Seeking a grant to upgrade the PHS Auditorium

Because so many Rim Country organizations use the Payson High School Auditorium, the district plans on partnering with the community to find grant money to upgrade the sound system, stage and lobby of the building.

Pancake Supper tonight

The Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Church of the Holy Nativity are having a Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. The menu features all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage patty, shoe string potatoes, lemonade and coffee for a donation to local charities. All are welcome. The event takes place the day before Ash Wednesday at 1414 N. Easy Street, corner of Bradley & Easy Street, Payson. Come and celebrate Mardi Gras with us.

PAWS meeting

PAWS (Payson Area Woofers Society) is having their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 in the conference room at the library. We will have a guest speaker. Everyone is invited to come. It will be fun! Complimentary light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call Dorothy Howell at 928-472-7396.

Strawberry Patchers

The March business meeting of the Strawberry Patchers, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild, will be held on Thursday, March 2, in the Isabelle Hunt Public Library Activity Room, 3872 Highway 87, in Pine. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. and will be preceded by a social period with refreshments beginning at 9 a.m.

We welcome anyone who is interested in quilting at any skill level. For more information, contact Karen Plante, Membership Chairman at (480) 703-4056 or visit our website at

Dr. Seuss birthday party

You’re invited to a birthday party for Dr. Seuss at noon Thursday, March 2 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd. There will be stories, arts and crafts, games and prizes.

Little League sign-ups

Children ages 5 to 16 may sign up for Payson Little League during regular business hours at Scoops in the Sawmill Crossing and American Sales, 1400 N. Beeline Hwy. Also at Big 5 Sporting Goods in the Bashas’ shopping center on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tryouts will be held March 4 (the last day to sign up) at 9 a.m. at the Kiwanis fields on North McLane Road.

First Friday art exhibit

Meet the First Friday artist for March, Roberta Smith at the exhibit opening on March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Mogollon Moose, 407 W. Main St., Payson. In addition to visual art depicting beautiful, accessible images of Arizona and the Rim Country, the Mogollon Moose will offer an evening of food and drink featuring the Pick 4 Bruschetta Menu.

Payson’s Got Talent Show

The Payson Mazatzal Optimist Club is hosting the Payson’s Got Talent Show on March 25, 2017 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

You’ll be blown away at the incredible talent we have right here in Payson and the surrounding area! Come watch locals compete for a $500 first prize, $250 second prize, and third prize of $100!

Tickets are $10 for adults, and kids 6-12 are $5, available at Serendipity on Main Street, Crosswinds Restaurant at the airport, or Quigtone Music Center at 234 E. Hwy. 260.

For more information, call Debbie at 623-337-6776.

Garden class

Plant Nursery will host a class on a “Three-Season Veggie Garden” at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 4 at the nursery in Star Valley. Glen McCombs will teach you how to extend your veggie garden from March through December. Call 928-474-6556 for more details.

Smart Driver Course

AARP will host a Smart Driver Course Saturday, March 11 at Banner High Country Seniors, 215 N. Beeline Hwy., from 9:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. (includes 1-hour lunch break, you may bring a sack lunch if you prefer). To register, call 928-472-9290 or register in person at Banner High Country Seniors. AARP members $15, non-members $20 (cash or check), payable on day of class. Class is designed for 50+ people but is open to all people 18 and over. You may also earn a discount on your vehicle insurance.

Jazz concert March 11

Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak joins pianist Lew Turano from Sedona, bassist Jack Radavich from Fountain Hills, and drummer Gerry Reynolds from Strawberry in a performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

A $5 donation will be gratefully accepted. Refreshments available. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Lincoln Day Dinner

The Gila County Republican Committee’s 17th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner takes place Saturday, March 11 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino main ball room. This year’s featured guests are AZ State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who is also advisor to the Trump transition team; and our Congressional District 4 Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar.

Cash Bar Social starts at 5:15 p.m., Prime Rib dinner starts promptly at 6 p.m. (special diet alternative dinners available) Tickets are $60 each. You may pay for tickets by check or cash to Shirley Dye 928-951-6774, or Gary Morris 928-478-8186; or purchase online at (please notify Shirley Dye at the above number if you bought tickets online).

Cosmetology Academy now taking applications

Rim Country Cosmetology Academy is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Have a fulfilling career with many opportunities in the field of cosmetology. Classes begin July 18. You are invited to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. on the Gila Community College campus in the Rim Country Cosmetology Academy building. Call 928-468-8039 to reserve a seat.

Attention, authors

The Payson Book Festival is now taking applications for author tables at the July 22, 2017 festival. Space is limited so apply soon. The festival this year is located at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. Tables are $80. See the website New this year is an online fillable form and the ability to pay via PayPal using your credit card.

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