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Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Gerardo’s Italian Bistro between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 and get a great tamale dinner from the Payson Public Safety Christmas for Kids folks.

Dec. 2 Wednesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Lasagna Dinner and Food Drive: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., RCMS cafeteria

• Midweek Advent Service: 6 p.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

• Bingo: 6:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

December bag sale

Take “Time Out 2 Shop” at your favorite Thrift Store for its $1 Bag Sale on all regular clothing items (excluding boutique or western wear) every Wednesday in December.

During these Wednesdays, there will also be other nonclothing items on sale. The dates are Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Also, on these same Wednesdays, the gate to our donation yard will be closed in order to reorganize our yard to better serve our customers. We wish to thank all of our customers for their patronage and apologize for any inconvenience and hope you’ll continue shopping with us.

The Time Out Thrift Store is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway.

All our profits support Time Out, Inc. domestic violence programs and services at its shelter, Transitional Housing and Gila Family Advocacy Center in our community.

GCC orientations

New Student and General Information Orientation will take place at 4 p.m., Dec. 2 in Gila Community College Room 102. WebStudy Orientation is at 6 p.m., Jan. 11 in Room 108.

RCMS plans dinner and food drive

Students and families of Rim Country Middle School invite the community to join them for dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the RCMS cafeteria.

Enjoy a delicious lasagna dinner prepared by the Payson High School Culinary Arts Program, with entertainment provided by the RCMS choir. There will be door prizes, a book fair and registration for free computer workshops.

There is no charge for the dinner, but a donation of a nonperishable food item is requested. Make a reservation with Gina Castaño at (928) 474-4511, ext. 2214.

Major funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and generous donations from the community.

Nativity sets sought

Don’t forget to take your Nativity sets to the Pine Cultural Hall between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 if you would like to join with many others in making this year’s annual Nativity display the best ever.

The community is invited to view the Nativity sets on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Linda Howard and her helpers will be there to offer refreshments and answer any questions you may have about this unique holiday display.

Wacky Wednesday after-school program returns

Payson United Methodist Church will once again be sponsoring the Wacky Wednesday program beginning Dec. 2.

Wacky Wednesday is a free, after-school program for kids that meets every Wednesday from elementary school dismissal until 5:30 p.m. We provide free bus transportation from PES, FES and JRE to the church. Parents pick up kids at 5:30 p.m. and are invited to stay for a free family meal and more. Call 474-KIDS to register.

Midweek Advent Services

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, is holding Midweek Advent Services in preparation of the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Services will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. The last service will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17. The theme for the Advent services will be The Stories of Advent.

The community is invited to join the congregation for this traditional welcome to Christmas. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Angel Trees growing around town

The Fourth Annual Senior Angel Christmas Tree and other Angel Trees will be growing up around Payson in the next week or so.

The Senior Angel Christmas Tree, which has been at First State Bank in the past, will now be at each of the Edward Jones offices in the community.

Angel Trees for youngsters in the community will be at National Bank of Arizona and elsewhere. Look for other locations in future editions of the Roundup.

Compassion never goes out of fashion.

Dec. 3 Thursday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Nativity Display: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pine Cultural Hall

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

Dec. 4 Friday

• Nativity Display: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pine Cultural Hall

• Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Braswell’s Chuckwagon in Young

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• Student Art Exhibit and Sale: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gila Community College

• First Friday Block Party: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Main Street

• Model Train Display: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 800 W. Main St.

Young holiday bazaar

The community of Young will have its annual Holiday Bazaar Dec. 4, 5 and 6.

Friday and Saturday the bazaar will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday the hours are from noon to 4 p.m. The event will be at the newly expanded Braswell’s Chuckwagon.

This is the community’s 10th annual bazaar. The Horse 4-H Group and individuals will have breads, cakes, cookies, pies and candy for sale. There will also be baklava and Greek coffee and Rene’s wonderful fudge. Shirley Swan’s carvings, walking sticks and jewelry will be for sale, and there will be original photographs and cards, handmade shelves and benches, natural soaps and quilting kits to make simple projects, beautiful handcrafted jewelry, handmade aprons, vests, throws, baby items and much more.

For more information contact Carol Braswell, (928) 462-3661.

