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Jerry Nelson, an internationally celebrated concert pianist, will perform at Ponderosa Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20. Nelson has established himself as one of the world’s premiere performers, having performed on all continents. This is a free concert at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. A freewill offering will be received.

Feb. 15 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

• Get ready for high school: Payson High staff begin a series of programs to help 8th graders prepare for high school, (928) 472-5725

Helping get ready for high school

The Payson Unified School District is presenting a program to help parents help their children prepare for high school.

Parents are asked to come to the Rim Country Middle School Library to complete the transition process on one of four nights: Feb. 15, Feb. 16, Feb. 22 or Feb. 23. The following activities are planned during this session: brief orientation, complete registration documents, receive a course description guide, and review 6-year plan and complete form to request elective courses for next year with a Payson High School staff member.

Once the process is completed, parents will have received all information and completed all preliminary forms that will have their student ready for check-in next year as a freshman at Payson High School.

For an appointment, contact the Payson High School Guidance Center at (928) 472-5725.

Feb. 16 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

• College financing: 7 p.m., PHS auditorium, program of college finance tips

• Soul Gardening: 7 p.m., St Paul’s Episcopal Church, (928) 474-3834

College financing presentation

Payson High School will present Making It Count’s “Ultimate Money Skills: College Funding” program for parents of students who are in their freshmen through senior year of high school at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the auditorium.

The program is designed to help parents understand how the college financing process works, including options available to develop a college funding strategy, how to plan for and manage all college costs and different types of financial aid available. Parents will learn how to send their child to college without risking their financial future.

More information about the presentation can be found at www.MakingItCount.com.

Soul Gardening

Reserve a place in a community discussion of the award-winning book by Terry Hershey “Soul Gardening” by calling (928) 474-3834.

Sessions will be at 7 p.m., beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the parish hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 1000 N. Easy St., Payson.

Copies of the book will be available at cost, but purchase is voluntary. There is no charge to participate in the discussion sessions.

Hershey is an inspirational speaker, humorist and author who has been featured on The Hallmark Channel, CNN, PBS and NPR.

Feb. 17 Thursday

• Scrub sale: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., PRMC west lobby, benefits Mogollon Health Alliance

• 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

• Navajo Taco Dinner: 5:30 p.m., Payson Community Christian School, (928) 474-8050

• Parent education:5:30 p.m., Rim Country Middle School, (928) 474-4511, ext. 2214

Scrub Sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will be having a Scrub Sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17.

All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Navajo Taco Dinner set

Payson Community Christian School fourth- and fifth-grade students are selling tickets to their Navajo Taco Dinner, to be held at the school at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17.

Dinner and a drink is only $6. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (928) 474-8050.

Parent Education and Resources Program

The Rim Country Middle School Family Involvement Action Team is offering an opportunity for parents and adult caregivers to participate in a meeting Feb. 17 to discuss sensitive issues that can be hard for parents and children to talk about, including puberty, sexuality, peer relationships and cell phone/internet use.

The evening will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Childcare will be provided. The program is free.

To register, please call Gina Castaño at (928) 474-4511, ext. 2214 or e-mail gina. castano@pusd.com. For more information, please contact Barb Iversen at the Department of Education at barb.iversen @azed.gov or (602) 542-8712.

Feb. 18 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

Library bookstore specials

To honor President’s Day the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will offer a two for the price of one special in the categories of biography, history and politics.

Take advantage of this opportunity to purchase great reading material covering a variety of interests.

Bookstore stock has never been better and new items are added daily. Therefore, the wise patron stops by often. Bookstore volunteers are always happy to help you. Every penny spent in the bookstore goes directly to the Payson Library for purchase of new materials.

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 www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org.

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