Community Almanac, Oct. 29


Flu shots at school

The Gila County Health Department will be conducting a flu clinic at Payson Elementary School Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 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 the school’s front office or pick one up at the Health Department office. For more information, call (928) 474-1210.

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., Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance).

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

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

Medicare Open Enrollment continues through 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.

First Friday

Payson Habitat for Humanity ReStore

First Friday, Nov. 1, Habitat for Humanity ReStore will once again offer 50 percent off on your purchases up to $100.

The Habitat ReStore is also looking for donations of gently used household furnishings, appliances and building materials. It offers free pick-up and all proceeds from the ReStore stay within the Payson area.

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) ReStore is located at 103 E Highway 260 next to Urgent Care. For details call (928) 474-4247or visit the Web site at

Down the Street Art Gallery

First Friday Nov. 1 Down the Street Art Gallery will be featuring their newest member, photographer Shiranda Deerwoman, plus the annual tribute to “Day of the Dead.”

There will be fun skull coloring pages along with color markers for the public to decorate on the porch and you are always encouraged to wear your Halloween costumes.

The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 703 W. Main St., Payson.

Spaghetti dinner and cookbook sale

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center’s Pre-Kindergarten class is hosting a spaghetti dinner and cookbook sale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1.

The event is to raise money to help the less fortunate children of Payson at Christmas.

Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert and drink for $5 a plate. Cookbooks will sell for $5 each. The Community Presbyterian Church Performance Music Committee will provide entertainment.

The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Live music

John Carpino

Singer/songwriter John Carpino will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at Cardo's Italian Restaurant, 203 E., Highway 260, Payson. More information is available at

Salvation Army Bell Ringers potluck

A potluck will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at the Nazarene Church, Tyler Parkway and Highway 87, Payson.

Everyone is invited to come and sign up to ring bells this Christmas season. Bring a dish to share and volunteer to help.

For additional information, contact John Morgan, (928) 474-8454.

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, Nov. 1, 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. For directions and more information, visit or call (928) 474-5440.

Community Health and Care Fair

Getting and staying healthy has never been so much fun. Gear up for winter with healthy living information and screenings from Payson’s health and community service providers.

The 15th Annual Community Health and Care Fair is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday Nov. 2 at the Julia Randall Elementary School Gym.

Free admission to the Health Fair allows participants the opportunity to enjoy and learn from dozens of exhibits and participate in free screenings and low cost blood tests such as cholesterol and fasting blood glucose (12-hour fast with only medications and water). Flu shots will be available. Free refreshments will be served.

This is Payson’s premier community based health fair. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Holiday Craft Bazaar

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.

This event is sponsored by the Mazatzal Optimist Club.

Business Showcase

The Payson Living Word Bible Church, 208 S. McLane Road, will host a Business Showcase from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2.

Scheduled to participate: artisans with handmade crafts, Dynamite Sports/Dance Studio, Massawraps, Pampered Chef, Avon, Origami Owl, Rim Country Insurance and Covenant Carpet Cleaning. Scoops and KRIM will also be on hand.

The showcase offers a chance to do some Christmas shopping and there will also be wood bundles for sale, popcorn and craft projects for children.

To learn more, call (928) 474-8606.

Attention soccer, baseball players

Payson Sport Shoe Program will be collecting outgrown soccer, baseball and football shoes at Rumsey Park North Soccer field from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2. 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.

Day of the Dead celebration

Staff and volunteers at the Payson Public Library invite children of the community to join the Payson Public Library for a Day of the Dead Celebration Saturday, Nov. 2.

Participants will learn about this Mexican holiday as they enjoy stories, a puppet show, sugar skull decorating, piñatas and more. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is for ages 3 to 12. For more information, call the library, (928) 474-9260.

Native American Flute Circle

The area’s Native American Flute Circle meets at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 in the community room behind the Majestic Mountain Inn, Highway 260. A donation of $1 per person is requested. Meet friendly people learning to play, or just come and enjoy the music. Call (928) 474-1233 for additional details.

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.

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, 514 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.


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