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Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 11 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. Pasternak has developed an enthusiastic audience in the Northeast U.S. with her honest, straight-ahead style, and equal energy for Swing songs, bebop, ballads and Latin jazz. She will be accompanied by Lew Turano of Sedona on piano, Steve Douglas of Phoenix on bass, and Gerry Reynolds of Strawberry on drums. A $5 donation at the door includes light refreshments. Make reservations at gerry-reynolds@ hotmail.com.

March 9 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

• 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

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.

March 10 Saturday

• AARP Driving Class: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline

• 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

• Private well program: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Camp Verde

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, March 10 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, March 11 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 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.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.

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.

Private well owner workshop

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County will be offering a free private well owner’s workshop from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 10 in the Camp Verde Unified School District Multi Use Complex located on 280 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde, Ariz.

Experts from the University of Arizona and the Arizona Water Well Association will cover the basics of well construction, safeguarding your well against contamination, recommended water quality tests, interpretation of the test results and well water treatment options.

For further information, contact Edessa Carr, program coordinator, Water Resource Education, Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County, (928) 445-6590 ext. 227 or e-mail: edessa@cals.arizona.edu.

March 11 Sunday

• Rim Country Museum: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Bingo: 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, open to the public

• Jazz concert: 2 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church

• Gospel concert: 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Pine

Jazz concert

Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 11 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Pasternak has developed an enthusiastic audience in the Northeast U.S. with her honest, straight-ahead style, and equal energy for Swing songs, bebop, ballads and Latin jazz.

She will be accompanied by Lew Turano of Sedona on piano; Steve Douglas of Phoenix on bass; and Gerry Reynolds of Strawberry on drums.

A $5 donation at the door includes light refreshments.

Make reservations at gerry-reynolds @hotmail.com.

Blackwood Legacy concert

The Blackwood Legacy will be in concert at First Baptist Church of Pine at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 11. Admission is free, though a love offering will be received.

This amazing group comes directly from Nashville where much Southern and Country Gospel sound originated. Led by Rick Price and surrounded by contemporary worship musicians, Luke Yates and Daniel Childs, grandson of the late Cecil Blackwood, be prepared for a time of music and ministry that will appeal to all ages.

For more information, contact Sue Montgomery at strawberrysue@msn.com or (928) 476-4647.

March 12 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.

• Meet candidates: 5:30 p.m., Tiny’s

Late class on computers

Gila Community College in Payson is offering a “Late Class” starting March 12.

The class, CMP101 - Introduction to Computers, will provide students with the opportunity to learn Microsoft Office Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

The class is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays through May 7.

Registration for Gila Community College summer and fall sessions begins March 15.

Sheriff and U.S. Senate candidates hosted

For those unable to attend noon meetings, the Rim Country Republican Club is now offering evening and day meetings each month. The next evening meeting will be Monday, March 12 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant.

Members and guests may gather at 5:30 p.m. to order dinner and socialize. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and feature Darrell Stubbs, candidate for Gila County Sheriff, and Van Steenwyk, candidate for U.S. Senate.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

March 13 Tuesday

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

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop moves to new location

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop will be leaving its Main Street location and moving to 434 S. Beeline Hwy., Suite C & D, Tuesday, March 13.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. As a non-profit business, all proceeds benefit local animal welfare organizations. Drop-off donations are welcome. Donated items can also be picked up. For more information, call (928) 951-2587.

Looking ahead

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.

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).

Latex paint disposal

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate a latex paint recycle day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 17.

Bring in leftover latex paint for disposal or recycling to the Buckhead Mesa Gila County Landfill. All unusable paint will be properly disposed of and the good paint will be bulked and distributed.

Read the paint can carefully. The county can only accept latex paint at this event.

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill is located on Highway 87, across from the entrance to the Tonto Natural Bridge and is open Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. Minimum rate is $5 for debris up to 200 pounds in weight. Anything over 200 pounds is an additional 2-1/3 cents per pound.

For more information, call the Buckhead Mesa Landfill at (928) 476-3350.

Archaeology society meeting

The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society will host Allen Dart at its March 17 meeting.

Dart has worked as a professional archaeologist in New Mexico and Arizona since 1975 and his program “Ancient Native American Pottery of Southern Arizona” is being underwritten by the Arizona Humanities Council.

The meeting is at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 Easy St., Payson, starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 17.

The chapter’s annual Native Foods Potluck will follow the presentation. Those who would like to bring a Native Food to the luncheon, please contact Wayne Walter for a recipe @ leealonzo@aol.com or (928) 474-4419.

Prehistory of the Southwest students will review Lectures 11-15 and Test 1 results following lunch.

Book signing at Rim Country Museum

As part of the Arizona Centennial celebration, the Northern Gila County Historical Society is hosting a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at the Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park, 700 Green Valley Parkway.

The book is “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012.”

It features short biographies of 28 remarkable women who used their writing skills to record history, report news, argue a cause, expose injustice, and promote awareness of the diverse people of the southwest. Three Rim Country authors contributed to this anthology, edited by the Arizona Press Women (APW). The three local authors are Carol Osman Brown, Carol Jean LaValley, and Barbara Bayless Lacy. This newly released book will be available in the museum gift shop. Additional information is available at www.skirting traditions.com.

The anthology, published by Wheatmark of Tucson, is designated an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. The biographies were written by 18 award-winning members of Arizona Press Women, a non-profit group.

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