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Rim Country residents can enjoy a free Thanksgiving dinner at both the Payson Elks and Greater Payson Moose lodges Thursday, Nov. 26. The Elks Lodge, located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway, will have three seatings: noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Moose Lodge, on East Highway 260 in Star Valley, will have dinner at 1 p.m. While both dinners are free, donations will be accepted to help cover the costs.

Nov. 24

Tuesday

• Turkey Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bashas’

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Kindergarten Friendship Feast: 10:45 a.m., Payson Elementary School

• Thanksgiving Program: 1 p.m., Frontier Elementary School

• Sen. Sylvia Allen Town Hall: 6:30 p.m., Payson Public Library

• Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service: 7 p.m., Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Turkey Tuesday

Volunteers from the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Payson will join with Channel 12 News and Bashas’ stores in collecting turkeys for the needy of Rim Country.

This event, commonly known as “Turkey Tuesday,” will be held Nov. 24 at the local Bashas’. Volunteers will be stationed at the doors to accept turkeys, nonperishable food items and cash donations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All donations will be kept in Rim Country and will be distributed by the local conference of St. Vincent de Paul.

Elementary holiday programs

Both Frontier and Payson elementary schools have Thanksgiving programs planned.

At Frontier Elementary School, kindergarten will perform a Thanksgiving program at 1 p.m. on Nov. 24.

At Payson Elementary School, the kindergarten’s friendship feast will take place at 10:45 a.m., Nov. 24 and the first grade will perform a Thanksgiving program at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 25.

State senator to visit

State Senator Sylvia Allen has planned a “Town Hall” meeting in Payson at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the public library, 328 N. McLane Road. She invites Rim Country residents to come and share their concerns with her. Allen will make a presentation and then open the meeting for questions and answers.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving service tonight

Mount Cross Lutheran Church cordially invites you to attend the Ecumenical Thanksgiving services at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. This is a joint service of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Payson Presbyterian and the United Methodist Church of Payson, as well as Mount Cross Lutheran.

In addition, Mount Cross invites you to attend a potluck Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m. in the log building.

Mount Cross is located at 601 E. Highway 260, just east of Safeway.

Bell ringers needed

The Salvation Army needs your help. Please volunteer to be a holiday bell ringer. All donated funds stay in Payson to help people in need.

Bell ringers will be stationed at Bashas’, Safeway, Walgreens and Walmart from Nov. 27 through Dec. 24.

Two-hours shifts are available and volunteer positions are open to all, including those performing court-ordered community service.

If you would like to volunteer, please call Ray at (928) 474-6577, or Jenny at (928) 970-0601.

Blanket drive for homeless

Payson schools are asking for donations of blankets, quilts or afghans for homeless and needy families in Payson. Please bring donations — in good, clean condition — to the district office, which is now in the old rock building at 902 W. Main St., by Dec. 4.

There is a definite need, and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Nov. 25

Wednesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

No Wednesday donations in December at Time Out Thrift

Beginning in December, the Time Out Thrift Shop will not be accepting donations on Wednesdays. 

We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers while we reorganize our donation yard to serve you better.

The dates in December are Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Thank you for your patronage of Time Out, Inc. For more information, please call (928) 474-3989.

Candy sale

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will have See’s Candies for sale starting Nov. 25. This is a holiday fund-raising campaign and is cash-n-carry. The library is at 6124 N. Randall Place, Pine. For more information, call (928) 476-3678.

Shepherd of the Pines celebrates Thanksgiving Eve

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will give thanks to God at a special Thanksgiving Eve Worship service at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Holy Communion will be served. The theme will be Pray, Praise and Give Thanks. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Nov. 26

Thursday

• Community Thanksgiving Dinners: noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Payson Elks Lodge; 1 p.m. at Moose Lodge in Star Valley

• Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner: 4 p.m., Mount Cross Lutheran Church log building

Thanksgiving dinners

The Payson Elks 6th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Thursday, Nov. 26, and will be open to the public. Seating will be at 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Dinner is free, but donations are welcome. See or call the Lodge Secretary at (928) 474-2572 for your free tickets and for delivery to the homebound.

The Elks Lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

The Greater Payson Moose Lodge is having Thanksgiving Dinner at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26. Dinner is free, but donations are always appreciated. Seating for both nonsmoking and smoking is available.

The Greater Payson Moose Lodge is located at 4211 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley.

Nov. 27

Friday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

Swiss Village Lighting Festival Nov. 27-28

The annual Swiss Village Lighting Festival takes place beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 at the Swiss Village Shops located on Forest Street and North Beeline Highway. The traditional event includes holiday carolers, a live nativity, a lighting ceremony, music, food, open houses and a visit from Santa Claus who arrives on a fire truck.

Festivities continue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 with Santa Claus, free carriage rides and “make it - take it” crafts.

Nov. 28

Saturday

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

Christmas boutique

This is the last week to purchase items from the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild’s Christmas Boutique. It will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, then again from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 29.

Cline Terrace Platform Mound tour

What’s the perfect way to end your day? Come join a park ranger for an afternoon tour of Cline Terrace Platform Mound and enjoy its fascinating cultural history.

Have you ever wondered how people survived hundreds of years ago? Ranger Eddie Colyott will touch on farming, natural resource use and the distinctive characteristics of this site.

Join Ranger Colyott for this two-hour program at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28. Participants may want to bring water and wear sturdy footwear. The program is free, but please call Tonto National Monument at (928) 467-2241 ext. 25 for further information or directions, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or e-mail the monument at www.nps.gov/tont.

Tonto National Monument is located four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on State Highway 188.

Celebrate in Pine

Saturday evening, Nov. 28, the communities of Pine and Strawberry invite neighbors from throughout the Rim County to join residents for a night of fun for the entire family as the First Annual Festival of Lights Event is celebrated. Local businesses will open their doors early to offer special deals for holiday shoppers. The Jingle Bell Parade starts at 6 p.m. with a special tribute to our military.

Immediately following the parade will be a community tree lighting ceremony, caroling, and entertainment from many of our talented local fiddlers. Santa is scheduled to make an appearance before the evening ends and folks will have an opportunity for photos.

Anyone who would like to may bring an unbreakable ornament to help decorate the community tree, and organizers will also collect canned food items to help benefit the local Food Bank. Admission is free, so head to the Community Center in Pine to help kick off this Christmas season.

Looking ahead

Send Christmas cards to

wounded soldiers

When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address:

A Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20307-5001.

If everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful people who have sacrificed so much would get.

Open house

An open house to honor Diana Barrett, who is retiring after 12 years as supervisor in the Payson assessor’s office, will take place Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Come on in to the office for snacks and to give Diana well wishes. The address is 201 W. Frontier St.

December bag sale

Take “Time Out 2 Shop” at your favorite Thrift Store for its $1 Bag Sale on all regular clothing items (excluding boutique or western wear) every Wednesday in December.

During these Wednesdays, there will also be other nonclothing items on sale. The dates are Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Also, on these same Wednesdays, the gate to our donation yard will be closed in order to reorganize our yard to better serve our customers. We wish to thank all of our customers for their patronage and apologize for any inconvenience and hope you’ll continue shopping with us.

The Time Out Thrift Store is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway.

All our profits support Time Out, Inc. domestic violence programs and services at its shelter, Transitional Housing and Gila Family Advocacy Center in our community.

Nativity sets sought

Don’t forget to take your Nativity sets to the Pine Cultural Hall between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 if you would like to join with many others in making this year’s annual Nativity display the best ever.

The community is invited to view the Nativity sets on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Linda Howard and her helpers will be there to offer refreshments and answer any questions you may have about this unique holiday display.

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