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Gerry Reynolds

Pete Pancrazi, award-winning jazz guitarist and vocalist, will be returning to Payson to perform in a “Have a Jazzy Holiday” celebration at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14. There is a $5 donation requested at the door. For more information or to reserve seats, call Gerry Reynolds at (602) 619-3355 or e-mail gerryr@cox.net.

PES Holiday Concert is tonight

Payson Elementary School will hold its annual Holiday Concert from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Payson High School Auditorium on West Longhorn Road.

All PES students in grades K-3, as well as 4th- and 5th-grade chorus students will perform a variety of holiday songs.

The community is invited, and there is no admission charge.

Schools half-day Dec. 10

Payson Unified School District 10 will observe a half-day in service day Wednesday, Dec. 10. Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:45 p.m.

Payson Center for Success does not observe the half-day in services, and will operate on its regular schedule.

Communicate in sign

The Silent Nights have been so successful that students from Gila Community College invite the public to join them once again in an evening of sign and fun.

Communication will be solely in sign language. Anyone who knows how to sign, or wants to experience sign language, is welcome to join the group. The only requirement — no talking — all communication will be in sign language.

Come join in the fun from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Famous Sam’s on Beeline Highway and learn another way of communicating — silently.

PHS Drama students present one-act plays

Longhorn Theatre will present senior-directed plays Dec. 10-14.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 and 13, and at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in the Studio Theatre behind the Payson High School auditorium on West Longhorn Road. Tickets at the door are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students.

Masons Clothe-A-Child program needs donations

On Saturday, Dec. 13, the 8th Annual Clothe-A-Child Program for K-5 students of five Rim Country grade schools will be held at the Payson Masonic Lodge #70, 200 E. Rancho Road.

Breakfast will be from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., shopping at Walmart is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and Santa’s visit will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please mail your tax-deductible financial donations to the lodge address above, and mark your check for the “Clothe-A-Child Program.”

For additional information, call Tom Jones (928) 476-4205.

Youth group benefit

There will be a youth group fund-raiser at Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline Highway, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19.

The group will accept donations for gift wrapping services and offer cookies and hot chocolate for sale.

Group-led hike Dec. 13

Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) group-led hike on the Peach Orchard and Event Center trails starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13.

Participants will meet at the Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park prior to heading to the trail, and a shuttle service will be available to get hikers back to the Event Center at the end of the hike. The hike is approximately four miles long and is moderately difficult, with some loose rocks and hills.

This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is recommended, but participants can also register the day of the event. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information or visit www.paysonparks.com.

Choral Society Christmas concert is Dec. 13

The Payson Choral Society’s Christmas concert is at the Payson High School auditorium Saturday, Dec. 13. Performances are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Concert tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for students ages 12 to 18, and free for children ages 11 and under.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup, and at the library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert.

Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships.

Youth group benefit

There will be a youth group fund-raiser at Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline Hwy., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20. The group will have accept donations for gift wrapping services and offer cookies and hot chocolate for sale.

Be a ‘Christmas Angel’ for those in need

Local businesses have set up, decorated and topped Christmas angel trees with children’s and seniors’ wishes this holiday. Residents “adopt” an angel by taking their tag and buying the requested items and returning it to the place of adoption.

Christmas Angel Trees

• First State Bank, 254 E. Highway 260 at the east end of the Bashas’ Shopping Center, has set up a senior angel tree. All gifts will be hand-delivered to Payson seniors in need and without families this holiday season. Please return gifts to the Senior Tree by Dec. 15.

• National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway, has an angel tree filled with wishes from children to teens. All of the children are from low-income families. The bank also has a drop box set up for the Payson Humane Society. Drop off cash donations, gift cards and pet supplies in the box. Donations are due by Dec. 22.

• Arizona State Credit Union, 104 E. Highway 260 (next to Taco Bell), has a children’s angel tree set up in their lobby. It is not mandatory to buy everything on the wish list, just as much as you can afford. Please return gifts by Dec. 22.

Salvation Army bell ringers

Bell ringers from the Salvation Army will be set up all around town collecting donations. Look for them at Walmart, Bashas’ and Walgreens, and please give generously.

Food bank donations

Rim Country food banks are accepting donations of nonperishable food items. Drop off donations at the Payson St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, 511 S. St. Phillips; and Pine-Strawberry Food Bank at the Pine Community Center or at the Payson and Pine libraries.

Group-led hike

Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) group-led hike on the Peach Orchard and Event Center trails starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13.

Participants will meet at the Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park prior to heading to the trail, and a shuttle service will be available to get hikers back to the Event Center at the end of the hike. The hike is approximately four miles long and is moderately difficult, with some loose rocks and hills.

This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is recommended, but participants can also register the day of the event. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information or visit www.paysonparks.com.

