Community Almanac, Jan. 7

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Jazz concert Sunday

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. A $5 donation per person at the door includes light refreshments. For details and to RSVP contact Gerry-Reynolds@hotmail.com.

Black & White Ball

The Mogollon Health Alliance of volunteers in the Rim Country medical community will have its annual Black & White Ball Saturday, Jan. 18. Doors at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Room open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are due by Friday, Jan. 10. The cost of individual tickets is $200 or a table for eight can be purchased for $1,500.

The Sonoran Swing Band will be provide the music and the evening’s theme is Celebrate the Glamour of Vintage Hollywood. Call the MHA at (928) 472-2588 to make a reservation.

Time Out Thrift Shop closed Mondays through March 3

The Time Out Thrift Shop will be closed every Monday in January and February. It will resume Monday hours March 3, 2014.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 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.

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

Anyone looking for a new fulfilling adventure in 2014 is encouraged to volunteer with Time Out? The organization is 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.

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.

Payson Lions

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundation will conduct an estate sale beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10 to raise funds for eye exams and glasses for the working poor.

The sale will take place at an apartment at 120 S. Tonto St. in Payson. Items to be offered include a sofa bed, recliner, lamps, Hummel and Annalee figurines, Christmas ornaments, kitchen items, pots and pans and dishware, etc.

Also, the Lions invite interested residents and businesses to register for or renew their participation in the club’s American flag display program. Signups and renewals for 2014 begin this month, with the first display on Feb. 17. E-mail us at paysonlionsfoundation@gmail.com or call Bill Davis at (928) 474-2176 for more information on these programs or how you can help.

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.

GED classes

GED classes start at 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13 at Payson Education Center 112 W. Cedar.

Classes are free - just show up any Monday or Thursday. For more information call Dolores at (928) 472-5374 or the GED instructor, Kay Adams, at (928) 978-1283.

Choral Society auditions

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Area residents are invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street.

The rehearsals for the May 3 Spring Concert begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13 (that same evening).

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and you are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals come be a part of the Choral Society.

For further information call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

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.

Rim Country Celts

A special event planned by the Rim Country Celts is an evening of commemorative poetry and music celebrating Robert Burns from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 with Cinnamon Twist playing at Dimi Espresso Café, 612 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson.

According to the “Official Robert Burns” Web site, Robert Burns Country, the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796) is celebrated on, or about, the Bard's birthday, Jan. 25. Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honoured form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.

The event planned by the Rim Country Celts for Wednesday, Jan. 15 is a little more modest.

Experience that will last a lifetime

An All Scouts Registration is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Hwy. Registration for Girl Scouts is for those in kindergarten through the 12th grade; those in the first through fifth grades participate in Cub Scouts; while those in the sixth through 12th grades will register for Boy Scouts.

The program also needs volunteers and adult leadership of all ages. For questions contact: Rhonda Evans, (928) 978-2098; Don Flowers (480) 329-3314; or Alex Romberger, (928) 970-1892.

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.

Substance abuse recognition program

Learn how to identify and handle Substance Abuse at a special presentation at the Payson High School auditorium at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20.

The high school will host a presentation for the community from the group notMYkid.   All kindergarten through 12th grade parents are invited to this special meeting on substance abuse.

The speaker will provide information on how to protect children from the growing problem of substance abuse and addiction as they move through their school years. Parents and community members can learn about the most recent information on the common drugs of abuse in schools and how to prevent the pain and grief of drug abuse.

Topics include: tips on talking to your kids about substance abuse; an overview of legal implications; how to create a family prevention plan.

Mac ’n Cheese Challenge

The Payson Elks Lodge is hosting a Mac ’n Cheese Challenge for area businesses to benefit charities from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25.

The entry fee is $35 per business and forms are available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson. Entry forms must be received by the club by Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Sales at The Nook

The Nook New and Resale Store, 408 W. Main St., Payson, has something on sale every day.  Right now paperback books are 50 cents each or five for $1; hardback books are $1 each or 3 for $2. A donation of more than 20 boxes of books was just received and includes lots of children’s books as well as books for youth and adults both fiction and non-fiction.

The shop’s movable wall art decor is now reduced to $2 each. VHS tapes and DVDs are 50 cents each or four for $1.

There are other items on sale too numerous to mention, so come by and check out The Nook Store.  There is one whole room full of clothing, belts and bags and another room is full of household items and other miscellaneous things.

The shop’s middle room features many new items including memorabilia of John Wayne, Betty Boop, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and more. There is a large framed picture of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s reduced to $20.

A shipment of new jewelry was also just received.

The Nook is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. The Nook sales benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center. Stop in and pick up the free newsletter to find out more about the Nook and New Beginnings. Donations of used items are always welcome.

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