Habitat Ceremony For Wall-Raisings

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Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Inc. invites friends and family to attend and participate in the blessing of new homes built at 801 W. Longhorn Road. The wall-raising ceremony at Longhorn Village Condominiums is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Come sign the Posterity Walls for the new homeowners selected for occupancy of Phase I. Call (928) 474-0330 for additional information.

PAHH will have application workshops Feb. 28 and March 20 for those wishing to be considered for one of the condominiums to be built in the later phases of its Longhorn Village project.

PAHH has opened the Longhorn Village Phase H Project application period for the two-story, three-bedroom condominiums. It continues through March 31. Application workshops will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 20. Participants will learn how to qualify and fill out the application. The workshops will be held in room 304, Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. All interested in applying can contact either the PAHH office (928) 474-0330 or Lois English (928) 468-8512.

Brush drop-off

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

Saturday, Feb. 9: 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. 10: The Pine Pit will be closed, as it is too muddy for safe operations.

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.

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.

Look for colored heart stickers on the works on display and get special price.

Jazz artist performs

Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak, with pianist Lew Turano and friends performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W Main St.

The performance is open to all area residents, and a $5 minimum donation for each guest may be given at the door.

Although not required, you may contact Gerry Reynolds to reserve seating by leaving a message at (480) 785-1278, or by sending a message to him at gerryr@cox.net, giving your name and the number of individuals who will be attending.

Whispering Hope benefit

William Ahrendt, a nationally known artist residing in Pine, will give an illustrated talk on his practice as a painter of American subjects. His talk will include an overview of his investigation of the painting techniques employed by the Renaissance and Baroque masters as a painter.

Ahrendt looks forward to providing members of his audience with answers to their questions concerning the world of fine art and collecting. A slide show of paintings produced in his Pine studio will be included in the presentation. 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.

Food box sign-up

Food Care -- People Helping People is a simple way to stretch your food dollars. It is there for everyone, young and elderly and there are no income qualifications, so come join us. It costs $30 (or food stamps) and $16 for a meat box. Pay by Feb. 11 and pick up the food at Masonic Lodge on Feb. 20.

For more information call J.D. or Loretta Haggard at (928) 472-2190 or Karen at (928) 472-9127. Pay for it at Rim Guidance, Pine Country Outfitters, JD & JL LockShop or First Southern Baptist Church. The Oasis Christian Bookstore is the only site that accepts food stamps.

Citizens Awareness Committee has forum

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 Citizens Awareness Committee by e-mail at paysoncac@yahoo.com.

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