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Once again, the Library Friends of Payson will bring A Taste of Rim Country to the community. The event will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at the Payson Public Library. The evening will feature a wine tasting and an opportunity to sample the wares of the best chefs in the Rim Country. Any chef interested in participating should call Bessie Tucker at (928) 474-9260

Free tax assistance and electronic filing, provided by AARP volunteers in Payson and Pine from Feb. 2 through April 15, 2009 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. 5, 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. 12, Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, 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.

AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. The free service is provided to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

Free brush drop-off

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:

Saturday, Jan. 31, 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. Sunday, Feb. 1, 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.

Urban Mountain Biking

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is offering an urban mountain biking class at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 31. It will start at Rumsey Park, Ramada 1 and go through areas of Payson which encompass sections of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS), including paved areas for a less-challenging ride.

This is a perfect beginner class for those who have a mountain bike, but aren’t quite sure how to use it. Topics to be covered include basic bike maintenance, safety and riding techniques.

Class cost is $15, and advance registration is required. Register online at www.paysonparks.com or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. Participants need to bring their own mountain bike and helmet.

For more information, contact the Parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

Scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will have a scrub sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5.

All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Computers needed by tax program

The AARP Tax-Aide program is in need of computers for its free tax preparation program. Computers with at least a CPU of 800 MHz, 512 MB of memory and 20 GB of hard drive are needed.

The AARP Foundation will issue a receipt for donations with the fair market value of the computer. The contribution may be tax deductible under federal and state laws. The AARP Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization.

By donating a computer, you are helping highly committed and trained volunteers that provide a needed service to the community. Please call (928) 472-7588 to talk to a volunteer.

Register for Business Showcase by Feb. 6

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Business Showcase and Market Place will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 21 at the Payson High School gymnasium. The theme of this year’s event is “Team Up to Succeed.”

The showcase provides businesses with the opportunity to show off their products — and this year, to sell their products. Both inside and outside, vendors will display and sell goods and services. Food vendors will be available.

There will be a Chamber mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 20 at the Majestic Mountain Inn where participants can networking and get ready for this first exhibition of the year. The price of the mixer is $3 for members and $5 for others. Proceeds will go to the Friends of Parks & Rec to help keep open athletic programs in Payson.

Prizes will be given for the Best Inside Booth, Best Outside Booth, Best Themed Booth and the Viewer’s Choice Booth. All booths will have raffle prizes to give away.

Prior sponsors and exhibitors have preference in registration and placement until Feb. 6, and then other chamber members and businesses may apply.

Priority will be given to chamber members, but nonmembers will receive a one-year chamber membership if they are accepted.

For information, please call the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.

International choir performs free concert

A free concert by the internationally known Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda will be presented at Tonto Rim Christian Camp at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2. Tonto Rim Christian Camp is located by Kohl’s Ranch on the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery Road.

This will be a once in a lifetime event. For detailed directions or questions, call (928) 478-4630.

Recital planned

The music students of Alana Wallace will have their annual concert at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at First Southern Baptist Church, located at the corner of Bonita and Colcord. Both pianists and vocalists will exhibit their progress over the past year.

Discard old TVs for free

Gila County Recycling and Landfill Management will have a free day at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill to discard television sets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7.

You may drop off your old TV at the bin located at the landfill for no charge, and the landfill employees will collect and haul the sets to an electronics recycler in Phoenix. There is a limit of two (2) sets per person.

Computers, monitors and printers may also be dropped off for recycling. For additional information, you may call the Buckhead Mesa scale house at (928) 476-3350.

Taste of Rim Country seeking chefs

Once again, the Library Friends of Payson will bring A Taste of Rim Country to the community. The event will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at the Payson Public Library. The evening will feature a wine tasting and an opportunity to sample the wares of the best chefs in the Rim Country.

Any chef interested in participating should call Bessie Tucker at (928) 474-9260 for details.

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.

Outdoor survival skills class for children

Register your first- through third-grade students for a 2-hour class on age-appropriate outdoor survival skills, including basic orienteering, leaving signs in the woods, outdoor clothing and planning ahead.

The program will be Wednesday, Feb. 11, which is a half-day at school, at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. The fee is $5 per student. Register online at www.paysonparks.com, or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

For more information, please call (928) 474-5242 ext. 358.

Folk concert planned

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 also present a program for students at 10 a.m.

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