Heart to Heart

Valentine’s event

For an evening of food, fun and varied entertainment you are invited to the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. (behind Ace Hardware) at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16.

In addition to a variety of appetizers, heavenly beverages, and delicious desserts, you are sure to enjoy the entertainment presented by “MC” John Landino. There will be a special silent auction that will include a variety of items on which to bid: accommodations for seven nights in Victoria, B.C.; Oceanside, Calif.; Windsor, Calif.; Bass Lake, Calif. — a gateway to Yosemite National Park; Seaside or Glen Eden, Ore.; art; golf for four at The Rim Club; passes to different attractions around Arizona and other items.

For tickets, please call 928-474-0485. Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door per person.

PES Scholastic Book Fair

Payson Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book Fair at the school, 500 E. Rancho Road from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26 through Friday, March 2. The online book fair is from Saturday, Feb. 17 through Friday, March 2 at scholastic.com/fair.

Special events during the fair are: Muffins for Mom, Monday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27; Donuts for Dad, Wednesday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, March 1; and Goodies for Grandparents, Friday, March 1.

An evening event, Burgers, Books & Buckaroos Literacy Night is planned from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28.

To learn more visit the Scholastic Book Fair Home Page: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/paysonelementaryschool.

Marble Run

A Marble Run takes place at Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17. The event is for kids ages 5 and older.

Special Needs

Valentine party

The Special Needs Family Valentine party potluck and formal dance is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Tonto Apache game room. A $5 donation is requested to help pay for the room. Get all dressed up or just come as you are and be ready for fun. Parents please call Lucy Karrys, support group coordinator, and let her know what you will bring for the potluck, 928-478-0231.

Free country

dance lessons

Free country dance lessons with Lynn and John Pajerski are offered from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 and 24 at the Ox Bow Saloon on Main Street. Learn the East Coast swing, Arizona two-step, country waltz and line dances. Beginners and singles are welcome. Please bring a donation of cat/dog food, litter, paper towels, etc., for the Humane Society of Central Arizona. For more information, call Lynn at 480-734-1647.

Free tax help from AARP

Free tax assistance, preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low to moderate incomes is available now through April 11.

Doors open at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

AARP tax help will also be offered at a second location this year — the Greater Moose Lodge, 4211 E. Highway 260, Star Valley, with doors open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All ages are welcome, with special attention to seniors, and you need not be a member of AARP. Deaf persons will have the availability of an American Sign Language interpreter. Everyone must bring: government issued photo ID; Social Security card or ITIN for everyone listed on your return; your 2016 tax return; all relevant 2017 tax documents; your bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.

No appointments are taken/walk-ins only. For more information, call 928-478-6518 to leave a message.

Valentine’s party in Pine

The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation is hosting a Valentine’s party for all Pine and Strawberry residents from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 in the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Strawberry Community Center.

The free event will feature live music by Trouble in Paradise.

Book discussion sponsored by Unity of Payson

Unity of Payson is sponsoring a book discussion on “Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears” by Pema Chodron from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24 at Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Chodron helps us see how certain habits of mind “hook” us and get us stuck in states of anger and blame. The good news is that once we start to recognize these patterns, they instantly begin to lose their hold on us and we can take steps to improve our lives.

The book discussion is free and open to the public; all are welcome. Though participants are encouraged to read the book before Feb. 24, it is not required. Salient points will be presented before discussion. For details call 928-478-8515.

Lions to display flags

The Payson Lions Club will be distributing American flags at homes and businesses throughout the Payson area beginning Monday, Feb. 19 for Presidents Day and six other national holidays during the year for an annual donation of $35. Flags are 3-feet-by-5-feet and prominently displayed either in ground sleeves or in wall brackets.

Anyone interested in flying a flag as part of a patriotic salute or joining this service club may contact Lions at 928-474-2176, via email at paysonlionsfoundation@gmail.com or at P.O. Box 436, Payson, AZ 85547.

Library Friends hear

about state parks

The Library Friends of Payson will host Louie Juers, a Ranger II Specialist, with the Arizona State Parks Monday, Feb. 19 at the Payson Public Library meeting room.

Juers will share information on the state parks and its Arizona Family Campouts program, which he has coordinated since its inception.

There is a short business meeting at 10 a.m., and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both. While the library will be closed 19 for Presidents Day the side door leading to the meeting room will be open. Schools will also be closed on Presidents Day, so the LFOP extends a special invitation to families for this program. Call the library at 928-474-9260 for details.

Payson Tea Party

The Payson Tea Party hosts Michael Gibbs, deputy director of the Arizona 10th Amendment Center from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20. at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. He will present a program on the Bill of Rights — the First 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, authored Dec. 15, 1791. These rights are what set the U.S. Constitution apart and protect the citizens from overreach of government. Gibbs will also talk about the work of the 10th Amendment Center. For more information go online to www.paysonteaparty.org.

Doc Talk on air

ambulance services

Learn about the Rim Country’s air ambulance services at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Banner High Country Seniors, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

No one expects to be in a situation where we need to be transported by helicopter due to critical illness or traumatic injuries, but the fact is that it does happen. These air ambulance services are valuable and save lives. Insurance typically only covers part of the cost.

A membership plan can protect you and your family. Come meet the representatives from PHI and Native Air who will discuss the need for membership to the air ambulance services and help you enroll. Both groups will be offering discounts to Banner Senior members.

Lenten suppers

and services

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, will have Wednesday services beginning Feb. 21 and continuing through Lent. The first is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21 with a free soup supper preceding the service at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28 there will be a soup supper at 5 p.m., followed by a service at 6 p.m.

Free dance lessons

Free line dance lessons with Lynn Pajerski from the Line Dance Ladies are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Ox Bow Saloon on Main Street. Beginners are welcome. Please bring a donation of cat/dog food, litter, paper towels, etc., for the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

For more information, call Lynn at 480-734-1647.

Hunger Awareness Dinner

Each day 795 people or one in nine people in the world go to bed hungry. Hunger affects almost one in six Arizonans and 2.6 million Arizonans live below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

A Hunger Awareness Dinner to learn more about hunger here at home and in the world and how to help is from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in the Log Building, 601 E. Highway 260. For more information, call the church office at 928-474-2552. There is no charge for the dinner.

Applications for non-profit assistance from casino

The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino is now accepting applications and renewals for the Charity Contribution Funding Program. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)(3) or other approved classification with charitable causes. Deadline for filing is March 15, 2018. Forms are at Players Club in the casino.

Contact Patty Wisner at 928-474-6044, extension 5501, for additional information.

Scholarship offered for communication students

Arizona Professional Writers Rim Country Chapter is offering a $500 scholarship to a senior graduating from high school in Rim Country. This is open to both high schools and home-schooled students who will be pursuing college studies in the field of communication.

This scholarship made possible by the Payson Book Festival. The deadline to apply is April 1.

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