Community Almanac, Jan. 14


TCCA Jazz Concert coming Jan. 26

The first program of the second half of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 35th season is jazz at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 with Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101. Joined on bass and drums, Lynch leads audiences on a journey through the evolution and history of jazz through music and multi-media presentation.The concert is at the Payson High School Auditorium and will be followed by four additional TCCA programs through May. Tickets at the door are $35, if available. A subscription for the balance of the season is $90.

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.

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.

Programs for children are the regular story times: Preschool Story Time,

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.; Baby & Toddler Story Time, Thursdays 10:30 a.m.; and Saturday Family Story Time, Saturdays 3 p.m.

Children 4 and older can bring in a book for the PAWS to Read with Boo the Service Dog program from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31.

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.

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

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.

Chamber Mixer

The next Chamber Mixer is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 at Chitwood Cabinets, 812 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Call the chamber at (928) 474-4515 to make a reservation.

Barton to speak

Brenda Barton, Legislative District 6 House member, will be the guest speaker at the Payson Tea Party meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Beeline Highway, Payson. 

Barton will discuss legislation that she and her colleagues plan to present as the new legislative session begins. Topics will include legislation on education, public lands, the budget, Medicaid and more. 

The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call (928) 951-6774.

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 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.

Concert at Community Presbyterian Church

Haruhito Miyagi, composer and organist, will be performing a dedicatory organ concert at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19.  

Miyagi has a diverse musical background.  He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in music from the University of Notre Dame in organ performance  

Miyagi began composing at a very young age and has studied with David Sargent, Paul Johnson, László Martos, Miguel Chuaqui, Steve Roens, and Morris Rosenzweig. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music composition at the University of Utah School of Music. 

As an organist, Miyagi has performed extensively throughout Germany, Hungary, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Miyagi is also the first Utah composer to be selected as a fellow for the Deer Valley Emerging Quartets and Composers Music Festival, which has a national profile and attracts candidates from all over the world.

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.

Taste of Rim Country 

The Library Friends of Payson announce that the annual A Taste of Rim Country is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 8 at the Payson Public Library.

At this popular social event, local chefs offer sample menu items.  Guests vote for their favorite dishes and a winning chef is declared Best of the Best.  Wine and non-alcoholic beverages are also served.  In addition, at a silent auction guests can purchase jewelry, art and other items donated by local merchants and individuals. Chefs, donors and sponsors are being contacted now. 

The community’s support also is requested, since this event helps provide finances for Payson Public Library programs not included in the town budget, as well as books, e-books, movies and equipment.

 Tickets for A Taste of Rim Country will be available at the Library Friends’ monthly meeting at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20 in the library’s meeting room. Tickets are $30, of which $15 is tax deductible.  After January 20, tickets will be available at the Payson Public Library’s front desk.  Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door on the night of the event.  For more information contact the library at (9280 474-9260.

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.

Program on neuropathy

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle’s next Lunch and Learn is at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22. Dr. Kristi Gill is scheduled to present a program on neuropathy and nerve pain.

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.

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

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 Highway, Payson. Entry forms must be received by the club by Tuesday, Jan. 21.

January sales at library

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.

Free Well Child Clinics

The Gila County Health Department offers a free Well Child Clinic the third Wednesday of every month. It is available for infants ages 2 months to 18 months and provides physician examinations and appropriate immunizations. Parents will be able to obtain information regarding their child’s growth and development, as well as discuss any concerns regarding their child.

Appointments may be made by calling (928) 402-8811 or (928) 402-8808.

Tax-Aide volunteers needed

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Arizona is seeking volunteers to prepare taxes for seniors and low-income families during the 2014 tax-filing season. Greeters, client facilitators and tax counselors are needed.

Training is provided, with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites open from Feb. 1 through April 15, 2014. Tax-Aide volunteers are expected to work four hours a week during the program’s 10-week run. 

To volunteer, call AARP toll-free at (888) OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) or register online at

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.

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.

$1 bag sale at The Nook

The Nook New and Resale Store, 408 W. Main St., is having a special $1 a bag book sale on paperback books and select hardbacks (children’s books not included).

The shop also has many Valentine gift items and Valentine decorations. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.


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