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Free tax help and free e-filing

Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP volunteers in Payson.

AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with IRS. The free service is provided to low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. It is available from Feb. 1 through April 15 at the following locations and times:

• Payson Elks Lodge, at the southwest corner of Airport Road and Beeline Highway – Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road – Thursday, Feb. 27, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed on March 24 due to Gila Community College spring break).

Tax filers need to bring: a picture ID, Social Security card for all persons claimed on the return, last year’s tax return, 2010 tax documents and proof of real estate taxes actually paid in 2010.

No appointments will be taken.

For further information, call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229.

Volunteers honored

Artists of the Rim Gallery members wish to show appreciation to the many volunteers in Payson. During the month of February the members of the cooperative will collect the raffle tickets given to volunteers at the hospital, auxiliary and hospices. These tickets will be entered in the drawing for a $50 gift certificate.

The drawing will be on the first Friday in March (March 4).

Dr. Seuss Family Night

The Payson Public Library hosts its annual Dr. Seuss Family Reading Night beginning at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2.

There will be hot dogs chips, and punch from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for only $1. At 6:30 p.m. there will be stories and fun for everyone.

This year the celebration will be a pajama party, with Dr. Seuss reading from his Sleep Book. Organizers encourage kids and adults to wear pajamas to the event. There will be a special prize for each person who dons pj’s.

As always, there will be a special reading by the Cat and the Hat and prize giveaways. This year, child development and drama students from the Payson High School will be doing face painting and helping the kids make their own cat headbands.

There is no sign-up necessary, but come early because this event becomes more popular every year.

Women’s Wellness Forum

The 13th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Payson High School campus. This year’s theme is Women’s Health — it’s Not Rocket Science. The keynote speaker will be Humor Therapist Elaine M. Lundberg, M.A. whose topic is “Laughter — The Duct Tape That Can Help Hold You Together.”

There will be 12 breakout sessions focused on women’s health running concurrently from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The sessions include Zumba® exercise techniques, tips to protect your skin, headaches in women, breast health awareness, science of the mind, reaching across the generations, healthy meals, insurance, health care and more.

The sessions will be followed by a luncheon and vendor fair in the old gym at Payson High School.

There is a $10 registration fee and scholarships are available for those in financial need. To register or get more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Blood donors to receive tasty treat from McDonald’s

Give blood, enjoy a tasty treat! All March donors will receive a voucher for a free Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, courtesy of McDonald’s.

A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 7 at Shepherd of Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane. To make an appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org.

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