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The Town of Payson is accepting cut 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.

Jan. 13 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

• Relay for Life Mixer: team sponsors and those who would like to sponsor a team invited, 5:30 p.m., Messinger Payson Funeral Home community room

Rim Country Relay for Life sponsorship mixer

Businesses, clubs and organizations sponsoring or interested in sponsoring a Relay for Life team are invited to a mixer to learn more about the event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13 at the community room of Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

The event is being catered by Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe.

Jan. 14 Saturday

• AARP Driving Safety Class: 9 a.m. to noon, Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy.

• 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

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, Jan. 14 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, Jan. 15 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

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. Beeline Highway.

Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Jan. 15 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

• Pool Tournament: 4:30 p.m., Elks Lodge

Jan. 16 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

• Auditions for Payson Choral Society: 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., first rehearsal for May 5 concert follows at 6:30 p.m .

Choral Society auditions

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Residents are invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. Rehearsals for the May 5 Spring Concert begin Jan. 16 (that evening at 6:30 p.m. following the tryouts).

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and you are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come be a part of the Payson Choral Society.

For further information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

Jan. 17 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. 18 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

• Chamber Mixer: 5:30 p.m., Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce office, at the corner of Historic West Main and the Beeline Hwy., Payson

Lip Sync contest tryouts

The 4th Annual Lip Sync contest will be Feb. 18. All students from area high schools, both private and public, along with home-schooled 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.

Chamber Mixer

The January Chamber Mixer will be held at the chamber and visitor center, 100 W. Main St., Payson at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18. Mixer guests will be treated to western-style snacks, beginning with Ruth Klaver’s pulled pork. This will be followed up by her delicious side dishes.

The chamber offices will be open, so members can see the newly renovated visitor center lobby, displaying the brochures and cards of members as well as visitor information from throughout Arizona.

Members are encouraged to bring business cards to share and leave at the chamber, and to pick up information about chamber advertising opportunities.

As always, there will be door prizes, and more are needed. Donors can give a two-minute commercial for their business.

The new CD by Junction 87, John & Lu Carpino and Anne James, dedicated to the Tonto Natural Bridge, will provide music, and will be available for purchase. 

The final event will be the beginning of a raffle for a 23-inch copy of the Russell bronze “The Bronco Buster” — tickets will sell for $10 and only 200 will be sold.  Proceeds will be used to continue to update the facilities at the chamber. 

The winning ticket will be drawn at the Business Showcase on March 24. 

Admission is $3 for members and $5 for non-members.

Please call (928) 474-4515 for reservations, as space is limited.

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