Community Almanac, Feb. 25

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Go 'Around the World in 8 Plates' tonight

Try foods from other cultures at the “Around The World In 8 Plates” Chef Event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, sponsored by the Payson High School Culinary Arts students. Meena Rustagi, PHS chemistry teacher, will be the evening’s special guest with samples of her Indian cuisine. The event is in the Rim Country Middle School Cafeteria. Tickets are limited. Contact PHS at (928) 472-3075 to purchase.

Kaitie’s Closet distribution

Kaitie’s Closet is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization collecting clothes for distribution free to those in need in Rim Country. Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome to come to distribution events.

The next Kaitie’s Closet’s distribution will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow, Payson.

Kaitie’s Closet is still looking for space to sort and store between distributions, please call (928) 468-1036 if you know of a suitable location. In addition, anyone wishing to volunteer for any of the various facets of this gratifying charity, please call the number above.

Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Ministry of Ponderosa Bible Church invites all men in the community to come out at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 1 for a great breakfast and time of fellowship.

It’s the “Best Breakfast for a Buck in Town.” The menu includes scrambled eggs, toast, ham, fruit bowl, orange juice and coffee. All men in the community are invited. There will be a special speaker who will entertain and encourage you.

Ponderosa Bible Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, just south of Home Depot.

Community Garden opens

The Payson Community Garden is waking from its brief winter nap to hold an open house Saturday, March 1.  

The program starts with an introductory class on procedures of the garden and general information from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The garden will be open from 10 a.m. to noon for viewing. It is located next to the Church of the Nazarene off of Tyler Parkway.

Native American Flute Circle

The Native American Flute circle is moving to the first Saturday of every month. The next program is at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1 at Tom Russell’s insurance office behind Fargo’s Steakhouse, Suite D-3. A $1 donation is requested.

Learn to play, or just enjoy the soothing music. For more details call (928) 474-1233.  

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.

PES book fair

A+ Book Fairs present “Don’t Bug Me, I’m Reading” at Payson Elementary School, Monday, March 3 to Friday, March 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the school library.

This is a “Buy One Get One Free” Book Fair and will also have several special events:

Monday: Muffins for Mom

Tuesday: Donuts for Dad

Wednesday: Goodies for Grandparents & Grand Guests

Thursday and Friday: Ant Activity, Critters Crafts & The Insect Wonderland Book Presentation.

Almost New Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts, etc. Anything you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags can be yours for just $1. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. The next sale is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 3.

There is lots of inventory to choose from so come help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Senior Circle activities

Lunch & Learn

Dr. Patrick Harrison will be the featured speaker at the 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 5 Lunch & Learn at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Learn about a hip replacement surgical approach that offers a faster recovery time, less pain and less scarring. With the use of the “Hana” table, available at Payson Regional Medical Center, surgeons can reach and replace the hip joint without cutting or detaching muscles from the pelvis or the femur during surgery.

Travel opportunities

The 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. The trip dates are March 18-20.

Contact Renee at (928) 472-9290 for more information.

Head Start enrolling

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income and for children with disabilities. Families need to income qualify, have a child with a disability or have extenuating family circumstances to be admitted into the program. It is a government program that serves children ages 3 to 5 and does not charge any fees.

Head Start does not provide transportation, however many families volunteer to assist others. Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center collaborates with the program and provides transportation to its facility after Head Start morning class.

Needed items for enrollment include: complete and updated immunization record, proof of birth, and proof of income for the year 2013. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office at (928) 474-2738 to set up an appointment with a staff member. When the application process has been completed, the child will be put on a waiting list until an opening is available.

Parents of prospective students are encouraged to get the needed items for enrollment and call for an appointment as soon as possible, as classes fill quickly. Classes begin the last week in August.

There is also an Early Head Start program that provides comprehensive homebased services to pregnant women and for children from birth to 3 years of age. For more information on Early Head Start, please call Vicki White at (928) 951-2455.

GCC hosts ‘Transfer Evening’

Prospective transfer students and parents are invited to learn about transfer opportunities from Gila Community College to NAU and ASU. 

Jennifer Allen, NAU Outreach Coordinator, will discuss NAU programs and procedures at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 and at 6:30 p.m., Brooke Barmore, ASU Transfer Specialist, will speak about ASU.

Both presentations will be in room 404 on the Payson Campus of Gila Community College. No reservation is required.

Preview competition play

Longhorn Theatre’s award-winning play, “Cheating Death,” by Kamron Klitgaard, will be performed at 4 p.m., Friday, March 7 in the PHS Studio Theatre. This performance is free; however, donations will be taken at the door. 

The performance of the play received a “Superior” rating from all five judges at Regionals in February. PHS students take it to Tucson for the Arizona State One-act Play Competition Saturday, March 8.

AARP Smart Driver Course

The next AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 8, with an hour break for lunch 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, payable by cash or check the day of class.

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

Chamber needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center as the region heads into the busy season with visitors. 

If you like meeting interesting people and want to help make their visit to Payson and the Rim Country a memorable one, join the chamber’s great group of volunteers. Times and dates are flexible. Volunteers greet visitors and help them find their destinations.  

Last year more than 12,000 visitors came to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. 

To learn more, contact the chamber at (928) 474-4515 or stop by at 100 W. Main St.

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