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Two Irish leprechauns engage a lovesick sheepherder in a bargain as he attempts to win a fairmaid’s hand in marriage. The Payson Junior Thespians present an evening of Irish Fairy Tales: Blarney, Blather and Balderdash by Patrick Rainville Dorn. Friday night’s performance, Jan. 14, is in the high school auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students.

Jan.14 Friday

• 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

• Irish Fairy Tales: 6:30 p.m., Payson High auditorium

Enjoy Irish Fairy Tales at PHS

Payson’s Junior Thespians proudly present an evening of Irish Fairy Tales: Blarney, Blather and Balderdash by Patrick Rainville Dorn.

Attend and be completely delighted with the group’s young theatrical talent emerging through the junior drama club sponsored by the high school theatre department.

Performance is in the high school auditorium at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students.

Jan.15 Saturday

• Benefit Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Masonic Lodge, Rancho Road

• Brush pit open: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit only

• Parenting class: 9 a.m. to noon, Mountain Bible Church - Using ‘no’

• 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

• Hashknife Meet & Greet: 6 p.m., Buffalo Bar & Grill

Benefit Breakfast Saturday

Ponderosa Chapter No. 64, Order of the Eastern Star is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat Benefit Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

Choose from waffles or pancakes. Also available will be eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, juice and coffee.

All proceeds will go toward the Masonic Lodge’s “Clothe-a-Child” Program.

The cost is only $8 per adult and $4 for children under 10.

One brush pit open

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, Jan. 15 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Jan. 16 the Pine Pit will be CLOSED due to icy and muddy conditions.

Parenting with “No”

Parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers who struggle with using the word “No” and following through can get help next week.

Parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers are encouraged to attend this “no cost” training and begin to take positive control with the children in their lives.

Trainer Janine Affeldt, who holds a master’s in education and is a parent coach, will provide an interactive session from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 15 at Mountain Bible Church, Bldg. “C”, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

Arizona’s Children Association sponsors the training. To register, call Kelli Schuttinga at (928) 232-7149 or cschuttinga @arizonas children.org.

Coming events at East West Exchange

An open mic event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15 at the East West Exchange Bookstore, 100 N. Tonto St., Payson. Admission is $3 per person.

An Introduction to Transformational Kinesiology (TK) will be presented from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18. This free introductory session is an opportunity for an overview of what will be presented at the Jan. 22 workshop.

For additional information, call (928) 468-2435 or visit the Web site www.ew-exchange.com.

Hashknife Pony Express meet and greet

Participants in the 53rd ride of the Hashknife Pony Express will be at the Buffalo Bar and Grill at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15 for a meet and greet.

Donations of $5 per couple or $3 per person are asked to help sponsor this event. The Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse is an Equine Search and Rescue Unit. This event helps defray the expenses of the Hashknife Pony Express and also fund the S.A.R. unit, which can serve at request to any county in Arizona.

A steak and all the fixings special will be served with a country dance to follow.

The Buffalo Bar and Grill is at 311 S. Beeline Highway in Payson.

For further information on this event or the Hashknife Pony Express, visit www.hashknifeponyexpress or call (928) 238-0090.

Jan.16 Sunday

• Knitting class: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., East West Exchange

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

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

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

Knitting class

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 16, there will be an introductory knitting class from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Payson.

The six-week program is $65 per person and includes the materials for students’ first project.

Those interested can start at any time; the 6-week course begins with the participant’s first class.

For additional information, call (928) 468-2435 or visit the Web site www.ew-exchange.com.

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