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There will be two special services in the Rim Country to welcome the New Year with reflection and prayer.

Bag sale

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have an end-of-the-year bag sale of men’s and women’s clothing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31. Shoppers may fill standard-size grocery bags, which will be provided at the store, for $1 per bag. This includes all winter garments except children’s and boutique clothing.

The store will be closed Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day, but will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. All proceeds from sales benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

Welcome the New Year in reflection and hope

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will celebrate the New Year with a New Year’s Eve service at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31. The theme will be “What’s in a name?” and Holy Communion will be served. The community is invited to join in the celebration. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

All Christians are encouraged to begin 2010 right. Join with other “pray-ers” in praise of the Lord and in seeking His will for the world, nation, state, community, church and personally. Gather between 7 a.m. and 7:10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 1, about two miles east of Beeline on Houston Mesa Road at the top of the hill, just west of Mesa del Caballo. There is a five-minute hike to an overlook where the service will be held. Isaac Bradford will lead music. Dress warmly. In case of rain or too much snow, the group will meet at Scoops, 201 W. Main St., Suite H (between Sawmill Theatres and Macky’s). For more information, call (928) 472-8178.

Library holiday hours

The Payson Public Library 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.

Christmas tree disposal

• Buckhead Mesa landfill will be disposing Christmas trees for free until Jan. 9. The landfill will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

• In and Out Landscape Maintenance is providing free Christmas tree pick-up in Payson until Jan. 15. Trees must be free of ornaments and placed outside with easy access from the street. Call (928) 970-0097 for your free Christmas tree pick-up.

• The Town of Payson will be accepting Christmas trees at the Payson Event Center parking area through Jan. 31. This is for cut Christmas trees only. No brush or yard debris, please. All Christmas trees should be free of ornaments, stands, ropes, strings, nails, etc.

Trees will be chipped in early February. If you are interested in having the chips delivered free of charge to your home, please stop by Planning and Zoning at the Town Hall Complex and fill out an excess materials request form as soon as possible. This is a first come, first served “while supplies last” program.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or visit the Web site, www.paysonrim country.com or www.paysonparks.com.

Wacky Wednesday returns

The Payson United Methodist Church is again sponsoring the Wacky Wednesday program beginning Wednesday, Jan 6.

Wacky Wednesday is a free after-school program for children, which meets every Wednesday from elementary school dismissal until 5:30 p.m.

The program provides free bus transportation from all Payson public elementary schools to the church, where the program is held. Parents pick up kids at 5:30 p.m. and are invited to stay for a free family meal and more. Call 474-KIDS (5437) to register.

Blood drives

There will be two blood drives in the Payson area in January. The first is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Gila County courthouse complex, 714 S. Beeline Highway. For more information, call Pam Fisher at (928) 474-2029.

The second is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane. For more information, call Kirsten Rosser at (928) 474-5440.

Computer basics workshop

The Rim Country Middle School Community Involvement Team is offering a computer basics workshop beginning Monday, Jan. 11. The workshop is designed for the novice computer user and for those with a limited understanding of the basics.

This is a hands-on workshop where participants will gain technical skills for a personal computer or a small office computer.  The program is in RCMS Computer Lab E-45 (directly across from the office) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To reserve a spot, call Gina Castaño at (928) 474-4511, ext. 2214 or e-mail gina. castano@pusd.com.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds the program.

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.

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.

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