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Hospice Compassus and the Rim Country Hospice Foundation invite the public to a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road.

Hospice Compassus and the Rim Country Hospice Foundation invite the public to a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Celebration of Life

Hospice Compassus and the Rim Country Hospice Foundation invite the public to a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 5 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road. The evening includes remembrances and a special tree lighting ceremony. Gerardo’s Firewood Café provides a delicious, full-course meal. The Celebration of Life is free of charge and open to the community.

Personalized crystal ornaments can be ordered for $12 per ornament. Each participant is asked to bring a can of food for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Anyone interested in attending or ordering ornaments should contact Hospice Compassus at (928) 472-6340 to make a reservation for the event.

Mid-week Advent Services

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church

Midweek Advent Services will be held at Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, in preparation for the birth of Jesus. Services will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church welcomes the public to attend its “Advent - The Coming of Jesus!” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is at 204 W. Airport Road, Payson.

Humane society angel tree

Help make the holiday happy for the animals at the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s shelter. Arizona State Credit Union has an angel tree with tags listing the dogs and cats at the shelter. Stop by 104 E. Hwy. 260 and grab a tag and bring back a gift by noon, Monday, Dec. 24.

World Wide Festival

Come and celebrate the 13 exchange students that are at Payson High School and their home countries and culture at the first ever World Wide Festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Payson High School cafeteria.

Each country will be showcased with food samples and a drink representing the traditions of each county prepared by the Culinary Arts group. The cost is $3.50. 

Unity concert

Unity of Payson will present a concert by Mark Stanton Welch from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Messinger’s Community Room, 901 S. Westerly Rd., Payson.

Mark Welch is a musician, singer/songwriter, and educator. For more than 25 years his creations have touched and inspired the hearts, minds, and spirits of audiences worldwide.

Welch has appeared on stage with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Joan Borysenko, Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Sondra Ray.

The cost of the concert is $10 at the door and $5 for those 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and 260 Café in Payson. For more details, call (9280 478-8515.

Candlelight Advent

The Ladies of Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church invite all ladies to “Advent by Candlelight 2012” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a time to relax and reflect on the coming of Jesus, our Savior. The program involves lighting of the Advent candles, singing Christmas songs, elegant desserts and fellowship. All women are invited to attend.  Rock of Ages is at 204 W. Airport Road, Payson.

Student recital

Music students of Dr. Victoria Harris will present a recital at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 in Room 301, the Community Room, at Gila County Community College.

A reception will follow the program. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Jr. Thespians Christmas play 

The Longhorn Theatre Jr. Thespians along with the High School Longhorn Theatre Company will open its first play of the season at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7.

“Acts of Christmas” is a series of three short plays.

All three shows will play in the high school auditorium. Prices are $4 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.   

First Friday

Artists of the Rim Gallery

Artists of the Rim Gallery is happy to welcome Betty Daily to its co-op family. Her work consists primarily of landscapes, both the small leaves on a forest floor and the vistas of mountains, each dancing with vivid color. Come see and enjoy her creative work. Please bring a can of food for the Food Bank box. This time of year is especially hard for those in need. Don’t miss the latest sculpture “Christmas in the desert”. This is a six-foot Saguaro cactus with a nesting owl awaiting Santa and wishing all a blessed Holiday season. First Friday is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 7.

Down the Street Art Gallery

Down the Street Art Gallery members wish everyone an art-filled holiday and will have Red Boxes filled with free art, coupons for great art deals and little treats for a small donation to Community Art Fund at its First Friday celebration, Dec. 7. Come enjoy a cup of holiday cheer with our artists and meet new artist Janice Hoyt. Hoyt’s art in charcoal, ink and water media is featured this month.

Candle Lighting

Members of the Rim Country Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died. The chapter is joining Sunday, Dec. 9 with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for The Compassionate Friends 16th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting.

The local candle lighting will be part of a special service held at 6:45 p.m. at Green Valley Park and will feature a very brief program of music and readings followed by a candlelight walk.

To contact the Rim Country Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, call Bill Knauss at (928) 978-1492.

Choral Society plans Christmas concert

Mark your calendars now – the Payson Choral Society’s Christmas concert, “Home for the Holidays” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris comes to the Payson High School auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 15. Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please note this is a change in performance times from last year’s concert.

Concert tickets are $10 at the door for adults, or $8 if purchased in advance. Children and students up to age 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and at the library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert. Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students. These are awarded each year at the Spring concert. For added information call John Landino (928) 468-0023

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