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Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to come down to historic West Main in Payson for the 10th annual Electric Light Parade, which will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at Sawmill Crossing and go west to Green Valley Park, where the community Christmas tree will be lit as a finale to the festivities.

Dec. 1 Wednesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 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

• Celebration of Life: 6 p.m., Mountain Bible Church

Seniors to benefit from Angel stops

Local residents and businesses may help the less fortunate seniors in the community by stopping by any Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours to select a “Senior Angel” from Dec. 1 through Dec. 17. Shop for the senior of your choice and drop off all gifts, which Edward Jones staff will deliver to seniors in need.

Branch addresses are: 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, Payson; 113 W. Main St., Payson; and 4010 N. Highway 87, Pine.

Door sale

The Pine Strawberry Thrift Store will have doors on sale for $1 each from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4. Single pane windows will be free. There is other free merchandise as well. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

15th Celebration of Life

Remember and honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life through Hospice Compassus Rim Country Hospice Foundation, Messinger’s Funeral Home and Gerardo’s Firewood Café Celebration of Life program at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The commemoration will be at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson. The evening includes prayers and remembrances, music and a tree lighting ceremony. A full-course meal is provided by Gerardo’s Firewood Café.

The event is free of charge and open to the community. Personalized crystal angel ornaments can be ordered for $12 per ornament. You do not have to attend to order ornaments. The sponsors are requesting the donation of a can of food to be given to the Rim Country St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Those who have received an invitation are asked to complete the form and return it to Hospice Compassus. For those not on the mailing list, call Hospice Compassus at (928) 472-6340 to order ornaments of let the staff know if you will be attending. This will enable us to get an accurate count for the dinner.

Dec. 2 Thursday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 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

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Comedy Hypnosis Show: 7:30 p.m., high school auditorium to benefit Future Educators group

Comedy Hypnosis Show

A Comedy Hypnosis Show by master stage hypnotist Michael DeSchalit, to raise funds for high school Future Educators of Arizona will be presented for one night only 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Payson High School Auditorium, 301 S. McLane Road.

The show is high-energy entertainment, with audience volunteers becoming the stars of the show by acting out wild and crazy skits using only their imagination.

The show is appropriate for families with children.

Purchase tickets in advance from the Payson High School FEA by calling Ingrid Schon, (928) 472-2050 for $5 for students and $7 for adults. Tickets will also be available at the door and are $6 for students and $8 for adults, but because there will only be one performance, tickets will be subject to availability.

Dec. 3 Friday

• Holiday Craft and Bake Sale: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Assembly of God Church, west of Green Valley Park, continues Saturday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Holiday bazaar: 10 a.m., Young, continues through Sunday

• 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

• GCC art show: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring works created by students through the fall term

• Caroling and dessert: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church

• Mudhens train show: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, continues Saturday

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., visit historic Main Street for a holiday celebration

• Christmas tree auction: 6 p.m., Pine Strawberry School, benefits classes, also includes a quilt auction

Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park), will hold its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. Entry is from the upper level parking area.

The sale will feature a variety of delicious baked goods, handmade quilts, throws, baby blankets, crafts, holiday decorations and more.

The public is invited to come and do their holiday shopping early. All proceeds go to missionaries and charities of the church.

Young holiday bazaar

2010 Community Holiday Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4 and from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5. The 11th annual bazaar will be at the newly expanded Braswell’s Chuckwagon in Young, Ariz.

Anyone wishing to participate, please call Carol Braswell (928) 462-3661. Proceeds go to the individuals making the craft or food items.

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 burros4dc@gmail.com 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 kids2dc@gmail.com, or call the phone number listed above.

GCC Art Show

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will hold its 3rd Annual Art Show and Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Student artwork from drawing, digital photography and Photoshop, watercolor, oil painting, scrapbooking, ceramics, paper crafts, folk art, jewelry, graphic design and quilting will be on display.

Caroling and dessert

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson, will host caroling and dessert from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Delicious desserts and beverages will be available for a donation.

Mudhens train show

Once again this year the Mudhens are sponsoring a train show at Community Presbyterian Church.

The show will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday Dec. 3 and from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4

The layout is modular in design with modules built by several different people. Each year Santa rides a special train, and this year the layout will feature several sound equipped locomotives and even some sounds from mines and mills along the line.

The train show will be open before, during and following the Electric Light Parade. Admission is free — however, guests are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive.

First Friday festivities

Artists of the Rim Gallery will celebrate Christmas with a two-day sale Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. The gallery will be extending its hours on Friday until 8 p.m. and will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

During the Christmas season, the gallery will expand its store space significantly for a variety of events. New artists will be present and holiday pricing will assure guests can find just the right gift for that special someone. 

