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The Payson Public Library and the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will once again participate in the Reading Across America program with a family adventure for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Friday, March 2. The program in Pine is from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Payson program is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Feb. 28 Tuesday

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

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

Donate for Life rally

The Payson High School will hold a Donate for Life rally through Friday, March 2.

High schools across the state will hold this challenge for anyone to sign up as organ donors. In Payson, the rally is held in honor of Saige Bloom.

The public may sign up outside Walmart and Safeway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Wednesday, Feb. 29. Students may sign up at the Payson High School office Monday through Friday during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All who participate will receive a T-shirt.

‘American Spirit’ presented by TCCA tonight

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.

Feb. 29 Wednesday

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

• Pine Library: 10 a.m. to 4 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

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.

The Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum

The Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum is proud to announce its inaugural meeting. At noon, Wednesday, Feb. 29 those interested in foreign policy issues will meet to learn about and discuss the Straits of Hormuz in particular and the problem of Iran in general.

The presenter for this meeting will be P.A. “Andy” McKinney, a resident of Payson. McKinney is the author of “The Armed Forces of Iran.” He will present relevant facts about the very important waterway, the Straits of Hormuz and will field questions following his address.

All Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to attend. The program will be presented at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Payson Public Library.

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. 

March 1 Thursday

• 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 7 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

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

Last day to get tickets to Horne luncheon

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.

March 2 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

Senior Circle activities planned for March

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle has several events planned for March. One of those is the March 13 trip to Barleens Arizona Opry. The deadline to register for the trip is Friday, March 2. The trip will include music and comedy, along with a chicken dinner lunch. For details, call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.

Mayor Kenny Evans will be the guest speaker at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14. He will give an update on the anticipated college campus.

First Friday at Bootleg Alley

Join musician and author Eddie Armer as he performs at First Friday at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art.

He will sing and tell stories around the campfire from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 2. He will also be selling signed copies of his book, The Silent Winds of the West.

Raffle tickets will be sold by the Humane Society and donations will be accepted. Celebrate the luck of the Irish with refreshments and ambiance at Bootleg Alley, 520 W. Historic Main St.

Belated Mardi Gras celebration

Down the Street Art Gallery will celebrate being voted Best Art Gallery in the recent Best of Rim Country 2012 Mardi Gras style from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 2. Meet the artists who create the art that made them the best. Wear some Mardi Gras beads or a mask with your most flashy finery or they will throw some beads to you without you having to lift your shirt.

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.

Forest cleanup planned for Saturday

The Payson Ranger District will host a cleanup of Tonto Creek from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 3. Volunteers may either meet at the Payson Ranger District to take an 8 a.m. shuttle to the starting point, or meet at the Horton Creek parking lot by 9 a.m.

Rangers hope to prepare for the tourist season by cleaning up campfire rings, installing signs, setting up barriers and putting in a creek side trail. Water, gloves and cleaning equipment will be provided.

Free John Wayne movies at Payson Senior Center

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 and the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will once again participate in the Reading Across America program with a family adventure for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Friday, March 2.

The program in Pine is from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m The Payson program is from 5 p.m. to 7 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.

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.

Book fair

The Payson Elementary School will have its Luau Scholastic Book Fair Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9 in the PES Library.

The fair is open before school, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and after school, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and during recess (students only).

Special programs are planned throughout the week: Muffins for Mom, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday, March 5; Donuts for Dad, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 6; Grand Event for grandparents and grand guests, featuring pastries, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 7; Geronimo Stilton, 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., Thursday, March 8 — bring a camera to take photos with a special guest; and Cat in the Hat, 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., Friday, March 9 — bring a camera to take photos with a special guest.

Almost New Thrift Shop has $1 bag sale

If you can put clothes, shoes, belts, etc. (except jewelry) in an Almost New Thrift Shop bag, you can buy it for $1.

The sale takes place the first Monday of every month. This month’s sale is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 5.

There is lots of inventory to choose from so come and help us support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

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