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Art Show & Sale

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Arts & Crafts sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary is having an Arts & Crafts Sale in the hospital’s main lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7. Many of the group’s top sellers will be available including: baby blankets/bibs/toys, Christmas decorations, scarves, catnip toys, fire starter baskets and much more.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop sale 

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 for its monthly First Friday half-off sale. The store is at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop) and winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations.  For more information, call (928) 970-1097.

ReStore plans weekly celebration December is a time to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore would like to thank all of its customers, volunteers and donors by having a celebration every Friday in December. Come down and enjoy some holiday treats with hot cocoa or cider while enjoying special savings throughout the store. The ReStore gets new donations of furniture, appliances and home improvement items every day. The store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

To make a donation, please contact the ReStore at (928) 474-4247.

Soroptimist holiday wine and cheese

The local Soroptimist club is holding its Annual Holiday Wine and Cheese Party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 at Messinger’s Community Room. Lots of food, other than cheese, will be available.

Tickets are $15 each and include food, wine or water and door prizes. Raffle prizes and silent auction items will be on display. 

Money from the club’s Radiothon will be distributed to local groups who work with victims of domestic violence.

Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, as well as from club members.  Call (928) 474-6167 for more information. 

Help children with Angel Tree

The pre-kindergarten children of Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center are helping the less fortunate children of Payson this Christmas season. Come support them with their Angel Tree community service project from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. They will be serving beef stew with dinner roll, drink and dessert selling 2013 calendars featuring the children’s artwork and raffling several great items. The cost for dinner is $5; calendars are a minimum donation of $8; and raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The CPC will also have The Mudhens Train Show open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive.

Have an Art-filled holiday

Down the Street Art Gallery members wish everyone an Art-filled Holiday... Red Boxes filled with free Art, coupons for great Art deals and little treats can be yours for a small donation to Community Art Fund. This First Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.,come enjoy a cup of holiday cheer with the gallery’s artists and meet new artist Janice Hoyt. Hoyt’s art in charcoal, ink and watermedia is featured this month. Down the Street is located on West Main Street.

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 on West Main Street.

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Art Show & Sale

Art Show & Sale

The art students of the Payson Campus of Gila Community College invite Rim residents to attend the 6th Annual Student Art Show & Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 at the college, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, Payson.

The show will feature oil and acrylic paintings, fundamentals of design, watercolors, ceramics and sculpture, jewelry, crafts, wearable art, folk art, stained glass, drawings and photography.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Mudhens Train Show

Once again the Mudhens are sponsoring a train show at Community Presbyterian Church. The show is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.

The layout 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. Also this year features two new modules depicting the area of Vance Junction, Colo. on the Rio Grande Southern.

The train will be open during the CPCLC dinner. Admission to the train show is free, however everyone is encouraged to bring a can of food for the Payson Area Food Drive.

Longhorn Theatre to present Christmas play 

The Longhorn Theatre Jr. Thespians, along with the high school’s Longhorn Theatre Company, will present the first play of the season at 6:30 p.m., 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.

Senior Circle bake sale

The members of the Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle will sell homemade cookies, breads, cinnamon rolls and more at a bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8. In addition to the baked goods, guests may also purchase purses, crafts, china and more.

The Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Brush pits

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, Dec. 8 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Dec. 9 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings, and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

Third annual Write for Rights and film screening

Write a letter and save a life from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street.

Payson Amnesty International invites Rim Country residents to take part in the largest, global letter writing event. Join human rights activists around the world as they write letters for those suffering human rights abuses and ask for the freedom of those unjustly detained or jailed.

A film screening and discussion will also take place during the Write-a-Thon. “Iron Jawed Angels,” an award-winning 2004 American drama starring Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Julia Ormond and Angelica Huston, will be screened from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The film focuses on the American women’s suffrage movement during the 1910s. A human rights discussion and refreshments will follow the film. We will discuss human rights issues many women still face both locally and globally, and will introduce actions to pass current legislation protecting the basic rights of women around the world.

For information about how you can Shine A Light on Human Rights, call Penny at (928) 978-1268.

Food drive matinee

There will be a special matinee of “Rise of the Guardians” for donations to the area food banks at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.  The admission will be two or more cans of food. The Payson Area Food Drive mascot Woody will also be in attendance.

