Community Almanac, Jan. 17

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Pony Express returns

The Hashknife Pony Express riders will come thundering into Payson the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 29 this year. The special mail delivery is scheduled to arrive at the Payson Post Office at 4:45 p.m. and depart for Fountain Hills at 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 30. The relay is run from Holbrook, over the Rim, through Christopher Creek and Star Valley into Payson. The event has been taking place for more than 50 years.

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.

See’s Valentine Candy

Pine Library just received its shipment of See’s Valentine candy. A variety of candies, including red heart shape boxes and the new milk chocolate butter cream heart, are available. 

Pine Library is a non-profit community library serving Rim Country residents.  This fund-raiser supports the purchase of additional library materials from DVDs to new books. 

Candy will be available until sold out.  Stop by during regular library hours to choose your selection. 

Contact the library at (928) 476-3678 with any questions.

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 www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com or call (928) 474-5440.

Casino lounge brings back DJ

The Apache Spirits Lounge at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino will have DJ Brent on hand this weekend from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 and again Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Vision Workshop

Charlotte Beilgard, a Certified Dream Builder Coach and Workshop Leader, leads The Vision Workshop from 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Board of Realtors Conference Room, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14, Payson, across the parking lot from Tiny’s Restaurant.

She will share proven life success principles that will empower participants to live an abundant life as they break through paradigms that have kept them stuck.

Call (928) 478-8515 or (928) 970-2177 for additional details.

A suggested offering of $20 is recommended. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Unity of Payson.

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 St., 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.  

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 (928) 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.

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. 2

Neuropathy program moves

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle’s next Lunch and Learn at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 has been moved from the Circle facility to the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. 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. Learn more about the cause, symptoms and treatment for neuropathy at this lunch and learn.

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

High school play

The Payson High School Theatre Department presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (circa 1964), an abridged version (more appealing to middle and high school students) by Richard Carter from the Community Shakespeare Playhouse.

It is a hilarious comedy where girls chase boys, fairies play tricks, and workers put on a play. 

Show times are 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24 at the PHS Auditorium. Admission is $5 for students, K-12, and seniors; and $6 for adults.

Republicans host State Superintendent candidate

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, Jan. 27 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Diane Douglas, candidate for State School Superintendent, will speak. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Shoot for the Heart

The next Shoot for the Heart program for Rim Country outdoor enthusiasts is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

The featured speaker is Scott Nossek, owner of Payson Physical Therapy. He will talk about wellness for everyone from 8 to 80.

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