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Get everybody bundled up - the day after Thanksgiving the magical, jolly old elf will be visiting Payson at the Swiss Village Lighting and the Pine Community Center for the Festival of Lights. Both events offer music, fun and more.

Nov. 22 Tuesday

• Turkey Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bashas’

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

Turkey Tuesday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Payson, Bashas’ Supermarket and Channel 12 News will join to collect turkeys once again this year.

Last year, St. Vincent de Paul distributed 350 turkey dinner boxes. This year, the need is even greater. The work cannot be done without the generosity of the citizens of Payson and the surrounding the communities.

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at Bashas’ Supermarket Tuesday, Nov. 22, manning the doors until 6 p.m. to accept turkeys, non-perishable food items and cash donations.

Also, turkeys, food items and cash donations can be dropped off at the Food Bank on or before Nov. 22. The location is 511 S. St. Philip St., Payson, (928) 474-9104. It is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All donations will be kept in the Rim Country and distributed by St. Vincent de Paul.

CASA Wish Tree at courthouse

Starting Nov. 22, Snowflake Ornaments representing a child in foster care will be on a Christmas tree at the courthouse lobby, 714 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

It is suggested gifts be between $20 and $25 and returned, wrapped, no later than Dec. 7.

For more information, contact Katrisha Stuler at the probation window at the courthouse or call (928) 474-7145.

Nov. 23 Wednesday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 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

Nov. 24 Thursday

• Thanksgiving - See listing of community

holiday dinners on Page 9A

Nov. 25 Friday

• Green gift sale: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Time Out Thrift Shop

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine welcomes Christmas: 10 a.m. and on, with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Jingle Bell Parade, Christmas tree lighting, Christmas carols, refreshments, holiday craft show and children’s crafts and much more at the annual Festival of Lights, continues Saturday

• 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

• Swiss Village Lighting: 5:30 p.m. and on, music, Santa, hot chocolate and more

Bell Ringers needed

The Payson chapter of the Salvation Army needs Bell Ringers starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas Eve.

Bell Ringers need to be able to commit to two-hour shifts, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Ringers will be working at Walmart, Walgreens, Bashas’ and Safeway.

Anyone can be a Bell Ringer, including those who need to complete court-ordered community service.

For details and to sign up, call John Morgan at (928) 474-8454 or (928) 595-0517.

Time Out Thrift Shop green gift sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have its green gift sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25.

Discover new/like new items just in time for Christmas. For more information, call the shop at (928) 474-3989.

Thrift shop needs inventory

To help people and animals at the same time, please visit the newest thrift shop in town, the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop, at 503 W. Main St., Ste. C (the old MoJoe’s location, across from the Senior Center).

By donating your gently used items to us, we are helping people get needed items for true ‘thrift shop’ prices, and all of our profits go to various local animal welfare organizations and to help low-income individuals pay for emergency veterinary bills, spaying or neutering their pets, to help pay the adoption fee for a new pet from our local shelter and much more.

The shop will be open on Black Friday. Normal business hours are rom 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Call (928) 951-2587 to arrange for pick-up.

Santa Claus in Pine

The Pine-Strawberry Business Community (PSBC) has been working hard to bring an event to Pine that is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Small-town Christmas will come to life with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Jingle Bell Parade, Christmas tree lighting, Christmas carols, refreshments, holiday craft show and children’s crafts and much more at the annual Festival of Lights.

A Christmas Craft Fair at the Community Center Cultural Hall is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25 and from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26. Youngsters can enjoy the children’s craft booth with Pine’s own Shara Weiss of Mommy Perks, who will help them to create a great holiday.

Then get fresh batteries for that flashlight and strap on all those sweet little bells and join in the Jingle Bell Parade led by Santa and Mrs. Claus beginning at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26. It will also be possible to get a picture with Santa.

Make sure to stop in at the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique, behind the Thrift Store, to see the many handmade creations. Find beautiful and unique wreaths, ornaments, lighted pinecone jars and baskets, decorated miniature Christmas trees, holiday linens and jewelry, greeting cards and more.

For more information on the Festival of Lights in Pine and the activities of PSBC to help local businesses and the community, go to www.psbcaz.com.

Annual Swiss Village Christmas Lighting

The 32nd Annual Swiss Village Christmas Lighting is Friday, Nov. 25.

Activities get started at 5:30 p.m. with music by Brooks & Yoder, dancers, carolers and elves.

Santa arrives by fire truck at 6 p.m. and he and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The photos are free and prints can be picked up between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28 at Beeline Business.

Participating merchants will have free hot cocoa and cookies available during the festival and residents are invited to participate in the Gingerbread House Contest. Bring your creation to Chitwood’s Cabinets Friday, Nov. 25 for a chance to win the grand prize of two adult and two children’s tickets on the Grand Canyon Railroad’s “Polar Express” holiday excursion or the second prize of a family photo session.

New Swiss Village shop plans food, toy drive

During the grand opening of Crafters Cubbies and the 32nd Annual Swiss Village Christmas Lighting the new shop will have a food and toy drive.

Additionally shop owner Rebecca Acord will have trees decorated by many local businesses and organizations in the “Stroll through the Lighted Forest” attraction, located at 616 N. Beeline Highway. The public is invited to view the display during the festivities and vote for their favorite tree by placing a canned good, new toy or pet food under the tree of their choice.

There will be entertainment and refreshments. 

This is a time when everyone can do a little to make a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors in need. If anyone is interested in trimming a tree and joining in, please call Rebecca at (928) 978-0640.

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