas carols, the Jingle Bell Parade, photos with Santa, music and refreshments. The fun continues Sunday, Dec. 1 with the Kids Kraft Korner and Craft Festival.

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