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Boy Scout food drive in Pine area

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Shirley Brill will share her new children’s book, “The Traveling Tumbleweed,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. Roberta “Punk” Madaras will share her new children’s book, “Piney V’s Discoveries at the Bark Park,” at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, 6124 N. Randall Place in Pine.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 652 in Pine will be participating in the Scouting for Food campaign. Members of the troop will be placing bags on door handles in several neighborhoods in Pine and Strawberry Saturday, Feb. 7 and picking them up the morning of Saturday, Feb. 14. Please donate only nonperishable foods. All donations will stay in Pine and Strawberry to assist local residents. 

If you wish to donate, but did not receive a bag, please call Sid Elledge at (928) 476-3918 and the scouts will arrange to pick up your donation.

Free brush drop-off

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

On Sunday, Feb. 8, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

First Friday indulges all things sweet

Healthy hearts require walks, good times with friends, neighbors and family and loads of ambiance and humor. All of these are offered at First Friday on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6.

Community Presbyterian Church, at 800 W. Main St., is a great place to start your walk. The Child Learning Center is offering a heart-healthy Sweetheart Soup and Salad dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is just $5 per bowl. Coleen Brown and The Starlighters will provide live music. There will also be a bake sale.

At Down the Street Art Gallery, enjoy music by Bruce Wales.

Conrad Okerwall will be on hand at Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art. Okerwall is offering half of his profits to the charity of your choice. Come buy raffle tickets offered by the Humane Society, which will set up on Bootleg Alley’s porch. As always, there will be music and refreshments.

The Senior Center celebrates First Friday with a Valentine theme. There will be refreshments, live music by Wayne Todd and hourly door prizes. If Feb. 14 is your birthday, you’ll receive a free gift.

Be sure to make a stop at Green Mountain Emporium. New vendors and lots of new merchandise have been added to this quaint mall!

As you munch on Kiwanis brats and hot dogs at Gasoline Alley, enjoy the many classic cars on display. Top your evening by treating your sweetheart to some See’s Chocolates, which are sold by the Soroptimist Club.

Be sure to include Artists of the Rim on your walk. February’s featured artist is Matalyn Gardner.

Re-Runs Resale Boutique has a new monthly fund-raiser which benefits Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and 98.5 KCMA. For a small donation, indulge your sweetheart at the chocolate fountain with cakes, fruits, nuts and pretzels for dipping. Smile big as you get your picture taken in front of the Valentine pergola. Payson High Drama Department’s “Skool Yard Jesters” will provide entertainment.

As always, on-street parking is available, or you can park at Community Presbyterian and ride the Main Street Shuttle.

First Friday on Main Street is presented by the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Taste of Rim Country seeking chefs

Once again, the Library Friends of Payson will bring A Taste of Rim Country to the community. The event will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at the Payson Public Library. The evening will feature a wine tasting and an opportunity to sample the wares of the best chefs in the Rim Country.

Any chef interested in participating should call Bessie Tucker at (928) 474-9260 for details.

Book signings

Shirley Brill will share her new children’s book, “The Traveling Tumbleweed,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Roberta “Punk” Madaras will share her new children’s book, “Piney V’s Discoveries at the Bark Park,” at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, 6124 N. Randall Place in Pine.

Recital planned

The music students of Alana Wallace will have their annual concert at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at First Southern Baptist Church, located at the corner of Bonita and Colcord. Both pianists and vocalists will exhibit their progress over the past year.

See’s Valentine’s sale

Valentine’s candy from See’s will be available beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at both Bashas’ and Safeway. The sale of See’s Candy is a major fund-raiser for the local Soroptimist club. Special orders can be taken, there will be a variety of one-pound boxes and there is also a special $5 Valentine box.

The cost of the candy is what it sells for in the Valley, minus tax and delivery charges.

Please help the club provide funds for a variety of local projects including Time Out, Inc., Payson Community Kids, Arizonans for Children, Rim Country Literacy Program and financial awards to local women.

Discard old TVs for free

Gila County Recycling and Landfill Management will have a free day at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill to discard television sets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. You may drop off your old TV at the bin located at the landfill for no charge and the landfill employees will collect and haul the sets to an electronics recycler in Phoenix. There is a limit of two (2) sets per person.

Computers, monitors and printers may also be dropped off for recycling. For additional information, you may call the Buckhead Mesa scale house at (928) 476-3350.

Jazz concert Sunday

Pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts and vocalist Renee Patrick will present a concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. During this performance, a new piano will be dedicated, marking the conclusion of the fund-raising campaign that brought a beautiful Baldwin baby grand piano to the church.

As a final activity, a raffle drawing will also be held for a Jay Kemp painting. The painting may be viewed at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. Tickets for the drawing are $20 each, three for $50.

While this event is free to the public, a $5 donation at the door helps to assure that professional musicians continue to be heard at the church. For seating and information, contact Gerry Reynolds gerryr@cox.net.

Guerrilla Tactics 3

Another in the Guerrilla Tactics small business forum series will be presented at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Best Western Payson Inn. The topic for the evening will be customer service with speakers Dan Dillon of Safeway and Ron Nielsen of the Small Business Development office. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at (928) 474-4515.

  $6 jewelry sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance is hosting a $6 jewelry sale — just in time for Valentine ’s Day. A wonderful selection of $6 jewelry, watches, and accessories for men, women, and children will be available at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10-11. Proceeds will benefit programs and scholarships available to the community through the MHA. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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