Still time to donate a turkey
Today, Tuesday, Nov. 26, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at Bashas’ on East Highway 260 until 7 p.m. to accept turkeys, non-perishable food items and cash donations.
Turkeys, food items and cash donations can also be dropped off 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, Thursday and Saturday. All donations will be kept in the Rim Country area and distributed by The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Payson to those in need.
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.
Volunteer training for the program will be held in December or January with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites opening from Feb. 1 through April 15, 2014. 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 https://volunteers.aarp.org.
Elks host free Community Thanksgiving Dinner
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.
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.
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.
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.
Angel Trees sprouting on Rim
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 donation at boxes located at Cutting Edge, Mandarin House, Knotty Pine Cafe, Sawmill Theater, Time Out Thrift Store, Payson Barber Shop, Pizz Hut, Alibertos, Tiny’s, Little Ceasar’s Pizza, Pizza Factory, Anderson Dental, Star Valley Storage or Bob’s Western Wear. Those interested may choose an “Angel” from one of the drive’s local Angel Christmas trees at Stage or LaSierra.
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.
Edward Jones Office
Rim Country residents and businesses may help less fortunate seniors in the community or the women and children passing through the Time Out Shelter by stopping by Chris Walsh’s Edward Jones Office, 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, Payson during regular business hours to select and “Angel” from the Angel Tree between Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Shop for your selected “angel” and then drop off the gifts to be delivered along with the tag by Dec. 18. Please note that Edward Jones cannot accept cash or cash equivalent donations.
Senior Angel Tree in Pine
The Pine Edward Jones office is closed until March. However, Maureen Walsh would still like to do the Senior Christmas Angel Tree in Pine.
A tree with the names and suggested gifts for the elderly in the Pine and Strawberry areas is located at the Pine Thrift Store this year.
Senior Circle Money Tree
The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle is sponsoring a Money Tree this holiday season to raise funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank and its efforts to provide financial assistance to Payson and Rim Country families in need.
Stop by the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday (not holidays) or 9 a.m. to noon; take an envelope from the tree and return it to the front desk with a donation (cash or check payable to St. Vincent de Paul Society).
Museum holiday hours
The Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin in Payson’s Green Valley Park will both be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, but will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29.
Black Friday child care
The Rock of Ages Lutheran Church will provide free day care for Black Friday shoppers from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 29. The service is for infants at least six months old to children no older than 9.
A reservation for the service must be made in advance. Call (480) 688-6427 for details.
The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 and again the weekends of Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. The Christmas Boutique is in the Arts & Crafts Guild Room at the Pine Community Center.
Time Out Thrift Store sale
The Time Out Thrift Store is jumping on the “Black Friday” bandwagon and will have a sale Friday, Nov. 29.
All Christmas items will be 50 percent off.
The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Another sale — 50 percent off everything in the shop and on the sidewalk — is planned for First Friday, Dec. 6.
Profits support the Time Out Shelter’s Domestic Violence Programs and Services.
Nurse studies program
Students wishing to pursue a career in nursing are invited to attend an informational meeting about the Eastern Arizona College/Arizona State University nursing program at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 2 in Room 111 on the Payson campus of Gila Community College. Anyone interested in applying for the GCC/EAC nursing program should attend this meeting as well.
Students completing their nursing degree through GCC/EAC will be able to take advantage of a new program through Arizona State University to complete their bachelor’s degree in nursing concurrently on the Payson Campus.
Representatives from ASU, GCC and EAC will be available to answer questions. For more information, call (928) 468-8039 or be at the meeting.
Electric Light Parade
Registration to participate in Payson’s Electric Light Parade is due Monday, Dec. 2. The parade is at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 on Historic Main Street, rain or shine.
The theme this year is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Entry fees: vehicle-towed entry, $25; any motorized single vehicle $15; walking participant(s) $10.
Everyone coming out to watch the parade is asked to bring a can of food for area food banks. Contact David Roehrig at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (928) 474-5242, extension 7 for more information.
Learn about osteoporosis
The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle hosts Dr. Amalia Pineres at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Pineres will discuss osteoporosis, a bone disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density leading to an increased risk of fracture.
Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.
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. 10 and the winner will be notified by phone.
For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.
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.
Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale
The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale in the hospital’s main lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6.
Items available to purchase: baby blankets, bibs, toys, scarves, catnip toys, dishcloths, jewelry and more.
Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.
American Gulch Trail hike
Hike American Gulch Trail, starting at the end of Country Club Drive, once the road turns to dirt, continue on to the cattle guard, on the left is a pull-out available for parking, with the trailhead on the right. Meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 21. The trail is ranked “moderate” in level of difficulty.
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.