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Photo courtesy of Payson Friends of Jazz

Jazz artist Vismaya, performs Sunday at the Community Presbyterian Church.

Feb. 9 Tuesday

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

• Blood Drive: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Pine, 4039 N. Highway 87

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Blood drives

To really give a gift from the heart this Valentine’s Day, donate blood. It’s a simple act that can save lives. Join others at the Pine Strawberry Community Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9 at First Baptist Church of Pine, 4039 N. Highway 87. A blood drive will also be held in Payson from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 at the old gym at Payson High School.

Log on to UnitedBloodServices.org to find out more, or to make an appointment, please call Michelle at (928) 607-1242. All donors will be entered into a drawing for one of two $1,000 shopping sprees from Schmitt Jewelers.

Kirkpatrick staff has Payson office hours

Staff members for the office of Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick will be hosting open office hours in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260. The staff will be in Payson on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

Cooking class for AZVA

Chef Gerardo Moceri will be having a cooking class for Arizona Virtual Academy students from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. Moceri will show children how to make a pizza and a dessert through an interactive and hands-on cooking class.

Space is limited, so AZVA families will need to RSVP to Trina Gunzel at tgunzel@azva.org. The cost is $10 per student. For more information about the class or the AZVA home schooling program, call Trina at (928) 478-8553.

Feb. 10 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

• Watchable wildlife: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Parks office, Green Valley Park

Watchable wildlife

Learn where and when to look for wildlife from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10. The fee is $5 and it will be held at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. Space is limited, so register early. For details call the Parks and Recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Feb. 11 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

• Soup Kitchen: Donate to the Payson Community Food Drive at Payson High School and enjoy a bowl of soup: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., PHS cafeteria

• Chamber mixer: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Central Arizona Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Suite H

Soup Kitchen

The students of the Payson High School Culinary Arts program will serve soup from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 at the high school cafeteria. Donations of $2 or more are requested to benefit the Payson Community Food Drive. The PHS Modern Choir will perform during the evening.

Chamber mixer

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce mixer is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite H. The evening is sponsored by R & R Accounting and Desert Schools Federal Credit Union. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Call the chamber at (928) 474-4515 for more information.

Feb. 12 Friday

• Blood Drive: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Payson High School old gym

• 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

• Mt. Vernon Chamber Players: 7 p.m. at Gila Community College

Free chamber music concert

Gila Community College in Payson will present a concert by the Mt. Vernon Chamber Players at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12. The program will be in the college’s community room and is offered to the residents of the Rim Country free of charge. The Payson GCC campus is at 201 N. Mud Springs Road. The concert will feature the music of Brahms and Mozart, as well as Ralph Vaughn Williams and Zoltan Kodaly.

Feb. 13 Saturday

• Group Hike: 9 a.m., Monument Peak Look Trailhead

• Free CERT Training starts: 9 a.m., LDS Church, Pine

• 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

• AARP driving class: noon to 4 p.m., Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy.

• TCCA concert: Red Hot Hollywood, 7 p.m., Payson High School auditorium

Group hike planned

Parks and Recreation hiking instructors will lead a Payson Area Trails System Group Hike on the Monument Peak Loop Trail Saturday, Feb. 13 starting at 9 a.m.

Participants will meet at the Monument Peak Loop Trailhead, which is approximately 3.3 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road. The hike is three miles long and is easy hiking, with a mostly crushed granite trail surface and only a few inclines. Expect a little seasonal water on the trail.

This is a free event to the public. Don’t forget your hiking boots and water. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or visit www.paysonparks.com.

Free CERT training planned

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to help communities prepare for effective disaster response through training and planning. Recent conditions such as the Water Wheel Fire and winter storm activity further show the need for such training and preparation.

The local CERT, sponsored by the Payson Fire Department, is providing CERT training in Pine starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, Saturday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, March 6. The training will be presented at the LDS Church at corner of Pine Creek Road and Highway 87 in Pine.

The training that CERT members receive further enhances community preparedness and through awareness it potentially mitigates damage caused as a result of disasters.

For further information, contact John Swenson at (928) 472-3331.

AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety class will be held at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb 13. 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.

The music of Hollywood

The Tonto Community Concert Association will host Red Hot Hollywood Show at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13.

From the silver screen to the Payson High School Auditorium stage, the TCCA presents a thrilling “red carpet” review of Hollywood’s greatest music memories. This latest Matt Davenport Productions Inc. show features a versatile cast of 11 who will sing, dance and recreate magical movie memories.

For this concert the TCCA has arranged for a “surprise special musical feature” prior to the main performance. Additionally, two local restaurants are offering discounts to pre-concert diners who present their ticket that evening. Fargo’s Steak House is offering a 20 percent discount and Gerardo’s Italian Bistro is offering a 15 percent discount (both discounts exclude alcohol). Tickets are available for this performance and the remaining concerts of the season by calling (928) 478-4363 or paying at the door. Student admission is free with a paying adult.

Feb. 14 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

• Jazz concert: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson Friends of Jazz present Vismaya

Valentine’s Day concert

Jazz and cabaret singer Vismaya (aka, Ingrid Hagelberg) will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Vismaya entertains local audiences with her unique jazz-cabaret style performances, and her “Red Suitcase” shows, where she weaves her story to upbeat traditional, original and genre jazz tunes.

Joining Vismaya on piano will be the lovely pianist, singer and composer Rachel Eckroth. Completing the group will be ASU jazz studies graduate and Show Low area music educator, Chris Long on upright bass, and Payson’s own Gerry Reynolds on the drums.

Advance notice of attendance is recommended to insure seating, and you may return an e-mail to Gerryr@cox.net, or call (602) 619-3355, leaving your name and the number who are planning to attend this event. A requested $5 donation at the door includes refreshments.

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