Visit the ChariTree display at Steve Coury Ford in Star Valley. The display features 24 trees decorated by 24 different charities in the Rim Country. Vote for your favorite tree by placing a non-perishable food item beneath it — you can vote for as many trees and as often as you’d like. The food will then be contributed to the local food banks. The trees will be auctioned, with the proceeds divided among the participating groups. Come by Steve Coury Ford starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 to submit your final votes and auction bids. At 5 p.m., bids will close and a live auction will take place for select trees. There will be live music courtesy of Cinnamon Twist and refreshments from Dimi Espresso, The Sweet Shoppe and The Beverage Place. The ChariTree program is sponsored by Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country and the Rim Country Business Coalition. For more information, please visit the Rim Country Business Coalition Facebook page.
The Julia Randall Elementary School’s holiday concerts are Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Payson High School Auditorium.
Two concerts will be presented that evening. The first concert will feature the third-grade classes at JRE and the 5th-grade chorus. This concert will begin at 6 p.m. and end at approximately 6:30 p.m. Students are asked to arrive by 5:45 p.m. for this performance. Parents are asked to park in the west high school parking lot under the solar panels for this performance.
The second concert of the evening will feature the fourth-grade classes at JRE and the 5th-grade chorus performing a second time. This concert will begin at 7 p.m. Students are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m. for this performance. Parents are asked to park in the north high school parking lot between the football and baseball fields.
Students have been asked to wear nice, holiday clothes for these performances. Fifth-grade students who did not sign up for chorus will not be performing. If you have questions, please call the school at (928) 474-2353.
The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 14 and 15. This is the final weekend to get the unique gifts, only available from area artists and crafters.
The Christmas Boutique is in the Arts & Crafts Guild Room at the Pine Community Center.
Cookin’ for Health
The next Cookin’ for Health program at the Payson Public Library is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14.
Facilitator Peggy Martin, certified nutritional consultant, will offer Healthful Holiday Cookin’ — Keep it simple with make-ahead sides.
As a treat for patrons 16 and older, the Payson Public Library will present a program on making mini holiday scrapbooks from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16.
Space is limited and registration is requested. Stop by the circulation desk or call (928) 474-9260. The library is located at 328 N. McLane Road.
The December Chamber Mixer is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19 at Dan Good Flooring, 810 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.
Call (928) 474-4515 to reserve a spot and get additional details.
Moose Lodge hosts children’s Christmas party
The Rim Country Moose Lodge 852, will have its annual Kids Christmas Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 at the lodge, which is next to the Hellsgate Star Valley fire station.
Santa will arrive at noon. The planned activities include decorating gingerbread men and gingerbread houses, making ornaments and more.
Stop by the Moose Lodge anytime before the party to see how you can help.
Kids’ crafts and movies
Rim Country youngsters are invited to spend some time getting ready for Christmas at the Payson Public Library’s Children’s Holiday Craft Festival from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21.
Then to further entertain the youngsters over the holiday break, the Payson Public Library will offer special Monday Midday Movies from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., both Monday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 30.
The movie Dec. 23 is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” “Happy Feet 2” will show on Dec. 30.
New shoe drive
Kaitie’s Closet, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is having a new shoe drive through December. The goal is to have 200 pairs of new shoes for Rim Country families in need this winter.
Pink boxes are located around town for convenient drop-offs. If you have no time to shop, please send financial contributions to Kaitie’s Closet Inc., 304 W. Corral Drive, Payson, AZ 85541.
Angel Trees around the Rim
Angel Project Toy Drive
A special Angel Project Toy Drive is being held through Dec. 14 by 8-year-old Angel. He wants to collect toys and other gift items to benefit Payson area children and children in foster care.
Those interested may make donation at boxes located at Cutting Edge, Mandarin House, Knotty Pine Cafe, Sawmill Theater, Time Out Thrift Store, Payson Barber Shop, Pizza Hut, Alibertos, Tiny’s, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Pizza Factory, Anderson Dental, Star Valley Storage or Bob’s Western Wear. Those interested may choose an “Angel” from one of the drive’s local Angel Christmas trees at Stage or LaSierra.
For more information, please call Leticia (Angel’s mom) at (480) 322-2743 or Penni Stonebrink, AZ Partnership for Children, at (928) 970-0426.
Salvation Army Angel Tree
The Salvation Army Angel Tree, which provides an opportunity to gift a child in need, is located at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.
Edward Jones Office
Rim Country residents and businesses may help less fortunate seniors in the community or the women and children passing through the Time Out Shelter by stopping by Chris Walsh’s Edward Jones Office, 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, Payson during regular business hours to select and “Angel” from the Angel Tree between Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Drop off the gifts to be delivered along with the tag by Dec. 18. Please note that Edward Jones cannot accept cash or cash equivalent donations.
