Community Almanac, Oct. 25

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Talented tenor to perform

Tonto Community Concert Association presents Franc D’Ambrosio in a performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

D’Ambrosio is a gifted tenor who will perform songs from “Phantom of the Opera” as well as his own “Musical Perspective of World War II.”

Admission at the door is $35 for single tickets, with children and students under the age of 18 admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

Attention soccer, baseball players

Payson Sport Shoe Program will be collecting outgrown soccer, baseball and football shoes at Rumsey Park North Soccer field from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 11. Shoes may also be picked up or dropped off at Payson United Methodist Church from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. The church is on Easy Street behind Ace Hardware. For more information call Larry Kennedy at (928) 978-1882.

A tribute to Pastor Chuck

Please join the congregation of Calvary Chapel Payson for a live simulcast memorial tribute to Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27.  The life and ministry of Pastor Chuck touched many far beyond his home in Southern California.  Brian and Cheryl Brodersen are hosting the event, which will include music by Jeremy Camp, Phil Wickham, Lovesong, Parable and many more. There will also be messages from Jon Courson, Greg Laurie, Bob Coy and many more.  For questions, please call (928) 468-0801.

Flu shots at school

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

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.

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.

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.

Halloween Carnival

There will be a Halloween Carnival at the Tonto Apache Gym from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31. There will be free candy, food, games and prizes with a bounce house - all kid safe. Call (928) 474-7093 for more information.

Jewelry sale

To benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance scholarships and other programs, there will be a $6 jewelry sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance).

Choose from rings, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, gold and silver chains, necklace and earring sets, bracelets, pashminas, totes, scarves, boy’s and girl’s watches and gift items, designer style sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Flu shots for Senior Circle members

The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. will have flu shots available for members, by appointment from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29. Appointments are required, call (928) 472-9290.

Boy Scout centennial celebration scheduled

The congregation of the Payson Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will have an open house and commemoration of 100 years of affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the meetinghouse at 913 S. Ponderosa Street, Payson.

A local example of an exemplary Boy Scout leader is Jimmy James, a recipient of the Boy Scout 50 Year Veteran pin. Jimmy and his wife Barbara, along with their six sons, worked at Camp Geronimo every summer for 26 years. He was the first person in Arizona to earn the Wood Badge that is focused on leadership training.

Come to the open house at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 and enjoy a root beer float with Jimmy James and the other Scouts to commemorate “100 years of Honor”.

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. each Wednesday through Nov. 20, in the parish hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

Medicare enrollment assistance program set

Medicare Open Enrollment started Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors will screen and provide application assistance for Medicare Savings Programs and Low Income Subsidy program for assistance with Medicare Part D out-of-pocket costs, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 and Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. For more information, call Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, 1-800-293-9393.

Get tickets now for 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.

Quilt raffle

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary Arts & Crafts members have made another quilt to be raffled. Raffle tickets are available now through December 2 at the PRMC 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 December 3 and the winner will be notified by phone. For more information call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

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