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The Salvation Army’s Payson chapter needs volunteer bell ringers to fill shifts at Walmart, Walgreens, Bashas’ and Safeway through Friday, Dec. 24. Volunteers will work two-hour shifts and anyone can participate. To sign up, call Ray Kinsman at (928) 474-6577.

Dec. 21 Tuesday

• 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

• Gift sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Payson Regional Medical Center, benefits the Mogollon Health Alliance, continues Tuesday and Wednesday

Salvation Army angel tree still has lots of tags

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree is up and decorated with tags listing the names and Christmas wishes for area children in need at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway, south of the chamber office.

There are lots of tags left, so area residents interested in helping the program need to get to the bank, claim a tag and return the gifts no later than Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Artist of the Rim Gallery supports area charities

Shop local and support local charities. Through Dec. 31, Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery, 408 W. Main St., is sponsoring its first annual fund-raising event to help support Time Out Shelter, Humane Society of Central Arizona, the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and Payson Community Kids.

Participating artists will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from sales made between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31 to the listed nonprofits.

The members of the cooperative gallery urge their neighbors in the Rim Country to support Payson, support Payson’s artists and support Payson’s charities.

Books and more

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the Books Are Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 21 and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22 in the Payson Regional Medical Center west 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.

Christmas events

A last-minute gift

The Daughters of Gila County Pioneers has its 2011 calendar available for that last-minute gift purchase.

A practical present that can be used all year features photos of grandmothers and their grandchildren — multiple generations of Gila County pioneers.

For more information, call (928) 474-2949.

Bell ringers needed

The Salvation Army’s Payson chapter has been very successful this year in filling up the bell ringing slots, except for the week of Christmas, according to Jenny Scott.

Volunteers are needed to fill shifts at Walmart, Walgreens, Bashas’ and Safeway between Monday, Dec. 21 and Friday, Dec. 24. Volunteers will work two-hour shifts and anyone can participate, even people with court ordered community service hours to fill.

To sign up, call Ray Kinsman at (928) 474-6577.

Christopher Kohl’s Fire Christmas campaign

Christopher Kohl’s Fire is collecting nonperishable food, and toys to help families and kids in need for Christmas.

For those who prefer to make a cash donation, stop by or contact Christopher Kohl’s Fire at (928) 478-4011 during business hours. There are donation boxes at Walmart, Safeway, Bashas’, Home Depot, Life Star crew quarters, Chase Bank, Kelly’s Saloon, Kohl’s Ranch, Tall Pines and the fire station in Christopher Creek.

Holiday specials at bookstore

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books, etc. during December. The items are priced from $1 to $3 and will be offered at two for the price of one. Another December feature is jigsaw puzzles at two for the already low price of one. 

The bookstore has added a special category of collector’s books. They are often beautiful art books or other works of special interest and value. 

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 website at www.library friendsofpayson.org.

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