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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:

Jan. 30, "American Sign Language," Patti Calkins

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.

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.

Senior Thrift Store sale

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a sale on men's and women's clothing through the end of January. All garments, with the exception of children's and boutique items, will be half-off the marked price. New clothing is put on sale daily.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community, such as Meals on Wheels, transportation for those who no longer drive, help with Medicare/Medicaid, legal assistance, hot lunches at the center and social activities.

For a full schedule of events, pick up a monthly menu/program listing at the center, 514 W. Main Street.

‘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 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.

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.

Nationally known artist is guest Feb. 10

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 $50 per person, with proceeds to benefit Whispering Hope Ranch. Make reservations with Kim Steif, Whispering Hope Ranch, (928) 478-0339, extension 305.

Homework help offered

Payson Institute of Learning is expanding its classrooms to include help for students with after-school homework on a one-to-one basis. There is also an art teacher for students who want to work with paints or clay. Classes are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are five students to a class. Call (928) 472-3393 for more information.

Time Out Thrift Shop offers 50 percent off

The Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline, is having a half-off everything sale to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hashknife Pony Express ride from Holbrook to Scottsdale. The sale is Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Feb. 2. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Time Out Shelter programs and services.

County spelling bee

Linda O'Dell, county school superintendent, has announced the Gila County Spelling Bee is Friday, Feb. 1. Districts and private schools registered with the national spelling bee are eligible to participate. For more information, call Julie Vasquez at (928) 425-3231, ext. 8783.

This year, the spelling bee will be held at Miami High School Auditorium, 4635 E. Ragus Road in Globe.

The spelling bee will begin promptly at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The winner of the county bee is invited to participate in the state spelling bee, which will be March 29 at Arizona State University campus.

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