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Pine Library to closed for maintenance

The Pine Public Library will be closed for weeding of its fiction collection and maintenance from Tuesday, March 27 through Saturday, March 31.

Patrons may drop off library materials by using the book drop next to the front door.

Pre-school and Tots & Toddles story times will also be cancel during maintenance week.

Normal library hours will resume at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2.  Patrons may contact the library at (928) 476-3678 with any questions.

Kids Fishing Festival

Get those little anglers ready — the annual Kids Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park is planned from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 31.

This is a free fishing day sponsored by the Urban Fishing Program of the Arizona Game and Fish Department in conjunction with the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Payson Niners issue invitation

The Payson Women’s Golf Association Nine Hole Club will begin their 2012 season play on Thursday, April 5 at Payson Golf Course.

The Payson Niners play every Thursday morning, beginning April 7, with springtime tee times of 9 a.m. Golfers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Any women interested in joining the league should call Debbie at (928) 595-1176 or Ann at (928) 468-6686.

Wilderness and Remote First Aid

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering a great opportunity for area residents to learn to stay safe while out in the wonderful Rim Country.

A Wilderness and Remote First Aid class will be presented from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 15 at the Parks and Rec. Conference Room in the parks office in Green Valley Park.

Pre-requisites for participants are basic First Aid training and/or certification.

The two-day Wilderness and Remote First Aid course will teach the skills needed to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed. Certification is through American Red Cross and is valid for two years.

Registration is open now and limited space is available. Please call (928) 474-5242, extension 7 for more information.

ABATE Bike Safety Day

ABATE of Arizona High Country Chapter is having their 1st annual Bike Safety Day at the Park at Rumsey park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12.

This is a free event focusing on safety for children on bicycles. There will be food and entertainment, plus bike games and raffles for the children. A bike show for both kids and adults is planned, along with an adult bead run and plenty of fun events for kids of all ages. Vendors will also be participating.

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.

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).

Italian classes

Mario Belvedere, former instructor for Italian at the Payson campus of Gila Community College, is now offering small group and individual lessons in the language.

To learn more, contact him at (928) 978-5075 or fperseus@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

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