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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to help communities prepare for effective disaster response through training and planning. 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 details, contact John Swenson at (928) 472-3331.

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

Donations sought for yard sale

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society is now accepting donations for its annual Benefit Yard Sale, to be held April 23 and 24.

The society is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, therefore all donations are tax deductible. Drop off donations at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita St., during regular business days and hours. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

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.

• Free Vegitarian Luncheon: 1 p.m., at The Meeting Place, at the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87,make a reservation at 928-595-1528

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

One brush pit open

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing only one free brush drop-off point. If the weather permits, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

The Pine Pit, located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine, remains closed due to excessively muddy conditions from recent storms.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

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.payson parks.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.

Vegetarian lunch

A Community Vegetarian Luncheon to let people know that “healthy food can be delicious” will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 at The Meeting Place, which is located at the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87, at the south end of town.

There is no cost, and all are invited, but it is important that everyone (including regular participants) make a reservation with Shirley at (928) 595-1528 as soon as possible so that there will be enough food.

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.

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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