Community Almanac, Jan. 31


Dr Jass is back

Dr Jass & The Heartbeats, the Rim Country’s Dixieland jazz band, is having an “open rehearsal” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Dr Jass — Claudio Zamorano — returned to Chile when he retired from practice in Payson. However, he will be in Payson next Friday for this special practice. Anyone interested in hearing Dixieland music is invited. For a small donation, visitors may enjoy a dinner as well. Proceeds will help support the childcare center.

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.

Saturday is deadline for 4-H

Youngsters between the ages of 8 and 18 can still sign up for 4-H and its 2014 programs and events. The deadline to register is Saturday, Feb. 1.

Those interested may sign up online at or call (928) 474-4160 for more information.

Habitat ReStore sale

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be open Friday, Feb. 7 with savings.

The Habitat ReStore is looking for donations of gently used household furnishings, appliances and building materials. Free pick-up is offered for donations.

All proceeds from the ReStore stay within Rim Country to help residents.

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) ReStore is located at 103 E. Highway 260, next to Urgent Care. Call (928) 474-4247or visit the Website at 

Book signing

Civil engineer and author Valerie Farr will be signing copies of her book, “Ailiya - The Lost Sasquatch” at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 in the lobby of the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Farr says the story is unlike any she has read or heard concerning Bigfoot. The book is the first in a trilogy.

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.

‘Jeopardy’ 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. 

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.

Proceeds 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.

Senior Circle   

The Senior Circle of Payson Regional Medical Center Lunch and Learn for Wednesday, Feb. 5 is with Dr. Sam Gillette, who will discuss “mini” strokes, also known as TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack).

The attacks are known as a “mini” stroke because the symptoms are like those of a stroke, but don’t last long. TIAs happen when the blood flow to part of the brain is blocked or reduced. 

The Senior Circle Lunch and Learn for Wednesday, Feb. 19 is with Dr. Alfonso Munoz, who will talk about abdominal aortic aneurysms.

The aorta is the body’s main supplier of blood. A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding. Dr. Munoz will discuss the cause, symptoms and treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Both programs are from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Circle facility, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance; there is no charge. Call (928) 472-9290 to make a reservation.

Family Movie Night

The congregation of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents and visitors to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 at the church. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

Movies are shown at the church the first and third Fridays of each month.

For details, go to www.shepherdofthe or call (928) 474-5440.

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 at (928) 472-2264.

Jazz concert

The Payson Friends of Jazz will host the John Darst Trio + 1 at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

The group includes John Darst, guitar and vocals; Bob Veltre, guitar and vocals; Chris Long, guitar and vocals; and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

A requested $5 donation at the door includes refreshments. Please reply to if you plan to attend this performance.

Immunizations available

Starting Mon. Feb. 10, the Gila County Health Department will be providing immunizations from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by appointment only. Walk-in vaccinations are available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call (928) 402-8811.

Valentine Dinner and more

Payson United Methodist Church is having its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and silent auction from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14. The dinner will be held at the church located at 414 N. Easy St. John and Lu Carpino will provide the entertainment.

Proceeds will benefit Payson Helping Payson and PUMC Health Ministry. Cost for the dinner is $20 per person and it is open to the whole community. For dinner tickets, call the church at (928) 474-0485, or Annetta Follmer at (928) 476-5350.

Gila County Regional Science Fair is Feb. 26 in Miami

The Gila County Regional Science Fair will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Miami, Ariz. This annual event qualifies Gila County student scientists and engineers in grades 5-12 for the Arizona Science & Engineering Fair (AZSEF) March 31-April 2. Public viewing of all the science fair projects will be from noon to 3 p.m.

While judges are reviewing the projects in the newly renovated gym, students and guests will have the opportunity to walk through Bullion’s unique collection of exhibits. Bullion Plaza, with its history and local importance, is the ideal place to remind young scientists of just how far man has come in his quest to discover the world around him.

For more information on the Gila County Regional Science Fair and other upcoming events of the Gila County Schools Office, please visit

The Nook seeks donations

The Nook, on W. Main St., Payson, just east of the fire station, is in need of donations of household items, clothing, shoes, camping equipment, tools, furniture, books, toys, games, linens, sports items, exercise equipment, kitchenware, leftover yard sale items or any other things you might have. Donations are welcome anytime the shop is open, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

The Nook benefits New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center and donations are tax deductible.

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.


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