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Start the New Year right with a New Year’s Sunrise Prayer Serive at 7 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 1. Meet at the top of Houston Mesa Road, about two miles east of Beeline Highway. Participants will then hike about five minutes to an overlook of the Rim Country where there will be a prayer service for the community and the nation.

Dec. 27 Tuesday

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

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Organ recital: 7 p.m., Mormon church

Debut organ recital

Lucy Schouten will present her first organ recital at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27 in the Chapel at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson.

Schouten, a 2009 graduate of Payson High School and former piano student with Victoria Harris, is a sophomore at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She is studying pipe organ with Ruth Eldredge, who holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Oxford, where she served as a teacher and administrator.

The public is invited to the recital, which will be followed by a reception.

Dec. 28 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

Dec. 29 Thursday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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

Dec. 30 Friday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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

Dec. 31 Saturday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, 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

Shepherd of the Pines New Year’s Eve service

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will have a New Year’s Eve service at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31. Holy Communion will be served. The theme will be “What’s your Resolution?”

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.

Jan. 1 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum:Closed

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: Closed

Sunrise Prayer Service

Start the New Year right with a New Year’s Sunrise Prayer Serive at 7 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 1.

Meet at the top of Houston Mesa Road, about two miles east of Beeline Highway. Participants will then hike about five minutes to an overlook of the Rim Country where there will be a prayer service for the community and the nation.

In case of rain or snow, the service will be at the Wolf’s Den, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson (the coffee shop north of the Swiss Village Circle K). For details, call (928) 472-8178.

Welcome the New Year with a hike at Natural Bridge

Start the year off on the right foot — take a First Day Hike at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

On New Year’s Day, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park’s First Day Hike will offer Rim residents and visitors an opportunity to explore its unique natural and cultural treasures.

The quiet beauty of nature will surround visitors who will benefit from the company of Tonto Natural Bridge’s knowledgeable state park guide, Morgan Wilkes.

Complimentary hot chocolate and coffee will be available to hikers who will also receive $1 off admission, which is regularly $5 for adults.

The event starts at 11 a.m. Participants should meet at the bridge parking area. Children must be at least 7 years old to participate and no pets are allowed. The hike is moderate in difficulty and six-tenths of a mile in length. Bring water and winter gear.

The hike will be on Gowan Trail to the observation deck and will continue for those who want to go through the bridge and return via Anna Mae Trail.

Weather conditions in January may be extreme; hike may be canceled due to snow, ice, high creek flow, etc. Check the park Web site for current information.

For cancellation information, call the park at (928) 476-4202 or go online to az stateparks.com/tona.

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