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The Tonto Community Concert Association will present “Chaplin - A Life in Concert” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The production stars multi-platinum singer/songwriter David Pomeranz in a one-man, theatrical-musical tribute to Charlie Chaplin. Single tickets are $35 (if seating is available). Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. For more information, visit the association Website at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Nov. 29 Tuesday

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

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

• TCCA program: 7 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium

Attention Gila County voters

The recorder’s office would like to inform all members of the Green and Republican parties as of Nov. 28, 2011 they may request an early ballot by mail for the Feb. 28, 2012 Presidential preference election. The last day to request an early ballot by mail is Feb. 17, 2012 at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, contact the Gila County Recorder’s Office at (928) 402-8731 or (928) 402-8734.

TCCA concert tonight

The Tonto Community Concert Association will present “Chaplin - A Life in Concert” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

If available, single tickets will be $35 at the door.

Nov. 30 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

• Children’s clothing distribution: 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Payson Elementary School

• Soup Supper and Hanging of the Greens: 5 p.m., Mount Cross

• Musical Theatre Showcase: 7 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium

Clothing distribution; call for new shoes

The final Kaitie’s Closet distribution of clothing for Rim Country children is from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Payson Elementary School. The distribution program will resume after the first of the year.

In the meantime, a call has been issued by Kaitie’s Closet for contributions of new shoes through Jan. 1, 2012. There are pink boxes at the following locations for collecting the shoes: Julia Randall and Payson Elementary schools, Rim Country Middle School; Beeline Business Equipment, Central Arizona Board of Realtors, Canyon State Credit Union, Payson Physical Therapy, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Tiny’s Restaurant and Walmart.

The goal is to collect 200 pairs of new, winter shoes.

Hanging of the Greens

The congregation of Mount Cross Lutheran Church invites members of the community to join in the festivity of the Hanging of the Greens at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30.

There will be a soup supper at 5 p.m., with a small donation requested for the food, followed by the first week of Advent event to decorate the church and a short service celebrating the Advent season.

Each Wednesday, at the same time for the following two weeks, the congregation will continue the Advent soup supper and service.

Mount Cross is at 600 E. Highway 260, just east of Safeway. The soup suppers are held in the log building, with the services taking place in the sanctuary.

Musical theatre showcase

The Payson High School theatre production class will present a musical theatre showcase at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the PHS Auditorium.

The program will include a variety of musical theatre pieces presented by the students as their final project after studying American musical theatre.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students.

Dec. 1 Thursday

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

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 7 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

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

• Julia Randall holiday concert: 6:30 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium

Julia Randall holiday concert

The students at Julia Randall Elementary School will have their annual holiday concert at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

There is no admission and everyone is invited to attend.

Dec. 2 Friday

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

• 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

• Community Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m., Young, continues through Sunday

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• Gila Community College Student Art Show & Sale: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Payson campus of GCC

• Soroptimist Wine & Cheese Party: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Best Western Payson Inn

• First Friday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., events all along Historic Main Street; visit the galleries; see a model trail display at the Community Presbyterian Church; enjoy Celtic Christmas music at Bootleg Alley

• Comedy Hypnosis Show: 7:30 p.m., Payson High School Auditorium, benefits local chapter of Future Educators of Arizona

Community Holiday Bazaar in Young

The 12th Annual Community Holiday Bazaar in Young will be held December 2, 3 and 4. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. It takes place at the newly expanded Braswell’s Chuckwagon.

Groups and individuals will make breads, cakes, coffee cakes, gingerbread cookies, pies, tamales, Navajo tacos and burros for sale. And there will be fudge, with Carol Haley adding more varieties.

Shirley Swan will have carvings, walking sticks, rings and other jewelry. Cindy Shanks will sign her new book about the dogs on the Sheep Trail. Also available will be some delightful hair decorations, Christmas ornaments, more jewelry, handmade aprons, vests, throws, totes, leather work and more.

Anyone with something to add, please call Carol Braswell, (928) 462-3661.

The PTA discount card will not be accepted at the Holiday Bazaar. Proceeds go to the individuals making the craft or food items.

GCC Art Show and Sale

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will host the 4th Annual Art Show and Sale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2.

Student artwork from stained glass, drawing, digital photography, Photoshop, watercolor, oil painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper crafts, folk art, jewelry, sculpture and quilted clothing will be on display.

Holiday Wine & Cheese Party

The local Soroptimists will hold their annual Holiday Wine & Cheese Party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at Payson’s Best Western Inn. 

Expect lots of good food and beverages — it is really more than wine and cheese.  Proceeds from the Radiothon held in October will be presented to Time Out, Inc., Payson Community Kids and Arizonans for Children. Come join for the food, raffles, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $15 each. Please call Audrey (928) 472-9380 or Jean (928) 472-8007 for tickets or for more information.

First Friday

Gather on Historic Main Street for a First Friday holiday celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 2. Enjoy the warmth and ambiance inside Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art where Vyktoria Pratt Keating will be singing Christmas carols. Outside, beside the fire pit, the Humane Society will be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations.  In the spirit of Christmas, canned food or cash donations will be accepted for the food bank. Holiday gift bags are included with each purchase at Bootleg Alley during the month of December. 

The Mudhens are sponsoring a train show at Community Presbyterian Church. The show will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday Dec. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3

The exhibit is modular in design with modules built by several different people. Each year, Santa rides a special train. This year, the layout will feature several sound-equipped locomotives and even some sounds from mines and mills along the line.

Admission is free, however if you bring a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive, the hungry of Payson will benefit.

The Artists of the Rim Gallery will be raffling works by six of its member artists. Bring a donation of nonperishable food for area food banks and get a raffle ticket.

This is the second such event at the gallery. Thanks to the caring people of Payson, the first food bank raffle was a smashing success; a good deal of food and money was delivered to the food bank.

This event will also be an opportunity to say goodbye to one of the gallery’s original artist/partners. Western artist Donn C. Morris is “retiring” from the gallery as of Jan. 1.

The gallery is having what is being called a “Mega Art Sale” through the end of December.

Down the Street Art Gallery will celebrate First Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Holiday Gathering — inviting old friends and new to join all the artists in holiday cheer, hot cider and yummy treats. It will also be the start of the “Bigger” Red Bow Event, where red bows mark special artwork with special low prices, plus new holiday gift items.

New artist, photographer Rick Jackson, will also be the featured guest at the festivities.

Benefit show

The Payson High School Future Educators of Arizona Chapter host a benefit program starring master stage hypnotist Michael DeSchalit at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. The program will be presented at the PHS Auditorium.

The show is a benefit for the Payson HS Future Educators of Arizona Chapter to fund the many different expenses students incur throughout the year such as travel to conferences and service projects.

The PHS Auditorium is at 301 N. McLane Road, Payson.

To purchase tickets in advance from the Payson HS FEA, call Ingrid Schon (928) 472-2050. Advance purchase tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the show and are $7 for students and $10 for adults, but because there will only be one performance, tickets will be subject to availability.

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