Getaway Around Rim Country

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Hike planned

Hike Cypress & Boulders Loop Trail Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 9 a.m. This beautiful route features fantastic views of the Granite Dells. The hike starts at the east end of Phoenix Street, at the Cypress Trail access, and goes around the Boulders Loop Trail before returning to Phoenix Street. The hike is of moderate difficulty and 5 miles in length.

Festival of Lights

All of Pine is gearing up for the annual Festival of Lights, planned for Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28.

Some of the highlights include a two-day Christmas Craft Show in the Cultural Hall, a visit from Santa Claus, refreshments, music, story telling, a jingle bell parade, caroling, and, of course, the lighting ceremony.

The fun begins on Saturday at noon. One afternoon highlight will be the Salsa Recipe Challenge taking place at 1 p.m. There will be two divisions — the professional category for restaurants and the non-professional category.

The parade and tree lighting ceremony begin around 6 p.m.

GCC Art Show

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will hold its 3rd Annual Art Show and Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Student artwork from drawing, digital photography and Photoshop, watercolor, oil painting, scrapbooking, ceramics, paper crafts, folk art, jewelry, graphic design, and quilting will be on display.

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