Children present choral Christmas program

The Payson Children’s Theater Choral Group, directed by Janice Weldon, will be performing “The Christmas Story” at The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 700 E. Wade Lane at 10:50 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 and at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Road at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14. The community is welcome to attend as the children present a musical representation of the birth of Christ.

The group of 28 children from first through fifth grade has performed several programs since its formation in August of last year. Most recently they participated in the Payson Community Veterans Day Program and were part of the “The Spirit of Christmas” community Christmas pageant.

The group’s spring performance of “Heavenly Fruit Stand” will begin rehearsals at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Ponderosa Baptist Church. Interested parents should contact Ponderosa Baptist Church at (928) 474-9279 to enroll their children. Van transportation to rehearsals and then to home is provided under most circumstances.

It is not necessary for children to have any prior musical experience, but they must be willing to cooperate, want to learn and enjoy working with adults and other children. Children must be available on Tuesday afternoons and must have their own transportation to the rehearsals that are scheduled for the Saturdays leading up to the performances. There are no fees and generally costumes are provided.

Native American Day

The public is invited to the second annual Native American Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14 at The Potters House Church, 616 S. Beeline Hwy. (rear upstairs unit).

Native American Pastor Derrick Clauschee from Tuba City will be the special guest preacher. His topic is “Let the Pow Wow begin”.

A Friendship Lunch with Indian Fry Bread and Navajo Tacos will be served at 11:45 a.m.

Have a jazzy holiday

Pete Pancrazi, award-winning jazz guitarist and vocalist, will be returning to Payson to perform in a “Have a Jazzy Holiday” celebration at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14.

While Pancrazi is an outstanding solo performer, he is adding other professional musicians, which promises to be an enjoyable afternoon of music. Steven Von Wald is expected join him on saxophone, Vic Kottner will be on bass, and Gerry Reynolds will play drums.

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church sponsor the event. There is a $5 donation at the door.

To receive information or to reserve seats, contact Gerry Reynolds at gerryr@cox.net, or leave a message at (602) 619-3355.

More information about Pete Pancrazi may also be found at www.petepancrazi.com.

Candlelight walk

Rim Country Compassionate Friends will have a Candlelight Memorial Walk around the lake at Green Valley Park in remembrance of all children who have died. Bring a candle and dress warmly. The walk is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14.

Fudge and salsa make great gifts

Just in time for the holidays, a huge selection of The Salsa King’s award-winning salsa and America’s best fudge will be available Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 16 at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby. Monday shopping is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday the hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fudge flavors include chocolate, walnut, maple, peanut butter, with pecan caramel clusters, almond bark, cinnamon nuts, sweet roasted nuts and lots more. Salsa flavors include garlic passion, just peachy pineapple, and chipotle black bean and corn, to name just a few.

Cash, credit and debit cards, and PRMC payroll deduction will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the many programs and scholarships available to our community through Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Investment Talk

Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, 512 N. Beeline Highway.

The informal gathering is for those interested in participating in roundtable discussions on the economy, interest rates, stocks, other investments and hot topics. It is an opportunity to learn from one another and exchange ideas on a variety of issues.

Call (928) 468-1470 for more information.

Gingerbread house construction party

The Crossroads Foursquare Church is holding a special event for all ages — a gingerbread house construction party.

Families, friends, and individuals are invited to come decorate a full-sized gingerbread house with all kinds of fun, edible goodies at the church, 114 E. Cedar Lane from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17.

All supplies are provided for just $10 per house. Refreshments will be served, too.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (928) 474-2602 for details and to reserve your space.

Library has new hours

The Payson Public Library hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

The library is now closed on Sunday and Monday.

Lip Sync contestants wanted for Feb. 21 event

A Lip Sync Contest will be held Feb. 21 in the Payson High School Auditorium. The contest is open to all high school students from Payson and surrounding communities, including home-schooled students.

Prizes will be gift cards totaling $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Contest rules are available at Payson High School (Drama Club, STUGO, Main Office), Payson Center for Success, Payson Community Christian School and Payson Education Center.

The evening will also include a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction featuring a wide variety of items for all ages. Donations of auctions items or scholarship donations will be welcomed.

The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Payson High School Drama Club, Rim Country Optimists and Rotary Club. All proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for continuing education. For more information, call Joan Young at 472-2264.

Pet-a-Palooza seeks vendors to benefit PHS

Safeway will host Payson Pet-a-Palooza on Jan 24. This is a great opportunity to promote your pet related products or services (no breeders please).

Booths require a $25-$40 donation to the Payson Humane Society. Donations of pet related items, event sponsors and pet professionals willing to provide demonstrations or question and answer clinics throughout the day are also needed.

Please call Lynne (928) 472-4661 or e-mail lynodonne@netzero.com.

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.

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