Senior Angel Tree in Pine
The Pine Edward Jones office is closed until March. However, Maureen Walsh would still like to do the Senior Christmas Angel Tree in Pine.
A tree with the names and suggested gifts for the elderly in the Pine and Strawberry areas is located at the Pine Thrift Store this year.
Senior Circle Money Tree
The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle is sponsoring a Money Tree this holiday season to raise funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank and its efforts to provide financial assistance to Payson and Rim Country families in need.
Stop by the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday (not holidays) or 9 a.m. to noon; take an envelope from the tree and return it to the front desk with a donation (cash or check payable to St. Vincent de Paul Society).
Pine Strawberry Food Bank
Cold weather is here, along with the holidays, and the need in the community is continuing to grow. Please consider donating to the Pine Strawberry Food Bank. A collection box is at Ponderosa Market as well as a freezer for turkeys and hams; another drop box is at the post office.
The Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) so donations are tax deductible and qualify for the Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit. Donations can be mailed to: Pine Strawberry Food Bank, P. O. Box 1534 Pine, AZ 85544. For more information, please call Diane at (928) 476-3579.
Snuggle with a Book
To close out 2013 and welcome 2014, the Payson Public Library will have a Children’s Winter Reading Program, Snuggle with a Book, from Monday, Dec. 30 through Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Participants who read a total of six books during the period of the program will receive prizes and a certificate.
Stop by the library in Rumsey Park for more information.
Brush pits closed for winter
The Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country has closed all brush drop-off pits for the winter months (December and January). Currently the plan is to reopen for normal weekend operations in February 2014, weather and funding permitting.
Live Your Dream Art Contest
Children of all ages are encouraged to enter the Live Your Dream Art Contest sponsored by Soroptimist International.
Age categories for recognition are: 4 years to 7 years; 8 years to 11 years; 12 years to 15 years, and 16 years to 18 years.
Artwork can be in any medium — pencil, paint, crayon, etc. The piece can be no larger than 11-inches-by-14-inches. The subject should be a woman who inspires the student: family member; friend; or celebrity, alive or dead. She can be someone from history, someone in the student’s personal life or even a fictional character.
The pictures will be submitted with an entry form on the back. The local club members will review artwork, but all art will be forwarded to Soroptimist of the Americas headquarters.
No artwork will be returned, but may be used in the Web site or on promotional materials. Local winners will be honored at a banquet in Payson in March 2014.
Artwork and an entry form must be turned in no later than Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Contact Kim Kendall, (928) 478-6112, the student’s art teacher or Jean Oliver, (928) 474-6167 to obtain more information or an entry form. On the entry form is a place to explain why or how this woman inspires you. Participants may have more than one entry.
Diamond ring raffle
Do you enjoy wearing rings? Here’s a chance to win a 1/2 carat diamond, appraised at $3,600. Only 200 tickets will be sold, which make chances much better than winning the lotto.
Payson Jewelers donated the diamond for a previous charitable raffle. The winner donated it back again, this time to benefit the Payson Senior Center and Payson Assisting Displaced Students.
Raffle tickets are $25 each or three for $50. They are available at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson or the Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St., Payson.
The drawing will be Dec. 22 and ticket holders need not be present to win.
Tax-Aide volunteers needed
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Arizona is seeking volunteers to prepare taxes for seniors and low-income families during the 2014 tax-filing season. Greeters, client facilitators and tax counselors are needed.
Volunteer training for the program will be held in December or January with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites opening from Feb. 1 through April 15, 2014. Tax-Aide volunteers are expected to work four hours a week during the program’s 10-week run.
To volunteer, please call AARP toll-free at (888) OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) or register online at https://volunteers.aarp.org.
Shift stress in one easy class
Experience greater peace and joy by releasing stress using color, sound and fragrance. Shiranda Deerwoman, M.A., counselor and healing arts professional, will present this class from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for donations from participants. RSVP with Shiranda at (928) 478-6928 and learn more online at www.healwhatcausedit.com
Learning the ins and outs of using a digital camera can be made easier by taking the beginning digital photography class at Gila Community College this spring semester.
The class focuses on learning the basics of a digital camera — from understanding the camera’s manual and function menu, to how to set your camera for best results and how to make better photographs. The class is open to anyone interested in learning more about their camera. Students must have a digital camera of some type. The class covers information for the point and shoot, rangefinder and advance DSLRs. DSLR cameras are preferred for the class but not mandatory.
The class is taught by award-winning photographer Tom Brossart, who has more than 30 years experience as a professional photographer. View some of Brossart’s work at www.westernphotoimages.com.
Class time is from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning in January. Call GCC at (928) 468-8039 for further information on the class.