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Electric Light Parade

Holiday parade entries sought

It’s that time of year again — Saturday, Dec. 4 the 10th Annual Electric Light Parade will transform Historic Main Street into a magical holiday wonderland.

The parade will proceed west on Main Street from Sawmill Crossing to Julia Randall Elementary starting at 6 p.m.

Immediately following the parade, come to Santa’s Workshop at the Ox Bow for more fun for the kids.

In celebration of our 10th year, participate in the parade for only $10! Entry applications are available online at and must be submitted by Nov. 19.

For more information, call (928) 978-2538 or (602) 469-2611.

Arts and Crafts Fair

The annual Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Arts and Crafts Fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21.

Shoppers will find wonderful works for holiday gift giving, wearables, jewelry of all kinds, wood inlay pens, paintings, gourds, totes, dolls, woodworking pieces and much more.

DJ Craig will provide music to accompany the shopping.

Festival of Lights

All of Pine is gearing up for the Annual Festival of Lights, planned for Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28. 

Some the highlights include a two-day Christmas Craft Show in the Cultural Hall, a visit from Santa Claus, refreshments, music, story-telling, a jingle bell parade, caroling, and of course, the lighting ceremony.  

The fun begins on Saturday at noon. One afternoon highlight will be the Salsa Recipe Challenge taking place at 1 p.m. There will be two divisions — the professional category for restaurants and the non-professional category.

Those who would like to be part of the competition must register by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23 by calling Sheri at (928) 476-3655, Bobbie at (928) 476-6437, or Lynne at (928) 476-3880.

The parade and tree lighting ceremony begin around 6 p.m.

Holiday books on sale

During November the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will feature an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books and more.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get a head start on selecting unique and inexpensive gifts for friends, neighbors, caregivers, co-workers, secret pals, or anyone else on your Christmas list.

Bookstore gift certificates are only $3 and make the perfect gifts for those hard to shop for people on your list. They are great stocking stuffers, as well. 

The bookstore is overflowing with large, beautiful coffee table books. These books are full of lovely illustrations and never go out-of-date. They will be featured at two for the price of one during the entire month of November.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at

Fund-raising events for youth

Support Rim Country gifted youth with several upcoming fund-raisers. Students are raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C.

Making plans for a holiday party? Order delicious green chili burros to assist the group. Five cost only $10. Order by e-mailing or call or text an order to (928) 478-1535. Orders will be available for pickup Dec. 4 at the middle school.

For more information about how you can help students visit our nation’s capital, e-mail, or call the number listed above.

Cardinals tickets raffle

Would you like a chance to win four tickets to see an Arizona Cardinals game in Glendale? The Humane Society of Central Arizona has received a basketful of Cardinals goodies, generously donated by Jim and Sue Lewin of Lewin & Associates, LLC.

The basket, worth more than $250, contains four Section 403 tickets to the Sunday, Dec. 5 game with the St. Louis Rams, a blue lot parking pass, plus official NFL Cardinals team logo items including four ball caps, four can cozies and a game day tote bag. Also included are assorted snacks for your tailgating enjoyment.

Raffle tickets are $25 and the winner will be drawn on Friday, Nov. 19 at the Humane Society Thrift Shop, 404 W. Main St. Only 100 tickets will be sold and you need not be present to win.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, or for more information, please contact Betty Raveling at (928) 468-7132, or the Humane Society Shelter at (928) 474-5590.

Order holiday wreaths

Buy a Christmas wreath and help feed Bella and the other rescued horses and burros at New Hope Equine Rescue.

Each decorated wreath, made with fresh evergreen boughs from Minnesota, comes with a hanger and, for each purchase, a tree will be planted.

The deadline for ordering is Nov. 12. Free delivery will be made Dec. 6-10. For more information or to place an order, call Jean at (928) 978-5155 or Jennifer at (928) 848-3139.


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