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The Gila County Recorder's Office reminds all voters that today, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. is the last day for early voting. Early voting locations are the Satellite Office, 201 W. Frontier in Payson and the Recorder's Office, 1400 E. Ash St. in Globe. If you have any questions, please call (928) 402-8734.

Two-day sale at Legion

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 the American Legion Thrift Store is having a huge sale. Fill a bag with any clothing and pay only $1. Monthly specials include jeans for 50 cents; ladies' blouses, 50 cents; and men's shirts, 50 cents. Donations always accepted.

‘Chocolate Decadence'

The public is invited to a delicious "Chocolate Decadence Dessert and Coffee" from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. The church supports the monthly First Friday event on Main Street with a different theme each time, and for February that theme is "chocolate."

Entertainment will be provided by the Senior Center Band playing the great old tunes we all know and love. The church's regularly featured sale of "A Greater Gift" -- offering beautifully handmade items from around the world -- will also be available. For more information, call the church office at (928) 474-2059 weekday mornings between 9 a.m. and noon.

Free brush drop-off

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations:

Saturday, Feb. 2: The Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Feb. 3: The Pine Pit will be closed, as it is too muddy for safe operations. The Pine Pit is located on Control Road, .7 of a mile east of Highway 87, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Wood, branches, etc. from ponderosa pines or other trees killed by bark beetles will be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Annual recital

The students of Alana Wallace invite the public to their annual recital, which will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash St. The program will highlight the accomplishments of vocal, piano and drum students and will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. From rock to classical, and country to Broadway, there will be something for everyone.

If you have any questions, please contact Wallace at (928) 472-7689.

Free tax help, free e-file

Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP Volunteers in Payson. AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the IRS. This free service is provided to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. It is available from Feb. 4 through April 15 at the following locations and times: Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Beeline Highway, Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When you come, please bring: picture ID; Social Security card for all persons claimed on the return; last year's tax return; your 2007 tax documents. An appointment is not necessary, however, if you would like information or need an appointment, you may call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229.

Museum volunteer orientation

The Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin need volunteers. An orientation meeting for those interested in helping and those already serving will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Free Family Enrichment Classes

Payson schools' winter series of Family Enrichment Classes has started. All classes take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Parent Resource Center, 514 W. Wade Lane (next to the Wilson Dome).

Wednesday Classes include:

Feb. 6, "Improve Health, Body and Life -- Get Balanced," Marga Cullumber

Feb. 13, "Apache Heritage and Culture," Vivian Burdette

Feb. 20, "ADHD," Terri Legassie

Feb. 27, "Responsibility of School Resource and Probation Officers," Payson Police Officers David Vaughn and Mike McAnerny and Gila County Probation Officer Mike Snively

No registration is necessary. A light snack will be provided. Contact Payson Schools Parent Community Liaison Blanche Oakland at (928) 472-5735 for more information.

Rodeo Committee meets

The Payson Rodeo Committee meetings for February are on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20, with the board meeting at 6 p.m. and general meeting at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call Bill Armstrong, rodeo boss, (928) 474-9440.

Democrats meet

The Gila County Democratic meeting is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the forest service meeting room in the big building behind the Roosevelt Lake Visitors' Center.

Humane Society Valentine's raffle

The Humane Society is holding a raffle for a Valentine's Day gift basket, two massages, dinner for two and more! Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and are available from the Humane Society or call Jo at (928) 478-6517 or Betty at (928) 468-7132. Also, look for ticket sales at area markets. Purchase deadline is Feb. 11.

Benefit by Ahrendt price reduced

William Ahrendt will give an illustrated talk on his practice as a painter of American subjects. People of all ages interested in art will find his presentation interesting and informative.

The presentation will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at Chaparral Pines. The cost is $25 per person, with proceeds to benefit Whispering Hope Ranch. Make reservations with Kim Steif, Whispering Hope Ranch, (928) 478-0339, extension 305.

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