Community Almanac


ARToberFEST this weekend

The Payson Art League presents its ARToberFEST Fine Art & Fine Craft Show and Sale Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.

An opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, with the main show and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20.

The juried event features 22 artists this year, primarily working in the Rim Country.

The Payson Jazz Trio will perform during this weekend’s ARToberFEST. The trio, which includes Bob Smolenski on keyboard, Mike Buskirk on bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums, will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, and from noon to 2 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. 

The Irish in the Civil War

Enjoy some Irish music and get an Irish American history lesson as well at a special program from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The Rim Country Celts will sponsor a presentation of the role of the Irish soldiers for both the North and South in the American Civil War following a concert by the Celtic Band, Cinnamon Twist, at Dimi Espresso in the Swiss Village in Payson on Wednesday night.

Cinnamon Twist will begin at 6 p.m. and the Civil War presentation will begin at 7 p.m., with Neil Morrison representing the Union and Jim Eichberger representing the Confederacy. Both will be dressed in authentic style Civil War uniforms and will share stories about the battles, soldiers and brigades made up of Irish immigrants and descendants during the war.

There will be no cover charge or admission fee to attend this program, and everyone is invited to attend. Persons attending are invited to wear their favorite Celtic apparel including kilts and tartans. For more information, please contact Anne James at (928) 951-4420.

Free lectures on water and intelligent nutrition

There’s a lot of conflicting information “floating around” about water, such as: How much is really needed to properly hydrate and, more importantly, detoxify the body to improve quality of life; what types of water; how to use; when; cost, etc.

Join Cindy Bryant, CNHP, FIfHI, Wellness Advocate with Healthy Perspectives, to gain a different perspective on water and how it’s used to improve your health and well-being.

The free lecture is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at Healthy Perspectives Wellness Center, 1107 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 2, Payson. Space is limited, so reservations are required; call (928) 472-7120.

Attendees, please bring a small sample of your drinking water for free testing at the lecture.

There will be a free Intelligent Nutrition lecture from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at Healthy Perspectives Wellness Center at 1107 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 2, Payson. Discover the role of genetics and nutrition in preventing and mitigating chronic diseases and improving quality of life.

Cindy Bryant will present the lecture, which is based on the latest and most cutting-edge research and is a 21st century plan for wellness. She will discuss a host of environmental factors, including diet and lifestyle and how they dictate how and when your genes express themselves. With the right knowledge and tools, you can alter your genetic destiny by turning on the good genes and silencing the bad ones. Your health risks, weight, and life span can all be improved by following a nutritional roadmap that’s right for you. Seating is limited, so reservations are required; call (928) 472-7120.

Science Expo

The sixth grade of Rim Country Middle School is having a Science Expo in the school library Thursday, Oct. 17. The expo will showcase science research and reporting done by sixth-graders on questions about weather. Presentations by the students will be made during the following times: 10:15 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.; 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 2:25 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Chamber Mixer theme is Domestic Violence Awareness

The next Chamber Mixer is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17. Co-hosted by Time Out and Any Key Solutions, the mixer will be at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

The theme will be “October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and will feature demonstrations by the Payson Fire Department and other public service entities. Food will be provided by the Payson Culinary Class, music by DJ Craig and refreshments by The Beverage Place.

For more information and reservations, contact Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, (928) 474-4515.

Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale in the hospital’s main lobby, Friday, Oct. 18 only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of our top sellers will be available, including baby blankets/bibs/toys, scarves, catnip toys, dish cloths, jewelry and much 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.

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, Oct. 18, at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

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

Windows 8 Workshop

Windows 8 was first launched last October to what many have called mixed reviews. The new approach with a Start Screen and tiles instead of a Start Button has caused a fair amount of confusion.

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. 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 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.

Library to host archival preservation workshop

The Payson Public Library’s archivist, Christine Solymossy, will have a free presentation for Arizona Archives Month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at the library, located at 328 N. McLane Road. She will discuss preserving family photos, documents and film. For more information, call the library at (928) 474-9260.

Documentary presentation

The Payson chapter of Amnesty International and local women’s rights supporters will have a free screening of the documentary, “MISSRepresentation” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy St. (behind Ace Hardware).

The film explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges how women are portrayed in the media. It includes interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Lisa Ling, Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem and Rosario Dawson.

There is no charge, but donations of canned and other non-perishable food for area food banks would be appreciated.

Shop for Halloween costumes at the Senior Thrift Store

Witches, princesses, monsters — with a little imagination you can find what you need to make Halloween costumes at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St.

Get there soon, because members of the Senior Center will be on the hunt for costumes of their own to celebrate their Halloween Party at 10:30 a.m. in the Center Dining Room. There will be prizes, fun, games and a delicious lunch of eyeballs, worms, sautéed spiders and mud pies with eerie treats. Advance reservations are required and may be made at the Center or by calling (928) 474-4876.

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 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.

GLH Foundation Costume Party

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 from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 19. Admission is $10 at the door. There will be a costume contest, raffles, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Proceeds help local children in need. For information or to make donations, please call (928) 978-2397.

Flu shots

The flu vaccine is now available at the Gila County Health Department for individuals 6 months of age and older. Residents are required to bring in their insurance cards for themselves and their children. For more information, including vaccination schedule, please call the health department in Payson at (928) 474-1210 or in Globe at (928) 402-8811.

10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s

The Library Friends of Payson invite you to their October meeting, which will be on Monday, October 21. The Alzheimer’s Speakers Bureau will present a program on the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. The goal of the Alzheimer’s Association is to help the community become aware of the warning signs and symptoms so recommended actions can be taken, as needed.

The Library Friends meeting, which is held in the library meeting room, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:30. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Payson Public Library is located at 328 N. McLane Road. For further information, please call the library at (928) 474-9260.

RN application workshop 

A Gila Community College/Eastern Arizona College Registered Nursing Program Application Workshop will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Room 403 at the Payson campus of GCC, 201 N. Mudsprings Road. Participants will learn about the documentation required to apply for the RN program beginning August 2014.

There will be a review of all the exams, courses, immunizations, DPS clearance, due dates, etc., that are required for the March 1 application deadline.

Call (928) 468-8039 for additional details.

Volunteers needed for 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, expect 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 will be used for low cost/no cost spay and neuter clinics to benefit pets and their people here in Rim Country.

To contribute bars or cookies for The Barkery Bakery, please contact Ann Young by e-mail to or call (928) 474-5383.

Senior Circle program

The Senior Circle invites its members and others in the community to a Lunch & Learn on fall protection by Carl Valenti, MLS, BSN, BA, RN, at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than for men. At least one-third of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home. Join Valenti, director of emergency services for Payson Regional Medical Center, as he discusses fall protection for seniors.

Please reserve your seat at least 48 hours in advance by calling (928) 472-9290.

Get a space at Cookie Walk

The Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church’s annual Cookie Walk is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at the church at 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

Those interested in renting a table for the event to share their baked goods, crafts and/or holiday gift items should contact Paula Knight at (928) 468-1846 by Sunday, Nov. 3. The cost of a table is $10.


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