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Rim Country Middle School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, just in time for the holiday season. Visit the fair between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 5. The theme for the book fair this year is “Pop Open a Good Book.” Parents, children, and the community are invited to attend the book fair, which is being held in the newly remodeled middle school library. Fair attendees can help build classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the Classroom Wish List program. Book Fair proceeds will be used to purchase essential classroom resources such as new DVD players and support academic projects at Rim Country Middle School.

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 slated

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.

Gun range schedule

The Tonto Rim Sports Club Shooting and Archery Range is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29. The use fee for nonmembers is $5.

A black powder shoot will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30.

To find the range, go 2.2 miles south of the casino on Highway 87 (.3 miles south of Gibson Ranch Road) and turn left (east) onto a gravel road. It is 1.5 miles to the range entrance. For more information, call (928) 468-1521.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Payson High School Winter Concert set

Payson High School’s Music Department will present its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2 in the high school auditorium. The Modern and Mixed Choir and the Longhorn Band will perform. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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.

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.

Craft, bake sale

The Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will have a craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. Handmade items, homemade baked goods and loads of other items will be available for purchase. Call (928) 472-9290 for information.

Tiny Tots Christmas program planned

The Tiny Tots Christmas, a three-week program, will be presented from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Fridays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

The program features puppet shows, Christmas crafts, stories, carols and “Reindeer Games” for children ages 3 to 6.

Sign up at the Payson Public Library as soon as possible. Class size is limited to 30 children. Please contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 with questions.

Holiday Bazaar in Young

The 2008 Community Holiday Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6, and from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 at Braswell’s Chuckwagon in Young, Ariz.

This is the 9th annual Community Holiday Bazaar. The horse 4-H Group and others will have breads, cakes, cookies, pies and candy for sale. Granola and more healthy treats will also be available, along with Rene’s wonderful fudge. Shirley Swan will have her carvings, walking sticks and jewelry. Also offered for purchase will be original photographs and cards, handmade items and signs from wood, natural soaps and corn or rice packs. Also on sale will be quilting kits to make simple projects or small quilts plus completed quilts, beautiful handcrafted jewelry and handmade aprons.

Call Carol Braswell at (928) 462-3661 for more information.

Winterfest at PES

The Payson Elementary School Winterfest is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5. There will be a silent auction, face painting, cakewalk, handprint calendar, craft, bake sale, food, hot cocoa, cider, cookie decorating, games and fun.

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.

Aglow Christmas event

Come for a special Aglow Christmas celebration from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Crossroads Church Fellowship Hall, 114 E. Cedar Lane.

There will be carols and a presentation of the First Christmas, plus a gift exchange.

To participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift ($5-$10 limit). Bring a festive snack to share. Free childcare is available, but arrangements must be made in advance with Denny at (928) 472-2521.

Artists of the Rim student exhibit set

See the future Artists of the Rim present their art during a showing at the Payson Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday Dec. 6.

Throughout November, students attended various art classes taught by local artists. Now, the students will showcase all the fantastic pieces they have been inspired to create. Artwork will be displayed in the meeting room.

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.

Holiday lights bus tour cancelled

Due to the recent budget cuts, the Magic on the Mountain Bus tour scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 20 to view the holiday lighting contest entries is cancelled.

For more information, call Payson Parks and Recreation at (928) 474-5242, ext. 272.

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.

Soroptimist schedules holiday boutique

Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country will have a Holiday Boutique from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn. Vendors will include: Mary Kay, Avon, See’s Candy, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Scentsy, Bootleg Alley, Pampered Chef and more. Please contact Clarice Christensen at 468-6956 or Audrey Vetter (602) 740-7062 for more information.

See’s Candy sales

The local Soroptimist club sells See’s Candy all year round. However a series of special sales are planned next weekend. On Dec. 6, candy will be available in front of Safeway; Dec. 7, candy will be available in front of Bashas’. See’s is also available at the Bookstore & More, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, Suite F; the Senior Circle facility, 215 N. Beeline Highway, and at Fireside Espresso, 614 N, Beeline Highway. Please contact Tambra Armenta at (928) 978-2356 for more information or special orders.

Candy sale in Pine

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.

Christmas pageant

The annual Christmas pageant presented by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship, “Spirit of Christmas” is Sunday, Dec. 7 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. Performances of contemporary and tradition music will be at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Community Christmas concert is Dec. 13

The Payson Choral Society’s Christmas concert is at 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.

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