Community Almanac, Oct. 22


Donate hygiene items to residents of 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.

Flu shots at school

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

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.

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.

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.

Reshape 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.

See series on National Parks

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson, presents the Ken Burns film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” at 7 p.m. on five successive Wednesday evenings, Oct. 23 through Nov. 20, in the parish hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on Oct. 24 as part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Brenda Broussard, L Ac, will be offering 30-minute introductory treatment sessions at the Body Elegance Day Spa, 500 W. Main St., Payson, for de-stress/relaxation or a minor body ache Thursday, Oct. 24.

All that is required is an advance reservation for an appointment and a $30 donation to the Meals on Wheels program in Payson.

Call (928) 978-3267 for further information and to schedule an appointment.

Grassroots Training

The Payson Tea Party will host the Concerned Veterans for America’s Defend Freedom Tour Grassroots Training session from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. 

Come learn how to make a difference in your community, state and nation. This training will adapt to any kind of campaign or issue advocacy. A complimentary dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. It’s free, but you must RSVP to Mike at (480) 292-3295. All are welcome to attend the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. segment if you cannot make the earlier training.

Candlelight walk

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Time Out, Inc. is working to raise awareness with a candlelight walk, which will end with a short program. The candlelight walk will begin at Payson Town Hall/Police Department parking lot at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24. The walkers will go south on Beeline Highway to Highway 260, then back north on Beeline to Zurich, where they will head east to the Payson United Methodist Church. There will be a short program at the church followed by light refreshments.

For additional information, please contact Kim Chittick, (928) 978-5245 or

Telemedicine program on breast and ovarian cancers

The Payson Regional Medical Center and Senior Circle will present a special telemedicine program on the link between breast and ovarian cancers from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25.

The program will be in PRMC’s telemedicine room in the administration building.

Janiel M. Cragun, MD and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology division of women’s cancers at the University of Arizona’s Cancer Center, will present the program. 

Seating is limited, so registration at (928) 472-9290 is requested.

Alzheimer’s caregiver conference

Are you a caregiver for someone with dementia or memory loss? Would you like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, how to handle it as a caregiver and how to get legal and financial affairs in order? Then join the Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, for a caregiver conference Friday, Oct. 25 in Payson.

Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m., with the program from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson.

Professional speakers include the chapter’s education coordinator, a behavioral specialist and an attorney. The program provides three presentations including: “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease;” “Difficult Behaviors: What Do I Do?” and “Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

There is no charge for the conference. However, seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call (602) 528-0545.

Humane Society Thrift Shop has coats and blankets

The colder weather is here and the Humane Society Thrift Shop & Vintage Boutique has jackets and coats for all ages from light to heavy wool at prices to meet any budget. It also has a nice selection of blankets and throws of all sizes.

The shop is at 810 W. Main St., Payson, and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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. Oct. 31 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.

Roundup Halloween photos

The Payson Roundup is having an early Trick or Treat event through Friday, Oct. 25.

Come in to the Roundup office, 708 N. Beeline Highway, in the Swiss Village of Payson, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in your costume, collect candy and have a photo taken to run in the newspaper.

A $25 gift certificate from Walmart will be awarded for best costume.

The event is for children 10 and under and it is requested there be no pets.

Halloween Carnival

The Tonto Basin School will host a Halloween Carnival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26.

Festivities will include: a haunted house, bounce house, Smash-a-Car, game booths, cake walk, and food.

For information, call (928) 479-2277, ext. 3. Organizers are collecting cans of food or a $1 donation for the local food bank.

Proceeds from the carnival will be used to purchase much-needed playground equipment for the school.

Halloween Costume Contest

MVP Realty is sponsoring a Halloween Costume Contest for youngsters in the Pine and Strawberry area, ages 2 to 12, starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26.

The event is at the Cabins on Strawberry Hill. Costume judging is at 5:30 p.m. and the Trunk or Treat proceedings start at 6 p.m.

Halloween Party

The Payson Elks Lodge #2154 Halloween Party is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 for kids 12 and under. An adult must accompany children. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers; kids eat free, with a minimal charge for adults. Expect carnival games, face painting, entertainment and more. The Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline, Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-2572.

Trunk or Treat Halloween Festival

The Payson Parks & Recreation Department and Chili’s will fill a chunk of Historic Main Street with fun, frights and festivities at the Town of Payson Trunk or Treat Halloween Festival from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31.

The Trunk or Treat event is on Main Street, next to the Oxbow, while inside the Oxbow there will be a Haunted House, presented by the Payson High School Drama Department, with different levels of “scariness” depending on the age of visitors. The theme for this year’s house is Childhood Nightmares.

Admission is $3 per person or $2 plus a can of food for the area’s food banks. A portion of the proceeds will help support the PHS Drama Department activities.

Make a bid on an art chair for Payson Community Kids

For $50, Payson Community Kids (PCK) can feed five families of three for five days or purchase three winter coats for the children; $50 would pay for one hour of PCK’s after-school program where about 50 children a day get a nutritious snack when they walk in the door, homework help, tutoring, learn to give back to their community and receive a warm meal before they go home.

PCK’s 1st Annual Fun Furniture Fund Raiser, dubbed Chair-ish Payson Kids, is under way in about 44 businesses around town, where 60 different pieces of furniture art created by individuals in the community are on display and available to bid on in a silent auction that culminates Nov. 2.

The minimum bid on any of the entries is $50. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to support PCK, a 501c3 organization.

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


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