Around Rim Country

Annual Community Health Fair Saturday

Blessing or curse? Burned areas like this one near Highway 260 initially appear devastated, but create open spaces that foster grass, flowers and diversity.


Blessing or curse? Burned areas like this one near Highway 260 initially appear devastated, but create open spaces that foster grass, flowers and diversity.



Peter Aleshire/Roundup

Forests with 50-100 trees per acre that evolved to withstand periodic, low-intensity ground fires now have 1,000-2,000 trees per acre and are vulnerable to major firestorms that could threaten Rim communities.


Roundup file photo

Put on your costume and come over to Trunk-or-Treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31 at the North Rumsey parking lot on North McLane Road. This event provides kids with a safe place to enjoy music and candy distributed from local groups, businesses and families. Kids can have their fortune told by a fortune teller and trunk participants will be judged for the best decorated trunk. Admission is free, and all the candy will be provided by the Parks and Recreation Department. Parking is available in all the Rumsey lots around the park, except near the north multipurpose field where the event takes place. For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 272.

Getting and staying healthy has never been so much fun. Gear up for winter with healthy living information and screenings from Payson’s health and community service providers.

The 10th annual Community Health and Care Fair will be from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 1 at the old gym at Payson High School.

Free admission to the health fair allows participants the opportunity to enjoy and learn from more than 32 exhibits and participate in free and low-cost screenings, including: screenings for hearing, vision, blood pressure, dental, spine, dermatology, nutrition, oxygen saturation, lower extremity circulation and diabetes. Additional screenings and tests are available for minimal fees.

Flu shots will be offered for $20, pneumonia shots for $40 and tetanus shots for $35.

There will be a free gift for the first 100 families, snacks and lots of free items from local organizations.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Republican candidate will speak at GCC Oct. 28

Gila Community College will be hosting Sydney Hay, the Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona’s first Congressional District, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Hay will speak and answer questions from the audience via Gila Community College’s interactive television (ITV) system at the Globe campus. The Payson campus will participate via ITV.

For more information, call (928) 468-8039.

Fall Festival in Pine

A Fall Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Pine Strawberry School gymnasium.

Dinner for adults will be $5, and includes two hot dogs or chilidogs on a bun, nachos, a cookie and a drink. Dinner for children will be $4, and includes one hot dog on a bun, nachos, cookie and a drink.

A costume contest will be at 6:30 p.m. Booth activities will include pumpkin bowling, cake walk, face painting, bucking bronco, wheel of excitement, petting zoo, rubber band target shoot, pie in the face, bean bag toss, gold fish toss and much, much more. Ticket sales will be at the door or in the office. They are 50 cents each.

Fall Festival

The public is invited to attend the Fall Festival activities being held Oct. 31 in the parking lot at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa.

Scheduled activities are as follows: 4:30 to 6 p.m. fun booths in south parking lot; 5 to 6 p.m. serving chili and hotdogs; 6:10 to 6:30 p.m. magic show; 6:30 to 7 p.m. trunk or treat; 6 to 6:10 p.m. prize awards for costumes (no masks), chili cook-off and pumpkin carving. Contestants must have their entries (pumpkin carving or chili) in place by 4:30 p.m. to be judged.

Come and enjoy a fun-filled evening with your children!

Harvest Festival

Enjoy an evening of family fun at the Harvest Festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

Admission is free and the event features game booths, prizes, a Dessert Walk and more. Feast on a $3 dinner meal and take home a bag of candy.

Call 474-5890 for information.

Payson Library Halloween events

Bring your little mermaids, cowboys and pirates to the Payson Public Library Friday, Oct. 31 for a special Halloween puppet play followed by a Trick or Treat Costume Parade throughout the library.

Two events will take place: one at 11 a.m. for preschoolers and the second at 4 p.m. for older children. Children ages 0-18 are invited to participate — but only at one of the events.

Sign up at the front desk or call (928) 474-9260.

Blessing House Boutique

Blessing House Boutique Rummage Sale will be held from 6:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

There will be furniture, clothing, small appliances and much more. Plus, don’t miss our famous cookie walk. You can choose from a large variety of homemade cookies.

For more information, call (928) 468-8371 or (928) 474-8753.

Free art classes

Children, ages 2 to 18, can get “Artrageous” at the Payson Public Library during the month of November.

