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Let the folks with the Payson Area Trails System help you keep your “get fit” resolution for the New Year with a hike of American Gulch South Trail. The group-let hike starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. The hike is 3 miles roundtrip and the level of difficulty is moderate. Meet at the American Gulch South Trailhead, 2.6 miles west of Highway 87 on Main Street/Doll Baby Ranch Road. This is a free event.

Jan. 8 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

• Free Community Dinner: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 800 W. Main St.

• Candidate Forum: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium

First Friday events set for Jan. 8

With the first Friday of 2010 falling on the Jan. 1 holiday, the Main Street First Friday festivities will take place the second Friday of the New Year, Jan. 8 — for January only.

Among the features will be guest artists Jeff Wiles and Beverly Adams at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St.

Church plans free dinner

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church invites the public to a free dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8. The church is at 800 W. Main St. (on the corner of Oak and Main). Only 150 dinners will be served, so come early and enjoy scalloped potatoes with ham, creamed chicken on toast, fruit, salad, beverage and dessert. The dinner is the church congregation’s way of sharing Christ’s love with the community. There will be entertainment during dinner.

Call (928) 474-2059 for more information.

Candidate forum tonight

Attention Rim Country voters — 2010 is the year to step up and really learn about the positions and views on critical issues of the men and women who are candidates for federal and state offices in the upcoming elections.

The Payson Tea Party group is hosting a candidate forum from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The group has confirmed attendance by U.S. Congressional candidates Bradley Beaucham and Rusty Bower, and gubernatorial candidates Bruce Olsen, Steven Slaton, Hugh Kealer, and Benjamin Jankowski. Come hear their statements of position and responses to previously submitted questions.

Concert at Bootleg Alley

Vyktoria Keating will perform at Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art, 520 W. Main St., between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8. Bootleg Alley will also have refreshments and more. For details, call (602) 859-0507.

Jan. 9 Saturday

• Rummage Sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 200 E. Tyler Parkway

• Group-led hike: 9 a.m., American Gulch South Trailhead

• 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

• Vegetarian Luncheon: 1 p.m., The Meeting Place

Rummage sale at church

The Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. Among the items offered: infant clothing, home decorating items, small appliances and more.

Brush Pit schedule

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

• Saturday, Jan. 9, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

• Sunday, Jan. 10, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

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.

Vegetarian luncheon

The public is invited to attend the monthly Community Vegetarian Luncheon at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. There is no cost and all are invited, but it is important to RSVP to Shirley at (928) 595-1528 as soon as possible so that there will be enough food (regular attendees need to RSVP, also).

The luncheon is held to let people know that healthy food can be delicious. This month, the luncheon will be at The Meeting Place, at the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87, at the south end of town.

Jan. 10 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

No jazz Sunday

There will be no Payson Friends of Jazz concert Sunday, Jan. 10 at the Community Presbyterian Church. The next concert will be a special Valentine’s Day program, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14.

Jan. 11 Monday

• 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

• Payson Community Kids meeting: 6 p.m., Tiny’s

Payson Community Kids open board meeting scheduled

The board of directors of the Payson Community Kids, a program for at-risk youth in Payson, will have an open meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. The board will be discussing the future of the program and the need for help from volunteers and with finances following the death of founder Marcy Rogers in December. For more information, call Suzy Tubbs at (928) 970-7441.

Jan. 12 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

Learn about waterfowl

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is offering a unique seminar provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Migratory Game Bird Supervisor, Mike Rabe, on waterfowl natural history and identification. The class will include a slideshow and presentation, followed by identification of waterfowl in Green Valley Park.

Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, but extras will be available. Space is limited, so register today. Registration is open through Jan. 12. The class is from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19. It is open to all ages. The fee is $5 per person.

Jan. 13 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

Payson Schools schedule Half-Day In-service

Payson Unified School District 10 will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Jan. 13. Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

GED testing

Space is available for GED testing Saturday, Jan. 16. Anyone wishing to take the test must pre-register by Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 719 S. Beeline Highway. The cost is $65 for the complete test, and retakes are $10 per subject. Testing will also take place on Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15 and June 19.

For more information, call (928) 472-5373.

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