Around Rim Country


2009 Relay for Life to kick off tonight

Come to the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 to learn about the upcoming Relay for Life. Those interested in forming a team are encouraged to attend.

This is an informational start-up meeting for all area residents planning to participate in the June Payson Relay for Life.

Jewish Shabbat Dinner  

The Rim Country Minyan will host a Jewish Shabbat dinner on Friday, Feb. 20 at a private home in Star Valley. The event will start at 5 pm. Participants will greet the Sabbath in a joyful spirit, with candle lighting, singing, lively discussion, and a hearty meal of traditional foods.

For additional information and to RSVP, contact Naomi Mallinson, (928) 468-2212,

Chamber mixer

The next mixer for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will be at Wilderness Rim (turn in to Chaparral Pines and take the first right at the sign) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20. There will be a tour of six log resorts that rival the lodges at Yellowstone. The cost is $3 for chamber members and $5 for non-members. The proceeds will benefit Payson Community Kids.

Group hike planned

Like to hike, but not sure where to go? Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) Group-Led Hike on the Monument Peak Loop Trail starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21.

Participants will meet at the Monument Peak Loop Trailhead, which is approximately 3.3 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road. The hike is three miles long and is easy hiking, with a mostly crushed granite trail surface and only a few inclines.

This is a free event to the public. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or visit

Lip Sync contest

Join the fun at the benefit Lip Sync Competition at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 at the high school auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. There will be drawings, raffles and more.

Bible study planned

A survey of the Old and New Testaments Bible study will be held for 15 weeks, beginning Sunday, Feb 22, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane. This will be an overview of all 66 books of the Holy Bible. The study begins with the Old Testament book, followed by the New Testament. An experienced Bible instructor, Doris Frerichs, will be the teacher.

Edward Jones sponsors retirement seminar

G. Scott Flake, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Payson, is sponsoring “Cruising Through Retirement” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, 512 N. Beeline Highway. Pat Gruden of Premiere Cruises Ltd. is the featured guest. For more information, call Cam at (928) 468-1470.

SonShine Club


The SonShine Club invites the public to join its Fat Tuesday celebration. Fat Tuesday traditionally — in the church — is the day you empty your refrigerator in preparation for the Lenten season.

The celebration is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. (behind Ace Hardware). A $3 donation is requested. Proceeds will benefit the SonShine Club, an afterschool program for Payson’s school-aged children.

Guerilla Tactics 3

The small business forum, Guerilla Tactics 3: Outstanding Customer Service is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24. Speakers will be Dan Dillon, general manager of the Payson Safeway and Pam Butterfield, dean of Gila Community College. The program will be presented at Best Western Payson Inn and light refreshments will be served. To reserve your space, call the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at (928) 474-4515.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Frontier Elementary School Scholastic Book Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 26 through March 4, in the music room. There will be an evening at the book fair from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, which will also be the school’s Family Fun Night of the Art Extravaganza and Dinner. Dinner choices are Indian fry bread or hot dogs.

At the Book Fair, there are books for all ages, Accelerated Readers, books in Spanish, children’s classics, cookbooks and adult best sellers, plus a few audio books for children and adults. The book fair will also have CD games, science kits, journals, posters and wacky pens. For shopping convenience, cash, check or credit cards are all accepted.

For more information, call (928) 472-2052.

PES 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Payson Elementary School is holding its 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at PES, 500 E. Rancho Road. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for families of 5.

Tickets are available at the PES office, from PES students or in the Swiss Village at Paper Metal Scrappers.

Chef Gerardo Moceri will be preparing decadent Italian cuisine for the event, including salad, pizza and spaghetti. Pepsi products are included in the ticket price. The PES Student Council will be offering dessert choices as an additional fund-raiser.

Citizens Awareness Committee meets

The Citizens Awareness Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Payson Public Library.

The guest speaker will be Matt Ladner, vice president of research for The Goldwater Institute. His topic will be Improving AZ K-12 Education. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, send an e-mail to

First Things First

First Things First Gila Regional Partnership Council invites the public to attend a community forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library activity room in Pine.

Participants will have an opportunity to share ideas about improving early childhood development and health for Gila County’s youngest children, birth through age five.

For additional information, please contact Eva Cook, Gila Regional Coordinator at (928) 425-8172 or at

Gifted testing set

Payson Unified School District is hosting open gifted testing the first week of March. If you are interested in having your student tested, please contact Marlene Armstrong at marmstro@pusd .com or (928) 474-4511.

Blood drive at PRMC next Friday

There will be a blood drive at Payson Regional Medical Center from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 in the parking lot.

Each donor receives a coupon for a pint of ice cream from Scoops Ice Cream — so give a pint and get a pint.

Each donor also is entered to win a $1,000 shopping spree from Schmitt Jewelers.

To donate, you must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health; bring photo identification and a list of medications you are using, if any.

Farmers market

Plans are being made for a farmers market using goods from a community garden.

For details, call (928) 472-2249.


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