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.
• Pizza Dinner and Book Fair: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Julia Randall Elementary School
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.
For more information, contact Carol Braswell at (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.
JRE dinner and book fair
The Julia Randall Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization is sponsoring a dinner and book fair from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. The menu includes two slices of pizza with a beverage for only $3.
Enjoy great savings from Scholastic Books on books, posters and more while helping support reading in education. The money raised will be used to buy new books for the library.
JRE is located at 902 W. Main Street.
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 a beef stroganoff dinner for a donation of $5 per person.
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., Saturday, Dec. 5, and after the parade and tree lighting ceremony at Green Valley Park, until 9:30 p.m.
The big tree in the Payson Center (home of McDonald’s, Home Furnishings, etc.) will be set alight with a ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4.
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
Drop off brush
The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting.
The Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.
The Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.
All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.
Christmas for Kids sign-up
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.
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.
For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.
Shirley Brill, author of the children’s book “The Traveling Tumbleweed,” will be signing copies of her book from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.
The books sell for $10. There will be a drawing for a decorative, 17-inch colonial-style mouse, which works well as a doorstop. Enter your name and number in the drawing with each book purchased. The drawing will be at 1:45 p.m.
AARP Driver Safety Class
An AARP Driver Safety class will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.
This is a classroom refresher for motorists aged 50 and older who have years of driving experience. Payment of the $14 fee must be by check or money order. AARP members will receive a $2 discount if they bring their membership card. Bring your driver’s license.
Enrollment is limited, so call the Senior Circle at 468-1012 to register.
Saturday, Dec. 5 is the last day to view the Nativity Display at the Pine Cultural Hall. The display will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for viewing.
Pine Library news
Pine and Strawberry residents and visitors are encouraged to put Ye Olde Library Gift Shoppe on their list of places to stop and shop for the holidays. Located in the original Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Building, which now sets next to The Randall House Restaurant in Pine, the shop has many unique gift items for sale and all proceeds benefit ongoing library programs. It is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5.
Electric Light Parade and tree lighting
Rain or snow, the Town of Payson will be brilliant with lights and the spirit of fellowship beginning at 6 p.m. 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.
Dec. 6 Sunday
• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.
• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center
• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public
• Holiday Concert: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium
The Spirit of Christmas
The annual Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship holiday concert, The Spirit of Christmas, will be presented at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Payson High School auditorium, 514 W. Wade Lane.
Admission is free, but those attending are encouraged to bring a donation of nonperishable food.
Benefit sale at PRMC
Just in time for great holiday gifts, the Mogollon Health Alliance is hosting a sale by Paula’s Bags & More of Scottsdale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7 at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby.
Proceeds from the sale will go to support MHA programs and scholarships. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.
Kirkpatrick staff in Payson
In an effort to ensure that voices from across the district can be heard in Washington, staff members for the office of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will be hosting open office hours in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260.
Take a walk in the woods
Foresters are inviting area residents to take a walk in the woods to discuss forest health and restoration. Ecologists and foresters will be leading the walk, which will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 8. Meet at the Payson Ranger Station, 1009 E. Highway 260, and load up vans for two forest stops.
The students at Payson Elementary School will present their annual holiday concert from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium. All kindergarten through third-grade students, as well as fourth- and fifth-grade students in the PES Chorus will present a variety of holiday songs. Parents as well as the community are invited to attend. There is no admission charge.
Wine & Cheese benefit
Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country will have its annual Holiday Wine & Cheese benefit from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11 at the Rim Country Museum.
At the event, the $15,000 pledged at the 6th annual Up, Up and Away with Domestic Violence Radiothon will be presented to local charities. Tickets for the event are $15.
Choral Society concert
The Payson Choral Society’s Christmas concert, “A Joyous Noel,” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris, comes to Payson High School auditorium Saturday, Dec. 12. Performances are at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Concert tickets are $8 for adults; students and children are free. Tickets will be sold at the door, or in advance from Choral Society members, at Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the library.
Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students.