Community Almanac, Feb. 14


Casino presents J.R. Redwater

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.

Native American comedian J.R. Redwater will be performing at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 25 at the casino event center. Tickets are available for the performance at the Mazatzal Hotel & casino gift shop.

Payson Lions Estate Sale

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation will be conducting an estate sale at a large, luxury home starting at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, at 96 N. Union Park Dr. off Highline in Star Valley.

Sale items to include cherry dining room set, leather recliners, end tables, chairs, king-sized bedroom sets and bedding, patio set, barbecue, portable master cooler, large outdoor pet pen, many kitchen items and dishware, numerous silver pieces including tea set, clothing, etc.

Proceeds will be used to fund an ever-increasing demand for eye exams and glasses for local residents for whom the Lions provide.

Library programs

Children - Valentine’s Day Special, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 with snacks, crafts, stories, and a short movie; PAWS to Read, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday Feb. 21.

Adults - Valerie Farr Book Signing, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15; Basic Computer Skills, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays; Let’s Talk Spanish/Hablemos Ingles!, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Fridays; Tea with the First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22. At 46, Jackie Kennedy reinvented herself, using her artistic eye and love of literature to become one of the great editors of the 70s and 80s. Find out more about this enigmatic woman, and this little documented time in her life. Refreshments provided.

Teens - You Wouldn’t Want to be a Viking Explorer, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Feb. 24. This program is for ages 8 and up. Join Miss Emily and Mr. Neil Morrison for a hilariously horrible historical adventure in the New World, 500 years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

PATS hike

The next Payson Area Trails System group hike starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15. It will cover two miles of easy terrain on the Houston Trail.

Call the Payson parks office for more details, (928) 474-5241, extension 7.

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.

Author presentation

Marty Brounstein, author of “Two Among the Righteous Few,” will speak at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 16 at Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness on West Wade, behind Alfonso’s. The event is free and open to the public.

Brounstein has written seven books, from contributing author to solo author, including “Communicating Effectively For Dummies” and “Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies.”

His eighth book is quite different and special. It has put Marty in the interfaith business, as he has a story of a Christian couple, Frans and Mien Wijnakker, who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews in the Netherlands during World War II and the Holocaust.

Wrestling camp

The town’s Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department presents a Junior Longhorn wrestling camp from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 20, Tuesday, Feb. 25, Wednesday, Feb. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 27.

The program will be in the wrestling room at the Payson High School Wilson Dome.

The camp is designed for boys in the third- through eighth-grade who are beginner to intermediate wrestlers and have varying degrees of skill, experience and attend span and want to keep their fundamentals sharp.

The camp offers participants to learn a variety of wrestling techniques and the importance of hard work and aggressiveness. Technique sessions focus on breaking moves down and drilling methods that make the moves relatively easy to learn.

Coach Zack Lee and Payson High School wrestlers will conduct the camp.

The cost is $25. Go online to register at or stop by the parks office in Green Valley Park.

The proceeds benefit the PHS Wrestling Booster Club.

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.

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.

Scrub & Shoe Sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Come check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories, and much more. All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Republicans host candidate for governor

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, Feb. 24 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Christine Jones, candidate for governor, will speak. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Baseball camp

The Payson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department baseball camp is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 (Spring Break) at the Payson High School baseball field.

The program is for players in the third- through eighth-grade and will focus on fundamentals and strategies.

Brian Young, PHS varsity baseball coach, and his players will conduct the camp. The cost is $20 and includes lunch and a T-shirt (the T-shirt is for those who register by March 3).

Go online to register at or stop by the parks office in Green Valley Park.

On the road with Senior Circle

Senior Circle is partnering with Free Spirit Vacations and Events for three fun-filled days of entertainment in Las Vegas.  Re-live the days of Swing Music with a Swing Time Salute, A Musical Tribute to the USA starring Lynn Roberts as Bob Hope and the Uptown Angels as the Andrew Sisters. The trip dates are March 18-20.  For details and registration information, contact Rene at Senior Circle, (928) 472-9290.

Apply for Studio Tour now

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


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