Community Almanac, Feb. 11, 2014


Give a Singing Valentine

This hearts and flowers day, send a Singing Valentine Telegram delivered by the Payson High School Voci Choir.

Order by Tuesday, Feb. 11 and choose from an extensive song list.

The cost is $5 for songs sent in Payson or by telephone and $3 for delivery on the high school campus.

Extras, such as a teddy bear, cupcake, chocolate heart cup cake, balloon or a long- stemmed red rose may be included in the delivery for additional charges.

All proceeds help the Voci Choir program.

Please call the high school for more information, (928) 474-2233.

Buy candy, help Soroptimists

Delicious See’s Candy is now available for Valentine’s Day. One-pound boxes are now $18. Soroptimist club members will be at Safeway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12. Candy is also available at Arizona Elite Properties, 1100 S. Beeline, just past the Circle K South. For special orders or more information, please call Jean at (928) 474-6167.

Valentine’s half-price sale

All Valentine items, all flower vases, all red, pink or white clothing, all shoes and all pants are on sale for 50 percent off at The Nook between now and Valentine’s Day.

The Nook, at 408 W. Main St. benefits the New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Education Center and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

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. For 11 years her faith was tested as she struggled to care for her husband.

Slade will be sharing her experience with Alzheimer’s disease 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.

Convention of the States is topic at Tea Party meeting

Convention of the States will be the topic discussed at the Payson Tea Party from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13. 

Dawn Brunson will present a Power Point presentation and report on the Tuesday, Feb. 11 AZ State Federal Rules Committee hearing on Convention of the States Legislation. 

The meeting is at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. All are welcome; call (928) 951-6774 for more information.

Community breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted. The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, go online to or call (928) 474-5440.

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.

Cost for the dinner is $20 per person and it is open to the whole community.

Proceeds will benefit Payson Helping Payson and PUMC Health Ministry.

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.

Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction meeting

Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction will be holding an informational meeting regarding the status of efforts to bring back a brush pick-up.  Also on the agenda will be an update of the Trails in the Fuel Break project.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Pine Cultural Hall.  Along with full-time residents, this will give those who are in Pine or Strawberry only on weekends the opportunity to attend and be part of the discussion on these two topics.

High School Concert

The Payson High School Concert Band invites the community to a concert at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The band will present the music it will play at the Northern Arizona Regional concert in Holbrook, Saturday, Feb. 22.  Students had to pass an audition to perform in the regional concert.

Around The World In 8 Plates

Are you a person interested in trying foods from other cultures? If so, come to the “Around The World In 8 Plates” Chef Event sponsored by the Payson High School Culinary Arts students.

Get to know PHS exchange students and their home countries along with the Culinary Arts students while trying delectable international treats.  

Meena Rustagi, chemistry teacher, will be the evening’s special guest with samples of her Indian cuisine.  

The event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the Rim Country Middle School Cafeteria. Tickets are limited. Contact PHS at (928) 472-3075 to purchase.

Elks host Superstars Dinner Show

The public is invited to attend the Superstars Dinner Show at the Elks Lodge at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 1. 

Come hear male vocalists sing their hearts out. Tickets available at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Dinner is $20 per person and available through Feb. 21. The menu is a choice of Veal Marsala or Chicken Valdo Stana. Dress is smart casual.  Call (928) 474-2572 for more information.

Taste of Rim Tickets

The 2014 Taste of Rim Country is at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 8 at the Payson Public Library. Space is limited, so ticket sales are restricted to advanced sales. The tickets are $30 per person, with $15 of that tax deductible.

Stop by the library at 328 N. McLane Road and get your tickets now.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak

America’s Toughest Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, will be the keynote speaker at the Gila County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15. The event will be at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway, Payson. For tickets to the event the public can call Gary Morris at (602) 803-7366.

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.

Organizers 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 the Chamber office by calling (928) 474-4515.

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

Immunizations available

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.

Free Well Child Clinics

The Gila County Health Department offers a free Well Child Clinic the third Wednesday of every month. It is available for infants ages 2 months to 18 months and provides physician examinations and appropriate immunizations.

Appointments may be made by calling (928) 402-8811 or (928) 402-8808.


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