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Rim Country Literacy’s annual community spelling bee is at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 27 at the fellowship hall at St. Philip’s church, 511 S. St. Phillips St. This year, to add more competition to the event, RCLP has invited Payson Middle School and High School to join in the fun. This is a fund-raiser for the for the Literacy program.

March 26 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 tax help

Payson Community Action Program (CAP) has free tax help available for area residents.

The Payson CAP tax help site is at 107 W. Frontier St., Suite ‘C’ in Payson. Payson residents can make an appointment by calling Dorine Prine, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.) for tax assistance at (928) 474-7192.

“We can help people — especially those who cannot afford paid tax assistance, such as people whose incomes are $50,000 or less, seniors, the disabled and people with English as a second language — prepare and electronically file their 2009 federal and state income tax returns” said Prine, CAP spokesperson.

Payson area residents need to bring: photo identification for themselves (and their spouses), Social Security Numbers or Individual Tax Identification Numbers for each person listed on the tax return, all wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2), interest and dividend statements (Forms 1099 or 1098), a copy of last year’s tax return and any other information concerning income and expenses for 2009. If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

AARP tax services

AARP will be doing tax returns on a first-come first-served basis at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Hwy., every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The AARP Tax Aide volunteers will assist low- to moderate-income individuals or those who are 60 and over with their tax preparation. There is no cost for this service, however, please bring a picture ID, Social Security Cards for all persons claimed on the return, last year’s tax return, your 2009 Tax Documents, and proof of Real Estate Taxes actually paid in 2009 (for the property tax credit).

March 27 Saturday

• Fishing festival: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Green Valley Park

• Bake sale: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., east entrance at Safeway benefits Payson Community Kids

• Recycle latex paint: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Buckhead Mesa Landfill

• Community Spelling Bee: 8:30 a.m., St. Philip’s, Payson, benefits Rim Country Literacy Program

• 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

• Easter Fest: Payson Woman’s Club, 510 W. Main, Payson, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Benefit in Tonto Basin: noon at The Butcher Hook, barbecue, contests, raffles and more

• Free classical music concert: 5 p.m., Payson Seventh-day Adventist Church, 700 E. Wade Lane.

Brush pits open 

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, March 27, 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.

• On Sunday, March 28, 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.

Fishing festival Saturday

The 4th Annual Optimist Kids Fishing Festival is just the right tonic for Spring fever — and it’s for everyone, not just kids.

The fishing festival is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 27 at Green Valley Park. Registration is free and starts at 8 a.m. and continues throughout the day. Those who register to participate in the festival don’t need a license to fish the Green Valley Lakes that day.

No fishing gear? No problem — there will plenty of gear available for loan during the day. No bait? No problem — extra bait will also be available. There will be food, raffles and a silent auction as well.

Bake sale

The Payson Community Kids group is having a bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 27 at the east entrance to Safeway.

All proceeds will go to the group’s building fund. Donations will also be accepted.

Latex paint recycling/disposal

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate a latex paint exchange day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 27.

Residents may bring leftover latex paint for disposal or recycling to the Gila County Landfill. All unusable paint will be properly disposed of; the good paint will be bulked and distributed. Please read the paint can carefully, only latex paint will be accepted at this event.

Suggestions for disposing of other painting supplies: pop the lid and let oil paints and varnishes dry to a hard substance; as a solid they may be disposed of in small quantities with your household trash — adding kitty litter will advance the drying.

Buy Easter candy

Delicious chocolate candy from See’s is available in Payson, including special Easter candy. Soroptimist Club members will be at Bashas’ and Safeway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28. For more information, contact Tambra Armenta (928) 978-2356

Community spelling bee

Each year Rim Country Literacy holds a spelling bee with members of the community. This year, to add more competition to the event, we have invited Payson Middle School and High School to join in the fun.

Rim Country Literacy holds this fund-raiser each year, and those who enter have a grand time. The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 27 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church fellowship hall, 511 S. St. Phillips St.

Easter Fest at Woman’s Club

The Payson Woman’s Club will host its annual Easter Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 27. The Woman’s Club is at 510 W. Main St.

The ladies of the club will serve a lunch and have plenty of yummy baked goods on sale. Come for lunch and enjoy a white elephant sale, a silent auction, a cake walk for the kids and lots of Easter baskets and candy.

For more information, call Carole Fries at (928) 478-6860.

Benefit in Tonto Basin for Michelle Vanderbyl

The friends of Michelle Vanderbyl will have a benefit starting at noon, Saturday, March 27 at The Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin.

A barbecue, for $5 per plate, will be held from noon to 4 p.m.; a horseshoe tournament starts at 1 p.m., with registration at 12:30 p.m.; a shuffleboard tournament will begin at 4 p.m., with registration at 3 p.m. There will also be a 50-50 drawing and raffles for a trip, purse and gift certificates, plus live music and entertainment by D.J. Craig.

Free classical concert

The Ketts Family will present a concert of classical music at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 27 at the Payson Seventh-day Adventist Church, 700 E. Wade Lane.

The selections, on harp, violin, cello and piano, include the music of Bach, Pachebel, Chopin and Gershwin.

March 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

Concert planned

Dickey Ministries presents Phil Dickey in concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 28 at First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash on the corner of Bonita and Colcord.

Admission is free and a love offering will be taken.

For more information or directions, please contact the church office at (928) 474-3374.

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