Community Almanac, Jan. 3

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Carpino performs tonight

John Carpino performed a variety of acoustic rock and folk music at Cardo’s on Friday, Dec. 27. The Payson singer-songwriter, who has recorded four CDs of original music, which are for sale, with proceeds benefitting the Payson Food Bank, will be back at Cardo’s, located at 203 E. State Highway 260 in the Safeway Shopping Center, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., tonight (Friday, Jan. 3). His CDs are also available at Payson Music Center, located at 404 W. Main St., and Wild Brush Art Gallery, located at 405 S. Beeline Highway.

Time Out Thrift Shop closed Mondays through March 3

Time Out Thrift Shop will be closed every Monday in January and February. We will begin re-opening on Mondays on March 3, 2014.

Our shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and our donation yard is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

We will gladly pick up your gently used furniture and larger donations. Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule an appointment.

Are you looking for a new fulfilling adventure in 2014? We are in desperate need of volunteers. Have fun, meet new people, receive 25 percent off purchases and help Time Out, Inc. save lives.

Apply at the shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway, ask for Manager Charlotte Beilgard.

Snuggle with a Book

To welcome 2014, the Payson Public Library will have a Children’s Winter Reading Program, Snuggle with a Book, through Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Participants who read a total of six books during the period of the program will receive prizes and a certificate.

Stop by the library at 328 N. McLane Road in Rumsey Park for more information.

First Friday at CPC

The Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) will celebrate First Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 3 with music provided by the 2nd Time Around house band (also known as The Old Rascals). The house band consists of members and friends of CPC. Playing will be: Howard and Colleen Brown, Gerry and Joan Reynolds, Robert Tarallo, David Cranson and Larry Brasen. A dinner of Sloppy Joes, salad, dessert and drink will be served. Admission is $5, but for every can of food you bring in you get $1 off admission price up to $5. The cans collected are for the Payson Area Food Drive.

The CPC is at 800 W. Main St., Payson. For more details, call the CPC office at (928) 474-2059.

Computer group

All Payson Area Computer Association members and guests are invited to the general meeting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3 in the community room of the Payson Public Library.  

The new officers will hold a discussion focusing on members’ goals for the club for 2014. Attendees are encouraged to bring suggestions to the meeting. If time permits, a presentation will be held showing advantages of Windows 8.1 over Windows 8.0. 

General club meetings are held the first Friday of each month except August, and Fix-It meetings for members are held mid-monthly. For more information, email the club secretary at vshulman@cox.net or visit the Web site at http://pacaonline.apcug.org/.

Unity of Payson

This Sunday, Jan. 5 Dr. Lynnette Brouwer will lead the Unity of Payson 10 a.m. service with a White Stone Ceremony.

With the start of a new year and we are free — free to create your heart’s desire. Join the Unity of Payson congregation as it explores the history of the white stone and the recognition of true freedom in everyone’s lives.  

Sunday services are 10 a.m. at Central AZ Board of Realtors, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14, across from Tiny’s Restaurant. For more information, see the Web site www.UnityofPayson.org or call (928) 478-8515.

Marc Epstein to speak at PCSA

Local artist and musician Marc Epstein will speak on experiencing miracles in his life on Sunday, Jan. 5 at Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness (PCSA). Curious about PCSA, a spiritually-based community? Join the members for services at 11:15 a.m. every Sunday at 107 W. Wade Lane, #2 in Payson, where people of all faiths are welcome and respected. Please call (928) 978-9100 for more information.

Native American Flute Circle

Come and enjoy the beautiful music or take your first steps toward learning to play. The Native American Flute relaxes and energizes. Discover why this user-friendly instrument enjoys a surge of popularity today. The program is at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Majestic Mountain Inn meeting room on East Highway 260 in Payson. A donation of $1 is requested. For details, call (928) 474-1233.

Almost New Thrift Shop $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothing items, shoes, belts and more. Anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags, can be purchased for just $1 (for the entire bag). This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. The next sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6.

There is lots of inventory to choose from so come help us to 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.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets from 2 p.m. Mondays at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

There are no fees or dues. The only membership requirement is a desire to not compulsively overeat anymore.

Call the following members for more information: Denise, (928) 978-3706; Mary Jo, (928) 978-4663; Ted, (928-) 951-3362; Alice at (602) 828-0917 or (928) 478-4361.

Scouting adventures

Scouting adventures await boys ages 7 to 18 with Pack 7354. While the group meets at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, it is nondenominational and provides a true scouting experience with lots of outdoor activities and the opportunity to learn skills. Both the Pack and Troop meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. For details, call (928) 950-4576.

