Community Almanac, March 18


PAHH deconstruction event

Volunteers with Payson Area Habitat for Humanity have been invited by Gila County to help with the deconstruction of the house at 203 W. Frontier St., Payson.

The county recently purchased the property and plans to demolish the house and other buildings on the site. PAHH will lend a hand in the project from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 19.

Volunteers will remove doors and windows, electrical panel, roofing, barn wood, fencing and gates. To help, bring work gloves and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. PAHH will provide safety glasses. No children under 18 will be allowed on the site for the project.

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.

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

Lenten Services and Suppers

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 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.

A Taste of Lent

The Payson United Methodist Church Soup & Study suppers during Lent start at 5:30 p.m., each Wednesday through April 9.  

There will be one vegetarian soup, one mildly seasoned soup and one chef’s choice soup each week.  A Lenten study will follow. 

Lenten Service and Soup Supper

The members of the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Rd., Payson, invite Rim residents to join them at 6 p.m., Wednesdays through April 9 for a free homemade soup and dessert supper in the Fellowship Hall, followed at 7 p.m. by the Lenten Service in the sanctuary. For more information, call Pastor Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will hold Lenten Services at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 26, April 2 and 9.

There will be a potluck soup supper at 5 p.m.

The theme for the services is “Our Father, who Art in Heaven.”

The community is invited to join the congregation. For more information, contact Pastor De Santo (928) 474-5440 or go online to

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Philip St., welcomes all to attend Holy Mass at noon every Wednesday during Lent.

Likewise every Friday regular silent Eucharistic Adoration is observed after the 8 a.m. Mass. This concludes with evening prayer at 4:30 p.m., followed by Benediction. 

At 5 p.m. the English Stations of the Cross prayers are recited to commemorate each step Jesus took on the way to Calvary, the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, Spanish Stations of the Cross are prayed at 6:30 p.m. 

Irish music and stories

The Rim Country Celts and Dimi Espresso Cafe present an evening of Irish music and stories on Wednesday, March 19.

The Rim Country Coalition joins the celebration with free non-alcoholic Irish coffee from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Local Celtic duo Cinnamon Twist performs at 6 p.m. with Irish stories by Alice Natale at 7 p.m.

The program is at Dimi Espresso Coffee House in Payson’s Swiss Village.

The public is invited to attend and there is no cover charge for the program. Everyone is invited to wear their favorite Celtic or Irish apparel.

For more information please contact Anne James at (928) 951-4420, or

Gosar staff visits

Representatives of Congressman Paul Gosar will be at the office of Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin, 610 E. Highway 260, Payson from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 20.

Payson Tea Party hosts candidate

The Payson Tea Party will host candidate for Arizona governor Frank Riggs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20. 

Riggs, a former police officer and congressman from northern California. He served during the Reagan era and has been a national leader in school choice and education reform over the past two decades. Come hear his qualifications and vision for the governor’s office.

The meeting is at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. For more information, call (928) 951-6774.

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 screening of new animated 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 Theatres. 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 Theatres for making the event possible.

Frugal Formal this weekend

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop presents the 1st Annual Frugal Formal from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 22 at Strikers Bar, Rim Country Lanes.

Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop and Strikers Bar.

In keeping with the “frugal” theme, a potluck buffet will be held — attendees are welcome, but not required, to bring a dish to share and a no-host bar will be available. There will be silent auction items, a 50/50 raffle, and live music by Soulever.

All proceeds will benefit local animal rescue groups supported by the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop, 434 S. Highway 87, Suites B, C & D, (928) 951-2587.

These groups are Friends of Ferals; Aussies & Friends Rescue; and Wonders of the Wild Animal Sanctuary. The shop and all the groups are a non-profits committed to helping animals in need.

Designer Bling Jean Sale

The Polkadot Blvd. will have a sale of designer bling jeans, designer clothing and accessories in the main lobby at Payson Regional Medical Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 25. Buy one and get one 20 percent off.

There are several styles of Chevron maxi skirts and the bling jeans come in boot cut, skinny, and plus sizes (women’s sizes 0-19 and children’s 7-14). There will also be bling T-shirts available.

Annual Fishing Festival is March 29 at Green Valley Park

The Rim Country Optimist Club members are Calling all kids — from 3 to 103 — to join them for a fun day of fishing Saturday, March 29.

The 8th Annual Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 29.

Registration is free and a fishing license will not be required. Poles and bait will be available for those that don’t have their own equipment.

The popular silent auction and raffle will include a fishing trip, two sets of 4 Diamondback tickets for seats behind the dugout), a robot, certificates for restaurants, fun things to do, places to go, fishing materials and a variety of other items are available. There are also a variety of gift baskets and individual items from scrapbooking to a North River hunting shirt.

The Rim Country Optimist Club requests that anyone who wishes to donate a raffle or silent auction item to support this all community event or who wishes to purchase raffle tickets (it is not necessary to be present to win) contact Jim Tye, (928) 468-2453 or Joan Young, (928) 472-2264.

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.


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