Community Almanac, Jan. 21



Get tickets now for A Taste of Rim Country

Tickets are on sale for the Saturday, March 8 annual Library Friends of Payson Tasete of Rim Country benefit for the Payson Public Library. The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library and will feature the work of chefs from around the Rim Country. Tickets are $30 per person and only a limited number will be sold. No tickets will be sold at the door. Stop by the library front desk to get your tickets soon.

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. 

This fund-raiser supports the library’s 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.

Library programs

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.

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 are now available at Payson Public Library’s front desk. Tickets are $30, of which $15 is tax deductible. 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.

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.

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.

Affordable Care Act information 

Tom Russell will be the guest speaker at the Payson Tea Party meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. 

Russell will tell us about the changes to Medicare and Medicaid as well as his experience trying to get coverage for all those Rim Country residents who do not qualify for those two programs. 

For more information call (928) 951-6774. All are welcome to attend. 

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.

Church Rummage Sale

Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park) is sponsoring an Indoor Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 and 25. Come by for a great deal on furniture, appliances and much more. For more information, call the church at (928) 474-2302. 

Benefit spaghetti dinner

A spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the Rim Country Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Basketball Teams is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 at the American Legion, 709 E. Highway 260, (928) 474-6969.

The cost is $7.50 per plate.

Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus is having a Pancake Breakfast in St. Philip’s Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 26. There will be a complete breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Donations will go to St. Vincent de Paul Rim Country Food Bank and local charities.

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.

Pony Express in Payson

The annual commemorative Hashknife Pony Express ride from Holbrook to Scottsdale comes into Payson Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Riders will relay the mail from Holbrook over the Rim to Payson, arriving at the post office on Highway 87 and West Frontier at approximately 4:45 p.m. The scheduled departure is at 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 30.

Upon the arrival at the riders at the Payson Post Office, residents will have a chance for a meet and greet, photos and autographs.

Substance abuse program is Jan. 30

Learn how to identify and handle substance abuse at a special presentation at the Payson High School Auditorium at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30.

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.

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.

February concerts

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church will host another Jazz Concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9.

The performance will be by John Darst, guitar and vocals; Bob Veltre, guitar; Chris Long, bass and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

A $5 donation is requested. The concert will be at the CPC, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

The Tonto Community Concert Association hosts Hal Linden at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The program An Evening with Hal Linden, best known for his role in the television comedy, Barney Miller, will present popular American songs and Broadway hits.

For information about tickets or other details, call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189 or go online to

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 Highway.

Call (928) 474-2572 for more information.

Author talks about Alzheimer’s disease

For author Mary Slade, life has been a journey of faith. In her book, “Silver Spurs and Sweet Memories (Looking Beyond Alzheimer’s),” she narrates the story of her life and how faith played a crucial role in each and every step.

At the age of 68, her strong and rugged husband developed Alzheimer’s. In the midst of that storm came doubts, fears, hopelessness and helplessness. For 11 years her faith was tested as she struggled to care for her husband. Slade’s commitment to her faith brought her through this crisis and her book, “Silver Spurs and Sweet Memories,” provides a testimony to the fact that faith functions throughout life, even in life’s darkest hours. “Silver Spurs and Sweet Memories” shares the Slade’s life of ranching in the White Mountains and New Mexico through the challenges with her husband’s illness.

Slade will be sharing her experience with Alzheimer’s disease and what she believes will help others weather their own storm. Her presentation will be at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Payson Care Center. A special Valentine brunch will be served. Please make reservations with Christy VanderMolen at (928) 951-2305.

Casino lounge brings back DJ

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

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 needs volunteers to do taxes for seniors and low-income families during the 2014 tax-filing season. 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


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