Community Almanac, Oct. 18


Senior Thrift Store Bag Sale

The Payson Senior Thrift Store will have a $1 Bag Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19.

The store is at 512 W. Main St., Payson.


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.

Live music

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.

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.

Brush pit schedule

The Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, Oct. 19 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Oct. 20 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

Free lecture on nutrition

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.

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.

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.

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

Donate hygiene items for those at Time Out Shelter

To acknowledge October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Gila County Attorney’s Office is collecting items for the women and children housed in the Time Out Shelter. 

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, razors, lotions, Q-tips, feminine products, pillows, combs and anything else to make the lives of victims of domestic violence more comfortable are encouraged.

For more information or to arrange for collection, call Robin at (928) 474-7120 or stop by the county building at 714 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 202, Payson.

Gospel concert

The Master’s Quartet will be in concert at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 and at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 20 at Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway (across from Home Depot).  

For more than 25 years, the Master’s Quartet has been singing their unique style of Southern Gospel music combined with lots of humor. Their great desire is to encourage hearts and lead everyone to a deeper relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.  

The concert is free and everyone is welcome.

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 at school

The Gila County Health Department will be conducting the following flu clinics:

Oct. 21 - Julia Randall Elementary School, 8:30 a.m. until completion

Oct. 22 - Payson Christian School, 8:30 a.m. until completion

Oct. 23 - Tonto Basin School, 8:30 a.m. until completion

Oct. 28 - Pine/Strawberry School, 8:30 a.m. until completion

Oct. 29 - Shelby School, 8:30 a.m. until completion

Oct. 30 - Payson Elementary School, 8:30 a.m. until completion

If you want your child to receive a vaccine at school and have not yet received a consent form, check with your child’s school’s front office or pick one up at the Health Department office. For more information, call (928) 474-1210.

10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s

The Library Friends of Payson invite you to their October meeting, which will be on Monday, Oct. 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, 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.

PAWS 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. 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.

Fall prevention 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.

Free children’s clothing

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

The next Kaitie’s Closet’s distribution will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow, Payson.

Reshaping Your Closet

The local Soroptimist club will present a special program, “Fashion 101: Reshaping Your Closet,” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. The speaker will be Inga Chouinard, who has an extensive background in fashion and styling.

There is no charge for the program. Food and drinks will be available on a cash basis. Please call (928) 474-6167 for reservations or contact any club member.

Falling Leaves Fashioneesta Event

The Rim Country Optimist Club will be holding its 3rd Annual Falling Leaves Fashioneesta Event from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Payson Senior Center, 512 W. Main St.

This fashion show and luncheon sold out last year before the event, so get tickets early. Contact Joan Young, (928) 472-2264; Flo Moeur, (480) 201-2990; or Payson Senior Center, (928) 474-4876 for tickets or information.

This is a benefit to help raise funds to provide clothes and more for homeless and displaced students.

Wine and Cheese Tasting

The Friends of Payson Parks & Recreation will have a Wine and Cheese Tasting event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway in Payson.

This will be a free event to all who would like to come. We need to know how many will attend so we can order the right amount of food and wine.

The purposed of this get-together is to inform you about the programs, accomplishments and visions of the Friends of Payson Parks & Recreation and of the Payson Parks & Recreation Department.

Please RSVP by Nov. 2 to jrwilson@npg or Friends of Payson Parks & Rec, 1000 N. Beeline Highway #143, Payson, AZ 85541.

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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