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Enjoy the start of the New Year with a hike at Tonto Natural Bridge. The Rim Country’s beautiful state park is participating in a nationwide First Day Hike program being celebrated Sunday, Jan. 1. The hike is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will include information by Ranger Morgan Wilkes and complimentary refreshments.

Dec. 31 Saturday

• Deadline to make Credit for Kids donation: midnight, postmarked contributions due or dropped at APS collection boxes

• 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

• New Year’s Eve service: 6 p.m., Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

Last chance for Credit for Kids tax break

Contributions to Payson Schools’ 2011 Credit for Kids campaign, the dollar-for-dollar state tax credit for extracurricular activities, must be postmarked or in the APS drop boxes by midnight Saturday, Dec. 31.

Give yourself and Payson Schools a Happy New Year with a contribution to your choice of activities, sports, programs and/or schools. Any amount is welcome up to $200 for single taxpayers and $400 for married taxpayers.

Call (928) 474-2070 for more information.

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

• Sunrise Prayer Service: 7 a.m., off Houston Mesa Road

• Burning Bowl Ceremony: 10 a.m., Unity of Payson, Central Arizona Board of Realtors office

• First Day Hike: 11 a.m., Tonto Natural Bridge with Ranger Morgan Wilkes

• 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.

Start 2012 empowered 

Join members of Unity of Payson as they powerfully complete 2011 and prepare for the life of our dreams for 2012. 

Visiting minister Rev. Konrad Kaserer will lead a traditional Unity “Burning Bowl Ceremony” where participants burn and let go of the regrets of the past, so they go into 2012 free and unlimited.

The Sunday service is at 10 a.m. at Central Arizona Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14 by Tiny’s Restaurant.  For more information, see the Web site or call (928) 478-8515.

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


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