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St. Patrick's Day dinner tonight

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St. Patrick's Day dinner tonight

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church will have its 13th annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 14 at the church, 507 W. Wade Lane. The dinner will include corned beef, cabbage, glazed carrots, parsley potatoes, Jell-O salad, rolls, dessert and beverages. Price for adults is $8, children under 10 are $4. Tickets will be available at the door. Takeout is available. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

There is still time for last-minute registrations at the 10th Annual Women's Wellness Forum to be held Saturday, March 15 at the Payson High School Campus.

Registration is just $10 for a day of fun and entertaining educational opportunities. The day's keynote speaker will give her presentation at 8 a.m. in the PHS auditorium. Humor Therapist Elaine Lundberg promises to have attendees in stitches as she talks about "Women & Stress -- Now That's Funny." Lundberg is based in Mesa and is the author of two books and conducts programs throughout the country showing how humor can relieve stress and make your world a better place.

Education programs that still have room for participants are: First Aid for Furry Friends, Who Stole My Joy and Why Does My Neck Hurt, Recognizing Cancer, A Woman's Journey to Financial Independence, Car Trouble -- Yelling Doesn't Work, and Easy Home Repairs for Women.

Following the education sessions, which run concurrently from 9 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., there will be a lunch and vendor fair in the old gym at the high school.

The day starts at 7 a.m. with a qigong session in the PHS cafeteria.

Call (928) 472-2588 to reserve your place at this fun forum.

Free brush dumping

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country will have both brush pits open for free dumping of brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials. Wood from ponderosa pines or other trees killed by bark beetles will be accepted and burned.

The Blattner Pit, at milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 15.

The Pine Pit, .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on the Control Road south of Pine, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 16.

No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted. The pits are not open to commercial haulers or intended for commercial use.

Should the weather turn bad, the pits may not be open due to difficulty in accessibility.

Free Easter photos, egg hunt at Wal-Mart

Children throughout Payson can get a free 5-inch-by-7-inch photo with the Easter bunny at Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 15, 16, 21 and 22.

Wal-Mart will also have a free Easter egg hunt with prizes at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 15. Children ages 3 to 5 will hunt together and those in kindergarten through the third grade will have their own hunt. Meet outside the store between the two entrances.

Group hike March 15

The Payson Area Trails System will lead a group hike of Cypress Trail starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15.

Participants must register by March 14 and there is a $5 fee. It is open to all ages.

Meet at the established USFS Trail Access, approximately 2.0 miles east on Granite Dells Road from the Highway 260 intersection. Look for the "TRAIL" sign on the right (west) side of the road.

This hike is 4 miles round-trip and is fairly easy, but expect some inclines, loose rocks and seasonal running water. Don't forget your hiking boots and water.

Roosevelt egg hunt

This Saturday, March 15 is the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Roosevelt. The event will be held at Grapevine Campground Pintail Loop -- watch for the signs. The activities start at 10 a.m. with an Easter parade. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of things, including most eggs collected.

There will be grand prize drawings at the end of the event and children must be present to claim their prizes. The event is open to all and is free.

For more information on the 16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, please call Lon and Jeannine Thiele at (928) 467-2260.

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 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.

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.

Gila County Board of Supervisors

When: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18
Where: Supervisors' Auditorium, 1400 E. Ash Street, Globe
Meeting highlight: Convening as Gila County Library District Board to discuss a grant for a collaborative effort between the county library district and county school superintendent's office to seek a grant to expand adult education services. Agenda is subject to revision.

Payson Parks and Recreation Board

When: 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 18
Where: Parks Office, Green Valley Park
Meeting highlight: YMCA and Event Center updates

Payson Town Council

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 18
Where: Town Hall
Meeting highlight: Canvass of Vote
• The Town Council will meet to certify the results of the recent council and mayoral election and likely debate when to seat the new mayor and council members.

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