Community Almanac, Dec. 27

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Scouting adventures await

Scouting adventures await boys ages 7 to 18 with Pack 7354. While the group meets at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, it is nondenominational and provides a true scouting experience with lots of outdoor activities and the opportunity to learn skills. Both the Pack and Troop meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. For details, call (928) 950-4576.

Christmas diaper drive

During the month of December, Preferred Women’s Care will be collecting all sizes of diapers and pull-ups for families in need. All diapers collected will be distributed between New Beginnings Pregnancy Center and the Time Out Shelter in Payson. Please drop off donations at the Preferred Women’s Care office during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 120 E. Main St., Suite A, Payson. Call (928) 474-9744 for more information.

Socks and gloves collection

Polish Plus, 107 W. Wade, Suite 1, Payson is collecting socks and gloves for all ages.

All socks and gloves are given to the Time Out Shelter and the local veterans.

Rim Country Celts holiday event

The members of the Rim Country Celts are celebrating the first Hogmanay in Rim Country from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28 at Tiny’s, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Hogmanay is a winter celebration of changing of the year and seasons and was observed in Ireland and Scotland in lieu of a celebration of Christmas, which was forbidden in much of Scotland and southern Ireland.

If you are curious about this event, come and learn more. Individuals may order dinner from the restaurant’s menu.

Movie for kids

The Payson Public Library will offer a special Monday Midday Movie from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30 with “Happy Feet 2.”

The library is at 328 N. McLane Road.

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 at 328 N. McLane Road in Rumsey Park for more information.

Unity of Payson

Dr. Lynnette Brouwer will lead the Unity of Payson Sunday, Dec. 29 service with The Burning Bowl Ceremony.

What are you ready to release from the year just ending? What are your intentions and commitments for 2014? Join us as we explore the releasing process and our intentions for the coming year.

Services are at 10 a.m. at the Central AZ Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14, across the parking lot from Tiny’s Restaurant. For more information, go online to www.UnityofPayson.org or call (928) 478-8515.

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness

A facilitator to A Course In Miracles, Wesley Ruth provides a unique and inspiring service on the last Sunday of each month at Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness (PCSA). He will speak at the 11:15 a.m. service, Sunday, Dec. 29.

PCSA is a spiritually based community, which meets at 107 W. Wade Lane, Suite 2, Payson. Please call (928) 978-9100 for more information.

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.

Friendship Bible Class

Friendship Bible Class, a non-denominational Bible study for women, meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Majestic Rim. All women in the community are invited. For information, call Marilyn at (928) 474-6712.

New Year’s church services

Calvary Chapel Payson

Calvary Chapel Payson, 1103 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, will have its New Year’s Eve Service is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31. No service is planned for New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have a New Year’s Eve Service at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31. Holy Communion will be served. The theme will be “The Eternal Dateline.”

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440 or go online to www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com.

Sunrise Prayer Service

Rim Country’s annual New Year’s Sunrise Prayer Service will be held beginning at 7:15 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Dimi Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway (just north of the north side Circle K).

Dave Yoder will lead the praise music. There will also be time to seek forgiveness and give thanks before we pray for blessings on our community and nation. Theme verses will be from Psalm 71 and Hebrews 5:7 as we seek revival for our churches, our land and ourselves. Other sunrise prayer services will be held throughout Arizona. Start the new year right by joining with others for prayer. For more information, call (928) 472-8178.

Learn to preserve photos and more

Have you inherited a box of documents, photos, and memorabilia, but don’t know where to start to assure their safety? Perhaps you’re already well organized and have a question about how to care for a particular item. Family treasures need to last for future generations. Find out how to preserve these treasures by attending the next genealogy meeting at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2 at the Northern Gila County Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita St., Payson.

Christine Solymossy, Payson Public Library’s archivist, will present the program, Preserving Family Photos, Documents, & Film.

The library is open to the public, so come and bring a friend and your questions.

Almost New Thrift Shop $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothing items, shoes, belts and more. Anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of the shop’s bags, can be purchased for just $1 (for the entire bag). This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. The next sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6.

There is lots of inventory to choose from so come help us to support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Digital photography class

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. Students must have a digital camera of some type. 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.

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.

PEC enrolling

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is now enrolling for the 2014 spring semester.

The scheduled start date for the spring semester is Monday, Jan. 6. Please call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information. PEC is located at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane, Payson.

Rim Country Coalition

The Rim Country Coalition will have two meetings in January — 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 9 and 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24. Both will be at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

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