An empty chair at holiday gatherings can be a painful reminder of a lost loved one. Whether your loss is recent or years ago, all are invited to a special Grief Share seminar from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at The Lighthouse, 315 E. Airline Road. This free seminar is hosted by Mountain Bible Church.

Christmas at the library bookstore

The Library Friends of Payson’s bookstore features buy one, get one on all Christmas items, including fiction, cookbooks, craft books during November. Also, all Christmas paperbacks are 10 for $1.

The bookstore is to the right of the circulation desk of the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd.

Community Breakfast

A Community Breakfast is served at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane at 8 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9. The breakfast includes biscuits and gravy, sausage, hash browns, scrambled eggs, coffee and orange juice. A freewill offering is welcome.

Payson Elks Garage Sale

The Payson Elks Lodge will hold an indoor garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, and from 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday Nov. 11. The Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Hwy., on the south side of Airport Road. The public is welcome. Call the Lodge at 928-474-2572 for details.

Market on Move changes sites

Beginning Saturday, Nov. 10 Market on the Move will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., or until supplies last, the second Saturday of each month at the Sawmill Crossing Center.

Bring two bags or boxes and a $15 donation and select up to 60 pounds of produce and groceries. No pre-registering or qualifying needed.

Items vary each month and everything is on a first come, first served basis. A limited number of volunteers are welcome at 6:30 a.m. to help set up.

Cornerstone offers food

The Cornerstone Church of God, 208 S. McLane Rd., Payson, operates the Oasis Food Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday except the third.

The third Saturday of the month Cornerstone provides free food boxes to area seniors, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information call 928-951-3896.

Holiday Craft Fair

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be holding its Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 in building L (the old gym) at Payson High School.

Only handcrafted items, breads, and baked goods will be sold. In addition, a light lunch will be available for cash. Come browse and buy clever crafts, tasty breads and baked goods for your holiday needs. Call Bob Horne, 928-951-2217, with any questions.

Payson Art League Fall Show this weekend

The Payson Art League features 20 artists at its Fine Art and Craft Fall Show and Sale this year.

The always-popular event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

Enjoy a visual feast as artists display their work and discuss their subjects, materials and techniques.

‘Beadazzled’ day at the library

The Payson Public Library will have a free craft program from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 10. The program is called “Beadazzled” and participants will make bracelets, key chains and creatures using “fuze” beads.

Benefit Ranch Rodeo

Earnhardt Auto Centers and L7 Ranches present The Zary May Benefit Ranch Rodeo at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Payson Event Center rodeo grounds. Admission is free and there will be bounce houses, food, fun, and a silent auction featuring signed memorabilia from Ryan Bader, Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight World Champion. All proceeds benefit medical expenses for bronc rider Zary May.

Surviving the holidays

As the holidays approach, anyone who has lost a loved one is keenly aware of the “empty chair” at family gatherings or holiday celebrations. The empty chair can be transformed from a painful reminder of mourning to a heart’s remembrance of joy. Whether your loss is recent or years ago, all are invited to attend this special Grief Share seminar hosted by Mountain Bible Church from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 in The Lighthouse, 315 E. Airline Road. There is no charge for this seminar.

For information, call 928-853-4027 or 928-472-7800.

Gisela Road project

Gila County Public Works requests drivers to-and-from Gisela watch for road crews. Slow down for their safety and be prepared for occasional minor delays and traffic control. The work on Gisela Road is Monday through Friday and is expected to last up to the Thanksgiving weekend. Work begins approximately two miles east of Hwy. 87, continuing east 0.6 miles to the summit area.

Goodwill hiring event

The new Payson Goodwill is opening soon and employees are needed. A hiring event is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Hwy. Goodwill is hiring onsite for sales associates, donation attendants and merchandise processor for both full and part-time positions. Make sure to apply on the Goodwill website prior to the event and get priority access to interview times,

Learn how to impact ‘Lame Duck’ sessions

The Payson Tea Party meets from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 for a program with Nathan Duell of Heritage Action for America. He will discuss how to influence the Lame Duck session of Congress (after Senate and House members are voted out and before the newly elected legislators are seated in January).

Banner offers tour to expectant mothers

A “Pickles & Ice Cream” tour of Banner Payson Medical Center is offered expectant mothers and their families at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The free tour provides an opportunity to learn what to expect when coming to the hospital to have a baby.

Included: pre-registration information; a tour of the Women and Infant Services Department; questions answered by the medical staff; parenting kits and Imagination Library information; free ice cream for all who attend.

