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Learn food’s story at the library

Food tells a story — several in fact. Where did the recipe for that dish originate? Where did the raw ingredients come from and how did they get here?

Food’s story and the answers to those questions are found in the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Key Ingredients: America by Food.

The Payson Public Library, in cooperation with the Arizona Humanities Council, will host the exhibit from June 25 through Aug. 7.

The exhibit at the Payson library will include a series of special events, some in advance of the opening of the exhibit June 25.

• Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening for Key Ingredients, the Smithsonian traveling exhibit at the Payson Public Library, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 24. The evening will feature the exhibit and refreshments. Reservations are required, call (928) 474-4515.

• Saturday, June 25 through Sunday, Aug. 7 — Key Ingredients: America by Food, Smithsonian exhibit at the Payson Public Library; open to the public and free of charge

• Tuesday, June 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Extreme Couponing Class with Monica Vaughn, a Key Ingredients Smithsonian Exhibit event, Payson Public Library. Vaughn is 35, married and the mother of three girls, ages 10, 11 and 13. She started couponing a little in August 2010 and really went nuts with it just last December. “I saw someone’s pictures online of groceries, and was curious to see why they were posting pictures of food, saw that they had only paid pennies on the dollar for it and wanted to know how I could do that too. Researched it, and started. Now I too post coupon pictures and have gotten several people turned on to couponing. I will never buy things the way I used to again. I have a small stockpile in my garage of canned foods, toiletries, laundry products, oral care items, and more. I will never pay for razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, body wash, lotion and many more items ever again. I have taught a few classes at my home and have even gone to the store with people to help them shop.”

This is a free event, but registration is required. Call (928) 474-9260 to register.

• Thursday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Fry Bread for Families fry bread lunch sale, a Key Ingredients Smithsonian Exhibit event at the Payson Public Library.

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