Community Almanac, March 14


History of Green Valley Park

The Northern Gila County Historical Society is hosting Chuck Jacobs and Buzz Walker at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 at the Rim Country Museum. The two will talk about how and why Green Valley Park was created. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Deadline to register for lifeguard training

The last day to register for the Town of Payson’s lifeguard training program is today, Friday, March 14.

The training is from Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, April 5 and is open to anyone who will be 15 or older by the end of the program.

Space is very limited and the fee to participate is $75. Contact the parks department for details at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or go online to

Small Space gardening class

There will be a class on Small Space and Intensive Gardening at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 15 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. Come and learn how to multiply the amount of produce you can get from a garden. The free class will be taught by Dean Gooding and is open to the public.

After the class, there will be an Open House at the Community Garden, 300 E. Tyler Parkway.

Emergency preparedness program Saturday

North Gila County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) offers the program: “In Case of an Emergency, Are You Ready?” from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 15 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Participants will learn how to: develop an emergency supply kit; develop an emergency plan; prepare for an emergency; develop an emergency communications plan and more. Seating is limited, so register today as soon as possible. Contact John Swenson, (928) 472-3331.

North Gila County CERT is a 501(c)(3) corporation operating under the authority of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

St. Patrick’s Day sale

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is having a St. Patrick’s Day sale. All winter coats and sweaters are half price. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 14 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 15. Proceeds benefit the area food bank. The thrift store is located at 1006 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

The thrift store is in need of volunteers. If you are interested, please call (928) 474-4476 Thursday through Saturday. Hours are very flexible.

St. Patrick’s Day sale at The Nook

Between now and St. Patrick’s Day, everything green will be on sale at The Nook for half off (new items excluded). Shop in the clothing room and find something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. There are also lots of green items among housewares, books, linens, shoes, St. Patrick’s Day decorations and miscellaneous items. 

Also all books on the rack are on sale for $1 a bag and the shop just received six more boxes of books, which were added to the rack. If you can fill your bag with all green books from the book rack, you can have it for just 50 cents.

The Nook, 408 W. Main St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Proceeds benefit the New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parent Education Center, a non-profit serving the Rim Country.

Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary election

The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m., Friday, March 14 at Tonto Village Fire Station 22. The purpose of the meeting will be the election of the officers for 2014.

This year will be an exciting year for the Fireflies, since a new fire station is being built and the Fireflies will have an important part in helping the Hellsgate Fire Department furnish the inside, especially the kitchen for fund-raising events.

Call Dara at (928) 478-0052 or Janet at (928) 478-9935 for more information.

Archaeological Society

The public is invited to attend the Arizona Archaeological Society/Rim Country Chapter Annual Native American and Southwest Feast and activities at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15.

The event is at the Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 Easy St., Payson.

In addition to a potluck of Native American and Southwest cooking, Harvey Leake, historian and guide from the Four Corners area, will be the guest speaker. There will also be a display of authentic Kachinas, along with artifacts from Goat Camp Indian Ruins, Risser Ranch Ruins and the Q Ranch. A guided tour is planned in the afternoon to the nearby Risser Ranch Ruins.


Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is guest at Lincoln Day Luncheon

The Gila County Republican Committee Lincoln Day Luncheon is Saturday, March 15 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the keynote speaker with many candidates in attendance.

Guests gather at 11 a.m. and the program starts with lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Choose a chicken, beef or fish meal for $30 per person or $55 for a couple. 

Call Gary (Pine-Strawberry), (602) 803-7366; Madra (Tonto Basin), (928) 970-1955; Shirley (Payson), (928) 951-6774; or Judy (Globe), (928) 701-2125 for tickets. 

This is the Republican Party’s biggest fund-raiser of the year to support its state and county conservative candidates.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration set for Saturday

The Rim Country Celts in conjunction with Historic Journigan House will sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 15.

Traditional Irish songs will be provided by Cinnamon Twist at 1 p.m.; at 2:30 p.m. a special presentation on the life of St. Patrick will begin; at 3 p.m. Captain Bob will take the stage with some favorite Irish songs accompanying himself on guitar with Anne James on mandolin. Storyteller Alice Natale will share some traditional Irish folk tales. Cinnamon Twist will conclude the program with Irish tunes. There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 auction.

A traditional Irish corned beef dinner and salad bar will be available for $14.95 provided by Journigan House.

The public is invited to attend and there is no cover charge for the afternoon’s activities. Feel free to wear your favorite Celtic or Irish apparel. For more information, please contact Anne James at (928) 951-4420, or

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.

Reserve your seat now for Lunch and Laugh program

The second annual Lunch and Laugh program is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 22 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson.

The event will be held at the LOMONA Conference Center (Log Building) on the campus of Mount Cross. To reserve seats, please phone Lenore in the church office at (928) 474-2552 by Monday, March 17.

All women in the area are invited to this free event. This year’s satirical program, “Creative Suffering II: Sharing the Misery,” will focus on the contagious nature of stress and anxiety. The speaker, Dr. Susan C. Bobek, will discuss how we use other people to make ourselves miserable and how we can assist others to be as miserable as we are. Dr. Bobek believes that laughter really is the best medicine and that laughing about how we interact with other people can improve our interpersonal relationships and reduce stress. The lunch will feature the best salad bar and dessert table in town.

Storyteller is guest

The Library Friends of Payson are pleased to have Alice Natale share some Irish tales with the community on Monday, March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day. This promises to be an entertaining meeting.

Natale is a graduate of AZ Storytellers Institute and a member of the East Valley Tellers of Tales. She volunteers for several community organizations and tells stories to children in area local schools.

The Library Friends of Payson meeting, held in the library meeting room, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free program. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call the library at (928) 474-9260.

Pine blood drive

A blood drive is slated in Pine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 at the First Baptist Church in Pine.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (928) 978-1086 or e-mail

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 21 at the church. The event and available refreshments are free.

For details, go online to or call 928-474-5440.

Private viewing of new movie

The Friends of Rim Country Gila Community College announce a private screening of Mr. Peabody & Sherman at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 22 at the Sawmill Theatre. Admission is only $5 and all proceeds will go toward scholarships for students attending Gila Community College-Payson campus.

The Friends give special thanks to Sawmill Theatre for making the event possible.


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