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Renee Patrick is one of the many jazz artists, both vocalists and instrumentalists, featured on a two-volume CD set recorded at Payson Community Presbyterian Church over the last several years. The CD is being offered by Payson Friends of Jazz, which presents monthly jazz concerts, to anyone who makes a $25 donation or more to the church to help meet a financial shortfall this year. Contact the church at cpcgen@yahoo.com for details.

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.

Highway 260 lane closure

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the eastbound lane of a 1,000-foot segment of State Route 260 between Kohl’s Ranch and Christopher Creek next week.

The closure will be in effect from Jan. 4 through Jan. 8 and will run 24 hours a day. ADOT is preparing to widen the highway, and the closure is required for drilling a test shaft. The test shaft will provide geological data to the roadway designers.

Flaggers will stop all vehicles, which will be directed to use the westbound lane in alternating directions. ADOT advises drivers to be prepared for delays up to 10 minutes and to be alert for flaggers, construction equipment and work crews.

For the most current information about closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.

Jazz CDs help church

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church hosts a monthly jazz performance that has been going on for almost 10 years. Pastor Chuck Proudfoot opened the church doors when he provided musicians a place to play. Many folks now enjoy good, live music performed by professionals who often are recruited from out of the area.

While the event has always been free to the public, the donations that are received at the door are used almost entirely to support the cost of the program, which includes bringing in the top-notch performers.

However, even though this event is self-supporting, the church itself is facing a budget shortfall at the end of this year. To help with the shortfall, a two-CD set of recorded tunes by artists who have performed in concert at the church has been prepared. The recordings are of the unrehearsed, improvised performances — first cuts of jamming musicians that have not been edited. Scot Proudfoot, the church recording engineer, did a fine job of capturing the music and making the CDs.

The CD set offering is an incentive appeal for church support. Any person who contributes $25 or more to the church will receive the CDs through the mail. All you need to do is make a check payable to the Community Presbyterian Church, send or give it to Carolyn Snell, secretary, Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson, AZ 85541. She may be reached by e-mail at cpcgen@yahoo.com, or at the office most mornings. The CD sets are limited to 50.

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.

Spring Stampede 10k Race

Welcome spring in the Rim Country with a high altitude 10k March 13. The race course includes a monstrous hill with majestic Mogollon Rim views. Entry fee is $20 before Feb. 25. Late registration is $25. Day of race registration is available, however, there is no sweatshirt guarantee for late registration. Race will be chip timed. Course time limit: 2 hours. Registration begins Jan. 5.

The race starts at 9 a.m. in the Taylor Pool parking lot in North Rumsey Park, off McLane Road. Call the Payson parks office, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for details.

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.

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.

First Friday events set for Jan. 8

With the first Friday of 2010 falling on the Jan. 1 holiday, the Main Street First Friday festivities will take place the second Friday of the New Year, Jan. 8 — for January only.

Among the features will be guest artists Jeff Wiles and Beverly Adams at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St.

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.

PATS hike

There will be a Payson Area Trails System Hike of American Gulch South starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. The hike is 3 miles roundtrip and the level of difficulty is moderate.

This route includes majestic views off of high points in the Rim Country toward Fossil Creek, along with mountain meadows.

Meet at the American Gulch South Trailhead, 2.6 miles west of Highway 87 on Main Street/Doll Baby Ranch Road. This is a free event.

Concert at Bootleg Alley

Vyktoria Keating will perform at Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art, 520 W. Main St., between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8. Bootleg Alley will also have refreshments and more.

For details, call (602) 859-0507.

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.

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.

Charity 5k race Jan. 30

The Payson High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a charity 5K race for the community Jan. 30. It will begin in the high school parking lot at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The entry fee is a nonperishable food item.

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