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Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will be offered Wednesday, Jan. 7 when the Plateauland Mobile Veterinary Clinic comes to town. Payson Humane Society will host the clinic, to be held next to the animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road. Spay/neuter surgeries will be on an appointment basis only. To make an appointment or for further information, call the clinic at 1-928-526-5964, or call the Payson Humane Society at 474-5590.

The Main Street merchants invite residents and visitors of the Rim Country to join them from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 2 for the celebration of a New Year.

A variety of special programs are planned. Venues include the Community Presbyterian Church, Gasoline Alley, Artists of the Rim Gallery, Down The Street Art Gallery, Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, Green Mountain Emporium, Temple Gallery, Green Scene Solar, and Re-Runs Resale Boutique & Consignment. The shuttle service for the First Friday celebration on Main Street is continuing. Park in the Community Presbyterian Church parking lot at 800 W. Main St. and hop on the Main Street bus. The bus will be traveling the whole length of Main Street and makes several stops for your convenience.

Computer group meets

The Payson Area Computer Association will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 2 in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library. The speaker this month will be a representative from Smart Computing Magazine. Be sure to bring your friends. It should be informative.

Book signing

Roberta “Punk” Madaras will be hosting a book signing for her book, “Piney V’s Discoveries at the Bark Park,” between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3 at Fireside Espresso and Scoops in the Swiss Village.

Reshape your body and mind in the new year

Thinking about New Years resolutions and/or dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, hard to get rid of cellulite or tired of being overweight?

Health educators Cindy Bryant and Vivian Seville will discuss root causes of these issues, how to safely lose an average of three to five pounds of fat per week, reduce cellulite naturally, revitalize your skin, improve and maintain muscle tone and improve your quality of life without shots, prescriptions, stimulants, juices or fad treatments.

The lecture will be presented from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3 and Saturday, Jan. 24.

Lecture is free to the public, however reservations are required. Contact Cindy Bryant at (928) 472-7120.

Bashas’ to make food bank donation

Bashas’ will donate 10 percent of its sales to St. Vincent de Paul between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 4. To help the grocery chain help the food bank, area residents are encouraged to shop during those two hours. The Payson Fire Department personnel will be assisting Bashas’ during this time as well.

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries offered Jan. 7

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will again be offered in Payson, by the Plateauland Mobile Veterinary Clinic, a division of Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff.

Payson Humane Society will host the clinic, to be held Wednesday, Jan. 7 next to the animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road.

Surgery fees are as follows: dog spay $75, dog neuter $60, cat spay $50, cat neuter $40. Animals in heat/pregnant or over 60 pounds are subject to additional fees. Vaccinations and other services will be available to surgery patients at an additional low-cost fee.

Spay/neuter surgeries will be on an appointment basis only. To make an appointment or for further information, call the clinic at 1-928-526-5964. Interested pet owners may also call the PaysonHumane Society at 474-5590.

‘Hard core birding’ is topic for Birders

Members of the Payson Birders invite anyone interested in learning more about bird watching to join them at their meetings. The next one will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Payson Public Library community room.

The guest speaker will be George Wall, who will be discussing his two-week “hard core” bird watching in Australia.

Wall has been birding since 1997 and is a board member of Sonoran Audubon Society, is active in many other birding programs and is editor of the Audubon Society newsletter. He has been birding throughout the U.S. and in places as far as Argentina and Brazil.

The public is invited to attend this meeting free of charge, but donations would be appreciated. For more information call (928) 474-4572.

Paws in the Park

Paws in the Park will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the meeting room of the Payson Public Library. A light dinner will be served. All PAWS members are requested to attend. The many users of the Payson Dog Park are welcomed. Remember, the town owns the Dog Park, however, PAWS members built it. New members are welcomed. Call Dave at (928) 474-3040 for more information.

Elks Lodge schedule

The Lodge is closed today, Friday, Jan. 2.

Elks and Ladies Night will take place Thursday, Jan. 8, and features a turkey dinner and all the trimmings.

Saturday, Jan. 10 Exalted Ruler Herm Holtz will cook “Herm’s Famous Ham” with homemade scalloped potatoes and applesauce. Cocktails hour is at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

The Elks meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15. The HOPES Night Out on Jan. 15 will be at the home of one of the members.

There will be a dress rehearsal for the Ritual Contest at the Lodge at 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26. A potluck dinner will follow the rehearsal, which is open to members and non-members and is an opportunity to see the ritual of Initiation into the Order. The contest will be in Kingman at the end of the month.

Friday Night Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The Lodge has both smoking and non-smoking areas. Friday night music in January is Steve Stevens on the 9th and 30th, and karaoke with Larry Ellis on the 16th and 23rd, he will also present karaoke every Sunday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Bingo is at 1 p.m. every Sunday. The Wednesday Bingo sessions have been suspended for the winter. Bingo is open to the public; you need not be a member to play. Bingo is a nonsmoking event.

The Lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

For additional details on activities and use of the Lodge hall for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, or meetings, call Gerry Russell at (928) 472-7345.

For information on how to become a member of the Payson Elks Lodge, please stop in or call Ev Griffin at (928) 474-2572 weekdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Daughters of the American Revolution

The January meeting of the Mogollon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9, at the Payson Public Library.

Following the general business meeting, guest speaker Renee Durfee will give a presentation on “My Native American Ancestor Connection.” Guests and perspective members are encouraged to attend. For more information about our organization and membership, please contact Regent Valerie Sullivan at (928) 468-6698, or Registrar Renee Durfee at (928) 472-4338.

January blood drives

Community Blood Drives are planned at several locations on a number of different days during January:

• Jan. 12: Shepherd of the Pines Church, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Jan. 18: Mazatzal Casino Bingo Room, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Donors at the Mazatzal Casino will get a coupon for a pint of ice cream from Scoops Ice Cream in Payson.

• Jan. 20: First Baptist Church in Pine, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All donors in January will get a voucher for the FBR Open in Scottsdale.

Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 16 years old.  Additional height/weight restrictions apply for donors ages 16 to 22.  For donor eligibility questions, call 480-675-5497. Call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServices AZ.org today to make your appointment to donate blood.

London tour openings

Shannon Howard of Gila Community College is organizing a trip to London. Howard has about 10 slots still available for the May 16-23 trip. She needs registration and a $250 deposit by Jan. 12.

For further details, including prices, contact Howard at (928) 951-1434 or e-mail her at shannonhoward.gcc@gmail.com.

Holiday tree recycling

The Town of Payson will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling at the Payson Event Center parking area through Feb. 1. This is for Christmas trees only. All trees should be free of ornaments, stands, ropes and strings, 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, call the Parks and Recreation Office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or visit the Web at www.paysonparks.com.

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