Community Almanac, Oct. 8


'Buckshot Dot' to entertain

The Payson Public Library will present an Author’s Spotlight featuring Dee Strickland Johnson, also known as Buckshot Dot — an author, poet, songwriter and singer. She will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the library, located at 328 N. McLane Road. The program is presented by the Friends of the Payson Library.

Rim Country Quilt Roundup

The 9th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is coming to town. The regional show of quilts, décor items, clothing, accessories and more is Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.

Master Quilters also will share their secrets at classes beginning Wednesday, Oct. 9. Quilt show hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

LFOP Bookstore specials

During the month of October, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring all things spooky.

Buy one mystery book at our already low price and get a second one free. Mystery writers such as Patricia Cornwell, Mary Higgins Clark, Faye or Jonathan Kellerman,  Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy and John Grisham will be featured in a 2-for-1 sale this month.

Holiday craft books are now on display. Don’t miss this chance to discover new ideas for the holiday season.

Bookstore prices range from $4 to $1 for hardback books based on copyright dates.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information visit the LFOP Web site at

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pine Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Oct. 11 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

For more information, go online to or call (928) 474-5440.

Library offers programs for children

Following is the weekly Storytime Schedule at Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Preschool Story Time is Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Baby Time is Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Family Story Time is Saturdays at 11 a.m.

PAWS to Read

In the PAWS to Read program, children ages 4-11 are invited to read one-on-one with Boo the therapy dog. Please call the library to sign up for your 15-minute session to be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 and Oct. 25.

Book Release Party

Attention all Percy Jackson Fans! The much-awaited “House of Hades,” by Rick Riordan, comes out this week. Children ages 10-18 are invited to join us for a challenging after-hours release party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. A hot dog dinner and snacks will be provided. Five brand new copies of “House of Hades” will be given out as prizes during this event.

Live music

TAKE TWO, featuring Jim West & Kathleen Kelly, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at the Historic  Journigan House on Main Street.

Saturday, Oct. 12 they will be at DJ’s Dance Studio, 407 S. Mud Springs Road (east on Highway 260, right on Granite Dells at Safeway to Mudsprings roundabout to the right, left at sign 407-409.

‘Healthy Holidays’ cooking class set for Saturday

Mogollon Health Alliance and Rim Country Health would like to invite you to attend their first-ever “Healthy Holidays” cooking class.

We would like to provide some tips on fast and easy meals that are healthy and delicious for you and your family.

The class will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 and there is no cost to attend. Please call Heather to register, (928) 472-2588.

Be the best you can be

Dealing with health-related issues that just keep you from being the best you can be?

Natural Health Educator Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI, Wellness Advocate, will offer a lecture to discuss nutritionally based options that have a solid track record of success in improving your quality of life naturally without shots, prescriptions, stimulants, juices, surgical procedures or fad treatments.

This free program takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Healthy Perspectives Wellness Center, 1107 S. Beeline Highway, Suite #2, Payson. Space is limited and reservations are required; call (928) 472-7120.

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.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is recruiting volunteers for sites throughout the state to serve as greeters, client facilitators and tax counselors. It is not necessary that volunteers be an AARP member.

Volunteer training for the program will be held in December or January with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites opening to the public beginning Feb. 1 through April 15, 2014. 

Last year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in Arizona served about 88,000 clients by filing over 96,500 returns. The service is free and is targeted toward seniors and low income families.

“We have many volunteer positions available throughout the state,” said Fran Molleur, AARP Tax-Aide Prospective Volunteer Coordinator.  “We’re in need of greeters who can check clients in and answer phones as well as client facilitators who can check clients’ paperwork and ensure that all needed documents are present. We also need tax counselor volunteers who can input data into the computer.” 

 Locations and shifts vary. 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

Celtic celebration Oct. 12

The Rim Country Celts and the Historic Journigan House will sponsor a Ceilidh (Kay-Lee) to be held at Journigan House, 202 W. Main St. in Payson starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. There will be no cover charge or admission fee to attend this program and all persons are invited to attend.

Musical guests for the night will include the Celtic duo, “Cinnamon Twist,” and the “Payson Session Musicians.” Well-known local storyteller, Alice Natale, will also be on hand to share Celtic stories. Other activities during the evening will include a poetry/limerick contest, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

A special meal including corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes and salad bar will be provided by Journigan House for $14 per person. There is no obligation to purchase the meal and participants in the Ceilidh may also order off the regular menu. Persons attending are also invited to wear their favorite Celtic apparel including kilts and tartans. For more information, please contact Anne James at (928) 951-4420.

Jazz concert

Tony Vacca will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

A donation of $5 donation per person is requested and includes refreshments. For details and to reserve a seat, contact:

Attention, Crafters

The Holiday Craft Bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Messinger Community Room, 901 S. Westerly Road. Beautiful, handmade crafts and homemade goodies will be available for holiday gift giving.

Space rental is $15 (table provided); limited to 16 tables. For more information or to reserve your table, please call Irma at (928) 951-1396 or send an e-mail to: mazatzal Space rental must be paid by Oct. 15.

This event is sponsored by the Mazatzal Optimist Club “Friends of Youth.”

Windows 8 workshop

Ray Baxter, a Gila Community College computer instructor, will be conducting a three-hour class explaining the basics of using Windows 8 from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 19 at the GCC Payson Campus, 201 N. Mudsprings Road. This class is geared for those who have purchased a new computer with this operating system as well as those who are contemplating buying a new Windows 8 computer during the upcoming holiday season.

Those with new laptops are encouraged to bring them to the class for some hands-on training. A $10 donation to Friends of Rim Country GCC, Inc. is requested for attendance. Call (928) 468-8039 to register.

Celebrate 90 years

Friends of Pat Graser are invited to join Pat and her family in celebration of her 90th birthday at an open house. Come by and say hello between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Community room at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road, Payson.

Please let the family know if you can attend. Contact Debi at (253) 232-7318 or e-mail

Taste at the Bridge wine/beer tasting dinner event

The Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge are sponsoring a wine/beer tasting dinner event at the bridge from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 under an anticipated full moon.

The Tonto Natural Bridge is an Arizona State Park located between Payson and Pine off Highway 87. It’s a beautiful location for wine and beer tasting, tours of the historic lodge, food and live music. Shuttle service is also available from the Sidewinders Saloon parking lot in Pine and the Home Depot in Payson. Details are available at or the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, (928) 474-4515. Tickets are $50 each. All proceeds from this event benefit the park to preserve and enhance the visitor experience.

Costume Party benefit for children’s memorial fund

It’s time again for Payson’s best costume party of the year. It’s a benefit for the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Foundation.

Dress up or come as you are to the Journigan House, 202 W. Main St., from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 19. Dance to Moonshine Mafia and DJ Johnny Vela. Food and beverages provided by Journigan House. Admission is $10 at the door. There will be a costume contest, raffles, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

All proceeds will help local Rim Country children in need. For information or to make donations, please call (928) 978-2397.

17th Annual Chili Supper

The 17th Annual Chili Supper, sponsored by PAWS, is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Elks Lodge. In addition to the delicious chili and fixings, we will have a boutique, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a U-Pick raffle.

Volunteers are needed to make the Chili Supper a success. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail dfredbed@ or call (928) 970-2436.

The Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the door on the day of the Chili Supper.

The money raised from the Chili Supper will be used for low cost/no cost spay and neuter clinics to benefit pets and their people here in Rim Country.

If you are interested in showing off your baking talents and contributing bars or cookies for The Barkery Bakery, please contact Ann Young by email to or call (928) 474-5383.


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