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Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, will have a pancake breakfast to raise funds for its youth program from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. The cost is $4 per adult and $2 per child. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee.

Dec. 3 Friday

• Holiday Craft and Bake Sale: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Assembly of God Church, west of Green Valley Park, continues Saturday

• 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

• GCC art show: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring works created by students through the fall term

• Caroling and dessert: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church

• Mudhens train show: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, continues Saturday

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., visit historic Main Street for a holiday celebration

• Christmas tree auction: 6 p.m., Pine Strawberry School, benefits classes, also includes a quilt auction

Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park), will hold its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. Entry is from the upper level parking area.

All proceeds go to missionaries and charities of the church.

GCC Art Show

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will hold its 3rd Annual Art Show and Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Caroling and dessert

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson, will host caroling and dessert from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Delicious desserts and beverages will be available for a donation.

Mudhens train show

Once again this year the Mudhens are sponsoring a train show at Community Presbyterian Church.

The show will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday Dec. 3 and from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4

The train show will be open before, during and following the Electric Light Parade. Admission is free — however, guests are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive.

First Friday festivities

Artists of the Rim Gallery will celebrate Christmas with a two-day sale Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. The gallery will be extending its hours on Friday until 8 p.m. and will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

MoJoe’s Cafe will host The Starlighters during the Main Street First Friday Event. The café will be serving barbecue — pulled pork sandwich or St. Louis-style ribs — slow cooked on the smoker outside.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art will host Vyktoria Pratt Keating singing holiday and Celtic music. Brats can be purchased from the Kiwanis and raffle tickets bought from the Humane Society. To complete that Christmas shopping list, the Soroptimists are once again selling See’s Chocolates.

Join the gathering at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Historic Main St., (where each purchase comes with a free gift bag) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Christmas Tree Auction

Pine Strawberry School will have its annual Christmas Tree Auction, a quilt auction, poinsettias and more at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, plus a visit from Santa. The event will be in the Pine Strawberry School gym.

Dec. 4 Saturday

• Pancake breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• Register for Christmas for Kids: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Town Hall

• Hike: 9 a.m., Cypress & Boulders Loop Trail, starts at the end of East Phoenix St., Payson

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Tamales for Toys: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Payson Elks Lodge

• Payson Public 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

• Human Rights Awareness Month: noon, East West Exchange, screening of videos and discussion

• Recital: 1 p.m., student of Victoria Harris to perform at private residence

• Pre-parade dinner: 5 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

• Electric Light Parade: 6 p.m., West Main, Payson

Pancake breakfast

Calvary Chapel will have a pancake breakfast to raise funds for its youth program from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. The cost is $4 per adult and $2 per child. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee.

Calvary Chapel is at 1103 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Brush pits

This coming weekend, 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, Dec. 4 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, Dec. 5 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. 

Register for Christmas for Kids at Town Hall

The registration for all children, ages 3 to 12, in need of assistance with Christmas presents will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Payson Town Hall.

All applicants must bring proof of residency and income, plus either the birth certificate or school record for each child, ages 3 to 12, being registered for the program.

Hike planned

Hike Cypress & Boulders Loop Trail Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 9 a.m. This beautiful route features fantastic views of the Granite Dells. The hike starts at the east end of Phoenix Street, at the Cypress Trail access, and goes around the Boulders Loop Trail before returning to Phoenix Street. The hike is of moderate difficulty and 5 miles in length.

Tamales for Toys

The Public Safety Christmas for Kids program will be holding its annual Tamales for Toys event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Payson Elks Lodge.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy or make a cash donation for a plate of homemade tamales and beans.

Human Rights Awareness Month

Join Payson Amnesty International as it celebrates and advocates for human rights. All events take place at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Payson. Call Penny at (928) 474-2391 or go to paysonamnesty@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 4, noon to 3 p.m.: Film screening and discussion on the topic, “What are human rights and why do they matter?” with a collection of videos and documentary films highlighting human rights. A discussion of human rights and how to support them both locally and globally will follow.

Saturday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Write a Letter Save a Life - Amnesty International Global Write-a-Thon.

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Human Rights Movie and Discussion: View Rabbit-Proof Fence, an award-winning feature film about three aboriginal girls who escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. Special guest Regional Field Organizer Sara Schmidt, Amnesty International, will lead a discussion following the film.

AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This is a classroom refresher for motorists aged 50 and older who have years of driving experience. The cost is $14, but AARP members will receive a $2 discount if they bring their membership card. Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount. Bring your driver’s license.

Call the Senior Circle at (928) 468-1012 to register.

Recital

The music students of Victoria Harris will present a recital at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the home of Dr. & Mrs. Ray Hughes, 914 N. Blazing Star, in Chaparral Pines. A reception hosted by the Hughes will follow the concert.

The public is cordially invited; there is no admission charge. Please call Harris at (928) 474-9490 for information and for directions to the concert.

Pre-parade dinner

The Presbyterian Child Learning Center is sponsoring a delicious Turkey-a-la-King dinner with all the trimmings for just $5 per serving from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. Dine in or take out.

Cookies and hot cocoa will also be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to help keep parade-goers warm.

The proceeds will go toward the programs at the Presbyterian Child Learning Center. Come early for dinner and park for free.

Annual Electric Light Parade

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to come down to historic West Main in Payson for the 10th annual Electric Light Parade, which will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at Sawmill Crossing and go west to Green Valley Park, where the community Christmas tree will be lit as a finale to the festivities.

Visit Santa at MoJoe’s

Santa will visit MoJoe’s Cafe after the Electric Light Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4.

MoJoe’s Cafe on Main Street is proud to sponsor this fund-raising event to benefit Payson Community Kids.

Children will be able to sit on Santa’s lap and have their picture taken. Photos will be printed out and available for a small donation, which benefits Payson Community Kids.

MoJoe’s Cafe is at 503 W. Main St. For more information, call (928) 478-8828.

Dec. 5 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Holiday music: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., East West Exchange

• Sprit of Christmas concert: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., presented by Payson Ministerial Fellowship at Payson High School auditorium

An afternoon of holiday music

East West Exchange will present an afternoon of holiday music from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5 featuring the Payson High School Choir, local instrumentalists and members of the Payson Choral Society, plus a community sing-along.

East West Exchange is at 100 N. Tonto St., Payson.

Spirit of Christmas concert

A Christmas concert with a mixture of music, skits and special effects will be presented at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Payson High School.

The program will also include a Nutcracker toy scene, Nativity scene and more. All of the music is performed live except one song.

The Payson Ministerial Fellowship is the sponsor, along with many local businesses. The performance is free, but audience members are asked to bring in a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank. Last year the program brought two truckloads to the local food banks.

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