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Brenda Martell is teaching a scrapbooking class this semester at Gila Community College. Students will 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. Classes meet from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Thursdays starting Jan. 7. To register, go directly to the GCC’s Payson Campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or register online at www.GilaCCC.org.

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., 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.

Humane Society fund-raisers

There is a gift-wrapping service at Safeway to benefit the Payson Humane Society. The cost is only $1 per package.

Bring your gifts to the store from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 24. The gifts will be wrapped while you shop. There are many wrapping styles to choose from.

Safeway also has a Gold Canyon Candle special to benefit the Humane Society — buy one, get one at half price.

Colberts have 60th anniversary Dec. 25

John Colbert, originally of Virginia, and Glenna Maxwell, from West Virginia, met and married in Washington, D.C. where both served in the United States Army.

The couple married on Christmas Day 1948. They have been residents of Payson since 1988.

Hanukkah celebration scheduled for Dec. 28

The Rim Country Minyan, a new organization, will celebrate Hanukkah in Star Valley on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 28. 

The festivities will begin at 3 p.m., and will include singing, Israeli dancing, games and a vegetarian potluck. There will be a candle lighting ceremony at sunset. Children are welcome — the dreydls are ready. People of all faiths are welcome to participate.

For more information, contact Naomi Mallinson, (928) 468-2212 or e-mail nmallinson@q.com.

Republican Club meets next Monday

The Rim Country Republican Club will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at noon, Monday, Dec. 29 at Crosswinds Restaurant.

On Nov. 21, the Northern Gila Republican Women voted to merge with the Rim Country Republican Club. All members of the Northern Gila Republican Women are invited to join and attend the Rim Country Republican Club meetings.

The speaker Monday will be District 1 County Supervisor Tommie Martin. She will discuss her positions as to the state of Gila County government, her views to restore forest management, and the future of conservative government in Arizona.

The public is welcome to join us to meet and discuss these issues with Tommie Martin. For more information, please call Bob Hibbert at (928) 468-2234.

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

Brush drops closed

The Regional Payson Area Project, for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) announces that all RPAP brush pits will be closed Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 27 and 28, so that our staff and volunteers can spend the holidays with their families.

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.

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries offered Jan. 7

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will again be offered in Payson, by the Plateauland Mobile Veterinary Clinic, a division of Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff.

Payson Humane Society will host the clinic, to be held Wednesday, Jan. 7 next to the animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road.

Surgery fees are as follows: dog spay $75, dog neuter $60, cat spay $50, cat neuter $40. Animals in heat/pregnant or over 60 pounds are subject to additional fees. Vaccinations and other services will be available to surgery patients at an additional low-cost fee.

Spay/neuter surgeries will be on an appointment basis only. To make an appointment or for further information, call the clinic at 1-928-526-5964. Interested pet owners may also call the PaysonHumane Society at 474-5590.

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.

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.

Volunteers needed to assist with tax returns

Payson AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers for computer preparation of Form(s) 1040 for tax year 2008. Requirements are: knowledge of preparing a tax return and using a computer, commitment of four hours per week from Feb. 1 through April 15, and attendance at a training class for one week starting Jan. 19 on both Federal and State tax returns. Call (928) 472-6229 for more information.

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