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Annual Dr. Seuss celebration tonight

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Culinary arts instructor Devon Wells goes over instructions with Marlow Galloway, while Galloway’s kitchen partner Emily Vandruff continues prep work for their dish.

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.

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, 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.

K-5 recreation program

Register your child today for the second Payson Parks and Recreation Spring Break Recreation Program, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, March 9-12 for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Children will participate in inside and outside games and sports, build crafts, and have a daily snack, all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants.

The cost is $30 per child and space is limited, so register today at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, extension 7.

First Friday fun

First Friday fun on Historic Main Street will have a Madness in March theme Friday, March 6. Many of the merchants on West Main stay open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and feature such things as food, music, classic cars, artists, antiques, collectibles and more.

VIN etching

The 4th Annual Vehicle Theft Prevention and Awareness Day is March 7. The Payson Police Department will be providing free VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) etching from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at the police station at Town Hall. The police will also be conducting the Watch Your Car program at the same time. With the watch program, participants are provided with a special decal; if an officer observes a vehicle with the decal between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., they are authorized to investigate and verify ownership.

For more details, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 220 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Special photo workshops offered

Arizona wildflowers and Sedona landscapes will be the subject of two special photography workshops this spring. Gila Community College, with award-winning photographer/editor Tom Brossart, will be hosting these two workshops. Brossart is a photography instructor at the Gila Community College campus in Payson and an editor and photographer with the Payson Roundup.

Each workshop will involve a two- to three-hour preplanning session, an onsite photo shoot and then a three-hour review after the photo shoot is completed.

The wildflower workshop starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 7 with a review of techniques, lens choices and other pre-shoot items. The group will travel to Lost Dutchman State Park for the photo shoot. Each participant in the workshop will get one-on-one help from the instructor.

A final review of all work will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 20. The workshops are designed for beginning and advanced photographers and will focus on composition, camera, use of lens and technique.

The Sedona landscape photo workshop following the same schedule will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 18 with a preplanning session on landscape composition and equipment. The photo shoot will begin around 2 p.m. in the Sedona area, with a follow-up session beginning at 2 p.m. the following Friday, April 24, at the college.

Each workshop will cost $95 separately or participants can attend both workshops for $150. Attendance is limited to 12 photographers. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation and food. There is some trail hiking involved, so attendees need to be able to hike trails that are rated from easy to moderate.

Anyone interested needs to register at Gila Community College, Payson Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or log on to www.GilaCCC.org.

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.

Purim celebration set

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.

Free supper Mondays

Mountain Bible Church is providing free suppers on Monday nights. The outreach is an effort to help those in need through these difficult financial times.

The community dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Building C of the church at 302 E. Rancho Road, and there are no strings attached. Anyone interested in helping out with the dinner can call Jana at Mountain Bible, (928) 472-7800 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and noon Friday.

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 will be held as scheduled.

Documentary presentation

The Payson chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will present the documentary, “Anyone and Everyone” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at the Payson Public Library. PFLAG is the sole sponsoring entity for this showing and is not endorsed by the Town of Payson.

“Anyone and Everyone” depicts actual families from all walks of life who share their intimate accounts of how they dealt with their child’s sexual orientation. This film is especially important in view of the following statistics: 26 percent of gay teens are told they will have to leave home when they reveal their sexual orientation. Of the approximately 1.6 million homeless American youth, up to 40 percent identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (GLBT), and based on a Department of Health study of youth, 40 percent of GLBT students attempted suicide, compared to 10 percent of their heterosexual peers.

PFLAG Payson hopes this presentation will begin an open and honest dialogue with anyone concerned with these issues. There is no charge for this presentation and all are welcome.

It’s not just about books

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the Books Are Fun Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 10 and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Quality books and unique gifts including photo albums, stationery, music, and much more will be sold to the public at great discounts. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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