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Angel Trees, Snowflake Trees and more — take your pick and pick up some presents for children, families and seniors and give them a Merry Christmas this year.

Benefit for Meals on Wheels

A Magical Holiday Affair is planned Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Payson Senior Center to benefit the Meals on Wheels program for the homebound.

The evening will feature an elegant dinner of prime rib or Chicken Marsala accompanied by holiday fun, music, the Electric Light Parade and more.

There will be reserved seating amid cozy fire rings for an up-front view of the parade.

Dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m., with dessert afterward. The cost is $30 per person, of which a portion is tax deductible.

Call (928) 474-4876 for details and to reserve tickets.

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. Hwy. 260, just east of Safeway. The soup suppers are held in the log building, with the services taking place in the sanctuary.

Celebration of Life

Remember and honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life.

Hospice Compassus, Messinger’s Funeral Home, the Rim Country Hospice Foundation and Gerardo’s Italian Bistro invite the public to the annual Celebration of Life.

The commemoration begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Mountain Bible Church. The evening includes prayers, music, remembrances, a PowerPoint presentation, a beautiful signing performed by one of our hospice home health aides, and a tree lighting ceremony.

Gerardo’s Italian Bistro will provide a full-course meal at the end of the evening.

The Celebration of Life is free of charge and open to the community. However, each participant is asked to bring a can of food to be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank to help those less fortunate during the holidays.

Call (928) 472-6340 to R.S.V.P.

Community Holiday Bazaar in Young

The 12th Annual Community Holiday Bazaar in Young will be held Dec. 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.

Payson Senior Circle activities

Upcoming activities at the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle include:

Lunch and Learn, 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 with Dr. Sam Gillette and Payson’s new cardiologist, Dr. Toby Paulson who will talk about making it a heart healthy holiday.

Holiday Bake Sale, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 10 at Senior Circle, 214 N. Beeline. If you don’t have time to bake for the holidays, let members of the Payson Senior Circle help. There will be cookies, cakes, pies and holiday baskets all made up to present to friends or family for Christmas.

Lunch and Learn, 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 representatives from Messinger Funeral Home will discuss Contingency Day Planning for Senior Circle members. Planning end of life arrangements ahead of time can be the most thoughtful thing one can do for loved ones left behind.

Holiday outing — Get in the holiday spirit with an evening of fun at the Mesa Mormon Temple Gardens, including dinner and a local choir concert. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 for details and price.

GCC Art Show and Sale

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will host the Fourth 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.

Human Rights Awareness Month

The Payson Town Council has proclaimed December as Human Rights Awareness Month. The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International will open the month with a screening of “Education Under Fire” at Payson Methodist Church at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4. 

“Education Under Fire” is a nationally acclaimed documentary about the Baha’i community’s fight for the basic human right to education in Iran. The 30-minute film features interviews with members of the Baha’is community, human rights activists and rare historical footage. Payson has been chosen as one of a select few communities to preview this award-winning documentary.

A discussion and light refreshments will follow the screening. Join members of the Payson Chapter of Amnesty International to shine a light on human rights.

For more information call Penny at (928) 978-1268 or go to To learn more about the documentary, go online to www.educationuderfire.

No first Friday dinner, spaghetti sold prior to parade

There will be no dinner for the First Friday celebration Dec. 2 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Instead there will be a Spaghetti Dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 before the Electric Light Parade.

Dinner costs $5 plus a non-perishable food item. There will also be baked goods and hot chocolate for sale, plus a raffle from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Some of the raffle items include a Homer Sanders print Whatcha Doin’, Western mirrors, a Bath & Body Works collection, homemade jams and jellies basket, hair salon gift certificate, ice cream cake, family fun packages, and much more.

Come support the Community Presbyterian Church’s Child Learning Center Pre-K children’s benefit to help the homeless students of Payson.

Jazz concert

Jazz guitar and vocalist Pete Pancrazi returns to the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 for his annual “Have a Jazzy Christmas” performance.

It will be entertaining for all ages and all musical preferences — it will be a celebration of popular Christmas music.

Joining him will be Nick Manson on piano, Vic Kottner of bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

A request for seating sent to or (602) 619-3355 would be appreciated, although the church doors will remain open to all.

A donation of $5 or more is encouraged to support the program, which includes refreshments.


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