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Photo courtesy of John Carpino

John Carpino will perform tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St. The concert is part of the First Friday on Main Street festivities. Merchants and organizations on the historic street stay open until 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month to welcome visitors with special treats, entertainment and deals.

Jan. 7 Friday

• 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

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., various merchants and organization, West. Main, Payson

First Friday

The first 2011 First Friday festivities are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7 on historic Main Street in Payson.

Many merchants and organizations will be open late to welcome visitors with special treats, entertainment and deals.

Jan. 8 Saturday

• 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

Jan. 9 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Jazz concert: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

Jazz concert

Dr Jass & The Heart Beats are coming to Payson for the 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 9 jazz concert at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Dr Jass & The Heart Beats bring a wide variety of musical influences into its basic groove of funky, contemporary New Orleans street music, including rhythm and blues, swing and Dixie.

This six-piece ensemble was formed in 2010 for the purpose of entertaining those who love toe-tapping music that reaches the soul, that is joyful, and that makes one want to get up and move.

Dr Jass & The Heart Beats features Dale Knighton on banjo, Mike Buskirk on bass trombone, Robert Tarallo on clarinet, Larry Brasen on upright bass, Gerry Reynolds on drums and Claudio Zamorano on trumpet.

A donation of $5 or more for each person attending is requested at the door. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to make reservations, contact Gerry Reynolds at gerryr@cox.net, or (602) 619-3355.

This event is produced by the Payson Friends of Jazz volunteers in conjunction with the Community Presbyterian Church.

Jan. 10 Monday

Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 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

• Choral Society auditions: 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church

• Student orientation: 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Gila Community College Payson campus

Choral Society auditions

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Everyone interested in being part of this talented group is invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

Rehearsals for the April 29 Spring Concert begin Jan. 10 (that evening at 6:30 p.m. following the tryouts).

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and you are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come be a part of the Choral Society.

For further information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

GCC student orientations

Gila Community College will hold student orientations Monday, Jan. 10.

New student orientation is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 108 at the Payson Campus of GCC. A WebStudy orientation program will follow at the same site from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jan. 11 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

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