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Christmas time is fun time for kids at the Pine 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.

Christmas time is fun time for kids at the Pine 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.

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Salvation Army bell ringers needed

Salvation Army holiday bell ringer volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Walmart, Safeway, Bashas’ and Walgreens. 

The funds raised from the kettles, including checks, all stay in Payson to help those in need.

To volunteer, please call John Morgan, (928) 474-8454.

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

Library events

The Payson Public Library will have two three-week programs for children in December.

The Count Down to the Holidays program is for ages 5 to 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13 and 20. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

The Tiny Tots Christmas Program is for ages 2 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14 and 21. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

Movies at the Senior Center

Enjoy a Movie & Muffin at the Payson Senior Center at 9:15 a.m. every Friday in December. The schedule includes: It’s a Wonderful Life on Dec. 14, A Christmas Story on Dec. 21 and Holiday Inn (the film in which the song White Christmas first was sung by Bing Crosby) on Dec. 28.

The Payson Senior Center is at 514 W. Main.

Morgan’s Creek Montessori Kids Christmas Concert

The youngsters from Morgan’s Creek Montessori will present at concert as part of a fun day at Mountain High Coffee Works from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14.

Manny & The Bells will also present live music. There will be hot chocolate, Christmas family portraits, a food drive with contributions earning raffle tickets, and more.

Mountain High Coffee Works is at 612 N. Hwy. 87, Payson. For details, call (480) 689-0896.

Pats Hike

9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 – Houston Loop, starts at Houston Mesa Trailhead, a mile east of N. Hwy. 87 off Houston Mesa Road, two miles, moderate level of difficulty – A great family hike.

Pine Library

There’s always something special happening at the library.

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.

See’s Candy at Pine Library 

Pine Library just received its shipment of See’s Candy for this holiday season.  A large selection of candy is available until sold out.

All proceeds will go toward purchasing additional library materials. Candy can be purchased during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.  For more information call the library at (928) 476-3678.

There is also a “Tree of Giving” in the foyer. If you would like to donate to the library through this program, just select a title to purchase for the library. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with your community by giving a book to the library that will reach many hands.

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