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Photo courtesy of The Maschino School of Highland Dance

The Rim Country Celts’ 2nd Ceilidh is Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. This family-friendly event features highland dancers accompanied by a piper, a tribute to Robert Burns, food for sale, Celtic and Gaelic music, and vendors. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 16. Dinner is at 5 p.m.; the highland dance performance is at 6 p.m.; the Burns tribute is at 7 p.m.; with more music starting at 7:15 p.m. and continuing to 9 p.m. The performance is by The Maschino School of Highland Dance, accompanied by piper Rick Knowles. The Burns tribute will be by Dennis MacAlister of Clan MacAlister. The Celtic and Gaelic music is by Anne James and the Cinnamon Twist Celtic Band. For details, call Lloyd Gibson at (575) 649-5015 or go online to: www.rimcountrycelts.org or http://rimcountrycelts.webs .com.

Jan. 20 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

Valentine candy at Pine Library

To raise money to purchase library materials, the Pine Library has started a See’s Candy Sale and will be raffling a Valentine’s gift basket.

The candy sales — cash and carry — started Wednesday, Jan. 18 and there is limited availability.

Tickets for the gift baskets are $1 for one, six for $5 and 15 for $10. The drawing will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Jan. 21 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

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. 21 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. 22 the Pine Pit will be closed due to muddy conditions.

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.

Free training on child nutrition

The Arizona’s Children Association is offering a free training program, worth three credit hours, on child nutrition from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Christine Bollier, owner of the local Vita Mart, will present “Kids Gotta Eat … But What Do You Feed Them?” and will cover nutrition, how foods can affect behaviors in children, and give solid guidelines on easy preparation. Come learn new, healthy recipes and taste delicious samples.

Preregistration is necessary. To enroll, contact Cindy Paul with Arizona’s Children Association at (928) 232-7149 or e-mail cpaul@arizonaschildren.org.

No childcare will be provided.

Free disaster training starts

The area’s Community Emergency Response Team is offering a three-session free disaster training program. The first session is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The other classes will be Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.

The course will cover first aid, search and rescue, minor fire suppression, disaster psychology, the incident command system, triage and preparing for disaster.

To sign up, call Roger Kreimeyer at (928) 468-1365 or John Swenson at (928) 472-3331. Participants will not have to join CERT.

Food Drive Winter Carnival

The Payson Area Food Drive Winter Carnival is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cultural Hall, 913 S. Ponderosa St.

The event is a way to collect food and monetary donations for the food drive, which runs through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5.

The carnival will feature free games for children, free hot dogs and drinks and free pictures with Woody the Squirrel, courtesy of Walgreens. There will also be a magician and play. Cost of admission is a can of food and/or a monetary donation.

Jan. 22 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

Jan. 23 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

Diabetes program

Dr. Terence Rousseau will be speaking on diabetes at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 23 at the Payson Care Center.

Diabetes has become an epidemic in this country and is one of the leading causes of blindness, kidney failure and amputations. But it doesn’t have to be so. Rousseau will stress prevention through lifestyle choices and share the secrets of how to reverse diabetes. Having helped several patients decrease or even come off their diabetic medications altogether, he will explain the basics of how the body normally handles sugar and what goes wrong in diabetes.

Rousseau will explain the benefits of the Low Glycemic Index Diet and he will discuss the pros and cons of the various medications and herbals used to treat diabetes.

A diabetes-friendly light brunch will served. Please call (928) 951-2305 to reserve a spot.

Jan. 24 Tuesday

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

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

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