MoJoe’s Cafe will host The Starlighters during the Main Street First Friday Event. The group will be at playing favorites from the Great American Songbook.

The café will be serving barbecue — pulled pork sandwich or St. Louis-style ribs — slow cooked on the smoker outside.

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art continues the tradition of celebrating the holidays in the center of Payson’s historic business district with a Yuletide First Friday Artwalk.

Vyktoria Pratt Keating will be singing holiday and Celtic music. Brats can be purchased from the Kiwanis and raffle tickets bought from the Humane Society. 

To complete that Christmas shopping list, the Soroptimists are once again selling See’s Chocolates.

Join the gathering at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Historic Main St., (where each purchase comes with a free gift bag) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Christmas Tree Auction

Pine Strawberry School will have its annual Christmas Tree Auction, a quilt auction, poinsettias and more at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, plus a visit from Santa. The event will be in the Pine Strawberry School gym.

Dec. 4 Saturday

• Pancake breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• Hike: 9 a.m., Cypress & Boulders Loop Trail, starts at the end of East Phoenix St., Payson

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Payson Public 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

• Recital: 1 p.m., student of Victoria Harris to perform at private residence

• Pre-parade dinner: 5 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

• Electric Light Parade: 6 p.m., West Main, Payson

Pancake breakfast

Calvary Chapel will have a pancake breakfast to raise funds for its youth program from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. The cost is $4 per adult and $2 per child. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee.

Calvary Chapel is at 1103 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Hike planned

Hike Cypress & Boulders Loop Trail Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 9 a.m. This beautiful route features fantastic views of the Granite Dells. The hike starts at the east end of Phoenix Street, at the Cypress Trail access, and goes around the Boulders Loop Trail before returning to Phoenix Street. The hike is of moderate difficulty and 5 miles in length.

Human Rights Awareness Month

Join Payson Amnesty International as we celebrate and advocate for human rights. All events take place at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St.. Call Penny at 474-2391 or e-mail to paysonamnesty @gmail.com for more information.

• Saturday, Dec. 4, noon to 3 p.m.: Film screening and discussion — A collection of videos and documentary films highlighting human rights will be presented and a discussion will follow to explore, “What are human rights and why do they matter?”

• Saturday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Write a Letter — Save a Life! Amnesty International Global Write-a-Thon — participate in the largest letter-writing event in the world to help free prisoners of conscious.

• Saturday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Human Rights Movie and Discussion: Rabbit-Proof Fence will be screened, followed by a discussion with special guest Sara Schmidt, regional field organizer Amnesty International.

AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

This is a classroom refresher for motorists aged 50 and older who have years of driving experience. The cost is $14, but AARP members will receive a $2 discount if they bring their membership card. Participants may be eligible for an auto insurance discount. Bring your driver’s license.

Call the Senior Circle at (928) 468-1012 to register.

Recital

The music students of Victoria Harris will present a recital at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the home of Dr. & Mrs. Ray Hughes, 914 N. Blazing Star, in Chaparral Pines.

The recital will include student piano solos, duets, ensembles, flute and vocal solos; additionally the host and Harris will perform.

A reception hosted by the Hughes will follow the concert.

The public is cordially invited; there is no admission charge. Please call Harris at (928) 474-9490 for information and for directions to the concert.

Pre-parade dinner

The Presbyterian Child Learning Center is sponsoring a delicious Turkey-a-la-King dinner with all the trimmings for just $5 per serving from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Cookies and hot cocoa will also be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to help keep parade-goers warm.

You are welcome to dine in or take out.

The proceeds will go toward the programs at the Presbyterian Child Learning Center. Come early for dinner and park for free.

Annual Electric Light Parade

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to come down to historic West Main in Payson for the 10th annual Electric Light Parade, which will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at Sawmill Crossing and go west to Green Valley Park, where the community Christmas tree will be lit as a finale to the festivities.

Visit Santa at MoJoe’s

Santa will visit MoJoe’s Cafe after the Electric Light Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4.

MoJoe’s Cafe on Main Street is proud to sponsor this fund-raising event to benefit Payson Community Kids.

Children will be able to sit on Santa’s lap and have their picture taken. Photos will be printed out and available for a small donation, which benefits Payson Community Kids.

MoJoe’s Cafe is located at 503 W. Main St., right across from the Senior Thrift Store. For more information, call (928) 478-8828.

Don’t miss this opportunity to warm up after the parade and enjoy some Christmas cheer with your neighbors and friends.

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