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When Christmas is over, both the county and the Town of Payson are providing free disposal services for Christmas trees. Trees, free of decorations, will be accepted at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9. Trees may be brought to the Payson Event Center for recycling from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31.

Senior Thrift Store sale

All remaining Christmas merchandise at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will be half off the marked prices through Dec. 26. The store will be closed Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.

There will be a bag sale of men’s and women’s clothes from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Boutique items and children’s clothing are not included in the sale.

Bookstore has special sale

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore in the Payson Public Library is offering a December special. All hardback books will be featured at two-for-the-price of one as a holiday special.

There are many like new books available for $3 to $1. At the two-for-one rate, shoppers can purchase a current best seller for only $1.50. In addition, the bookstore has added a special category of collector’s books. These books are priced below assessed value.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the LFOP Web site at www.libraryfriendsof payson.org.

Library holiday hours

The Payson Public Library will close all day Friday, Dec. 25 for Christmas. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26.

It will close at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve and all day Jan. 1, 2010 for New Year’s Day. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010.

Museum winter hours

Hours of operation for the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin in Green Valley Park have changed for the month of December. The facilities are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday; and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; and closed Tuesdays.

We are closed Christmas Day and open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26.

Learn about waterfowl

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is offering a unique seminar provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Migratory Game Bird Supervisor, Mike Rabe, on waterfowl natural history and identification.

The class will include a slideshow and presentation, followed by identification of waterfowl in Green Valley Park. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, but extras will be available.

Space is limited, so register today. Registration is open through Jan. 12, 2010, the class is from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19. It is open to all ages. The fee is $5 per person.

Wilderness First Aid course

Register today with the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for the American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Certification course to be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6 and Feb. 7.

Course participants will learn skills needed to survive in emergency medical situations in the wilderness and obtain a three-year Wilderness First Aid certification upon successful course completion.

Register online at www.paysonparks.com, or at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. Please contact the Parks & Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Free day to dump trees

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will accept Christmas trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9 for free disposal. The landfill is closed all day Friday, Dec. 25 for Christmas.

Wildlife viewing basics

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will offer another Watchable Wildlife 101 program in February. Learn where and when to look for wildlife, as well as steps for successful wildlife viewing in the Rim Country from Joe Yarchin, Arizona Game and Fish Urban and Watchable Wildlife Program Manager.

Topics to be covered include how to view wildlife responsibly to minimize impact on the animals, the habitat and other nature enthusiasts.

The registration is taking place now — this is a program that fills up fast. The program is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. The cost is $5 per person.

Benefit fund established

Steve Hatt, local roofer, father of four and business owner, took a fall from a second story on Dec. 6. Both heels were crushed in the fall, and Hatt will require several surgeries and months of physical therapy. The final prognosis is unknown.

Hatt has given back to this community’s children for years through Scouting and as a T-ball and soccer coach. The Steve Hatt Benefit Fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank. Contributions to the fund will help with medical and living expenses.

Christmas tree recycling offered at Event Center

The Town of Payson will be accepting Christmas trees at the Payson Event Center parking area beginning Dec. 26 and continuing through Jan. 31. This is for cut Christmas trees only. All trees should be free of ornaments, stands, ropes, strings, nails and strings, etc.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or go online to www.paysonrimcountry.com or www.paysonparks.com.

Republicans to meet

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, Dec 28 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Members will gather at 11 a.m.; the meeting is at 11:30 a.m. The group will host speakers at noon.

Guest speakers will be Vernon Parker, Hugh Kealer and Bruce Olsen, all of whom are among many running for governor.

All Rim residents interested are invited to attend. For more information, call (928) 468-2234 or (928) 474-9779.

AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety class will be held at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, from noon until 4:30 p.m.

This is a classroom refresher for motorists aged 50 and older who have years of driving experience. The cost is $14, but AARP members will receive a $2 discount if they bring their membership card.

Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount with successful completion of the program. Bring your driver’s license. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 468-1012 to register.

Back to Basics has special service

Back to Basics Health Food Market, 908 N. Beeline Highway, is presenting Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (Thermography) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26. Appointments are being made now. Call (928) 474-8935 to schedule an appointment.

Lip Sync contest

The second annual Lip Sync contest is planned for Feb. 27, 2010 at Payson High School Auditorium. The contest will be open to all high school students from Payson and surrounding communities including home schooled students.

Kiwanis, Payson High School Drama Club, Rim Country Optimists and Rotary are sponsoring the event. Proceeds will provide scholarships for continuing education.

In addition to the event, there will be a silent auction and a 50-50 raffle. Donations of silent auction items and donations in general for scholarships are welcome. There will be a large variety of items in the auction for all ages. Please consider some type of donation and/or purchase of tickets for the performance.

For further information, contact Joan Young at (928) 472-2264. If mailing a donation, certificate, etc., send to 1109 S. Deer Born Dr., Payson, AZ 85541. To learn more about the Optimists, visit the Web site http://www.rimcountryoptimist.com.

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