Community Almanac, Feb. 28

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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.

Republicans host State Attorney General candidate

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, March 31 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Payson.

Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Mark Brnovich, candidate for State Attorney General, will speak. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Superintendent candidate forum March 31

The board of the Payson Unified School District has narrowed the applicant field for superintendent to four candidates. The public is invited to a meet and greet from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 31 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

For more information please call, (928) 474-2070.

Celebrate Scottish Heritage

The Community Presbyterian Church, Rim Country Celts and the vocal group Cinnamon Twist will host three events in April to celebrate Scottish heritage and culture.

Traditional Scottish songs will be performed by Cinnamon Twist, followed by an open discussion about tartans, kilts and clan associations led by John Munro of Rim Country Celts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at Dimi Espresso in the Swiss Village shopping center in Payson.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson, hosts a Scottish First Friday at 5 p.m., Friday, April 4. Enjoy a meal of Scottish baked potatoes with all the fixings. Cinnamon Twist and Friends will perform traditional Scottish music. Guests will have an opportunity to find their clan tartan with the assistance of CPC members. There is no admission fee, but donations are encouraged and accepted.

The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan service will be held at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, April 6 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. The Reverend Charles Proudfoot presents the service, which features piper Michael Donnelson of Flagstaff. Feel free to wear or carry your family or association tartan for blessing.

For more information on any of these events, please call Anne James, (928) 951-4420; or Missy Taylor, (928) 970-0615.

Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale in the hospital’s main lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 4.

Many top sellers will be available including: baby blankets, bibs and toys; scarves; catnip toys; dishcloths; jewelry; and much more.

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.

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, April 4 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 www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com or call (928) 474-5440.

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, April 5 for a great breakfast and time of fellowship.

The group calls this the Best Breakfast for a Buck in Town. The menu includes pancakes, link sausage, fruit bowl, orange juice, pastries and coffee.

All men in the community are invited. There will be a special speaker to entertain and encourage those attending.

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

Star Night event

Plan to travel down to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Saturday, April 5 for a special Star Night event.

J.D. Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley, will be sponsoring the first annual Star Night event at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. There will be two separate viewings at the park. The first one is a solar viewing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will be able to view the sun through a telescope with a specialized lens that allows you to look directly into the sun. There will also be crafts available for kids that will help increase their knowledge of the solar system.

The park entrance fee applies. The fee is $5 per person for those aged 14 and older and $2 per person for those aged 7-13.

The second viewing will be the Star Night event. This event is from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and begins with a PowerPoint presentation at 7 p.m. Shortly afterward, guests will stargaze with astronomers volunteering their expertise and telescopes.

For the night event participants should bring a folding chair, a red light (to protect everyone’s night vision), a sweater or jacket (the temperatures will drop after the sun sets).

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park typically closes in the evening so reservations are required in advance for the night event. To make reservations please call (928) 476-4202 or email Gavin at gerickson@azstateparks.gov. Reservations must be made in advance of the event, no later than 2 p.m. on the day of the event. Charges for the night event will be at a discounted rate of $4 per person for those aged 14 and older and $2 per person for those aged 7-13. For more information about the viewings at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park call (928) 476-4202.

Lioness Tea & Fashion Show

The Payson Lioness Club Enchanted April, Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show, co-sponsored by Dancing Queen Dresses and hosted and catered by Majestic Rim, is just around the corner.

The event is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Proceeds go to Payson High School student scholarships and local charities.  There will be silent auction, raffle and door prize items. Donate a gently used dress, suit, or accessory item and receive a free raffle ticket. 

Admission is a donation of $15 per person, with limited seating, so get tickets soon! For tickets, more information, or to donate a clothing item, call Carol at (928) 978-4132 or Peggy at (928) 978-4560. Tickets are also available at the Lemon Tree from Darlene, 416 S. Beeline Highway, (928) 474-5092.

Kiwanis 19th Annual Auction for Youth

There is still time to buy tickets for annual auction for youth Saturday, April 5. An evening of fun, music and gaiety is yours as funds for the scholarships for our bright, worthy graduating seniors is realized. Kiwanis has been awarding scholarships to promising students so they may realize their dreams of college or vocational training.

The evening features a delicious buffet dinner of prime rib or chicken at Mazatzal Casino Banquet Hall, beginning at 5 p.m. with happy hour and dinner at 6 p.m.

Bid for many desirable items donated by the area’s most generous businesses. A silent auction and raffles will also have some surprising bargains.

This year’s theme is Hawaiian Luau, so channel Magnum P.I. or the guys from Hawaii 5-0. Tickets are $75 person. For more information call (928) 474-6607.

Jazz concert

Enjoy an April shower of jazz at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson

Jazz trumpeter Ken Taylor joins jazz pianist Dave Ihlenfeld with bassist Steve Douglas and drummer Gerry Reynolds

This performance will be an ideal teaching experience for students. Ken, Dave, Steve and Gerry will be available after the performance to speak with anyone interested learning to play an instrument.

Admission: students are free and a $5 donation per person is requested at the door.

Advance reply requested, but not required. Contact Gerry-Reynolds@hotmail.com for more information.

Shred-A-Thon

The next Payson Shred-A-Thon is from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the truck is full, whichever comes first), Friday, April 11.

Businesses and individuals can take advantage of this mobile shredding service to properly dispose of your sensitive documents onsite in the parking lot of Walmart, 300 North Beeline Hwy. Look for the TNT Shredding truck parked near the highway in the Walmart parking lot.

TNT Shredding is HIPAA compliant and meets all the privacy requirements for document destruction.

The cost per bankers box (10-inches-by-12-inches-by-15 inches) is $6, cash or check for payment. Other sized boxes may be used, but the cost will be estimated based on volume. TNT Shredding will donate part of the proceeds to Rim Country Literacy Program’s First in Math and More summer math tutoring program for children in grades 1 through 5. Bring your sensitive documents including your old tax records, get them shredded, and support Rim Country Literacy Program.

This event is sponsored by the Men of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rim Country Literacy Program, and TNT Shredding. Contact Tim at (480) 329-7412 for further information.

Scholarship Fund Dance

The Payson Pro Rodeo is holding its annual Scholarship Fund Dance at the Star Valley Moose Lodge, Friday evening, April 11. Tickets are available for a $10 donation. They are being sold at the Chamber of Commerce, by Rodeo Committee members and at the door.

This year’s event will feature music by Junction 87. The music starts at 6 p.m. and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Silent auction items and a 50/50 drawing will help raise funds for local senior high school students.

For more information call John Landino, (928) 468-6684

Meeting on water rate request

The Arizona Corporation Commission meets in Payson at 6 p.m., Friday, April 11 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

The commission will take public comments on the proposed rate increase sought by the Payson Water Company, which serves Mesa del Caballo, Gisela and a number of other communities in the Rim Country.

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