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Fall outdoor photo class

Learn simple techniques to capture the reality of what you are seeing with your camera. Photographers will learn effective composition techniques, and how to find ideal locations for outdoor photography. Participants must be familiar with their camera and be able to hike a half-mile. The cost is $15 per person and is open to those 16 and up. The deadline to register, with payment is Oct. 28.

The class will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 in Pine. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Ponderosa Market on the left hand corner of Highway 87 and Hardscrabble Road. The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is presenting the class. Call (928) 474-5251, ext. 7 for more information.

Library celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Bring the family and join in the Dia de los Muertos festivity at the Payson Public Library. Don’t know what this Mexican holiday is? Come to the library from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 and let the kids discover why the Day of the Dead is celebrated. You can look forward to: participating in a different culture; dance, songs, and music; making a calaca; laughing at Sr. Calavera’s puppet show; decorating a sugar skull; learning a little Spanish; and loads more of free fun.

Call Katie or Terri at (928) 474-9260 with questions.

Senior Circle programs

Deadlines to register for two different day trips through the Senior Circle are coming up. Registration is due Nov. 1, for the Nov. 17 trip to Queen Creek to tour the olive oil mill and have a guided visit of Schnepf Farms. Registration for the Dec. 8 Mesa Temple Garden, Holiday Lights Tour and Concert is due Nov. 8.

Call the Senior Circle about costs and to book space on either or both trips, (928) 472-9260.

The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy., will have the AARP Driver Safety Program from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12. This workshop is free to all veterans, American Legion, or anyone with a military ID.  Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat.

Minnesota Breakfast planned

Rim Country residents and winter visitors from Minnesota are invited to a Minnesota Breakfast starting at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Come and enjoy a great breakfast or just a cup of coffee and spend a few minutes visiting with others from Minnesota.

For additional information, contact Betty Raveling at (928) 468-7132.

Jazz concert

Popular jazz artists Renee Patrick and Judy Roberts are returning to Payson for a CD release concert from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson.

The CD, “Feel the Rain,” was inspired by the Payson Community jazz listeners, according to concert coordinator Gerry Reynolds.

Reserve a spot for the concert via e-mail to: gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

Start making those gift lists

The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be open every weekend in November. The annual Christmas Boutique features handmade Christmas ornaments, gifts and holiday decor created by local artists and crafters in the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild.

The annual Christmas Boutique is in the Craft Room at the Pine Community Center every weekend in November, starting at 10 a.m. The dates are Nov. 5-6; Nov. 12-13; Nov. 19-20; and Nov. 26-27. The Pine Community Center is located at 3886 N Highway 87 in Pine.

The Community Presbyterian Church’s High Country Holiday Bazaar is another place to look for those unique gifts. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

A variety of arts and craft and baked goods will be available, along with a barbecue beef sandwich lunch. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for the children.

Surviving the holidays after the loss of a loved one

Whatever your age, whoever has died, holidays lived in the absence of someone dear can be very difficult times. Hospice Compassus and Payson Messinger Mortuary are hosting a two-hour interactive group session that will explore specific ways you can manage the holiday season while in the midst of grief. There is no charge for participation in this informative meeting.

The program will be presented from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Community Room of Messinger Mortuary, 901 S. Westerly, Payson. The Community Room is accessed through the garden entrance on the east side of the building.

For more information, please call Janine Affeldt, Hospice Compassus bereavement coordinator, at (928) 472-6340.

16th annual Celebration of Life

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

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

The Celebration of Life has become a holiday tradition for many. The commemoration begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Mountain Bible Church. The evening includes prayers, music, remembrances, a power point 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 St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank to help those less fortunate during the holidays.

Personalized crystal butterfly ornaments can be ordered prior to the evening event for $12 per ornament.

Anyone interested in attending or ordering ornaments should contact Hospice Compassus by Friday, Nov. 11; call (928) 472-6340 to RSV. and order ornaments.

Children’s Christmas shopping spree benefit

The Payson Elks Lodge will be hosting a benefit for its annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree Friday, Nov. 11. With the current economic situation, donations are down and the assistance of the community is needed to make this a successful endeavor.

The Elks are asking for donations for this benefit. Those interested in helping may give a door prize or a cash donation.

If it is possible that you could help with this major project, please contact the Payson Elks Lodge at (928) 474-2572 or Mary Smith (928) 468-8766, or send your contribution directly to the lodge at 1206 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson, AZ 85541.

When the Elks take the children shopping, toys are not purchased, that is left to the parents. Members of the Elks buy clothing for the participating children.

Book donations needed

Gently used books are now being accepted for Rim Country Literacy’s 12th Annual Used Book Sale Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 at RCLP’s new offices at 1001 S. Beeline Highway, behind the Knotty Pine Café.

All books in good condition are being accepted, but there is particular need for recently published books in the following categories: bestsellers — fiction, mysteries, thrillers; classics and literature; romance; science fiction; Westerns; children’s and non-fiction.

To donate books, donation boxes have been set up at the Literacy offices, Payson Senior Circle and Pine Strawberry School.

Call the Rim Country Literacy office at (928) 468-7257 with any questions.

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