Advent Services start Wednesday, Dec. 4. Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson, starts its Advent season with the Hanging of the Greens service at 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 and will have midweek services at 1:30 p.m. and in the evening at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and 18. A light supper is offered at 5 p.m. Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road, Payson, will begin its services Wednesday, Dec. 4 with free soup supper at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, followed by the Advent Service in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. Additionally, the Ladies of Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church plan a special “Advent by Candlelight 2013” at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 in the Fellowship Hall. All Rim Country women are invited to share, relax, learn and enjoy desserts. Services at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, are at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
Mazatzal Arts & Crafts Fair
The Mazatzal Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Event Center inside the Mazatzal Casino.
The fair will feature paintings, clothing, jewelry of all kinds from gemstone to Native American, yard art, mosaics, jams and jellies, wood working, leather work, knitting, crochet work, and more. Admission is free.
Angel Trees sprouting on Rim
Angel Project Toy Drive
A special Angel Project Toy Drive is being held through Dec. 14 by 8-year-old Angel. She 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.
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).
The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 and again the weekends of Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. The Christmas Boutique is in the Arts & Crafts Guild Room at the Pine Community Center.
Time Out Thrift Store sale
The Time Out Thrift Store is jumping on the “Black Friday” bandwagon and will have a sale Friday, Nov. 29. All Christmas items will be 50 percent off.
The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Profits support the Time Out Shelter’s Domestic Violence Programs and Services.
Nurse studies program
Students wishing to pursue a career in nursing are invited to attend an informational meeting about the Eastern Arizona College/Arizona State University nursing program at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 2 in Room 111 on the Payson campus of Gila Community College. Anyone interested in applying for the GCC/EAC nursing program should attend this meeting as well.
Students completing their nursing degree through GCC/EAC will be able to take advantage of a new program through Arizona State University to complete their bachelor’s degree in nursing concurrently on the Payson Campus.
Representatives from ASU, GCC and EAC will be available to answer questions. For more information, call (928) 468-8039 or be at the meeting.
Electric Light Parade registration is due Dec. 2
Registration to participate in Payson’s Electric Light Parade is due Monday, Dec. 2. The parade is at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 on Historic Main Street, rain or shine.
The theme this year is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Entry fees: vehicle-towed entry, $25; any motorized single vehicle $15; walking participant(s) $10.
Contact David Roehrig at droehrig@ paysonaz.gov or call (928) 474-5242, extension 7 for more information.
Wolf public hearing Dec. 3
Tuesday, Dec. 3 at HonDah Conference Center near Pinetop, Ariz., a free public hearing will help decide the fate of Arizona’s native wolves.
Activities begin at 3 p.m., with a public information meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the public hearing from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Hon-Dah Conference Center is at 777 Highway 260, near Pinetop (three miles outside of Pinetop at the junction of Highway 260 and Highway 73)
Help with travel is available. For more information, contact Emily Renn, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, (928) 202-1325 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about osteoporosis
The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle hosts Dr. Amalia Pineres at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Pineres will discuss osteoporosis, a bone disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density leading to an increased risk of fracture.
Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway.
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.