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The annual Christmas pageant presented by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is Sunday, Dec. 7. This year, the program is the “Spirit of Christmas” — a contemporary Christmas program presented free to the community at the high school auditorium. Guests attending are asked to bring a can of food or nonperishable food item for a donation to the local food bank. The pageant will include about 100 people who will be involved in the full production. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Friday last day to get benefit wreath

Order a wreath to support New Hope PMU Equine Rescue. Orders will be taken through Nov. 29.

Delivery, free of charge, will be made between Dec. 8 and Dec. 12.

For more information or to place an order, call Marga at (928) 970-3764, or Denise at (928) 468-1359 or (928) 595-2242. Additional details can be found on the Web site, www. newhopepmuequinerescue.com.

Each wreath, made with fresh evergreen boughs from Minnesota, comes with a hanger; and for each purchase, a tree will be planted.

Soroptimists need award applicants

Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country is now accepting applications for its annual Violet Richardson Award.

The award recognizes young women, ages 14 to 17, who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. The volunteer work may be done through school, church or nonprofit organizations.

Contact Suzanne Bohlman at (928) 978-8866 for more information. Applications are due by Dec. 1.

Public Safety Christmas for Kids registration

The Rim Country Optimist Club and Public Safety Christmas for Kids will be accepting applications from families needing assistance for the Christmas holiday season. The Optimist Club will provide a complete holiday meal for qualifying families, including senior citizens. Public Safety Christmas for Kids will provide gifts for the children of qualifying applicants (17 years and younger; children must be living with applicant).

The U.S. Department of Health 2008 Poverty Level chart will be used to determine income qualification.

Requirements to participate include: applicants must provide a photo I.D.; applicants must provide proof of residency in Northern Gila County, such as a lease agreement, utility bill, etc. and the name of applicant must be on the proof provided; applicants must provide proof of total household income (only employer check stubs, bank statements or D.E.S. statements will be accepted — handwritten notes will no longer be accepted); children must be living with applicant; only one application per household will be accepted; applicants found to have applied for additional food or gift assistance from other sources will be denied; and Spanish speaking citizens must bring an interpreter.

Applications can be made at 244 E. Highway 260 (Bashas’ Shopping Center) Thursday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas boutique

The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild has a Christmas boutique at the Pine Community Center Arts and Crafts Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29 and Saturday, Dec. 6, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30.

Time Out Thrift Store holiday sale

Take “Time Out 2 Shop” Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Time Out Thrift Store. All Christmas items will be 50 percent off. There will also be ladies’ brand new low-cut boots for only $5 (while they last).

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s). Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers will gladly pick up gently used furniture and large donations. To schedule pick-up, call (928) 474-3989.

Rock Band Video Game Tournament Nov. 29

Compete as a band or a solo artist at the Rock Band Tournament from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Payson Public Library. The contest is open to those 10 to 18 years old. Please sign up at the front desk or call (928) 474-9260.

Handbags and more offered by MHA

Paula’s Bags & More of Scottsdale will be on sale at the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1. Come check out the great selection of purses, men’s and women’s wallets, fanny packs, travel bags, pet carriers and various other items.

Purchase can be made by credit/debit cards, checks and cash. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

AARP driving class set

An AARP Driver Safety class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday Dec. 1 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. This is an eight-hour classroom refresher for motorists aged 50 and older who have years of driving experience. It is not necessary to be a member of AARP to participate. There will be a $10 fee for materials. Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount. Bring a sack lunch and your driver’s license Enrollment is limited, so call Jim Serfling at (928) 472-6372 to register or for more information.

Holiday craft, bake sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God - the church at Green Valley Park - invite residents to attend its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, at 1100 W. Lake Drive (upper level).

There will be baked goods, craft items, jewelry, holiday decorations, ornaments, gift items, and the members’ specialty: lap throws, baby blankets and cozy quilts.

Celebration of Life

Honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life.

Messinger Funeral Home, RTA Hospice & Palliative Care and the Rim Country Hospice Foundation invite the public to a “Celebration of Life” at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Mountain Bible Church.

This will be the 13th annual Celebration of Life, which provides a beautiful and poignant beginning to the holiday season. The evening begins with prayers and remembrances. Throughout the evening candles are lit, poem read, a power point presentation of those we honor with photographs and accompanied names being read.

A full course meal is provided at the end of the evening by Gerardo’s Italian Bistro.

The Celebration of Life is free of charge, however each person is asked to donate a can of food, which will be given to St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Bank.

Candy for funds

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library is having a See’s Candies Holiday Fund-raiser. There will be a large selection of See’s Candy to choose from. All proceeds go toward library materials. Sales will be inside the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine. For more information, please call (928) 476-3678.

Blood drive Dec. 6

There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road.

The most difficult time of the year to maintain Arizona’s blood supply is Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. You can help by donating blood this holiday season.

Donate blood between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24 to be automatically entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 5 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Donors will also be automatically entered in a drawing for one of six pairs of Phoenix Coyotes suite tickets for the Jan. 27 game with the Anaheim Ducks, courtesy of Shane Doan and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 16 years old. Additional height/weight restrictions apply for donors ages 16 to 22. For donor eligibility questions, call (480) 675-5497.

Call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ .org today to make your appointment to donate blood.

Tamales for Toys

The annual Tamales for Toys event is just down the way.

Get a new toy (or a few) and take it (or them) to Gerardo’s Italian Bistro from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 and enjoy a great homemade tamale dinner, courtesy of the Rim Country’s firefighters.

The annual event is a way to collect new toys (for ages infant to 17) for the Christmas for Kids program that public safety personnel from around the Rim present each year to make the holidays happy for everyone. The Payson Fire Department and the Northern Gila County Firefighters Association put on the Tamales for Toys event, with Sam Garcia of the Payson Fire Department supervising the cooking.

In addition to the homemade tamales, there will be beans, chips and a drink served. A sign-up sheet will be available for any leftover tamales as well, for which those interested can call at the end of the event. Donations of cash will also be accepted.

Elks set ‘Hoop Shoot’

The Elks’ national “Hoop Shoot” free throw program is open to all boys and girls, ages 8 through 13. The Elks give youngsters an opportunity for spirited competition and relationships with their peers, but no experience is necessary.

The Rim Country event is Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Tonto Apache Tribal Recreation Center gymnasium.

For more details, youngsters should see their school coach or physical education teacher or call Jack Cook at (928) 978-2248.

Annual Christmas pageant planned

The annual Christmas pageant presented by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is just around the corner.

This year, the program is the “Spirit of Christmas” — a contemporary Christmas program presented free to the community at the high school auditorium. Guests attending are asked to bring a can of food or nonperishable food item for a donation to the local food bank.

The pageant will include old carols, a Nativity scene and more featuring local talent from the area’s many churches. It is estimated about 100 people will be involved in the full production.

Performances are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7.

Community Christmas concert is Dec. 13

The Payson Choral Society’s Christmas concert, Christmas Memories, directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Greg Larkins and Diana Rushlow, comes to the Payson High School auditorium Saturday, Dec. 13. Performances are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Concert tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for students ages 12 to 18, and free for children ages 11 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup, and at the library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert.

Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships.

Early deadlines

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, it will be necessary to have all items for the Community Almanac submitted by 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26. Please e-mail items to tmcquerrey@payson.com, fax to (928) 474-1893 or drop by the Roundup office, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

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