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The Payson Jazz Trio — featuring Bob Smolenski on piano, Mike Buskirk on bass, Gerry Reynolds on drums, and special guest John Darst on guitar — will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 11 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. A donation of $5 or more is requested at the door. Refreshments will be served. Contact Gerry Reynolds at gerryr@cox.net for more information and to RSVP.

During the month of January, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring an overstock sale on works by Mary Higgins Clark, Jeffrey Deaver, Danielle Steele, Patricia Cornwell and Barbara Taylor Bradford. All hardback and paperback books by these authors are being offered as a 2 for 1 special. As always, the second item must be of equal or lesser value than the first.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on these outstanding authors. Take advantage of this offer to ensure that you have plenty of reading material for the cold months of winter yet to come. What better way to spend those frosty days than curled up with good book and something warm to drink! 

The bookstore has recently been deluged with high-quality donations. Volunteers will be placing these books on the shelves as quickly as possible. Therefore, the wise patron will stop by frequently during January.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

Payson schools on half-day schedule Jan. 14

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

GED testing

Dr. Linda O’Dell, Gila County Superintendent of Schools, announces the following GED testing dates in Payson: Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, 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.

Guerrilla Tactics small business forum tonight

Business owners looking for a financial edge for 2009 are invited to a special workshop Jan. 6 — Guerrilla Tactics: Financial Operations.

Business finance (underground operations) will be addressed by speakers from five financial institutions. They will talk about the various financial options available for businesses and money saving tips.

The program is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6 in the community room (303) at Gila Community College.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended, though not required. Call (928) 474-4515 for more information.

Book sale this week at Senior Thrift Store

The Senior Thrift Store is having a book sale the week of Jan. 5-10. All paperback books are two for 25 cents; romance novels, 10 for $1, hardcover fiction and nonfiction, half off the marked price.

Childhood development topic of Jan. 21 meeting

The Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First) staff would like to invite your participation in an informational meeting about the funding process for First Things First.

The informational meeting will focus on the most common funding mechanism that First Things First will utilize known as the Request for Grant Application (RFGA) process. Please join us for a meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Gila Community College Room 402.

For more information, please email brussell@azftf.gov, ecook@ azftf.gov or mcourvoisier@azftf.gov, or call Beverly Russell, Eva Cook or Mary Courvoisier at (928) 425-8172.

Free brush pits

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, Jan. 10, 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, Jan. 11, 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.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

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.

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.

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.

Lip Sync entries wanted

A Lip Sync Contest will be held Feb. 21 in the Payson High School Auditorium. The contest is open to all high school students from Payson and surrounding communities, including home-schooled students.

Prizes will be gift cards totaling $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Contest rules are available at Payson High School (Drama Club, STUGO, Main Office), Payson Center for Success, Payson Community Christian School and Payson Education Center.

The evening will also include a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction featuring a wide variety of items for all ages. Donations of auctions items or scholarship donations will be welcomed.

The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Payson High School Drama Club, Rim Country Optimists and Rotary Club. All proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for continuing education.

For more information, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

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.

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