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Payson Elementary School is holding its 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at PES, 500 E. Rancho Road. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for families of 5. Tickets are available at the PES office, from PES students or in the Swiss Village at Paper Metal Scrappers. Chef Gerardo Moceri will be preparing decadent Italian cuisine for the event, including salad, pizza and spaghetti. Pepsi products are included in the ticket price. The PES Student Council will be offering dessert choices as an additional fund-raiser.

The SonShine Club invites the public to join its Fat Tuesday celebration. Fat Tuesday traditionally — in the church — is the day you empty your refrigerator in preparation for the Lenten season.

The celebration is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. (behind Ace Hardware). A $3 donation is requested. Proceeds will benefit the SonShine Club, an afterschool program for Payson’s school-aged children.

Guerrilla Tactics 3

The small business forum, Guerrilla Tactics 3: Outstanding Customer Service is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24. Speakers will be Dan Dillon, general manager of the Payson Safeway and Pam Butterfield, dean of Gila Community College. The program will be presented at Best Western Payson Inn and light refreshments will be served.

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

Police contract is topic

The Start Valley Town Council will have a special workstudy session at 6 p.m. to discuss law enforcement proposals from Gila County and Payson. The meeting is at town hall, 3632 E. Highway 260, Star Valley

Free tax help offered through AARP

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, 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.

Citizens Awareness Committee meets

The Citizens Awareness Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Payson Public Library.

The guest speaker will be Matt Ladner, vice president of research for The Goldwater Institute. His topic will be Improving AZ K-12 Education. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, send an e-mail to paysoncac@yahoo.com.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Frontier Elementary School Scholastic Book Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 26 through March 4, in the music room. There will be an evening at the book fair from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, which will also be the school’s Family Fun Night of the Art Extravaganza and Dinner. Dinner choices are Indian fry bread or hot dogs.

At the Book Fair, there are books for all ages, Accelerated Readers, books in Spanish, children’s classics, cookbooks and adult best sellers, plus a few audio books for children and adults. The book fair will also have CD games, science kits, journals, posters and wacky pens. For shopping convenience, cash, check or credit cards are all accepted.

For more information, call (928) 472-2052.

PES 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Payson Elementary School is holding its 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at PES, 500 E. Rancho Road. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for families of 5.

Tickets are available at the PES office, from PES students or in the Swiss Village at Paper Metal Scrappers.

Chef Gerardo Moceri will be preparing decadent Italian cuisine for the event, including salad, pizza and spaghetti. Pepsi products are included in the ticket price. The PES Student Council will be offering dessert choices as an additional fund-raiser.

First Things First

First Things First Gila Regional Partnership Council invites the public to attend a community forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library activity room in Pine.

Participants will have an opportunity to share ideas about improving early childhood development and health for Gila County’s youngest children, birth through age five.

For additional information, please contact Eva Cook, Gila Regional Coordinator at (928) 425-8172 or at ecookazftf.gov.

Blood drive at PRMC

There will be a blood drive at Payson Regional Medical Center from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 in the parking lot.

Each donor receives a coupon for a pint of ice cream from Scoops Ice Cream — so give a pint and get a pint.

Each donor also is entered to win a $1,000 shopping spree from Schmitt Jewelers.

To donate, you must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health; bring photo identification and a list of medications you are using, if any.

Learn about Internet shopping and bookings

San Diego resident, Kerry Patterson will speak in Payson, accompanied by a team of qualified specialists about new advancements in travel and Internet shopping. Also to be discussed: how to earn a second income, getting money back from every product purchase and on all vacation bookings.

This free, instructional seminar is at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, with a fish dinner at the Crosswinds Restaurant, located near the airport. Everyone is welcome. To ensure a seat, it is suggested guests RSVP to (928) 970-1808 or (602) 821-1868 before Feb. 26.

Patterson is from the U.S. Marine Corps and a Desert Storm veteran. He has given presentations to groups all across the country. He is an energetic speaker and has been top money earner and was voted “Most Inspiring Leader.”

This is a free seminar, however each guest will be responsible for their meal and gratuities.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Rod Reed or Tara Brown at (602) 821-1868.

Wilderness First Aid

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.

Hometown Country Radio Show

Mark your calendar for 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Black Box Studio at the Payson High School for the premiere of Hometown Country Radio Show featuring great comedy, music and fun.

Jim West has rounded up his friends and wait till you here what happens when they start a pickin’ and a strumin’ — there’s Junction 87, Trouble in Paradise and Jinx Pyle. Ken Brooks will host the fun.

Kathleen Kelly is the writer and director. She believes a place for area students to take part in professional theater in Payson is needed. She has included the high school students in her past productions, and Saturday, three talented high school students will also perform. They are Zack Horlesy, Aurora Sturlin and Kendra Huston. The proceeds will go to start a scholarship fund for the drama students at Payson High and to create a place for theater in Payson. The cast also includes Pam Barnes, Don Dozier, Doc Holiday, Jim Norman and Barbara Sturlin.

Tickets are $5 and available at KMOG or at the door of the Black Box Studio at Payson High.