Sign up for free art classes taught by local artists in different mediums for a range of age groups. Among the topics will be digital photography, stamp scenes, clay sculpting, watercolor, drawing and jewelry making.

Class size is limited, so stop by the library, 328 N. McLane Road, to see the class schedule and sign up today.

Bowling for a Cure event takes place Sunday

The Second Annual Bowling for a Cure will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at Rim Country Lanes.

Teams are forming now. Register a four-member for $35 per bowler.

There will be raffles, music and family fun, plus prizes for top fund-raisers. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research, treatment and early detection programs.

Register your team at Safeway or online at search “Bowling for a Cure.”

For more information, call Lynne at (928) 472-4661 or e-mail her at

This event is made possible through the generous support of Rim Country Lanes.

Ride to the polls offered

Payson Senior Center will provide free transportation within Payson city limits to voters 18 years of age and older on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Voters will be driven to and from their homes and their designated polling places. The rides will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Advance reservations must be made prior to Nov. 4 and those requesting rides must provide the address of their polling place at that time.

To reserve a ride, call (928) 474-4876. No side trips will be available with this service but the regular van-tran will be in operation for other needs.

The rides are being provided by the Senior Center as a community service so that all Payson voters will have an opportunity to vote in this very important election.

Scarecrow contest

Payson Main Street Merchants Guild will host the first annual Scarecrow Contest to benefit the Payson St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank.

Have fun creating your own scarecrow for your family, business or nonprofit organization. Then vote for your favorite. Community voting will be held during First Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will be allowed one vote per non-perishable food item donated. Bring your nonperishable food items with you on First Friday Nov. 7 and vote at all participating Main Street Guild Merchants.

The top three vote getters will each receive a gift certificate for a complete Thanksgiving dinner from Safeway.

Contest entry forms and contest rules are available at all Main Street Guild Merchants displaying a scarecrow poster and at the Office of Tourism and Economic Vitality, 600 S. Green Valley Parkway.

For more information, call (928) 468-6074. Contest entry forms are due by Oct. 31.

Payson Community Kids fund-raiser Saturday

The semi-annual fund-raiser for Payson Community Kids will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 and hosted by Four Seasons Realty, 102 E. Main St.

Events include a silent auction, raffle, BBQ and KRIM remote broadcast.

Don’t miss your chance to win a flat-screen TV, weekend getaways, dinners, movie tickets and much more.

Rim Country poems book on sale

The book, “We Danced All Night: Poems about the Folks under the Mogollon Rim” by Carrie J. Carlson is now available at the Rim Country Museum for $10.

The book is based on the lives of those who have lived in the Payson area over the past 200 years, including Native Americans and soldiers and miners and cowboys and their very tough ladies, right up to the present day.

The museum is located in Green Valley Park off West Main Street.

The collection grew out of the request to write one poem for a museum fund-raiser. Before Carlson knew it, there were 27 poems.

Get ready for Humane Society chili fund-raiser

It’s fall and many a local resident’s thoughts turn to ……CHILI!

If you’re one of those chili-lovers, come to the Payson Humane Society’s 12th Annual Chili Supper Monday, Nov. 3.

The smells of yummy chili will emanate from the Elks Lodge on Airport Road from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the small price of $7 for adults and $4 for kids under 12, you’ll enjoy a tasty meal of chili, mac and cheese, salad, rolls and homemade cupcakes. Tickets are available at the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, at the Payson Public Library or at the door the night of the event.

Along with the great eats, you can take a chance or two on the 50/50 raffle. Or buy raffle tickets for many other items, such as a Mexican cruise and a beautiful quilt. You can also purchase the Humane Society’s Pets of Rim Country calendar. Door prizes will be drawn all throughout the evening. And, if that isn’t enough, check out the terrific items, donated by the generous businesses, organizations, and individuals in the area, which will be offered in a silent auction. They’ll make great holiday gifts. It’s also a good time to socialize with your friends. There will truly be something for everyone.

All proceeds go to caring for the homeless animals of Rim Country. It’s the perfect opportunity to have a great evening and to contribute to a worthy cause all at the same time. Don’t miss this event!

For more information about the event or about Payson Humane Society, call the shelter at 474-5590.

American Legion Thrift Store offers super sales

American Legion Thrift Store will be having super sales for November. All jeans, purses, and shoes will be 50 cents or three for a dollar. Come shop downstairs at Post 69, located at 709 E. Highway 260. Donations are always accepted.


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