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The Payson Choral Society members recently took part in the Tonto Community Concert Association program, “American Spirit.” The society is now seeking applications from all middle and high school students interested in auditioning for its scholarship awards by Friday, March 9. Applications postmarked after March 9 will not be accepted. Mail applications, along with a copy of the music to be used (in the correct key) to Payson Choral Society Scholarship Auditions, P.O. Box 2563, Payson, AZ 85547. The audition theme will be “Let’s Go to the Movies” and scholarship winners will be required to sing their selection at the society’s annual spring concert, May 5. For more information on music selection, contact Daria Mason at dmason@pusd.com. The auditions will be held Saturday, March 31 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

March 6 Tuesday

• Payson Elementary School Book Fair: daily in the library • Payson Public Library: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Star Valley council meeting: 6:30 p.m., Star Valley

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.

Star Valley council meeting On Tuesday, March 6, the Star Valley Town Council will hear Councilor George Binney’s plea to convert a portion of its rainy day fund to gold and silver. Most of the town’s money now sits in a government investment pool, which has little risk and little return. The town’s $1.4 million yields .07 percent, according to town manager Tim Grier.
Tuesday’s council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at town hall, 3675 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley.

March 7 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 • Lenten services: supper and services at area Lutheran churches • Middle School concert: 6:30 p.m., PHS auditorium

Lenten services Mount Cross Lutheran Church Mount Cross Lutheran Church will hold weekly mid-week Lenten suppers and services each Wednesday in the log building at 601 E. Highway 260, Payson. Lenten suppers begin at 5 p.m., followed by a service at 6 p.m. Each week there will be a video presentation session from “The Path to the Cross” by Ray Vander Laan. The sessions include: March 7, The Way of John the Baptist; March 14, Into the Desert to be Tested; March 21, The Last Passover; and March 28, The Fifth Cup-Our Way of Hope. There will not be a Lenten supper/service on the Wednesday of Holy Week, which starts Sunday, April 1.
During Holy Week, there will be a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m., April 5, as well as a Good Friday service at 1 p.m., April 6; these services will be held in the church sanctuary. Normal services will be held Easter Sunday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m., traditional; 10:30 a.m., praise; and 6:30 p.m., XaLt. A continental breakfast will be served between the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these services and invited to join the congregation at any of the weekly Sunday services. Rock of Ages The Lenten season theme at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is “See His Cross.” The sermon topic for the third Lenten service on Wednesday, March 7 will be “It’s God’s Plan From Beginning to End!” from Mark 14:61,62, presented by Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg. The Rock of Ages free soup supper is at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, followed by the service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the congregation at supper and hearing His Word. Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is at the corner of McLane and Airport Roads, Payson. For more information, contact Pastor David Sweet at (928) 474-2098. Shepherd of the Pines Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will celebrate mid-week Lenten services at 6 p.m. each Wednesday in March. The community is invited to join the congregation for all these special services. For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto (928) 474-5440.

RCMS Spring Concert The Rim Country Middle School choir, beginning, advanced and jazz bands will present a spring concert at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7 at the Payson High School Auditorium. March 8 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 • Mogollon Monster event: 6:30 p.m., Animal Planet crew at Oxbow Saloon to meet and possibly tape residents with tales about the area’s version of Sasquatch and/or the Abominable Snowman

Mogollon Monster event The search for the Mogollon Monster has hit the big time, with film crews for Animal Planet putting out a call to locals with a tale to tell to attend a Thursday night meeting at the Oxbow Saloon starting at 6:30 p.m. Producers of the nationally televised series on legendary animals say they’ve already talked to at least 20 people who have seen the towering, upright-walking local version of the Abominable Snowman over the last 20 years. The producers say they have some photos, track casts and even a recording of the creature’s strange howl. They hope people who show up on Thursday will add their own experiences to the long, strange tale of the Mogollon Monster. The Oxbow Saloon is located on Historic West Main Street.

March 9 Friday

• Community breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Shepherd of the Pine Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson • 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 • Deadline to apply for scholarship auditions: applications are due to the Payson Choral Society to audition for scholarship funds, both middle school and high school students may participate

Community breakfast Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, March 9. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice. Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is at 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted. For more information, call (928) 474-5440. Applications due for scholarship auditions The Payson Choral Society needs applications from all middle and high school students interested in auditioning for its scholarship awards by Friday, March 9. Applications postmarked after March 9 will not be accepted. Mail applications, along with a copy of the music to be used (in the correct key) to Payson Choral Society Scholarship Auditions, P.O. Box 2563, Payson, AZ 85547. The audition theme will be “Let’s Go to the Movies” and scholarship winners will be required to sing their selection at the society’s annual spring concert, May 5. For more information on music selection, contact Daria Mason at dmason@pusd.com. The auditions will be held Saturday, March 31 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. The auditions for students in the sixth- through eighth-grades will be at 10 a.m. and those for students in the ninth- through 12th-grades will be at 11 a.m. Middle school winners will be awarded $500 each, while high school winners will receive $1,000 each.

Looking ahead

Free tax help and free e-filing AARP volunteers in Payson are 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 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).

Quilt-a-Thon

The Quilt Angels, formerly called DPS Quilt Angels, are known for providing quilts to DPS for victims of crime and families of fallen police officers, residents of nursing homes and for making quilts and Christmas stockings for children of local Food Bank families.

Next week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 this small group of caring quilters are undertaking a gigantic project by hosting a Quilt-a-Thon at the First Baptist Church in Pine on Highway 87. They expect to complete 150 Comfort Quilts with the community’s help.

Lunch will be provided to those participating. If you sew, bring your sewing machine, if you don’t, help is needed with tying, turning, ironing and more.

For information, contact Gloria Fohr at (928) 476-3623.

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