Student Art Exhibit and Sale

Gila Community College will be hosting its Third Annual Student Art Exhibit and Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the Payson Campus located at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Main Street lights up for the holidays

The holidays start with the First Friday on Main Street Block Party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. Merchants all along Main Street will have lots of special features, food and fun.

The Community Presbyterian Church will have another of their famous First Friday benefits with a beef stroganoff dinner for a donation of $5 per person.

Join the party at Bootleg Alley from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Humane Society will be accepting donations and selling raffle tickets. Local favorite Brandon Shepard will perform his mix of light rock and country.  Refreshments will be served as the tradition of this seasonal gathering continues. Ken and Brenda, owners of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, will match all can donations at their store this weekend up to 100 cans.  Come donate to the food drive and celebrate on Historic Main Street.

Guests for Friday’s festivities can use the Main Street Shuttle — park in the Community Presbyterian Church parking lot and hop on the Main Street bus. The bus will be traveling the whole length of Main Street and makes several stops for your convenience.

The First Friday on Main Street Block Party is presented by the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation and takes place regardless of the weather.

Train display features Santa

See a scale model train and a scale model Santa at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

The Mudhens, a nationwide HOn3 modular group, will have a selection of modules set up at the church from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 and again from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until the beginning of the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade), Saturday, Dec. 5, and after the parade and tree lighting ceremony at Green Valley Park, until 9:30 p.m.

Come see Santa riding on a special train through the mountains of Colorado. New this year is a fully sound-equipped locomotive, with whistle and bell, realistic sound and lights. There is no charge for attending (although a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive would be graciously accepted, stickers gladly given). Use the front entrance to the church.

Dec. 5 Saturday

• Christmas for Kids Family Assistance Registration: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Town Hall Council Chambers, 303 N. Beeline Highway

• Holiday Boutique: 9 a.m., Church of Christ on Tyler Parkway

• Tamales for Toys: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gerardo’s, 512 N. Beeline Highway

• See’s Candies Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bashas’ and Safeway

• Nativity Display: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pine Cultural Hall

• Model Train Display: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 800 W. Main St.

• Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Braswell’s Chuckwagon in Young

• Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade: 6 p.m., along West Main Street to Green Valley Park, followed by Tree Lighting Ceremony

Soroptimists

The Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country will have a Holiday Boutique at the Church of Christ on Tyler Parkway starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. There will be crafts, special gift items and baked goods for sale.

Also on Saturday, Dec. 5, the group will be selling See’s Candies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bashas’ and Safeway.

Christmas for Kids registration

Family assistance registration for the Payson Public Safety Christmas for Kids program is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Payson Town Hall Council Chambers.

To register, you must have birth certificates or proof of school registration for all children to be assisted, proof of residency and proof of income for the last 30 days. Assistance is limited to children ages 3-12.

No food basket registration will be taken at this location.

Tamales for Toys

Bring a new, unwrapped gift to Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, 512 N. Beeline Highway, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 and get a great tamale dinner from the Payson Public Safety Christmas for Kids folks.

Almost New Thrift Shop

The Almost New Thrift Shop will have new hours for holiday shopping.

Beginning on Saturday, Dec. 5, the Almost New Thrift Shop will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in addition to its regular hours.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

It will also have a $1 Bag Sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7. Select from clothes, shoes, belts, etc. — anything that can be worn (except for jewelry) — that can fit into one of the shop’s bags, can be purchased for just one dollar.

This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. There is lots of inventory to choose from so come and help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

Electric Light Parade and tree lighting

Rain or snow, the Town of Payson will be brilliant with lights and the spirit of fellowship on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Residents and visitors are invited to share in the magic and excitement of the season by attending the 9th Annual Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade held on Historic Main Street, and then visit Green Valley Park for the tree lighting ceremony.

The parade starts promptly at 6 p.m. Spectators start gathering early in the evening along Main Street to get the perfect spot to watch this dazzling nighttime procession of lights. Arrive early and visit merchants and your friends and neighbors.

It’s a festive affair with colorful marching bands, equestrian entries, dozens of lighted and decorated floats, and of course, Santa Claus himself. Bring the whole family and don’t miss this holiday kickoff event.

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