Community Almanac, March 4


Free Tax help and Free E-File

Volunteers for AARP-Tax-Aide are preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available through April 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday at the Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson.

PES book fair

A+ Book Fairs present “Don’t Bug Me, I’m Reading” at Payson Elementary School, through 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:

Wednesday: Goodies for Grandparents & Grand Guests

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

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

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

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. Hwy. 260, Payson (across from Tiny’s Restaurant) has scheduled the following mid-week Lenten Suppers and Services: March 12, 19, 26, April 2 & 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.

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church

Join the congregation of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church Wednesday evenings for Lenten Service and soup supper during Lent. The congregation offers a free homemade soup and dessert supper at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and the Lenten service at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The church is at 204 W. Airport Rd. For more information, call Pastor Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

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.

Learn about Islam

The Payson Tea Party will present a 50-minute video, “Why are we Afraid of Islam” with Dr. Bill Warner from the Center for the Study of Political Islam. The film deals with the true history of Islam over 1,400 years.

The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260.

Music and ‘Potato Bar’

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street, celebrate First Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 7 with music provided by the house band 2nd Time Around and a “Potato Bar” with lots of fixin’s.

Admission is $5, but for every can of food brought in $1 will come off the admission price up to $5. Cans collected go to the Payson Area Food Drive.

For more information call the office at 474-2059.

Family Movie Night

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

There will be a Family Movie night every first and third Friday. For details, go online to or call (928) 474-5440.

Register now for Saturday 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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