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Wilderness First Aid certification course

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Sharon D. from Encinitas, Calif. won more than $477,000 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Feb. 5. She was playing a Monopoly progressive penny machine.

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department will present the American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid certification course from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 1. This course teaches the skills needed to survive in an emergency medical situation until help is available, such as mountaineering, first aid administration in the wilderness, help signals, and dealing with weather conditions.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive Wilderness First Aid certification, valid for three years. While CPR certification is not required, it is highly recommended. Participants must be at least 15 years old by the second day of class. Registration is open now through Feb. 27. With a grant from the Red Cross, the fee has been reduced to $25. Limited space is still available, so register today. Please call Parks and Recreation with questions, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Bad weather keeps brush drops closed

The Regional Payson Area Project, for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will not be staffing the area’s free brush drop-off points due to anticipated bad weather.

When operating, the RPAP free drop-off locations accept brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only, along with properly bagged Yellow Starthistle or other listed noxious weed species, which will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

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 Fridays for friends and family — a perfect way to 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 held Saturday, Feb. 14 at The Meeting Place, at the corner of Highway 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 has Severe Aplastic Anemia. She has been hospitalized several times since June and must make weekly trips to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for treatments and 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.

Valentine’s sale

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., 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.

Marriage seminar Feb. 15

“Fireproof your Marriage” Sunday, Feb. 15. A marriage seminar — “Romance, Guns and Money” — will be held at 10:30 a.m., presented by Pastor Dan Green at the Potters House Church, 616 S. Beeline Highway, in the rear upstairs suite.

At 6:30 p.m. the movie “Fireproof” with Kirk Cameron will be shown. The movie is about the destructive forces that can kill a marriage, and the hope God brings to rebuild it.

Free tax help

Free tax assistance and electronic filing, provided by AARP volunteers in Payson and Pine through April 15, is scheduled as follows: Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Beeline Highway, 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 Road, Payson: Thursday, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; First Baptist Church, 4039 N. Highway 87, Pine: Thursday, 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 after 11 a.m.

Care Center events

Upcoming events sponsored by the Payson Care Center include:

• 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.

Online hunter education

Those 10 or older, can now take nearly all of the hunter education class requirements online. Simply log on to the Arizona Game and Fish Department Web site at azgfd.gov and click on ‘education’ to get started.

The class is about 8 hours long, which users can take as slow or fast as they choose, over one or several days. At the end, users will have to pay $15 dollars (with a credit card), pass a final exam and get a completion certificate. Then, in order to graduate and get a permanent hunter education card, participants will have to complete a 4- to 5-hour range day within 90 days of completing and paying for the online course. A range day in Payson is planned for Saturday, Feb. 21.

Those who want to complete the online course and finish with the range day on Feb. 21 should take the following steps:

• First, complete the online course and get your completion certificate. Do this no later than Wednesday, Feb. 18.

• Then, call the Arizona Game and Fish Dept. at (623) 236-7235 (ask for Lori or Pam) and tell them you have completed the online class and you want to register for the range day in Payson on Feb. 21.

The range day starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Payson Police Department training room and will finish about 4 hours later at the Jim Jones Shooting Range. For more information, call Jim Young at (928) 472-8543. Cost for the range day is $158.

GED testing

GED testing will be offered Feb. 21 in Payson. The cost for the complete test is $65. Pre-register at the County School Superintendent’s Office, 719 S. Beeline Highway. Office hours are 8 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday, other times by appointment.

For more information, call (928) 472-5373.

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