Investing Coffee Club

Learn about the market with a free cup of coffee at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Discussing current events, the economy and investing in a relaxed, informal setting is a great way to get to know each other. Call today to reserve a space for yourself and a guest, (928) 468-1470. Chris Walsh, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, member SIPC, hosts the gathering.

Friendship Bible Class

Friendship Bible Class, a non-denominational Bible study for women, meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Majestic Rim. All women in the community are invited. For information, call Marilyn at (928) 474-6712.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post #69, located at 709 E. Highway 260.

We would like to invite all members to join us.

Masons plan installation

The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge #70, located at 200 E. Rancho Road in Payson, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. A dinner is held at 5:30 p.m. every second Tuesday for members, families and guests with an after-dinner program followed by the lodge’s Stated Meeting at 7 p.m. 

The annual Installation of Officers for 2014 will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5 in the lodge room. 

Please call the lodge if you are attending. 

For more information about Free-masonry, go online to www.paysonmason.org or contact Tom Jones, secretary, at (928) 474-1305 (lodge) or (818) 314-9950 (cell).

Senior Circle

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle’s first Lunch and Learn for 2014 is at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8. The featured speaker is Carl Valenti, director of emergency services, who will talk about PRMC’s recently obtained Level IV Trauma Center designation.

Learn about this and other changes being made including our Senior Friendly Emergency Room and PRMC’s 30 minutes or less pledge.

Make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance by calling (928) 472-9290. The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

A Lunch and Learn on neuropathy and nerve pain by Dr. Kristy Gill is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Neuropathy results when nerves that carry messages to the brain and spinal cord from the rest of the body are damaged or diseased. Symptoms include tingling, numbness and loss of sensation in the arms and legs. Learn more about the cause, symptoms and treatment for neuropathy at this lunch and learn.

Rim Country Coalition

The Rim Country Coalition will have two meetings in January — 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 9 and 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24. Both will be at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Lip Sync auditions

Once again, Payson Rotary Club Foundation and Payson Rim Country Optimist Club, along with Modification Motorcycle Association (MMA), American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE), are hosting a Lip Sync Contest Saturday, Feb. 8.

Auditions are at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

High school students and eighth-graders will be competing for $1,100 in prizes. School faculty — either individually or in groups — will compete for one scholarship to designate for their school or department.

All schools and students in Payson and the surrounding areas are eligible to try out as long as they complete an application. Application forms can be found on Payson High School Web site, the Rim Country Optimist Club Web site or contact Thomas Walling at Payson High School.

For more information, contact Joan Young with the Optimists, (928) 472-2264, www.rimcountryoptimist.com.

Digital photography class

Learning the ins and outs of using a digital camera can be made easier by taking the beginning digital photography class at Gila Community College this spring semester. Students must have a digital camera of some type. DSLR cameras are preferred for the class but not mandatory.

The class is taught by award-winning photographer Tom Brossart, who has more than 30 years experience as a professional photographer.

Class time is from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 14. Call GCC at (928) 468-8039 for further information on the class.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10 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 to join the congregation for food and fellowship. A freewill 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 www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com or call (928) 474-5440.

Jazz concert 

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Presbyterian Church present jazz pianist George Grund with AJ Siniaho, trumpet; Steve Douglas, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Performing mainstream jazz standards, Grund brings to the performance more than 40 years of professional experience as a freelance musician. He plays piano, clarinet, saxophone and he has arranged for the 399th Army Band. He has also recorded with Nina Simone and blues artist Sterling Koch, as well playing with The Drifters, The Coasters, Ben E King, Stanley Turrentine, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

He is presently working with the Phoenix-area group, Flipside-45. He earned a degree in music theory from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

A $5 donation per person at the door includes light refreshments.

For details and to RSVP contact Gerry-Reynolds@hotmail.com.

Maternity wear, baby products

Bumps & Bundles of Payson will be having a maternity and baby goods sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17 at Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Come check out the great selection of maternity clothes in sizes ranging from XS to 2XL; baby clothes; breastfeeding supplies; and various other items.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588

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. at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

In the month of January there will be only one Movie Night — Friday, Jan. 17. Next month — February — the normal schedule, with movies the first and third Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. will resume.

For details, go online to www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com or call (928) 474-5440.

Blood drive

The next Payson Community Blood Drive is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

To make an appointment or get additional details, call (928) 951-0863.

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