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Mark your calendars to come see, taste and experience Payson High School’s culinary students show off their skills at the Chef Event from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria. Celebrate Leap Day by taking a few moments to hit the students’ multi-cultural buffet. Foods from Italy, Mexico, Thailand and America’s South (soul food) will be featured. Plus, there will be loads of delicious desserts to choose from. Adult tickets are $14 and those 7 and under pay $7. Purchase tickets in advance by calling (928) 472-3075 or buy them at the door.

Feb. 24 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

Feb. 25 Saturday

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

• Pine Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• 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

• Bake sale: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Safeway, benefits family of Saige Bloom

Brush pit schedule

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. 25 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. 26 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.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

Benefit bake sale

The Payson Education Center will have a Bake Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 in front of Safeway.

All proceeds will be presented to the Bloom family to honor the memory of Saige Bloom.

Feb. 26 Sunday

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

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

• Pool tournament: 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Church concert: 6 p.m., Star Valley Baptist Churchj

Church concert

The Blackwood Legacy will perform at the Star Valley Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Blackwood Legacy members are Rick Price, Luke Yates and Daniel Childs. It is one of the most successful and hardest working gospel music groups today.

Admission is free, however a love offering will be received.

Star Valley Baptist Church is at 4180 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley. For more details, call (928) 474-5557.

Feb. 27 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.

• Republicans host Cardon: 11 a.m., Tiny’s

• Learn about bruises and wounds: 11 a.m., Payson Senior Center

Cardon to speak

The Rim Country Republican Club will host Wil Cardon, candidate for U.S. Senate Monday, Feb. 27 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Members and guests will gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and socialize. Cardon will speak at 11:30 a.m. and the business meeting will follow the speaker. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Is it a bruise or a wound?

Ernestine Crank, Payson Care Center’s Certified Wound Care nurse, has been serving Payson Care Center for more than 9 years. Her job is to care for the wounds of patients after surgery, illness or accident. She works closely with the local surgeons, primary care physicians and the onsite physician to assure patients stay infection free and heal quickly.

She will present an informative lecture “Is it a bruise or a wound?” and how to tell the difference at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27 at the Senior Center. For more information, call (928) 951-2305.

Feb. 28 Tueday

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

• TCCA presents ‘American Spirit’: 7 p.m., Payson High School auditorium

‘American Spirit’ presented by TCCA next Tuesday

The next program hosted by the Tonto Community Concert Association is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Payson High School auditorium.

The concert features an ensemble of artists presenting the musical review, “American Spirit” by Matt Davenport Productions.

If single tickets are available, they will go on sale 30 minutes prior to the doors opening.

Looking ahead

Free tax help and free e-filing

AARP volunteers in Payson will once again be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available through Thursday, April 12 at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, located at Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson: Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Payson: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 1, 8, 15, 29 and April 5, 12. The college will be closed March 22 due to Gila College spring break.

No appointments will be taken. For more information, call Joan Stephens, AARP Tax Help coordinator, (928) 472-6229 (do not call the Elks or GCC).

Reserve your Business Showcase booth now

Rim Country Business: Past, Present & Future — the 20th Annual Business Showcase, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Mazatzal Casino Exhibition Hall.

This is an opportunity to highlight your business and products to other businesses and residents of Payson and the surrounding communities. This year, spaces will only be offered in the main hall, which will limit the number of booths. So, fast action is advised.

A completed application and payment will be required to hold a booth or location. If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.

PAHH ReStore party

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore has made some exciting changes and the public is invited to come and celebrate them on Wednesday, Feb. 29 — Leap Day! There will be barbecued pulled pork sliders and coleslaw, compliments of the ReStore (while it lasts).

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for new volunteers to help in the office, organize the store floor, repair electronics and work behind the front counter. The ReStore always offers free pick-up of gently used appliances, furniture and home improvement item donations.

Please call Cindy at (928) 474-4247 for more information.

PHS culinary class showcase

Mark your calendars to come see, taste and experience Payson High School’s culinary students show off their skills at the Chef Event from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria. 

Celebrate Leap Day by taking a few moments to hit the students’ multi-cultural buffet. Foods from Italy, Mexico, Thailand, and America’s South (soul food) will be featured. If you haven’t had a chance to try authentic Thai food, the students received personal training from Mac and Nan of Payson’s Ayothaya Thai Café — they have been huge supporters of this year’s chef event. Plus, there will be loads of delicious desserts to choose from.

Adult tickets are $14 and those 7 and under pay $7. Purchase tickets in advance by calling (928) 472-3075 or buy them at the door. 

Republicans host Attorney General

The Gila County Republican Committee will host Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne at its Lincoln Day Luncheon, Saturday, March 3. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Tiny’s Restaurant, with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch. Call Sally Low at (928) 474-9779 for details and reservations. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 1; no tickets will be sold at the door.

Senior Center has free movies

Come to the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main, for a free movie and muffin every Friday at 9:15 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. for a free movie and munchies.

During March the Senior Center will be showing the following John Wayne movies:

The Cowboys, March 2; Fort Apache, March 9; The Quiet Man, March 16; Rio Bravo, March 23; and The Searchers, March 30.

The Cat is Back

The Payson Public Library will once again participate in the Reading Across America program with a family adventure for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Friday, March 2.

The program is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature refreshments available for $1, prizes, face painting, crafts and stories. The stories will start at 6:30 p.m.

Benefit supper

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., is presenting a benefit supper Friday, March 2 for its Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center.

Dinner will be a delicious smoked sausage casserole with vegetable, dinner roll, dessert and beverage for just $5. Dine in and listen to the music of Starlight or get it to go. Catch the shuttle bus after eating and cruise up and down Main Street for First Friday.

Appliance and metal discard day at area landfill

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate an old appliance “free day” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3.

Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters, as well as other metal items will be accepted.

The landfill fee for the weight of all appliances and the Freon from the refrigerators and freezers will be waived by Gila County. As the County will handle the Freon removal from the appliances; please do not tamper with the Freon lines.

Remember, there can be no trash of any kind in the appliances being discarded.

All other debris will be regular price, so leave yourself easy access to remove these metal items and appliances so the landfill personnel can exclude the weight from any other trash that you may bring to the landfill for disposal.

This is a great opportunity to get rid of old, unwanted appliances and piles of metal from residences for free.

Landfill hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; it is closed Sunday and holidays.

For more information on this event, call the landfill at (928) 476-3350

Taste of Rim Country is Saturday, March 3

The annual Taste of Rim Country will be at the Payson Public Library at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 3.

Tickets are $30 per person and give the buyer an opportunity to sample the work of the Payson High School Culinary Arts students; Ayothaya Thai Café, the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s Cedar Ridge Restaurant, Cardo’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, The Landmark, Laura’s Small Café with Vita-Mart, MissFitz 260 Café, Randall House and Rim Country Jams.

In addition to tasting food, guests can also sample wines at the event, which is a major benefit for the library.

Driving Safety Class

An AARP Driving Safety Class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Photo workshops

Award-winning photographer Tom Brossart will be conducting photo workshops this spring.

Adventures in Photography will be hands-on workshops to help those in attendance understand their digital camera and its functions, which will lead to better photos.

The workshop in March and will concentrate on wildflower photographs (the date of this workshop will be determined when the wildflowers are blooming). The final workshop will be April 6.

The cost of each workshop is $100, or $80 for those who have attended previous workshops with Brossart or have taken his digital photography course at GCC.

Each workshop is limited to eight participants to ensure as much one-on-one instruction as possible, so sign up soon by calling (928) 979-2393 or e-mail Brossart at thombt1973@q.com.

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