Community Almanac, Jan. 10


Library bookstore clearance sale

During the month of January the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a storewide clearance sale. All hardback books are being offered at three for the price of one. The second and third items must be of equal of lesser value than the first item. Videos are a great value at three for $1.

Be sure to stop by the Bookstore Bargain Table in the library’s lobby. All items on this table will be clearance priced at four for $1 during January.

The bookstore constantly receives high quality donations. Volunteers place these books on the shelves as quickly as possible.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at www.

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 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.

Youth Art Contest

Rim Country children and teens are invited to show off their artistic talent in the Payson Area Advocacy Youth Council Youth Art Contest. Submission forms are now available at the Payson Public Library. Work must be turned into the library by Wednesday, Jan. 22. Drawings, paintings, sculpture, woodwork, photography, etc., will all be accepted.

An Artists Gala, with light refreshments, will be held at the library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, admittance is a non-perishable food item for the Payson Area Food Drive. The work will be displayed from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25.

Stop by the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, to learn more.

Library programs

The Payson Public Library offers a variety of programs for patrons of all ages.

This afternoon, Friday, Jan. 10, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., children 4 and older can bring in a book for the PAWS to Read with Boo the Service Dog program.

The program will be repeated from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31.

Other programs for children are the regular story times: Preschool Story Time, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Baby & Toddler Story Time, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Saturday Family Story Time, Saturdays at 3 p.m.

A program for older youngsters, ages 8 to 14, “You Wouldn’t Want to be Mary Queen of Scots,” is planned from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27.

Adults are invited to participate in the Rim Country Readers Book Discussion of “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The library’s Basic Computer Skills program is from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursdays – Part 1 was held Jan. 9, Part 2 will be Jan. 16, Part 3 on Jan. 23 and Part 4 Jan. 30.

Anyone interested may attend the Library Friends of Payson general meeting at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20. There will be a program by Bill Pitterle, Commander of the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad.

Call the library at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

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.

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

For details and to RSVP, contact

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 St.

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.

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.

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.

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

Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim Country residents to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

Movies are presented the first and third Friday nights at 6:30 p.m.

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

Catholic Church history classes

The second segment of a Catholic Church History class for adults resumes Monday, Jan. 20, in classroom 5 in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church parish hall, 511 S. St. Phillips St. A $20 textbook is the only charge to the student, and this book covers the entire 2,000 years of Christian history.

Students may choose to attend either the afternoon or evening class; the afternoon program is from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., the evening session is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Part 2 covers the period from Constantine to Charlemagne. It is an eight-week program. 

Call (928) 474-1269 with any questions or for registration information.

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.

Superstars Night at Elks

Attention all male singers — the Payson Elks Lodge will soon be holding a Superstars Night and is looking for male singers to perform.

Auditions will be held on Feb. 10 and 11. Applications can be picked up at the lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Hwy.

Call (928) 474-2572 for more information.


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