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Free tax help, free e-filing now offered

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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.

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 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.

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.

PHS adoption special

Once again the Payson Humane Society's kennels and cathouses are overflowing with stray, abandoned and owner-donated animals. This has been a harsh, cold winter for the animals in the society's antiquated shelter. It is especially hard on the dogs because they are in the cold, concrete kennels.

Due to the current overpopulation at the shelter would like to offer a February special that may help us adopt our animals to loving homes. Potential adopters will still need to meet PHS adoption application requirements. There are pets with special needs and others that are especially suited to senior citizens.

All of the pets can be viewed on Petfinders and Pets 911.

PHS will have another low-cost spay and neuter clinic on March 26, please call the shelter for details at 474-5590.

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.

Citizens Awareness Committee meets Feb. 11

There will be a Citizens Awareness Committee meeting at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in the Payson Public Library meeting room. The topic will be: Town of Payson Election Forum. The speakers will be Michael Hughes and David Rutter, council candidates.

All Rim Country citizens are welcome. Contact the CAC by e-mail at paysoncac@yahoo.com.

$6 jewelry sale

A wonderful selection of $6 jewelry, rings, belts, earrings, men's and women's watches, bracelets, scarves, necklace/earrings sets, sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more will be available at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12-13.

Cash, Visa and MasterCard will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships.

For more information, call (926) 472-2588.

Reception for artists

The Artists of the Rim Gallery is holding a reception for all of its artists from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

"Come out an meet the artists," co-op member Brenda Baker said.

Colored heart stickers will mean special prices on some of the artwork.

MHA benefit scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a scrub sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Come see all the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories and more. Look for "Scrub Bucks" around town and receive a discount! Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Concert for Institute of Learning

The Payson Institute of Learning will have a benefit concert, "Broadway Showstoppers," at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at The Rim Club. The tickets are $100 per person, with $60 tax deductible.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call (928) 472-3393.

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.

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