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Annual PHS Winter Concert is tonight



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The annual Christmas toy drive known as Tamales for Toys will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, 512 N. Beeline Highway. Bring a new toy (unwrapped) to donate, and enjoy a homemade tamale dinner including beans, chips and a beverage. Cash donations will also be accepted. The event is presented by the Payson Fire Department and the Northern Gila County Firefighters Association.

Payson High School’s Music Department will present its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2 in the high school auditorium on West Longhorn Road.

The Modern and Mixed Choir and the Longhorn Band will perform. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Celebration of Life

Honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life.

Messinger Funeral Home, RTA Hospice & Palliative Care and the Rim Country Hospice Foundation invite the public to a “Celebration of Life” at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Mountain Bible Church.

This will be the 13th annual Celebration of Life, which provides a beautiful and poignant beginning to the holiday season. The evening begins with prayers and remembrances. Throughout the evening candles are lit, poem read, a power point presentation of those we honor with photographs and accompanied names being read.

A full course meal is provided at the end of the evening by Gerardo’s Italian Bistro.

The Celebration of Life is free of charge, however each person is asked to donate a can of food, which will be given to St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Bank.

Christmas for Kids registration Dec. 4-6

The Rim Country Optimist Club and Public Safety Christmas for Kids will be accepting applications from families needing assistance for the Christmas holiday season. The Optimist Club will provide a complete holiday meal for qualifying families, including senior citizens. Public Safety Christmas for Kids will provide gifts for the children of qualifying applicants (17 years and younger; children must be living with applicant).

The U.S. Department of Health 2008 Poverty Level chart will be used to determine income qualification.

Requirements to participate include: applicants must provide a photo I.D.; applicants must provide proof of residency in Northern Gila County, such as a lease agreement, utility bill, etc. and the name of applicant must be on the proof provided; applicants must provide proof of total household income (only employer check stubs, bank statements or D.E.S. statements will be accepted — handwritten notes will no longer be accepted); children must be living with applicant; only one application per household will be accepted; applicants found to have applied for additional food or gift assistance from other sources will be denied; and Spanish speaking citizens must bring an interpreter.

Applications can be made at 244 E. Highway 260 (Bashas’ Shopping Center) Thursday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday craft, bake sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God - the church at Green Valley Park - invite residents to attend its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, at 1100 W. Lake Drive (upper level).

There will be baked goods, craft items, jewelry, holiday decorations, ornaments, gift items, and the members’ specialty: lap throws, baby blankets and cozy quilts.

Winterfest at PES

The Payson Elementary School Winterfest is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5. There will be a silent auction, face painting, cakewalk, handprint calendar, craft, bake sale, food, hot cocoa, cider, cookie decorating, games and fun.

PES is located at 500 E. Rancho Road.

Humane Society hosts open house Saturday

The Payson Humane Society will host its second annual Homes for the Holiday open house from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at the animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road.

The public is invited to come by the shelter and see the wonderful, adoptable animals, ask questions and learn about the new shelter building. There will be refreshments, a KRIM live remote broadcast, and tours by board members. The 2009 PHS Pet Calendars will be on sale for just $10 each - they make great stocking stuffers.

Donations are welcome, and gift cards are encouraged so that shelter supplies may be obtained as needed.

For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

Craft, bake sale

The Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will have a craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6.

Handmade items, homemade baked goods and loads of other items will be available for purchase.

Call (928) 472-9290 for information.

Blood drive Dec. 6

There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road.

The most difficult time of the year to maintain Arizona’s blood supply is Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. You can help by donating blood this holiday season.

Donate blood between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24 to be automatically entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 5 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Donors will also be automatically entered in a drawing for one of six pairs of Phoenix Coyotes suite tickets for the Jan. 27 game with the Anaheim Ducks, courtesy of Shane Doan and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 16 years old. Additional height/weight restrictions apply for donors ages 16 to 22. For donor eligibility questions, call (480) 675-5497.

Call 1-877-448-4483 or visit to make an appointment to donate blood.

Artists of the Rim student exhibit set

See the future Artists of the Rim present their art during a showing at the Payson Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday Dec. 6.

Throughout November, students attended various art classes taught by local artists. Now, the students will showcase all the fantastic pieces they have been inspired to create. Artwork will be displayed in the meeting room.

‘Spirit of Christmas’ program Sunday

The annual Christmas pageant presented by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship takes place Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Payson High School Auditorium on West Longhorn Road.

The program — “Spirit of Christmas” — includes performances of contemporary and traditional music at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Admission is a can of food or nonperishable food item for a donation to the local food bank.

Candy sale in Pine

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library is having a See’s Candies Holiday Fund-raiser. There will be a large selection of See’s Candy to choose from. All proceeds go toward library materials. Sales will be inside the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine. For more information, please call (928) 476-3678.

Electric Light Parade

Join the fun at the 8th Annual Electric Light Parade on Main Street at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 — rain or shine. Bring blankets and chairs. Featured in the parade will be Payson’s very own 3A State Champion Football Team.

The parade will start at Sawmill Crossing and go west to Green Valley Park.

Piano students perform

The music students of Victoria Harris will be presented in a piano concert at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at Gila County Community College, Room 301. Students, ranging in age from 5 to retirement years, will perform a variety of classical and sacred music. Students have been trained in the Suzuki piano method.

A reception will follow the concert. The public is invited to both the concert and reception.

This is a family event. Children are welcome to come and enjoy the music and refreshments that follow. There is no admission charge.

Seniors to register for holiday food baskets

The Rim Country Optimist Club and the Payson Senior Center will be accepting applications from seniors needing assistance for the Christmas holiday season.

Interviews will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street. Prospective applicants must provide photo identification, proof of residency in Northern Gila County (utility bills, etc.) and proof of household income.

For further information, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264

Senior Christmas Angel Tree now available

First State Bank and PostNet are are presenting Payson’s 3rd Annual Senior Christmas Angel Tree. The program slogan is “Compassion Never Goes Out of Fashion!” All gifts will be hand-delivered to local Payson seniors in need and without families this holiday season. The Senior Christmas Angel Tree is at First State Bank at the east end of the Bashas’ shopping center, just west of Sears.


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