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The AARP Tax-Aide program is now available to Rim Country residents with low to moderate incomes at the Payson Elks Lodge and the Payson campus of Gila Community College. The dates of service vary at each site, see the notice on this page for specific times and dates. No appointments will be taken, but further information is available from Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229.

Feb. 8 Tuesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Thrift store bag sale

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine, will have a bag sale Feb. 8 through Feb. 12. Shoppers may fill a bag with clothing (excluding coats and jackets) for $2 a bag. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Feb. 9 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

• Learn about insurance benefits: 11 a.m., Senior Circle

• Pony Express arrives: 4:45 p.m., Payson Post Office

• Deadline to make dinner reservations: Payson United Methodist Church Valentine’s Dinner, 5 p.m., Feb. 13

Make Valentine’s dinner reservations now

The Payson United Methodist Church invites Rim Country residents to a Valentine’s dinner at 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13. Enjoy a catered dinner, entertainment and silent auction at the church, 414 N. Easy St.

Tickets are $20 each and must be purchased by Feb. 9. Call (928) 474-1275 for ticket information.

Proceeds benefit a variety of mission projects.

Understanding insurance benefits

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle will host a program on understanding insurance benefits from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Join the PRMC Business Director Lori O’Haver and Assistant Director Shelly Thompson to:

• Gain a better understanding of your insurance plan

• Receive resources for finding out what your insurance covers

• Become an informed health consumer

• Better understand the role of the hospital billing department

• Be aware of a few interesting facts of the new Health Care Law and how it affects you and your hospital

Reservations are necessary. Call (928) 472-9290.

A light lunch is served and the event is free.

Half-day at schools

The Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier elementary schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart. Rim Country Middle School dismisses at 12:30 p.m. after serving lunch. Payson High School dismisses at 12:05 p.m. without serving lunch, followed by a brief, optional club period. The RCMS/PHS buses depart from the schools at 12:35 p.m.

Payson Center for Success High School does not observe the half-day in-services and will operate on its regular schedule.

Pony Express in town

The Hashknife Pony Express gallops into town Wednesday, Feb. 9.

The riders will arrive at the Payson Post Office at 4:45 p.m. to meet and greet area residents and even pose for a picture or two.

The relay, commemorating the original Pony Express, starts in Holbrook and concludes in Scottsdale. Riders will resume their trip at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 from the post office.

Former Detroit Lion is guest

Rim Country entrepreneurs are invited to learn how to capitalize on the digital revolution and energy deregulation in 2011 through a team of global telecom/energy brokers.

Details will be presented at a meeting at 6:55 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 at Denny’s.

The guest speaker will be former Detroit Lion Greg Patrick.

Feb. 10 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

Feb. 11 Friday

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

• Shred-A-Thon: 10 a.m., Walmart parking lot

• 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

Time Out Thrift Shop sale

A Sweetheart of a Sale will be held at the Time Out Thrift Shop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11.

Everything in the shop will be half off and there will be Red Light Specials every hour and new merchandise brought to the floor.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway, across the street from Wendy’s.

All profits from the sales support Time Out, Inc., its domestic shelter, transitional housing and other domestic violence programs and services in the community.

Shred-a-Thon Friday

The next Shred-a-Thon will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 11 in the parking lot of Walmart, 300 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Presented by TNT Shredding, a portion of the proceeds will benefit area Rotary clubs.

The cost per bankers box (10-inches-by-12-inches-by-15-inches) is $6, cash or check. Other sized boxes may be used, but the cost will be estimated by volume.

NRA Annual Dinner, Auction

The Zane Grey Friends of NRA Annual Dinner and Auction is Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 5 p.m.

For ticket reservations, please call Tallie at (928) 474-3630 or (928) 595-0546 or stop by the office of Hinshaw Associates, 405B W. Main St., Payson.

Order before Feb. 11 to be entered in the early bird drawing.

Feb. 12 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

• Literacy benefit: 2:30 p.m., Birth of Rock ’n Roll, Uptown Espresso

Birth of Rock ’n Roll

This Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m., the Uptown Espresso in the Swiss Village will be rocking with the Rim Country Literacy benefit, The Birth of Rock N Roll.

Ray Baxter, local Rock ’n Roll enthusiast and historian will be leading the festivities, tracing the beginning of rock.  The focus will be on how this new music for teenagers and by teenagers began. The presentation will include a video documentary, a trivia contest, lots of terrific music, and a fabulous 50s meal.

Tickets for the event are $15 per person.  Seating is limited and tickets are almost sold out. 

Tickets are available at the Roundup, the Senior Circle, The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Uptown Espresso, as well as from RCLP Board Members and at the RCLP Office.

All proceeds will go to supporting the free services offered by Rim Country Literacy Program.  Call the RCLP office, (928) 468-7257, for more information

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