Reserve a place at the event by calling 928-471-1294. Banner Payson Medical Center is at 807 S. Ponderosa St.

Early Thanksgiving at Rim Country Health

Rim Country Health will have a pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, Nov. 15 for its residents and their families. For additional details, call RCH at 928-474-1120, extension 123.

GCC student art show

Gila Community College in Payson, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., hosts its 12th annual Student Art Show and Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16.

Enjoy refreshments and browse the work of students in oils, watercolors, acrylics, ceramics, jewelry, drawing, photography, cake decorating and wearable art.

Unity hosts concert

Unity of Payson hosts a concert with Daniel Nahmod at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at 1000 N. Easy St. Preceding the concert from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is a chili supper.

Concert tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. A love offering is admission to the supper. Buy tickets online at (click on the Daniel Nahmod Concert Page) or contact Unity of Payson at 928-235-7142. A portion of the proceeds will feed local school children through a program coordinated in Payson by concert co-sponsor, Payson United Methodist Church

Nahmod is at L.A.-based singer/songwriter and his concert is Heart-Opening Music for Humanity featuring songs of peace, love and compassion across all nations, cultures and faiths.

Cinnamon Twist concert

Cinnamon Twist performs at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov 17 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Cinnamon Twist’s Annie James’ and Jennifer Holly’s performances include music of many different genres, especially Celtic and folk music.

Light refreshments will be served after the concert. A donation of $5 is suggested (but not required) to support St Paul’s Ladies Group outreach activities.

Gila County Cattle Growers gather

The annual Salute to Ranching Holiday Dinner, Dance and Gift Auction is Saturday, Nov. 17.

The Gila County Cattle Growers Association invites the public to attend the event at the Gila County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in Globe.

The no-host bar opens at 4 p.m. and the prime rib dinner is at 5 p.m. Following dinner is a live auction and the announcement of the winners of the half-beef raffle and silent auction items. Visit for full details.

Tickets for the dinner, dance and auction are $30 per person; raffle tickets are $5 each. Both the dinner and the raffle tickets are available at the Globe-Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce at 928-425-4495. Space is limited, so make your reservations early.

Buckshot Dot hosted by Library Friends of Payson

The Library Friends of Payson host Buckshot Dot (occasionally known as Dee Strickland Johnson) Monday, Nov. 19. She will present original songs and poems that celebrate Arizona’s history, with a special emphasis on the villages and towns of our state.

Bill Rinesh will accompany her on the fiddle.

The Library Friends of Payson presentation for the community, held in the library meeting room, starts with a short business meeting at 10 a.m.; the program begins at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free one-hour program. If you have any questions, please call the library at 928-474-9260.

Library Friends of Payson, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, supports the library with programs and materials not covered by the town budget.

Turkey drive for Pine Strawberry Food Bank

The Pine Strawberry Food Bank’s annual Thanksgiving collection of frozen turkeys and other food items to help those in need is underway. In addition to turkeys, hams are also wanted for individuals who cannot use a whole turkey.

People can drop off turkeys and hams at the Ponderosa Market in Pine. There will be a small freezer inside the entrance to the market, near the DVD rentals.

People may also help by sending a cash donation to the address below, which will go toward the special Thanksgiving and Christmas food distributions. A donation of $25 to $35 is suggested to purchase a turkey and other food for these holiday meals. Checks can be mailed to: Pine Strawberry Food Bank, P.O. Box 1534, Pine, AZ 85544.

The food bank’s monthly food distribution for residents of Pine and Strawberry is the first Tuesday of every month, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Pine Cultural Hall. In addition, the distribution of food for a Thanksgiving meal is at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Payson Idol auditions

Auditions for the annual Payson Idol contest hosted by the Elks Lodge are winding down. Aspiring singers have three more opportunities to show their skills to move forward to a cash award competition on New Year’s Eve.

Auditions are slated for 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 at the Elks, 1206 N. Beeline Hwy.

Contact Don or Candy Brooks, 928-474-2940 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday to get an audition slot and get more information.

AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers

Do you want to be of service in your local community? Do you enjoy working with people and have basic computer skills? Then AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in conjunction with the IRS is for you! We need tax counselor preparers, receptionists, and facilitators. Volunteers receive free IRS certified training during January. Please call to register as a volunteer as early as possible. After being IRS certified, you must be willing to commit to 4 hours per week during the tax season from Feb 1st through April 15th.

If you are interested, phone Lori at 928-478-6460, or Rex at 928-363-3526 or email

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