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Certified ZUMBA instructors (from left) Lisa Evans, Christy Walton and Crystal Johnson will lead this Saturday’s ZUMBATHON to benefit the Payson Christian Clinic, which serves area residents unable to afford care from other health care providers. The event is Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. It begins with a mini-lesson on ZUMBA at 9:45 a.m. This will be followed by two hours of heart-pumping Latin fitness dance. The first hour will be devoted to the ZUMBA Gold program, which is a slower pace, with the second hour all about regular ZUMBA.

Feb. 10 Friday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• American Legion Fish Fry: Noon-8 p.m., American Legion

• Christian concert: 6:30 p.m., Rock of Ages Lutheran Church

NRA banquet early bird deadline is today

Zane Grey Friends of NRA is hosting the Annual Dinner and Auction. It will be held at the Mazatzal Casino Saturday, Feb. 25. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Raffle ticket packages purchased before Feb. 15 get the buyer a second package for free. Dinner tickets are $45 each or $80 per couple.

Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement, raises money and gives 100 percent of net proceeds to qualified local, state and national programs with emphasis on local and state. More than $50,000 from these efforts has come back to the Payson region.

For ticket reservations, please call Tallie at (928) 595-0546 or Joni at (928) 951-0900. Dinner tickets may also be purchased online at www.friendsofnra.org/az. Order by Feb. 10 to be entered in the early bird drawing.

Christian concert

A Christian concert, featuring Chris Driesbach, will be presented at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road, Payson at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.

For additional details, call (928) 970-7606.

Feb. 11 Saturday

• Meditation-a-thon: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.to benefit a no-kill animal shelter, call (928) 595-1378

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• ZUMBATHON for Christian Clinic: 9:45 a.m. to noon, Payson Senior Center

• Payson Public Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Elks Sweetheart Dance: 6 p.m., Payson Elks Lodge

Free brush pit drop-offs open this weekend

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

Saturday, Feb. 11 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, Feb. 12 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.

Meditation-a-thon to raise funds for no-kill shelter

The Payson Buddhist Study group is sponsoring a meditation-athon from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11.

The donations raised will be given to Tara’s Babies, a no-kill shelter started as a rescue effort for Katrina dogs and expanded to include many dogs throughout the years that were scheduled to for euthanasia or unable to be adopted out at other shelters. All proceeds from the event will be used to feed and care for the dogs.

Each meditator will find his/her sponsor(s) for the time segment she/he chooses. Anyone interested in participating or making a donation can call (928) 595-1378 for more information or to sign up.

Arboretum Language of the Flowers program

Boyce Thompson Arboretum opens its Language of the Flowers flower show this weekend. The show continues through Tuesday, Feb. 14 and will include a wine tasting hosted by Pleasant Valley Winery in Young.

The show runs during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wine tasting will be from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, with bottled wine available for sale. At the tasting, Pleasant Valley Winery will be introducing its newest bottling of Apple Wine, made from fresh, Rim Country apples.

Flowers, chocolates and jewelry will all be on hand at the arboretum for the event. See, smell and photograph a wide array of flowering plants, cut flowers and exotic blossoms from Saturday through Tuesday when the Smith Building Lecture Room is transformed by the fragrant, colorful Language of Flowers exhibit — with signs near each plant telling you about the ancient meaning of that particular flower —or its meaning when given in a bouquet with other blossoms.

Baker and candy-maker Jerry Temanson will sell a variety of custom chocolates and will also give away samples both days of the weekend. San Tan Valley artist Barbara Pohan will exhibit and sell her unique handmade jewelry, too. Much of her work is in turquoise and in honor of Arizona’s this weekend she will also have peridot and other native Arizona gemstones.

The arboretum is located along Highway 60 past Superior before reaching Florence Junction.

ZUMBATHON benefits Payson Christian Clinic

It’s time to gear up for another ZUMBATHON. Get out those red workout clothes and spread the Valentine’s Day love for your neighbors Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Proceeds will benefit the Payson Christian Clinic, which serves area residents unable to afford care from other health care providers.

The event begins with a mini-lesson on ZUMBA at 9:45 a.m. This will be followed by two hours of heart-pumping Latin fitness dance. The first hour will be devoted to the ZUMBA Gold program, which is a slower pace, with the second hour all about regular ZUMBA.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Prizes will be awarded to those who collect the most pledges.

For more information, or to print out a pledge form, go to the Rim Country Health Web site, which is sponsoring the event, www.rimcountryhealth.com. Tickets and pledge forms are also available at Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Road; Curves, 400 E. Highway 260; the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway; or from any of the area’s Zumba instructors.

For more information, contact Christy Walton, (928) 595-0406.

Krispy Kreme sale will raise funds for music camp 

To raise money for music camp, there will be a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Sale. The doughnuts will be sold from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Curiosity Shop on West Main St., Payson; and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 at Walmart. Both days, freshly made original glazed Krispy Kremes will be available.

To pre-order, call Rio at (928) 478-6786.

Valentine’s Sweetheart Dance at Payson Elks Lodge

The Payson Elks Lodge will have its Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance Saturday, Feb. 11. Cocktails start at 5 p.m.; dinner featuring Herm’s Famous Ham Dinner, is at 6 p.m.; and music starts at 7 p.m. with Junction 87.

Dinner tickets are on sale now at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, for $15 each, or they can be purchased at the door the night of the dance.

For more information, contact the Lodge at (928) 474-2572.

Feb. 12 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Jazz concert: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

• Pool Tournament: 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, open

Reunion Jazz Band to perform Sunday

The Reunion Jazz Band will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Enjoy mainstream jazz and some BeBop — this will be music from the glory years of jazz, performed by experienced musicians.

The Reunion Jazz Band includes Ken Hales, trumpet and flugelhorn; Clark Furlong, trombone; Chuck Bellman, saxophone and flute; Tom Walker, piano; Randy Wright, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums.

A $5 donation is requested at the door and includes refreshments.

Make reservations with Gerry Reynolds at gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com.

Feb. 13 Monday

• Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Pine/Strawberry Museum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Community Center

• Constitutions expert speaks: 5:30 p.m., Tiny’s, sponsored by Rim Country Republican Club and Payson Tea Party

Constitution expert to speak

Shane Krauser, one of the best instructors on the U.S. Constitution in the United States, will be the guest speaker at a joint meeting of the Rim Country Republican Club and Payson chapter of the Tea Party. His topic will be Constitutional education.

The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. Members and guests may gather at 5:30 p.m. to order dinner and socialize. The meeting to hear the speaker begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

School board talks budget

The Payson School Board will discuss its “guiding principles” and priorities in preparation for developing the 2012-13 budget at its 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13 meeting in the district offices at 902 W. Main St. The meeting agenda also includes bids for fuel supplies and a report on maintenance and transportation costs for the year.

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