Community Almanac, Feb. 28


PES Book Fair next week

A+ Book Fairs present “Don’t Bug Me, I’m Reading” at Payson Elementary School, Monday, March 3 to Friday, March 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the school library. This is a “Buy One Get One Free” Book Fair and will also have several special events:

• Monday: Muffins for Mom

• Tuesday: Donuts for Dad

• Wednesday: Goodies for Grandparents & Grand Guests

• Thursday and Friday: Ant Activity, Critters Crafts & The Insect Wonderland Book Presentation.

Ash Wednesday and Lenten Services

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will celebrate Ash Wednesday Service with the Imposition of Ashes at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 5. Holy Communion will be served.

Mid-week Lenten Services will be held the following five Wednesday evenings with a potluck soup supper at 5 p.m. and a service at 6 p.m.

The community is invited to join the congregation for these special services. For more information, call Pastor Steve De Santo, (928) 474-5440 or go online to

Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson (across from Tiny’s Restaurant) has scheduled the following mid-week Lenten Suppers and Services: March 12, 19, 26, April 2 and 9; a supper is provided (free will offering accepted) at 5 p.m. in the log building on the Mount Cross campus; the mid-week service is held at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The services are held to provide an avenue for those attending to readjust the focus during Lent. The focus of the services: God providing salvation for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God in the flesh.

Head Start enrolling

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income and for children with disabilities. Families need to income qualify, have a child with a disability or have extenuating family circumstances to be admitted into the program. It is a government program that serves children ages 3 to 5 and does not charge any fees.

Head Start does not provide transportation, however many families volunteer to assist others. Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center collaborates with the program and provides transportation to its facility after Head Start morning class.

Needed items for enrollment include: complete and updated immunization record, proof of birth, and proof of income for the year 2013. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office at (928) 474-2738 to set up an appointment with a staff member. When the application process has been completed, the child will be put on a waiting list until an opening is available.

Parents of prospective students are encouraged to get the needed items for enrollment and call for an appointment as soon as possible, as classes fill quickly. Classes begin the last week in August.

There is also an Early Head Start program that provides comprehensive homebased services to pregnant women and for children from birth to 3 years of age. For more information on Early Head Start, please call Vicki White at (928) 951-2455.

Northern Gila County Fair T-shirt Contest

The Northern Gila County Fair will have T-shirts for sale during the 2014 fair. But to do that, we need a design. Are you handy with pencil and paper? Have a flair for drawing?

The Fair Board needs an 8-inch-by-10-inch line drawing in black ink showing what the fair is all about. The drawing must include the words: Northern Gila County Fair. Any age may enter and more than one drawing may be submitted.  

The Fair Board will select only one drawing. Design drawings must be postmarked by March 30.

A prize of $50 will be awarded for the winning design along with a free T-shirt and acknowledgement in the Fair Book and on the Northern Gila County Fair Web site,

Send drawings to: Connie Cockrell, P.O. Box 752, Payson AZ 85547.

Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Ministry of Ponderosa Bible Church invites all men in the community to come out at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 1 for a great breakfast and time of fellowship.

It’s the “Best Breakfast for a Buck in Town.” The menu includes scrambled eggs, toast, ham, fruit bowl, orange juice and coffee. All men in the community are invited. There will be a special speaker who will entertain and encourage you.

Ponderosa Bible Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, just south of Home Depot.

Community Garden opens

The Payson Community Garden is waking from its brief winter nap to hold an open house Saturday, March 1.  

The program starts with an introductory class on procedures of the garden and general information from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The garden will be open from 10 a.m. to noon for viewing. It is located next to the Church of the Nazarene off of Tyler Parkway.

Native American Flute Circle

The Native American Flute circle is moving to the first Saturday of every month. The next program is at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1 at Tom Russell’s insurance office behind Fargo’s Steakhouse, Suite D-3. A $1 donation is requested.

Learn to play, or just enjoy the soothing music. For more details call (928) 474-1233.  

Elks host Superstars Dinner Show

The public is invited to attend the Superstars Dinner Show at the Elks Lodge at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 1. 

Come hear male vocalists sing their hearts out. Tickets available at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Dinner is $20 per person and available through Feb. 21. The menu is a choice of Veal Marsala or Chicken Valdo Stana. Dress is smart casual.  Call (928) 474-2572 for more information.

Almost New Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts, etc. Anything you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags can be yours for just $1. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. The next sale is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 3.

