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Courtesy of Bill Ahrendt

Visit the galleries and shops on Main Street this Friday, Feb. 5 for fun, food and entertainment. The work of Bill Ahrendt is featured at the Artists of the Rim Gallery for February. First Friday festivities are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb. 2 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

• Kyl staffer in Payson: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 610 E. Hwy. 260

• Star Valley Council Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Star Valley town hall, 3632 E. Hwy. 260

Longhorn discount cards available

It’s time to get Longhorn discount cards for great savings on food and services from local businesses. The price is $15 and the cards can be purchased from any Payson High School baseball player or track and field participant. They are also available at the PHS administration office. Cards are only available through the end of February.

For more information, please call coach Jonathan Ball at (928) 978-2607, coach Jerry Daniels at (928) 978-1412, or athletic secretary Stephanie Shields at (928) 472-5719.

Kyl staff has office hours

Emily Pitha, a constituent service representative for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, will conduct office hours at the Gila County Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260 in Payson from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2.

This is a great opportunity for constituents to have Senator Kyl help resolve problems they are having with a federal agency. Constituents seeking assistance with federal agencies are asked to bring copies of documentation relevant to their concern.

If you have any questions, please call the senator’s Phoenix office, (602) 840-1891.

GriefShare recovery and support group

A group providing support and encouragement to those on the journey of grief following the loss of a loved one, whether recent or some time ago, will begin meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2 and continue every other Tuesday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The group will meet at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Bldg. D.

Call (928) 472-7800 for more information or directions to Bldg. D.

Star Valley council meeting

The Star Valley council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Town Hall, 3632 E. Highway 260. On the agenda is discussion of the 2010 Community Development Block Grant projects.

Look for love at library

During the month of February, our thoughts turn to romance and politics. In recognition of Valentine’s Day, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a two-for-the-price-of-one special on all hardback and paperback romance novels. To honor President’s Day, the bookstore will offer another two-for-the-price-of-one feature in the categories of biography, history and politics.

Bookstore stock has never been better, and new items are added daily. Every penny spent in the Bookstore goes directly to the Payson Library for purchase of new materials. 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 LFOP website at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

Feb. 3 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

• Override supporters meet: 4 p.m., Payson Senior Center

Override supporters meeting

Supporters of the proposed budget override for the Payson Unified School District will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Feb. 4 Thursday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 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

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Free CPR Class: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., call 928-472-2588 for details

$1 Bag Sale

Love is in the air, and you’ll love taking “Time Out 2 Shop” and save at the Time Out Thrift Shop.

Rim Country residents are invited to check out the $1 bag sale Thursday, Feb. 4. All the regular clothing items that can be put into a bag will be only $1. Boutique and western wear clothing are not included in the sale. Be sure and check out the Valentine’s Day items, too.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across the street from Wendy’s. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Volunteers with the shop will gladly pick up gently used furniture and large donations — make an appointment by calling (928) 474-3989. Donations are greatly appreciated and will be accepted between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All profits support Time Out Inc., its shelter, transitional housing and Gila Family Advocacy Center.

The shelter’s crisis hotline is (928) 472-8007.

Free ‘Heartsaver’ CPR

Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free “Heartsaver” CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4.

Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

Feb. 5 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

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Historic Main Street, Payson

Monthly siren tests resume

The Pine-Strawberry Task Force would like to announce that it will be running the siren tests in both communities on a regular basis again. The first test will be at noon, Friday, Feb. 5. The test will be run each month at noon on the first Friday. Monthly testing insures that the sirens are working properly in the event they are needed in an emergency.

In the event of an emergency, the sirens will be set off and residents will be asked to tune radios into KMOG AM 1420 or KRIM FM 96.3 for further information. For more information on the sirens and other task force matters, the public is invited to attend the group’s meeting, which is at 7 p.m., the second Monday of every month at the Pine fire station.

First Friday fun

This Friday, Feb. 5, is First Friday again, and visitors to the shops on historic Main Street in Payson will find lots of specials, food and fun between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

See the works of Bill Ahrendt and other members of the co-op Artists of the Rim Gallery and a showcase of unique jewelry made by the artists belonging to the Down the Street Gallery co-op. There will be chocolate at just about every shop, but for a more complete meal, visit the Community Presbyterian Church for a Romantic Breakfast Dinner with pancakes, sausage or bacon, peach cobbler and a beverage. There will also be a bake sale at the church, and live entertainment.

At Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, Payson’s favorite musician John Carpino will perform, and refreshments and chocolate will be served.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a benefit to help operate Tonto Natural Bridge, should the Town of Payson be able to negotiate a deal to keep the park open.

Feb. 6 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

* Winter Carnival for Food Bank: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 913 S. Ponderosa, Payson

Winter Carnival for food drive

Join Woody, the Payson Area Food Drive’s official squirrel mascot, collecting food and donations for local food banks at a Winter Carnival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6 at 913 S. Ponderosa St.

Payson Area Food Drive volunteers hope to collect 1,000 pounds of food. Please bring nonperishable food items to support the Payson Area Food Drive.

Feb. 7 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

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