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Celebrate the great Dr. Seuss at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, starting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 2. Enjoy a hot dog supper between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for just $1 per plate, and then settle in for some fun at 6:30 p.m. and hear The Cat in The Hat and meet the new Payson Dr. Seuss, Harry Kuperberg. There will also be activities and prizes. The Pine Libary celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 6. Right now it is closed while the move is made into the new children’s room. A grand re-opening will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 6 with the Dr. Seuss Celebration and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Feb. 27 Saturday

• Free Appliance and Metal Disposal: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Buckhead Mesa Landfill

• CERT training: 9 a.m., LDS Church, Pine

• Free parenting class: 9 a.m., Mountrain Bible Church

• 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

• Benefit barbecue: noon, Tonto Basin

• Lip Sync Contest:6 p.m., PHS auditorium

Free day to discard appliances, metal

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance discard “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27.

Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters, as well as other metal items will be accepted. The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the Freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. The county will handle the Freon removal from the appliances; please do not tamper with the Freon lines and no trash of any kind in the appliances.

For more information, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350.

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:

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.  The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

The Pine Pit 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.

Free parenting class

Parents, foster parents, grandparents and caregivers who want to learn simple and practical tips for raising children of all ages are encouraged to attend free Common Sense Parenting training in Payson Feb. 27 and March 6. This is a two-part program at Mountain Bible’s building C, 302 E. Rancho Road.

The training runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with a one-hour break for lunch. Sorry, no children will be allowed in the training, but childcare may be arranged. For more information, call Kelli at (928) 232-7149.

Vegetable gardening class

Learn the best way to grow vegetables for you and the Rim Country farmer’s market. A free presentation by Glen McCombs at Plant Fair Nursery in Star Valley at 9:30 a.m., Saturday Feb. 27 will teach you how to locate your garden space, prepare the garden soil, choose which vegetables to grow, how to fertilize and harvest.

Health screening for children

The Gila County Health Department will have free developmental, hearing and vision screening on Feb. 27. Appointments are necessary; call (928) 402-8813 or toll free 800-304-4452, ext 8813.

For children from birth to age 5, a parent or guardian must be present during testing. Participants will receive free incentives. The Gila County Health Department is at 107 W. Frontier St., Suite A in Payson.

Saturday bag sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts and anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the Almost New Thrift Shop bags and take it home for just one dollar. The next Almost New Thrift Shop $1 Bag Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27. Proceeds help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Yard sale donations sought

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.

Benefit barbecue postponed

A benefit barbecue planned for Michelle Vanderbyl at the Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin for Feb. 27 has been postponed until sometime in late March due to expected bad weather this weekend. Vanderbyl operates the Leather & Lace Salon in Tonto Basin and is battling cancer.

The benefit will include a barbecue meal for $5 per plate, music from DJ Craig, games, a 50/50 drawing, a horseshoe tournament and a shuffleboard tournament. All fees and any extra donations that can be made will be used to help Vanderbyl with her living expenses so she can focus her energy on recovering her health.

Those who can’t come to Tonto Basin for the event, but would like to contribute, can call (928) 479-2142 for details.

Have some fun and help build scholarship funds

The Kiwanis, Optimists, Rotary and the High School STUGO and Drama Clubs invite residents of the Rim Country to attend the Lip Sync Concert Feb. 27 at the high school auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased from members of the participating clubs and at the Payson High School Studio Theater. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students if purchased in advance. At the door, the tickets will cost $2 more. All proceeds from the Lip Sync Concert will be used for continuing education scholarships.

For further information or to purchase tickets, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

Feb. 28 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

•Inspirational program: 6 p.m., Payson High auditorium

Inspirational program

The God is Good Ministries will host local pastor Mark Henning in a special engagement in Payson at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Payson High School auditorium. Henning will be speaking and presenting live drama set to music in his “It Is Time” program. There is no admission.

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