Benefit concert

Dr. Victoria Harris will perform a piano concert to benefit Gila Community College students participating in an educational tour to London in May. There is no admission charge, but donations will be gladly accepted and applied toward students’ travel expenses.

Dr. Harris will perform works from Schumann, Haydn, Debussy, and Chopin. The concert will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 in Room 301 (the community room) at Gila Community College. Silent auction items will be available for bidding prior to the concert and during intermission. A brief reception with light refreshments will follow the performance.

NRA dinner

The Zane Grey Friends of NRA is hosting its annual dinner and auction at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Friends of NRA is an exciting, grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement, raises money and gives 100 percent of the net proceeds to qualified local, state and national programs with emphasis on local and state. More than $50,000 has come back to the Payson region from the group’s events.

Tickets are selling fast. For ticket reservations, please call Tallie at (928) 474-3630 or (928) 595-0546 or stop by the office of Hinshaw Associates, 1100 N. Beeline Highway, Ste. A.

Gifted testing set

Payson Unified School District is hosting open gifted testing the first week of March. If you are interested in having your student tested, please contact Marlene Armstrong at marmstro@pusd .com or (928) 474-4511.

Scholarships offered

The Democratic Women of Rim Country have scholarship opportunities available for high school juniors and seniors. Students of any political affiliation are eligible.

Two junior girls will be selected by DWRC, in conjunction with the local American Legion, to receive scholarships to attend the 2009 meeting of Girls State at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about government.

The DWRC also has two $500 scholarships available for high school seniors, either boys or girls, who plan to attend Gila County Community College. 

See the PHS counseling staff to apply for either of these opportunities. For further information, you can also call Elaine Bohlmeyer at (928) 474-5587.

Daughters of Pioneers offer scholarship

The Daughters of Gila County Pioneers will offer a scholarship to a female student who graduates from a high school in Gila County this coming spring.

In order to encourage and help members of the pioneering families of Gila County who had an ancestor living in Gila County prior to statehood, Feb. 14, 1912, the Daughters offer this scholarship, as they have done for the past 17 years. Information on the scholarship is available at each high school in Gila County.

For more information, call Patty Rhoades at (928) 474-2286.

Driver Safety Class set

AARP will hold a driver safety class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. This is an eight-hour classroom refresher for motorists ages 50 and older. AARP members’ cost for tuition and materials is $12, however, for the discounted rate, participants must have their current AARP membership card and a driver’s license with them. All other participants must pay $14. Only cash will be accepted.

Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount upon completion of the course. Bring a sack lunch. Enrollment is limited, so call Dave Lloyd at (928) 478-0441 to register or for more information.

Ed Blair is guest

Three Love Stories is the topic to be discussed by Ed Blair at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 1 at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness. The public is invited.

The PCSA is located at 107 W. Wade Lane, Suite 2. Blair is a retired Lutheran minister from Minnesota.

Dr. Seuss Family Night

The Payson Public Library will have its annual Dr. Seuss Family Reading Night Tuesday, March 3. There might not be green eggs and ham, but there will be hot dogs, chips, and punch for only $1 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. after the food, the mood of fun for everyone continues with stories and more.

Jewish celebration for Purim planned

The Rim Country Minyan will gather for a Purim celebration from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 8 at a private home in Payson. The festivities will include a humorous Purim play enacting the story of Queen Esther. For additional information, contact Naomi Mallinson, (928) 468-2212, nmallinson@q.com.

GCC spring break

Gila Community College will be closed for spring break from March 9 through March 14. All campuses — Gila Pueblo, San Carlos, and Payson — will be on break. Classes will resume Monday, March 16. Classes planned for Saturday, March 7 at the Gila Pueblo Campus will be held as scheduled.

Community forum on mental health March 11

Cenpatico Behavioral Health of Arizona (Cenpatico) is inviting Payson and surrounding communities to attend their community forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Cenpatico encourages those community leaders, advocates, providers, consumers and general public who are interested in mental health issues to attend. Cenpatico will answer any questions or concerns. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

GED testing

Dr. Linda O’Dell, Gila County Superintendent of Schools, announces the following GED testing dates in Payson: March 21, April 18, and May 16.

Seating is limited. The cost for the complete test is $65; retakes are $10 per test. Those taking the test must be pre-registered at the County School Superintendent’s Office, 719 S. Beeline Highway in Payson. Office hours are 8 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday, other times by appointment.

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

Dutch Oven cooking

Learn how to cook main dishes, apple pie and fresh bread from award-winning Dutch Oven cooking instructors. Loaner ovens will be available. The program is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at Ramada 4 in Rumsey Park. The cost is $30 and the deadline to register is April 9. Participants must be at least 16.

Register at the Parks and Recreation Office, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or online at www.paysonparks.com. Class size is limited, so register today.

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.

Benefit yard sale

A benefit yard sale is planned for Feb. 27-28 at 302 Antelope. Two churches are working to build a home for two families that have been living in a two-room building with no indoor bathroom. The families do mission work in Mexico.

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