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Now through Jan. 29, you can take your cut Christmas tree for recycling to the Payson Event Center. Make sure it is free of decorations. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, extension 7 or (928) 474-5242, extension 263.

Jan. 3 Tuesday

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

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

Pine Community Center

Jan. 4 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

Looking ahead

Tree recycling

The Town of Payson is accepting live Christmas trees for recycling at the Payson Event Center parking area, 1400 S. Beeline Highway (across from the Mazatzal Casino). Christmas trees will be accepted, free of charge, until Jan. 29, 2012.

Barricades and cones are set up on the north side of the P.E.C. parking lot to designate the drop-off location.

No yard waste, tree trimmings or other household debris can be accepted. This service is provided to help the community responsibly dispose of and recycle their cut Christmas trees.

Local area residents interested in receiving free Christmas tree chips from these spoils should stop by the Community Development building, at the Payson Town Hall Complex, and request to be placed on the Excess Materials list for Christmas Tree Chips. All excess materials are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Questions can be addressed to either the Payson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department, (928) 474-5242, extension 7 or Payson Community Development, (928) 474- 5242, extension 263.

PAWS in the Park

PAWS in the Park, the group that built the Payson Dog Park, will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the community room of the Payson Public Library.

A light dinner will be offered at 6 p.m., with the meeting following.

All users of the off-leash dog park are invited to attend. For more information, call Dave at (928) 474-3040.

Jan. 6 deadline to register for coming Senior Circle events

The Payson Senior Circle has planned the following activities in the coming weeks: Jan. 17 – Members will take a trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens. The visit includes a privately guided tour of the garden’s main trail followed by lunch. Enjoy a special exhibition about design and sustainability. The luxury motor coach departs

Payson at 9 a.m. Reservations required by Jan. 6.

Feb. 9 — Members will attend a presentation of Brigadoon (“It’s almost like being in love”) at the Broadway Palms Theater. The luxury motor coach departs Payson at 9:45 a.m. Reservations required by Jan. 6.

For prices and reservations, please call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.

First Friday dinner

The Community Presbyterian Church is serving dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6. The meal will feature turkey casserole, a vegetable, a dinner roll, dessert and drink for only $5.

The bus will be running to take you up and down Main Street after dinner too. All proceeds go to the children’s programs at the Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center. The CPC is at 800 W. Main St., Payson.

First Friday fun

Celebrate the New Year with a trip to Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art on First Friday, Jan. 6.

John Carpino will be playing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. by the fire pit and inside the store.

The Humane Society of Central Arizona will be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations. Refreshments and ambiance will be served. Add attending First Friday to your New Year’s resolutions. It’s a resolution

that’s fun to do and easy to keep. Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is located at 520 W. Historic Main St.

Forest Volunteer Workday

The Tonto National Forest Payson Ranger District is sponsoring a Volunteer Workday from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 7.

Meet at the entrance to the Houston Mesa Campground to help pick up trash along Houston Mesa Road.

Participants should dress for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirts and bring gloves. For more information, contact Rachael Hohl or Chelsea Muise at (928) 474-7900.

Almost New Thrift Shop $1 Bag Sale January 9

Select from clothes, shoes, belts, etc. — anything else you wear (except for jewelry)— that can fit into one of the shop bags andbuy it all for just $1.

January’s sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9 at the Almost New Thrift Shop, 304 E. Aero Drive. There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come and help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs of the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

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

AARP Driving Safety Class

The next AARP Driving Safety Class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Highway 87. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Lip Sync contest entries wanted

The 4th Annual Lip Sync contest will be Feb. 18. All students from area high schools, both private and public, along with homeschooled students are invited to compete.

There will be $1,100 given in prizes.

Choice of music and preparation needs to be completed by Jan. 18 when tryouts will take place. Applications for this event can be obtained from the Payson High School Drama Department, Rim Country Optimist Club www.rimcountryoptimist.com and Payson High School www.phslonghorn theatre.com.

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