Community Almanac, Feb. 4


Lip Sync Contest

The 6th annual Lip Sync Contest is Saturday, Feb. 8. It will be held at Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to allow people to bid on a vast array of Silent Auction items.

In addition to the students competing with their peers, some staff members from the high school and Payson Education Center will be competing with each other.

This year’s Lip Sync Contest is sponsored by the Payson High Longhorn Theatre Company along with the Rim Country Optimists, Payson Rotary Club Foundation, Modified Motorcycle Association (MMA), American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE), with members selling tickets. Oasis Christian Books and Gifts and the Payson Public Library and the Longhorn Theatre also have tickets. Proceeds go toward scholarships for our local teens.

For further information or to buy tickets, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

Habitat ReStore sale

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be open Friday, Feb. 7 with savings.

The Habitat ReStore is looking for donations of gently used household furnishings, appliances and building materials. Free pick-up is offered for donations.

All proceeds from the ReStore stay within Rim Country to help residents.

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

CPC welcomes Dr Jass & The Heartbeats

Dr Jass & The Heartbeats, Rim Country’s own Dixieland jazz band is having an “open rehearsal” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 in the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Dr Jass — Claudio Zamorano — returned to Chile in the fall to spend time with his family upon his retirement from practice in Payson. However, he will be in Payson on Friday for this practice.

Anyone interested in hearing Dixieland music is invited. The band will be working through some tunes for a future performance. For a small donation, visitors may enjoy a dinner as well. The proceeds will help support the church childcare center.

Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents and visitors to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

Movies are shown at the church the first and third Fridays of each month.

For details, go to www.shepherdofthe or call (928) 474-5440.

AARP Smart Driver Course

AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour break for lunch, Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

To register, call (928) 472-9290 or register in person at Payson Senior Circle. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members $20 (cash or check), payable on day of class.

The course has all new material for 2014. The class is designed for 50+ people, but is open to everyone 18 and over. Participation may also earn a discount on your vehicle insurance.

Jazz concert

The Payson Friends of Jazz will host the John Darst Trio + 1 at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

The group includes John Darst, guitar and vocals; Bob Veltre, guitar and vocals; Chris Long, guitar and vocals; and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

A requested $5 donation at the door includes refreshments. Please reply to if you plan to attend this performance.

Immunizations available

Starting Mon. Feb. 10, the Gila County Health Department will be providing immunizations from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by appointment only. Walk-in vaccinations are available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call (928) 402-8811.

Hal Linden in Rim Country


Hal Linden

The Tonto Community Concert Association hosts “An Evening with Hal Linden” at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Best known for his role in the television comedy, Barney Miller, Linden will present popular American songs and Broadway hits.

For information about tickets or other details, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189 or go online to

Superstars Night at Elks

Attention all male singers — the Payson Elks Lodge will soon be holding a Superstars Night and is looking for male singers to perform.

Auditions will be held on Feb. 10 and 11. Applications can be picked up at the lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Call (928) 474-2572 for more information.

See Shakespeare live on stage

The Southwest Shakespeare Company is coming to Payson to present Julius Caesar. The presentation is approximately 71 minutes with a 10-minute question and answer period afterward.

The will be two performances in the Payson High School Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 11. The first performance is at 8:30 a.m., with students released at 9:52 a.m.; the second is at 10:10 a.m., with students released at 11:31 a.m.

The performances are open to all students, teachers and the community.

Audience members must attend the entire performance, so students will miss part of another class in order to benefit from the experience.

Author talks about Alzheimer’s disease

For author Mary Slade, life has been a journey of faith. In her book, “Silver Spurs and Sweet Memories (Looking Beyond Alzheimer’s),” she narrates the story of her life and how faith played a crucial role in each and every step.

At the age of 68, her strong and rugged husband developed Alzheimer’s. In the midst of that storm came doubts, fears, hopelessness and helplessness. For 11 years her faith was tested as she struggled to care for her husband. Slade’s commitment to her faith brought her through this crisis and her book, “Silver Spurs and Sweet Memories,” provides a testimony to the fact that faith functions throughout life, even in life’s darkest hours. “Silver Spurs and Sweet Memories” shares the Slade’s life of ranching in the White Mountains and New Mexico through the challenges with her husband’s illness.

Slade will be sharing her experience with Alzheimer’s disease and what she believes will help others weather their own storm. Her presentation will be at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Payson Care Center. A special Valentine brunch will be served. Please make reservations with Christy VanderMolen at (928) 951-2305.

Valentine Dinner and more

Payson United Methodist Church is having its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and silent auction from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14. The dinner will be held at the church located at 414 N. Easy St. John and Lu Carpino will provide the entertainment.

