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See Forest Park luminarias Dec. 20

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A Santa’s mailbox is located in front of the Parks and Recreation Office in Green Valley Park. Santa is collecting the letters and responding to as many as he gets.

The Forest Park Homeowners Association will have its annual luminarias display beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20.

The association members will be accepting nonperishable food and cash donations to be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Free cookies will be provided to those stopping to make donations.

One angel tree still needs gifts

The Salvation Army Angel Tree at National Bank of Arizona, located at the corner of Beeline and West Main, still has tags waiting to be claimed. Gifts will be accepted until Dec. 22.

The bank also has a drop box set up for the Payson Humane Society. Drop off cash donations, gift cards and pet supplies by Dec. 22.

Team reunion at Dec. 19 basketball game

Members of the 1958-1962 basketball teams of Ted Pettet will be at halftime at the Payson-Sedona basketball game, which starts at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19 in the old gym at the high school.

Also as part of the half-time program Gary Barcom, a board member with the Mogollon Sporting Association, will be announcing the application process for two $2,000 scholarships to be awarded by the MSA to a young man and young woman graduating in the spring.

Burritos and fry bread on sale Dec. 19-20

The Rim Valley Church of God, 208 S. McLane Road, will have a fund-raiser Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20. In time for your Christmas dinner, they will sell burritos and Indian fry bread by Chema’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Delivery of large orders will be available to the Payson area for an additional charge.

To place your order, please call Jan Buttram at 474-5449.

The church is located to the west of Payson High School.

Book signing Dec. 20

Roberta “Punk” Madaras, a Payson resident since 1982, is a first-time author with her children’s book “Piney V’s Discoveries at the Bark Park.”

Punk observed that the lessons her dog needed to learn to get along with other dogs at the Off Leash Dog Park are closely related to social skills children must learn for successful interaction with their peers.

Punk and illustrator Jean Ramsey will host a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Payson Public Library.

Brush drops closed

The Regional Payson Area Project, for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) announces that for the last two weekends of 2008 — Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20 and 21, and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17 and 28, all RPAP brush pits will be closed, so that our staff and volunteers can spend the holidays with their families.

Foods and plants program planned

The Tonto Basin Ranger District is presenting two educational programs this weekend, “Foods of the Superstitions” and “Plants of the Sonoran Desert” at the Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center.

Authors Don Wells and Jean Groen will present the programs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 and Sunday, Dec. 21. Wells will talk about the specimens, where they are found, what they look like and the medicinal use for the plant, seed, or fruit. Groen, who has a degree in home economics, has researched old Indian recipes and developed modern recipes using the products. She will provide samples for the audience to taste.

For further information, contact the Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center, (928) 467-3200.

Gifts, books at PRMC

The Mogollon Health Alliance will offer hundreds of new books and gifts at its Books Are Fun Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 23 in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby. Quality books and unique gifts, including photo albums, stationery, music and much more will be sold at great discounts. Purchases can be made by VISA, MC, Discover, AMEX, checks, and post-dated checks.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

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

Holiday tree recycling

The Town of Payson will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling at the Payson Event Center parking area beginning Dec. 26 and continuing through Feb. 1. This is for Christmas trees only, no brush or yard debris, please. All Christmas trees should be free of ornaments, stands, ropes and strings, etc.

Trees will be chipped in early February. If you are interested in having the chips delivered free of charge to your home, please stop by Planning and Zoning at the Town Hall Complex and fill out an excess materials request form as soon as possible. This is a first come, first served “while supplies last” program.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or visit the Web at www.paysonparks.com.

Water cleanup group organizing

A watershed group for the Tonto/Christopher Creek Basin is being formed by Rev. Larry Fultz, executive director of Tonto Rim Christian Camp.

Those who would be interested in joining to clean up the impaired waters of Tonto and Christopher creeks are invited to call Rev. Fultz at (928) 478-4630. An organizational meeting will be held in March 2009.

Adult education classes

Adult education classes are offered in Payson through the office of Gila County Superintendent of Schools.Classes are free and are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 112 W. Cedar Lane. The classes will include: basic education, GED preparation, distance learning opportunities, and computer-assisted learning, covering all subject areas.  For more information about the Gila County Adult Education Program, please contact Leslie Owen at (928) 472-5374.

Benefit candle sale

Gold Canyon Candles are now offered at Safeway as a benefit to the Payson Humane Society. This brand of candle is known for superior wax and fragrance blends, and unique double wicks, which allow candles to burn stronger, longer and more evenly. The cost is less than what is available online, and proceeds benefit the Payson Humane Society. For more information, call (928) 472-4661.

Preserving memories

Brenda Martell is teaching a scrapbooking class this spring at Gila Community College.

Students will be introduced to methods and techniques of modern scrapbooking. Learn how to develop a theme, create page quality layouts, select the correct paper, crop photos, journal, use stamps, practice embossing methods, generate computer images, and use text and templates. Use cherished photos and items to create a pictorial history to be preserved for posterity.

Join Brenda Martell in Art 153 Scrapbooking from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., Thursdays, starting Jan. 7, 2009. To register, go directly to the GCC’s Payson Campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or register online at www.GilaCCC.org.

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