Community Almanac, Jan. 24

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Pancake Breakfast Sunday

The Knights of Columbus will host 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. St. Philip’s is located at 511 S. St. Philips Street.

Sale at The Nook

The Nook is having a half-price sale on everything out on the sidewalk and also on all televisions inside the store. There will be a variety of items outside on the sidewalk with new items added daily. So come by The Nook, 408 W. Main St. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. And for the special sidewalk sale it will be extending hours Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the New Beginnings Pregnancy & Education Center.

Youth Art Exhibit

Rim Country children and teens will show off their artistic talents in the Payson Area Advocacy Youth Council Youth Art Contest. An Artists Gala, with light refreshments, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. 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.

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.

Show times are 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 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. 

Play Bunco at Elks

Rim residents and visitors alike are welcome to join the Elks to play Bunco Saturday, Jan. 25. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. and play begins at 11 a.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes lunch and chances for door and cash prizes.

Lunch will be homemade chicken noodle soup and half a ham sandwich.

Dog Park ribbon cutting

The Town of Payson will host a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 to celebrate the unveiling of the new shade structure at the Rumsey Dog Park located at 400 N. McLane Road.

PetSmart donated a charitable gift of $11,000 that funded the new shade structure, as well as a variety of furniture amenities. The structure is now part of the Rumsey Bark Park, Payson’s off-lease dog park, which is maintained by the Payson Parks Department and the Payson Area Woofers Society (PAWS) volunteer group.

Elks open house and jam session

The Mac ’n Cheese Challenge scheduled at the Elks Lodge for Saturday, Jan. 25 has been cancelled. Instead, there will be an open house with a jam session starting at 4 p.m. All musicians and singers are welcome to join in. There will also be a potluck. 

If you’ve ever wondered what the Elks are all about, come on in and check the group and its facility out. This day is open to the public; membership not required. For information, call (928) 474-2572.

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.

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.

Library programs

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.

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.

Call the library at (928) 474-9260 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 of the riders at the Payson Post Office, residents will have a chance for a meet and greet, photos and autographs.

Northern Gila County Fair open house for volunteers

The Northern Gila County Fair supports hobbyists, gardeners, farmers and ranchers, but that can’t be done without volunteers. The fair board will be hosting an open house for interested volunteers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the meeting room of the Payson Public Library.

Learn what kind of volunteers the board is looking for, such as managers for special events, marketing, Web site, large and small animals and horses. The board also needs a secretary, a T-shirt sales manager, volunteers for Wednesday exhibit drop-offs, Thursday judging and Friday through Saturday exhibit and livestock area volunteers. There is also a need for volunteers to be on the teams of every manager.

The fair is Sept. 5-7 this year.

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 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. libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

Substance abuse program

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.

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

Wine, cheese reception

The Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation are having a wine and cheese open house reception to share the group’s accomplishments with the public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 at Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. Majestic Rim is hosting and catering the event.

Benefit sheet sale

Sheets “as soft as Egyptian cotton” will be sold from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the Payson Regional Medical Center Main Lobby. Prices are $25 for twin size and $39 for all other sizes. Assorted styles will be available.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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.

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