Proceeds will benefit Payson Helping Payson and PUMC Health Ministry. Cost for the dinner is $20 per person and it is open to the whole community. For dinner tickets, call the church at (928) 474-0485, or Annetta Follmer at (928) 476-5350.

Casino lounge brings back DJ

The Apache Spirits Lounge at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino will have DJ Brent on hand from 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15.

Senior Circle   

The Senior Circle Lunch and Learn for Wednesday, Feb. 19 is with Dr. Alfonso Munoz, who will talk about abdominal aortic aneurysms.

The aorta is the body’s main supplier of blood. A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding. Dr. Munoz will discuss the cause, symptoms and treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

The program is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Circle facility, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance; there is no charge. Call (928) 472-9290 to make a reservation.

Benefit scrubs sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance will benefit from a scrubs sale from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 in the west lobby of the hospital (labor and delivery entrance).

Gila County Regional Science Fair is Feb. 26 in Miami

The Gila County Regional Science Fair will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Miami, Ariz. This annual event qualifies Gila County student scientists and engineers in grades 5-12 for the Arizona Science & Engineering Fair (AZSEF) March 31-April 2. Public viewing of all the science fair projects will be from noon to 3 p.m.

While judges are reviewing the projects in the newly renovated gym, students and guests will have the opportunity to walk through Bullion’s unique collection of exhibits. Bullion Plaza, with its history and local importance, is the ideal place to remind young scientists of just how far man has come in his quest to discover the world around him.

For more information on the Gila County Regional Science Fair and other upcoming events of the Gila County Schools Office, please visit

Ten in Taste of Rim

The Library Friends of Payson announce the following area chefs/restaurants will be participating in A Taste of Rim Country from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 8 at the Payson Public Library: Sweet Shoppe, Payson Senior Center, Rim Country Health & Retirement, Dimi Espresso Café, The Randall House, Ayothaya Thai & Sushi Café, Miss Fitz 260 Café, Pinon Café, Payson High School Culinary Club and Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe.

The Friends wish to thank the following sponsors: Gold - $500, William and Ellen Olsen; Silver - $250, George Henry’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, and Pioneer Title; Bronze - $100, Chris Smith Investments, Lowery’s Window & Door, Joanne Ivins, Su Connell and Stan Garner, Denise Blanchette - in memory of Chuck Blanchette, Edward Jones, Sami Frazier, Payson Pet Care Veterinary Clinic, Mattress Experts & More, Messinger Payson Funeral Home, Tom Russell & Associates and Karen Thornton.

The event features appetizer and/or dessert offerings from each chef, a complimentary wine tasting table, a 50-50 raffle, and a silent auction of unique items.

Tickets are $30 each, of which $15 is a tax-deductible donation, available by advance purchase only at the Payson Public Library. There will be no ticket sales at the door and only a limited number will be sold.

Proceeds benefit the Payson Public Library to support programs and provide supplies and books, which are not included in its regular budget.

Business Showcase registration open

Did you know that several hundred movies have been made in Arizona? That’s why the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce has chosen “You Ought to be in Pictures” as the theme for this year’s annual Business Showcase.

Judy Smith, chairman of the committee for the 22nd annual event said, “We want to give every participating business the opportunity to showcase their business using this theme in their booth at the Showcase. It gives them the opportunity to decorate their booth in a movie theme and express their creativity with costumes and decorations depicting their favorite Arizona movie.”

Showcase sign-ups began in early January, with Payson Regional Medical Center as title sponsor of the event. Payson Care Center will host and sponsor the Chamber Mixer the night before, giving Rim Country residents and visitors a chance for a “sneak preview” of the event.

The Showcase is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.

To sign up or for more information, contact Smith at the Chamber office by calling (928) 474-4515.

Artists invited to apply for Studio Tour

The Payson Art League is now accepting applications for the Studio Tour, which will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4.

Local artists show and sell their work in their own studio or in other studios. It is not necessary to be a member of PAL to participate.

For more information and applications, call Jan Ransom at (928) 468-8593, or go online to

Steal a little romance

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring paperback romance novels at the incredibly low price of 20 for $1. Many of these will be drawn from a recently received, extremely large donation of paperback romances that are in like new condition.

The library has durable, sturdy tote bags on sale for $1.50. Purchase a tote bag in the Bookstore during February and fill it with 20 paperback romances at no charge. How can you go wrong?

Bookstore stock has never been better and new items are added daily. Therefore, the wise patron stops by often. Bookstore volunteers are always happy to help you. Every penny spent in the Bookstore goes directly to the Payson Library for purchase of new materials.

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 Library Friends of Payson Web site at


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