In response to the COVID-19 virus, local groups and organizations have canceled upcoming events and meetings.
Health care clinic postponed
The Second Annual Arizona Sonshine Free Health Care Clinic scheduled for Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 in the Julia Randall Elementary gym has been postponed as a result of coronavirus concerns.
Information on new dates will be reported if and when it is rescheduled.
Teen center closed
On the advice of the Gila County Health Department, the new teen center, Route 87 Community Teen Center, 112 W. Cedar Lane, is closed until further notice.
As a cautionary measure, the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine, is closed to the public as of March 17.
In addition library programs, classes, story times, book clubs, meetings, and events are canceled, this includes all community meetings and events.
There is no expected reopening date but library officials will continue to provide updates.
Library book drops will be open, but patrons may keep library materials until libraries reopen. Due dates of checked out materials will be extended, and holds will be retained at the library until libraries reopen. The library’s databases, online magazines, and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks are also accessible 24/7 with a library card.
The Democrats of Rim Country have canceled the grand opening of their 2020 Headquarters, 610 S. Beeline Highway, scheduled for Saturday, March 21. Additionally, the headquarters will be closed for at least two weeks.
The Cinnamon Twist concert scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, March 21 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 E. Tyler Parkway, has been canceled.
Lincoln Day Luncheon
Due to the ongoing coronavirus concerns, the Gila County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Luncheon, to be held Saturday, March 21 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. For details, call 928-478-8186.
The jazz performances planned by Payson Friends of Jazz for the next several weeks have been canceled until further notice.
The Northern Gila County Historical Society board has closed the Rim Country Museum/Zane Grey Cabin temporarily. The closure is expected to last at a minimum until the end of March. As this is a rapidly changing situation, the board will decide about re-opening in April.
For more information, contact Rim Country Museum, 928-474-3483.
AARP is suspending operation of its free tax preparation sites as of March 16 until further notice. It will continue to assess whether some or all sites can reopen for the rest of the tax season and if the tax season is extended.
A notice will appear in the Roundup if the service in Payson and Star Valley resumes. Taxpayers who need help filing for an extension should contact Rex at 928-363-3526 or John at 928-978-4346.
Please visit the online site locator tool aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp for the most up-to-date information, including site re-openings.
The Pine Library Friends have canceled the program planned for 1 p.m., Monday, March 23 with licensed wildlife rehabilitation expert Delphia Strickland.
Tea Party meetings
The Payson Tea Party is canceling its Tuesday night meetings for the next three weeks. Usually held Tuesdays at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, the meetings will resume when it is deemed to be safe. The planned speakers will be rescheduled as possible.
Chat with the Mayor
Mayor Tom Morrissey has discontinued his Wednesday morning Chat with the Mayor program until April.
Soroptimist International, Inc. has requested worldwide cessation of meetings, activities and events of members until April 15. The local group usually meets at noon, Wednesday at Tiny’s.
TCCA March 25 show
Due to the governor’s order issued Monday, March 16 limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people, the Tonto Community Concert Association is forced to cancel the March 25 Celtic Angels Ireland concert. There is a possibility of rescheduling the show for November.
There will be no clothing distribution by the Kaitie’s Closet program in March.
It normally takes place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 E. Tyler Parkway, but the church leadership has discontinued all activities at Episcopal churches until April 8 at the earliest.
Family Fun Walk
The Randall Family Fun Walk/Run at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park set for Saturday, March 28 has been postponed. It is tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, April 18, pending developments regarding coronavirus and state and national restrictions.
The Payson Flycasters Club and Gila Trout chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled for March 28 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260 on Rim Country Small Streams is canceled. This meeting will be rescheduled.
The March 30 meeting of the Rim Country Republican Club at Tiny’s is canceled.
Virtual Dementia Tour
The Virtual Dementia Tour planned March 31 by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens in partnership with Gila County Health & Emergency Management at Rim Country Health & Rehabilitation, 807 W. Longhorn Road, has been canceled.
Mountain Bible Church of Payson is canceling its Women’s Spring Conference until next year, April 2021.
It was scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at the church, 302 E. Rancho Road. Refunds will be issued.
The annual Women’s Wellness Forum, planned for Saturday, April 18 has been postponed. It is tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, May 16. For more information, visit mhafoundation.com or go to the MHA Facebook page.
The Mogollon Sporting Association (MSA) is celebrating its 28th year of supporting wildlife, conservation and youth throughout Rim Country. The group values community support and looks forward to many more years of working to enhance Rim Country’s quality of life.
The MSA’s annual banquet scheduled for April 25 is postponed.
The group expects holding the banquet in early August. When a new date is determined, updates will be provided in the newspaper, radio, the MSA website, msapayson.org and its Facebook page.
A MSA member will personally contact individuals and companies who have made reservations and/or payments.