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Dr Jass & the Heartbeats will present an afternoon of festive New Orleans-style music at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 1 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. It is requested reservations be made with an email to gerry-reynolds@ hotmail.com or by calling (602) 619-3355. A $5 donation is requested at the door to help with expenses and includes light refreshments.

March 27 Tuesday

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

• Pine Library through Saturday, it will reopen April 2

Pine Library to close for collection maintenance

The Pine Public Library will be closed for weeding of its fiction collection and maintenance from Tuesday, March 27 through Saturday, March 31.

Patrons may drop off library materials by using the book drop next to the front door.

Pre-school and Tots & Toddlers story times will also be canceled during maintenance week.

Normal library hours will resume at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2. Patrons may contact the library at (928) 476-3678 with any questions.

March 28 Wednesday

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

• Rim Country Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Green Valley Pkwy.

• Learn about Korea: noon, Payson Public Library community room

• Clothing distribution: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Payson Elementary School, free children’s clothes

• Lenten services: The area Lutheran churches all have special Lenten services scheduled; at Mount Cross there is a supper at 5 p.m., followed by the service at 6 p.m.; Rock of Ages will have a supper at 6 p.m., with a service at 7 p.m.; Shepherd of the Pines will have a service at 6 p.m.

Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum

The Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum will have its next meeting at noon, Wednesday, March 28 in the Payson Library community room. 

The guest speaker will be John Wakelin who will discuss Korean political history.   Wakelin is a graduate of California State University Northridge (CSUN) with a degree in political science. While attending CSUN, he was named to the RAND Student Working Group for International Security and Foreign Policy.

All Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to attend. 

Clothing distribution at PES

Kaitie’s Closet’s next clothing distribution will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road.

Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothes is welcome.

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 session March 28 is “The Fifth Cup-Our Way of Hope.”

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church

The Lenten season theme at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is “See His Cross.” The sermon topic for the sixth Lenten service on Wednesday, March 28 will be “Our King Is Crucified!” from Luke 22:19,20, presented by Pastor David Sweet.

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.

March 29 Thursday

• Genealogy Library: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 302 E. Bonita, Payson

• 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

• Moose Lodge Dinner Special: 5 p.m., Highway 260 in Star Valley

March 30 Friday

• Deadline to register for Wilderness and Remote First Aid class

• 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

Registration closes for wilderness first aid

The deadline to register for the Wilderness and Remote First Aid course by the parks department is Friday, March 30 (there will be no exceptions). The course will be presented from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 and participants must attend both days for certification.

Basic First Aid is required to take the course, which will be held at the parks office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. The fee $125. Space is limited.

The Wilderness and Remote First Aid course will provide the skills needed to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed. Certification is valid for two years through American Red Cross.

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 29 and April 5, 12.

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).

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop opens at new site

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop will be holding its Grand Re-Opening celebration on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at its new home at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop).

There will be great sales, gift certificate giveaways, live music and refreshments.  Come meet representatives from all of the local animal rescue groups supported by the shop, along with some of their furry friends.

PEC bake sale

The student council of Payson Education Center will be holding a bake sale at Walmart from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31. 

All proceeds will be donated to the family of Saige Bloom in her memory.

Easter celebration in Star Valley

Greater Payson Moose Lodge and Star Valley Baptist Church invite all local children, ages 0-10, to come for an Easter Celebration at the Star Valley Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 31. There will be an Easter egg hunt, free hot dogs, chips, punch, games and prizes. The Easter Bunny will also be dropping by, so bring a camera.

Family Game Time

Tired of the same things? Need to get out of the house? Need ways to have a fun time with your family? There is a solution at the Payson Public Library.

Visit the Payson Library on Saturday, March 31 — and every last Saturday thereafter — from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for family game time.

There will be board games for all ages, snacks and drinks, fun music and prize giveaways.

The library staff promises it is going to be a blast and a great way to spend time with the family. Don’t miss out.

For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Jazz concert

Dr Jass & the Heartbeats will present an afternoon of festive New Orleans-style music at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 1 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Dr Jass & the Heartbeats bring a wide variety of musical influences into its basic groove of funky, contemporary New Orleans street music, including rhythm and blues, swing, and dixie. Besides the 6-piece instrumentation, four members sing.

The group’s leader, Dr. Claudio Zamorano, has extensive playing experiences as a trumpeter leading a New Orleans-styled jazz group for many years at the Hot Jazz Club of Santiago, Chilé.

Dr Jass features Dale Knighton on banjo and vocals; Suzanne Knighton on guitar, washboard, various other noisy devices and vocals; Mike Buskirk on trombone and vocals; Robert Tarallo on clarinet; Larry Brasen on upright bass and vocals; Gerry Reynolds on the drums; and of course, Dr. Claudio Zamorano on trumpet, piano and vocals.

This promises to be quite a show, according to organizer Gerry Reynolds.

It is requested reservations be made with Reynolds at gerry-reynolds@hotmail.com or by calling (602) 619-3355.

A $5 donation is requested at the door to help with expenses and includes light refreshments.

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