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

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

Time Out Thrift Shop resumes Monday hours

Beginning on Monday, March 3, the Time Out Thrift Store will be open again on Mondays.

The new days and hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The donation yard will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during those days.

Volunteers will gladly pick up gently used furniture and larger items. Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

Remember to shop and save every first Friday of the month when everything in the shop and on our sidewalk is 50 percent off.

Profits from the thrift store support the Time Out Shelter in Payson and its domestic violence programs.

Pilates at Senior Center

Pilates, a gentle mat workout emphasizing core strength, flexibility and awareness, will start at the Payson Senior Center next week. Taught by Valerie Casteneda, the class is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, starting March 4.

The class is free for Senior Center members and $5 per class for all others. Bring a yoga mat to class, 514 W. Main St. Call the Center at (928) 474-4876 with questions.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

There will be a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday to celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). This event is at Holy Nativity Catholic Church, 1414 N. Easy Street (corner of Bradley and Easy Street.) The Knights of Columbus and the parish are sponsoring this event.

Irish Ceili Dancing class

Irish Ceili Dancing class will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting March 4 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Join Instructor Valerie Casteneda and learn fun, social, group figure dances that promote health and wellbeing. Partners are not required. Dancers will be taught the basic steps of Ceili dancing, as well as the body and figures of each Ceili Dance presented.

The class is free for Senior Center members and $5 per class for all others. Call the Center at (928) 474-4876 with questions.

Senior Circle activities

Lunch & Learn

Dr. Patrick Harrison will be the featured speaker at the 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 5 Lunch & Learn at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Learn about a hip replacement surgical approach that offers a faster recovery time, less pain and less scarring. With the use of the “Hana” table, available at Payson Regional Medical Center, surgeons can reach and replace the hip joint without cutting or detaching muscles from the pelvis or the femur during surgery.

Travel opportunities

The Circle is partnering with Free Spirit Vacations and Events for three fun-filled days of entertainment in Las Vegas. Re-live the days of Swing Music with a Swing Time Salute. The trip dates are March 18-20.

Contact Renee at (928) 472-9290 for more information.

GCC hosts ‘Transfer Evening’

Prospective transfer students and parents are invited to learn about transfer opportunities from Gila Community College to NAU and ASU. 

Jennifer Allen, NAU Outreach Coordinator, will discuss NAU programs and procedures at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 and at 6:30 p.m., Brooke Barmore, ASU Transfer Specialist, will speak about ASU.

Both presentations will be in room 404 on the Payson Campus of Gila Community College. No reservation is required.

Learn about St. Patrick

The Rim Country Celts will sponsor a program on the history of Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, and evening of Celtic music starting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 at Dimi Espresso Cafe in the Swiss Village.

The evening will begin with Irish music and an Irish sing-a-long led by the music group, Cinnamon Twist, followed by a presentation on the life of Saint Patrick.

If you have ever wondered who Saint Patrick was and his significance to the Emerald Isle, here is a chance to discover his colorful history and learn the importance of the shamrock in Irish tradition and lore. The program will begin at 7 p.m. For more information contact Anne James at (928) 951-4420, or

Payson STEMFest needs community collaboration

The Gila County School Superintendent’s Office is seeking community collaboration to host a STEMFest in Payson on Saturday, May 3.

STEMFest is a community event that brings together representatives from businesses, government agencies, civic organizations, school groups, non-profits, and interested members of the community to not only promote interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), but to celebrate the many ways STEM affects us all.

STEMFest offers an interactive, hands-on experience that leaves lasting impressions on festival visitors regardless of their age.

The Gila County School Superintendent’s Office would like to continue to plan this year’s event and invites anyone interested to participate in one of the next planning meetings: 3 p.m., March 6 and 10 a.m., Friday, March 7 (it is not necessary to attend both meetings).

Both meetings will be held at the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office in Payson, located at 112 W. Cedar Lane.

If you plan on attending one of the two meeting dates, please RSVP with a short e-mail to for organizational purposes.

AARP Smart Driver Course

The next AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 8, with an hour break for lunch 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, payable by cash or check the day of class.

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

Republican Club to host pie and coffee event

The Rim Country Republican Club will have pie and coffee at the Senior Center, 514 Main St., Payson at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8.

Speakers for the event are Ken Bennett, candidate for governor and Randy Pullen, candidate for state treasurer.

Those planning to attend are asked to call (928) 472-1172 so there are enough pies.


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