Community Almanac, Jan. 28

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New exhibit at museum

The second floor of the Rim Country Museum now features a new Ranching Exhibit. Sandy Whalen, a volunteer, created a ranch-themed mural as a backdrop for the exhibit. On display are ranching tools, information on how to read a brand, locations of early ranches in Rim Country, and a Kids’ Korner with related activities for younger visitors. The museum and Zane Grey Cabin are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., most days. On Sunday, the hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both are in Green Valley Park at the end of West Main.

Clothing distribution 

Kaitie’s Closet is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization collecting clothes for free distribution to those in need in Rim Country.  Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome to participate in the distribution.

The next Kaitie’s Closet’s distribution will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow. 

Kaitie’s Closet had a New Shoe Drive over the holidays and we wish to thank the community for their generous donations.  Parents be sure and bring your children to receive new shoes at this distribution.

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.

Pony Express in Payson

The annual commemorative Hashknife Pony Express ride from Holbrook to Scottsdale comes into Payson Wednesday, Jan. 29. It will also go through Christopher Creek and Star Valley.

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.

Following the run through Star Valley, the town will have hamburgers and hotdogs at Town Hall for residents.

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

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.

Health care programs 

Did you know that there are medical plans that are exempt from requirements of the Affordable Care Act? 

Sue Carol Schuler will present a short video and discuss the health care programs Samaritan Ministries and Christian Medishare, which are co-ops for medical expenses as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act insurance. 

Come hear all about it at the Payson Tea Party meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. All are welcome. Call (928) 951-6774 for more information.

Lions host estate sale

The Payson Lions Club will host an estate sale at 619 E. Phoenix St., Payson starting at 8 a.m., Friday, Jan. 31, Saturday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 2.

The sale will feature clean, quality contents including a grandfather clock, antique oak server, living room and bedroom furniture, desk, bookcase, flat screen televisions, kitchen, patio and wicker items, a swing set, live potted plants, yard art and more.

Proceeds from the sale go to the Lions’ Sight and Hearing Program.

Buy CDs to help food banks

John Carpino will be performing live at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and selling his CDs to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Rim Country and Payson Food Banks at Cardo’s Restaurant. 

Zane Grey birthday celebration planned

The Rim Country Museum will celebrate the Jan. 31 birthday of Zane Grey from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 with free tours of the Zane Grey Cabin replica at Green Valley Park. Birthday cake will be served in the museum gift shop.

This is the first in what will become an annual celebration.

‘Jeopardy’ is coming to Payson

‘Jeopardy’ is coming to Payson — well, the Academic Decathlon version of the popular game show.

The community is invited to the Acadec Northern Arizona Regional Competition of Super Quiz at 1:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Payson High School Auditorium. 

Match wits with students and their knowledge of World War I. Students from St. John’s, Prescott, Chino Valley and the Hopi Reservation will be among the competitors.

Chili Cook-Off

There will be a chili cook-off at 11:45 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 2 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant). There will be a variety of home-cooked chili and home-baked cookies for dessert. 

Cost? Just vote for your favorite chili(s) or cookies by placing a monetary contribution in the cup near the chili and/or cookies of your choice. Proceeds benefit Campus Ministries. 

$1 Bag Sale

The Almost New Thrift Shop, benefitting the Mogollon Health Alliance will have a $1 bag sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3.

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags and take it home for just a dollar. This sale takes place the first Monday of every month.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs of the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

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.

AARP Smart Driver Course

AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour break for lunch, Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

To register, call (928) 472-9290 or register in person at Payson Senior Circle. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members $20 (cash or check), payable on day of class.

The course has all new material for 2014. The class is designed for 50+ people, but is open to everyone 18 and over. Participation may also earn a discount on your vehicle insurance.

Lip Sync Contest

The 6th annual Lip Sync Contest is Saturday, Feb. 8. It will be held at Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to allow people to bid on a vast array of silent auction items.

In addition to the students competing with their peers, some staff members from the high school and Payson Education Center will be competing with each other.

This year’s Lip Sync Contest is sponsored by the Payson High Longhorn Theatre Company along with the Rim Country Optimists, Payson Rotary Club Foundation, Modified Motorcycle Association (MMA), American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE), with members selling tickets. Oasis Christian Books and Gifts and the Payson Public Library and the Longhorn Theatre also have tickets. Proceeds go toward scholarships for our local teens.

For further information or to buy tickets, call Joan Young, Optimist Club, at (928) 472-2264.

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