If you can’t get to the movie or don’t want to see it, you can still make contributions of non-perishable food to the campaign with donations at: the post office, library, DES employee lunch room, Gila County Health Department, Gila County Assessor’s Office, Town of Payson Community Development Office, town hall lobby, Canal Senior Apartments, Green Valley Apartments, most health care providers and many area businesses and all grocery stores.

Additionally, tax credit donations may be made to Payson Area Food Drive, P.O. Box 703, Payson, AZ 85547. Couples, filing jointly may contribute $400 and individuals may donate up to $200 for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their 2012 returns.

Christmas for youth in need

Help is needed to provide a happy holiday for the growing number of displaced and disadvantaged youth in the Rim Country.

A number of area organizations are uniting to help meet this need for at least 140 youngsters.

So far the group includes: Rim Country Optimist Club, Noon Rotary Club, Modified Motorcycle Association, Vita Mart, Rebecca Acord (Angel’s Home Care), Edward Jones, PADS, and Allic Bales (community advocate) who is providing information of what is needed.

Come to a party at the Flying Grizzly in Strawberry at noon, Saturday, Dec. 8 to get toys for these children. Bring an unwrapped toy, a wrapped white elephant and something to pass for a potluck. Some financial donations have been made, but more are needed to purchase the clothes.

Anyone who would like to join the group is welcome. There will be gatherings Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 to sort and wrap presents. Items not received will have to be purchased around that same time. The party for the kids is Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Senior Center.

For more information contact Joan Young, Rim Country Optimist Club, P.O. Box 2273, Payson, AZ 85547 or (928) 472-2264. Checks should be made out to Rotary Club Foundation and are deductible.

Jazz concert

Payson Jazz Trio joins Dr Jass & the Heartbeats in a two-set holiday-themed presentation of swinging jazzy tunes at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

A $5 donation includes refreshments.  To RSVP and for more information: Gerry-Reynolds@hotmail.com or call (602) 619-3355.

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.

Handbags and more offered by MHA

Just in time for Christmas, Paula’s Bags & More of Scottsdale will have a sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Come check out the great selection of purses, men’s and ladies’ wallets, fanny packs, travel bags, pet carriers, cell phone covers, Bible covers and various other items.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

General Plan community workshop

As part of the Town of Payson General Plan update, a Community Issues Identification Workshop is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home Community Room, 901 S. Westerly Road.

This is a public forum and a terrific opportunity to get involved in shaping the development of the community over the next decade.

This workshop will delve into the community’s priorities by exploring topic areas through brainstorming, small group exercises, and identifying opportunities and challenges to be addressed.

For more information, contact the Town of Payson Planning & Zoning Department, (928) 474-5242.

Pine Library holiday events

Christmas time is fun time for kids at the library. Pre-school story hour is every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 12 kids will decorate gingerbread men. On Wednesday, Dec. 19 it’s “Polar Express” time with a surprise at the end of the story.

During Christmas break, it’s Holiday Movie Madness. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 22 to see “Santa Paws 2, the Santa Pups,” and on Thursday, Jan 3 see “Thunderstruck.” Movies start at 1:30 p.m.

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. 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 continues its program, “Advent - The Coming of Jesus!” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12. The theme for this program is “His Advent – In Grace! He comes in Grace now!… Is happening.” Come at 6 p.m. for the free soup supper in the Fellowship Hall.

Rock of Ages is at 204 W. Airport Road. Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg will be conducting the service.

Adopt a Senior Christmas Angel

Local residents and businesses may help less fortunate seniors in the community by stopping by any Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours to select a “Senior Angel” now through Friday, Dec. 14.

Shop for your selected senior and then drop off the gifts, which Edward Jones staff will deliver to Payson/Pine area seniors in need.

Branch locations are: 411 S. Beeline Highway, Ste. B, and 113 W. Main St. in Payson and 4010 N. Highway 87 in Pine.

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. Highway 260 and grab a tag and bring back a gift by noon, Monday, Dec. 24.

Community Kids offer Christmas cards

The Payson Community Kids members have made special Christmas cards. The group is selling boxes of 12 cards for $20.  There are six different designs with two of the same cards in each box. 

Get the cards by calling (928) 978-3256 or stop by Roadrunner Rubbish, 107 W. Wade Lane #7; Bob’s Western Wear; or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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