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Members of the Payson Birders invite anyone interested in learning more about bird watching to join them at their meetings. The next one will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Payson Public Library community room. The guest speaker will be George Wall, who will be discussing his two-week “hard core” bird watching in Australia.

All Christians are encouraged to begin 2009 right: with other “pray-ers” as we praise the Lord and seek His will for our world, nation, state, community, church and ourselves. 

During these troubled times, we all desperately need revival, and prayer is the key. We will meet from 7 a.m. to 7:10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 1, about two miles east of Beeline on Houston Mesa Road at the top of the hill before Mesa Del. After a five-minute hike to an overlook, Dave Yoder will lead us in song as we seek the Lord and His will as we pray over Payson, Star Valley and the area.

Dress warmly. In case of rain or too much snow, we will meet at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline. For more information, call (928) 472-8178.

First Friday celebrates New Year on Main

The Main Street merchants invite residents and visitors of the Rim Country to join them from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 2 for the celebration of a New Year.

Planned for the First Friday celebration of 2009:

• The Community Presbyterian Church will have Coleen Brown and the Starlighters performing.

• Gasoline Alley will have The Soroptimist Club with their See’s Candy and in-store specials.

• Artists of the Rim Gallery plans an artists’ reception providing an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.

• Down The Street Art Gallery will host the last night of its Red Bow event.

• At Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art will feature Conrad Okerwall’s original oils. The artist is donating 50 percent of his net profit to the charity of the buyer’s choice. Entertaining visitors to Bootleg Alley will be Brandon Shepard.

• Green Mountain Emporium, one of our old Main’s newest merchants, welcomes the community to browse the shop and discover all the wonderful items and warm friendship they have to offer.

• Temple Gallery displays wonderful works of art by Robert Temple and other local artists.

• Green Scene Solar will have an open house. Energy conservation and generation discussions will be ongoing.

• Re-Runs Resale Boutique & Consignment shop will have all new items for guests to enjoy.

The shuttle service for the First Friday celebration on Main Street is continuing. Park in the Community Presbyterian Church parking lot at 800 W. Main St. and hop on the Main Street bus. The bus will be traveling the whole length of Main Street and makes several stops for your convenience.

Computer group meets

The Payson Area Computer Association will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan 2 in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library. The speaker this month will be a representative from Smart Computing Magazine. Be sure to bring your friends. It should be informative.

Reshape your body and mind in the new year

Thinking about New Years resolutions and/or dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, hard to get rid of cellulite or tired of being overweight?

Health educators Cindy Bryant and Vivian Seville will discuss root causes of these issues, how to safely lose an average of three to five pounds of fat per week, reduce cellulite naturally, revitalize your skin, improve and maintain muscle tone and improve your quality of life without shots, prescriptions, stimulants, juices or fad treatments.

The lecture will be presented from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3 and Saturday, Jan. 24.

Lecture is free to the public, however reservations are required. Contact Cindy Bryant at (928) 472-7120.

‘Hard core birding’ is topic for Birders

Members of the Payson Birders invite anyone interested in learning more about bird watching to join them at their meetings. The next one will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Payson Public Library community room.

The guest speaker will be George Wall, who will be discussing his two-week “hard core” bird watching in Australia.

Wall has been birding since 1997 and is a board member of Sonoran Audubon Society, is active in many other birding programs and is editor of the Audubon Society newsletter. He has been birding throughout the U.S. and in places as far as Argentina and Brazil.

The public is invited to attend this meeting free of charge, but donations would be appreciated. For more information call (928) 474-4572.

Al-Anon meetings

An Al-Anon meeting is now held in Star Valley at Merritt Center on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

It is an open meeting for all family/friends who are troubled by another person’s drinking.

A new lunchtime Al-Anon meeting is forming in Star Valley.

Please call Pat at (602) 505-4584 for location details.

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.

London tour openings

Shannon Howard of Gila Community College is organizing a trip to London. Howard has about 10 slots still available for the May 16-May 23 trip. She needs registration and a $250 deposit by Jan. 12. The trip includes six nights in a 4-star hotel and escorted sightseeing.

For further details, including prices, contact Howard at (928) 951-1434 or e-mail her at shannonhoward.gcc@gmail.com.

Preserving memories

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.

Bridge results

Tuesday Bridge Club results for Dec. 23: Ann Dugger, first place; Bonnie Sheldon, second place; Kay Hutcheson, third place.

Play is at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community. Area residents and guest are welcome. Please call Marge Munro at (928) 468-6220 for reservations and information.

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.

Genealogy program

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Library will present a program by Val Sullivan on military records of the 18th and 19th centuries, including the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection.

The program is from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the genealogy library, 302 E. Bonita. The cost is $20 per person. For details and to register, call (928) 474-2139.

The genealogy library is closed through Jan. 3.

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.

Chamber meeting

The 2009 Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting prior to the January “Business Buzz” at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Best Western Payson Inn. All chamber members are invited to attend.  The chamber board and staff will be present to answer questions.

Lip Sync entries wanted

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 (928) 472-2264.

Investment talk

Edward Jones financial advisor Scott Flake hosts an Investment Talk every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, located at 512 N. Beeline Highway in Payson. The gathering is informal. Call (928) 468-1470 for details.

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