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The Woods Tea Company, an acoustic group that performs fiery Celtic tunes, bluegrass, sea shanties, and American folk songs with ease and skill, brings its unique sound to the Rim Country with a performance Feb. 12. The performance is part of the Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) 2008-2009 season. The concert is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Payson High School auditorium. The group will present a program for students at 10 a.m.

Valentine’s gala tickets available

The Payson Humane Society’s Valentine’s Gala — “An Evening in Paris” — is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14 in the ballroom at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. Your ticket includes a fabulous French dinner (filet or salmon). There is a cash bar, silent and live auctions, an exhibit of original animal art, a parade of unique designer fashions and live music by the Payson Jazz Trio and vocalist John Landino.

Proceeds will go toward the construction of a new shelter for abandoned and stray animals.

Tickets are $135 per person and may be purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Humane Society, and Myra’s Gallery in Pine.

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.

To reserve a spot, call the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at (928) 474-4515.

Book signing

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.

$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., Wednesday, Feb.11. Proceeds will benefit programs and scholarships available to the community through the MHA.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Special program

“A Course in Miracles...The Musical!” by Scott Kalechstein will be presented at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane, Ste. 2.

This will be fund-raising event, all help is appreciated. All are welcome. For details, call (928) 478-6935 or (760) 969-8746.

Puppet group organizing

The Payson Public Library is putting together a Junior Puppeteer Troup. The first meeting will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13. Children ages 6 and up will perform weekly shows Friday for friends and family — a perfect way to kick start the weekend. Easy-to-learn scripts and a variety of puppets will inspire great drama and terrific fun.

Please sign up in the children’s room, or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260.

Vegetarian luncheon

A community Vegetarian Luncheon will be Feb. 14 at The Meeting Place, at the corner of Hwy. 87 and Phoenix Street. The goal of this free luncheon is to let the public know that healthy food can be delicious food.

Please RSVP by Friday night at (928) 595-1528. Reservations make it possible to prepare enough food for all participants.

Movie ‘Fireproof’ offered

The movie ‘Fireproof’ will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway. There is no charge for admission and childcare will be provided.

To get more information about the movie, call the church office at (928) 474-9279.

Benefit ride

A poker ride is being held to benefit Payson’s Layah Gay, 6, who was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia this past June. The disease causes the body to stop making platelets and red and white blood cells properly. Layah has been hospitalized several times since June and must make weekly trips to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for treatments. She is now anxiously waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

The benefit poker ride for all motorcycle riders and enthusiasts is Saturday, Feb. 14, starting at Evil Twin Motorcycles, 2534 W. Broadway Road in Mesa. Signup starts at 10 a.m. Donations are $20 per motorcycle. There will be a 50/50 raffle, prize giveaways, food and a live band.

For further information, call (480) 784-0040. Donations may be made at any Bank of America branch, to Layah Gay Medical Donations Trust Acct. To donate items to the raffle, call Wayne or Cheryl Gay at (928) 474-2612.

Free tax help

Free tax assistance and electronic filing, provided by AARP Volunteers in Payson and Pine through April 15, 2009 is scheduled as follows:

Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road & Beeline Hwy., Payson: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gila Community College, Mud Springs Rd., Payson: Thursday, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 4039 N. Hwy. 87, Pine: Thursday, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, and April 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To take advantage of the service, you must bring photo identification; a Social Security Card for all persons claimed on the return, last year’s tax return, 2008 tax documents, the record of real estate taxes actually paid in 2008 and Notice 1378, which reflects your economic stimulus payment.

An appointment is not necessary, however if you would like information or need an appointment, you may call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229. Appointments will not be taken before 11 a.m. The free service is provided to low- and moderate-income taxpayers.

Business Buzz

The Business Buzz program is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Payson Care Center. The topic is business identity loss presented by a representative from the Arizona Attorney General’s office.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at (928) 474-4515.

Valentine’s sale

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will have a special sale for Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14. All red garments, excluding boutique and children’s items, will be one-half off the marked price. Shoppers with Feb. 14 birthdays will receive a birthday gift.

All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Care Center events

Upcoming events sponsored by the Payson Care Center include:

• A free Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Drive. For more information, call Cindy at (928) 951-2305.

• A “Life Matters” program from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.17 at the Payson Public Library community room, 328 N. McLane Road. Participants will learn how to strengthen their bodies and promote independence through a simple exercise and educational program. For details, call Cindy at (928) 951-2305.

• An “Alzheimer’s Support Group” — the first in a series of several meetings will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St. The meetings are designed to help support the caregiver, husband or wife of individuals suffering from the disease. For details, call (928) 951-2305.

1989 graduates wanted

The Payson High School Class of 1989 will have its 20-year reunion June 19-20, 2009. The organizing committee is looking for all graduates from 1989. Please contact Stacy (Galusha) Larson at stacylarson@wwt.net or on Facebook.

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