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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.

Down the Street Art Gallery hosts new artist

Susan Palmer of Christopher Creek is the newest member of the cooperative at Down the Street Art Gallery.

She will be featured through March with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday March 4t at the gallery, 703 W. Main Street, Payson.

Celtic concert, book signing

Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art of Payson will host Vyktoria Pratt Keating in a concert of Celtic music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 4 as part of the First Friday celebration. Bootleg Alley is at 520 W. Main, Payson.

Eddie Armer will also be signing copies of his book, The Silent Winds of the West, the true story of Charles Clifford (C.C.) Griffin, at Bootleg Alley during the March First Friday event.

Jazz concert to feature Renee Patrick and Judy Roberts

Valley-based jazz and R&B singer Renee Patrick will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Joining her will be multiple Grammy nominee Judy Roberts, bassist Neal Seroka, saxophonist Greg Fishman and drummer Gerry Reynolds.

A $5 donation at the door includes refreshments. Seating limited to 225, so an RSVP with the number that plan to attend will be appreciated. Send response to Gerry Reynolds at gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com, or call (602) 619-3355.

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