Getaway Around Rim Country


Benefit bingo at Elks

The Payson Elks Lodge is having a special benefit bingo game, open to the public Saturday, July 31. Ticket sales start at 8 a.m., with the games beginning at 9 a.m.

All proceeds will go to the Arizona Elks Association Social Welfare Committee for its Cloth-a-Child and Community Grant Programs.

The benefit bingo game is in conjunction with the Social Welfare Charity Golf Tournament.

The Payson Elks Lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Citizens Leadership Academy

Applications are due for the 2010 Citizens Leadership Academy at Town Hall by July 30. The Payson Citizens Leadership Academy 2010 will be Sept. 7 through Oct. 26, meeting mostly on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Informational brochures are available at the library, APS office, Town Hall and at www. or call (928) 474-5242 ext. 245.

Shoot the storm

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will present a special Monsoon Outdoor Photography Class from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 at the parks office in Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Country Club Dr.

Learn simple techniques with instructor Dennis Fendler. The class will include a short indoor presentation starting at 4 p.m., followed by a walk around Green Valley Park for hands-on photography practicing what you’ve learned.

The fee to participate is $15 per person and the registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 2. Register at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or online @ Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Princess Tea Party

Young ladies of the Rim Country are invited to a Princess Tea Party at the Payson Public Library. Join us for tea (iced) and snacks, fun games, and great prizes. Play dress up and walk our Fashion Runway Show. Two tea parties will be hosted, one for each age group. The party for those ages 4 to 7 will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7; and the party for young ladies ages 8 to 12 is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21. Each gathering is limited to 25 girls and only one sign-up per child. Sign-up in the children’s room or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to reserve a spot.

Awakening Earth Expo

There will be an Awakening Earth Expo from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8 under the ramada and inside the Cultural Center in the heart of Pine. This is the second year that the expo has been held in Pine and the focus of the event is learning techniques and practices that enhance conservation and lessen environmental impact.

There will be many vendors providing organic products, alternative medical solutions, and artwork, plus information about gardening, water conservation, solar energy and much more.

Gun and Knife Show

The ninth annual Payson Gun and Knife Show, presented by Firing Pin Enterprises, Inc. at the Tonto-Apache Gymnasium is Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8.

Vendors from several Western states will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade. New, used and antique firearms, knives and related Western memorabilia will be available to see, touch and buy. Also on hand will be ammunition, books, coins and variety of shooting, hunting, and outdoor accessories.

The public may bring firearms and related items to sell, trade or have appraised. All applicable local, state and federal laws will be observed.

Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8.

For additional information visit or call (928) 485-0437.

Parade entries sought

The August Doin’s Rodeo Parade, Ropin’ and Ridin’, will be held Saturday, Aug. 21 on Historic Main Street in Payson. The parade is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and APS.

The fun will start at 9 a.m., when the cowboys and cowgirls will strut their stuff, along with the floats, cars, tractors, teams, bands and units of the El Zaribah Shriners. The parade will go east from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing.

For parade applications, please stop by the chamber office at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main Street, or go online to Applications are due by Aug. 14.

State parks change annual pass policy

The Arizona State Parks Board voted to revise the State Parks Annual Pass policy to allow two names on either of the Standard or Premium Annual Passes.

“These passes are $75 and $200 respectively. The board revised the pass policy due to customer feedback. This new policy will take effect immediately and anyone who has purchased a pass can come to a park and get a second name added to their pass,” said State Parks Executive Director Renee Bahl.

Please call ahead to find out the latest information about the State Parks by calling toll free (800) 285-3703) or go online to


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