Community Almanac Tuesday January 3, 2017


Origami for Tweens

The Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd., is starting a special program for tweens (ages 10-12) on origami. The program is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every other Thursday of each month, from Jan. 5 through March 30.

Participants will learn a new origami technique and figure each week.

For details, stop by the library or call 928-474-9260.

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop First Friday sale

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop January 6 for the monthly First Friday “half-off” merchandise sale. We are open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays. The shop is at 434 S. Beeline Hwy., Suite B, C & D.  

Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations. For more information on pick-ups and donations, call 928-951-2587.

Youth Art Contest

The Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd., will present its Youth Art Contest from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7.

The teens from the Payson Area Advisory Youth Council help the library’s staff organize and judge the contest.

Student artists, from kindergarten through high school, are invited to enter work into the PAAYC/Payson Library Youth Art Contest. Entry forms are available now and work in photography, painting, sketching and 3-D art/ sculpture are all welcome.

Students may submit one piece of artwork for each of the four categories. This competition is limited to local student artists. Entries may be brought to the library.

Artwork will be on display in the Library Meeting Room during all open hours on Saturday, Jan. 7 and may be taken home following the competition.

Payson Amnesty plans Lunch Letters gathering

Amnesty International has been writing letters to free prisoners of conscience, individuals who have been unjustly imprisoned for more than 53 years.

As a continuation of the popular International Write-A-thon in December, Payson Amnesty International is hosting a lunchtime letter writing opportunity from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9 at the Crosswinds Restaurant, 800 W. Airport Rd. Just purchase lunch and Payson Amnesty International will supply everything needed to write a letter and save a life. Join the group at any time throughout the luncheon as members plan events and support human rights issues locally and around the world.

2017 promises to be a busy year for Human Rights activists, call Penny at 928-978-1268 or Joan at 928-478-6295 for information about Lunch Letters and/or Payson Amnesty International.

Teens Only Gaming Club now forming

The Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd., is forming a Teens Only Gaming Club for those 18 and under. It is for any teen interested in board games, video games, RP games, LARP games, card games, multi-player games.

The first meeting is at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9 in the library meeting room.

Call 928-474-9260 for details.

Veterans Benefits Counselor visits Jan. 12

A Veterans Benefits Counselor from the Arizona Department of Veterans Services is in Payson from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12 at the DES office, 100 N. Tonto St., Suite 100.

Appointments are recommended; call 602-627-3261. Plan for your appointment to take an hour.

Free Genealogy Workshop

The Mogollon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is presenting a free Genealogy Workshop at the Payson Public Library Community Room from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 14 for all interested community members.

Presenters will include Kathy Farrell, Renee Durfee and Val Sullivan, all Honorary Regents of the Chapter and experienced in genealogical research techniques. The scope of the workshop will include filling out pedigree charts, citing sources and discussing helpful websites. Application forms will be available for those who think they may be eligible to join either the Daughters or the Sons of the American Revolution.

For those wishing hands-on experience, DAR has reserved the Family History Center Computer Lab at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 913 S. Ponderosa Street. Participants will be able to sign up for a 1-hour session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and have individual help with their family tree research. It is suggested that, if possible, you bring your pedigree chart filled out to the extent you can and also bring a thumb drive to save important files you discover.

Volunteers needed to help prepare tax returns

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free volunteer tax assistance and preparation service.

The service helps local taxpayers with low to moderate incomes, with special attention given to those 60 and older.

Volunteers receive free IRS certified training prior to working with taxpayers. You must be willing to commit at least four hours per week during the tax season from Feb. 1 through April 15 after being certified. If you are interested, email or phone Lori at 928-478-6460.


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