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Bobby Bruce and his Nearly Neil Tribute will be featured in the Tonto Community Concert Association’s first program of 2010 at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Jan. 29 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

• TCCA presents Neil Diamond tribute band in concert: 7 p.m. at Payson High School Auditorium

Neil Diamond tribute

After a lengthy break for the holidays, the Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) ramps up the 2010 leg of its 31st season with Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band. TCCA ticket holders will join the energetic group to celebrate the music of Neil Diamond at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29.

Tickets are available for this performance and the four remaining concerts of the season by calling (928) 478-4363 or paying at the door. Student admission is free with a paying adult.

Tonto Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization that brings high quality concerts to Arizona Rim Country at an affordable price. The all-volunteer group also supports other performing arts activities in the region. For subscriptions or other information, call (928) 474-6115.

Jan. 30 Saturday

• Charity 5k Race: 9 a.m., starts in Payson High School parking lot

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mount Cross log building, 601 E. Highway 260

• 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

• Chili and Pie Dinner: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road

RPAP brush pits closed

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) free brush pits will be closed due to the snow and mud from the recent winter storms.

Charity 5k race Jan. 30

The Payson High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a charity 5K race for the community Jan. 30. It will begin in the high school parking lot at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The entry fee is a nonperishable food item.

Book sale

Weather keeping you inside? Why not curl up on your couch in front of your fireplace or heater with a book?

Same ol’ books at home? Come to a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 in the log building on the Mount Cross property located at 601 E. Highway 260 between Safeway and Giant. There are a good variety of books available, and the proceeds from the sale will help to fund an Eagle project (building bookcases for one of the elementary school libraries).

Chili and Pie Dinner

Members of Ponderosa Chapter 64, Order of the Eastern Star, will once again be cooking up their famous Chili and Pie Dinner from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road.

The menu will feature regular and vegetarian chili as well as potato soup for those who are not up to eating spicy food. There will also be corn bread, a tossed salad, coffee or tea and, of course, pie for dessert.  There will also be whole pies for sale, following the dinner.

The donation for this meal will be $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Jan. 31 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

• Art and Wanda Peace in Concert: 6 p.m., First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash

Art and Wanda Peace in concert Sunday

First Southern Baptist Church of Payson is excited to announce Art and Wanda Peace will be returning to Payson for the evening service. Art and Wanda Peace Ministries is an interdenominational Christian evangelistic and music ministry.

Art and Wanda have written over 50 songs, recorded five projects, and sing with the top names in Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. They have appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and have performed in Branson, Mo.

Please join us at the 6 p.m. service Sunday, Jan. 31. First Southern Baptist Church is located at 302 S. Ash, on the corner of Bonita and Colcord.

If you have any questions or need directions, please call (928) 474-3374.

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