Getaway Around Rim Country


Two jazz concerts


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The Pita Jungle Trio and guest musicians will perform Oct. 17 at Community Presbyterian Church.


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The Payson Jazz Trio will present a concert Oct. 16 as part of the Community Presbyterian Church Fall Festival.

There will be two jazz concerts this month — both taking place this weekend.

First, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, enjoy the sounds of the Payson Jazz Trio at the Community Presbyterian Church Fall Festival, which is part of the church’s 75th anniversary celebration. It is free and open to everyone.

There will even be a dance floor for those so inclined to let the music move them.

The second concert will be the next afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. The featured artists will be the Pita Jungle Trio, who will have a guest performing as well.

The trio includes Dave Ihlenfeld, piano; Steve Douglas, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums. The group’s guest will be trumpeter Ken Hales.

For more than 10 years the Pita Jungle restaurant at the southeast corner of Dobson and Ray roads in Chandler has hosted a Thursday night jam session led by the Pita Jungle Trio.

The members of the trio do change from time to time, as do the jazz musicians who come to sit in and play, but the music remains the same, swinging, rollicking as well as mellow, all American renditions of tunes right out of the American song books of jazz.

The performance is open to all, and a donation will be accepted. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP if possible to

Nifty over 50

“Edu-tainer” Lynda Murphy will be speaking at the Wednesday, Oct. 27 Lunch and Learn at the Senior Circle.

Her topic “Nifty over 50” provides informative tips from head to toe of common make-up, hairstyle and fashion mistakes women make as they age and how to avoid them.

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old,” George Burns said.

With 42 years of speaking experience, Murphy brings warmth and enthusiasm to audiences large and small at conferences, retreats, seminars and special events. Murphy has been active in the image business for more than 40 years where she first began modeling. Her experience led her to open a fashion, modeling and charm school where she developed a self-improvement program and the Christian Summer Camp for teens.

Dedicating her life to help women and teens overcome a poor self-image, Murphy is the author of “Total Image Personal Development Inside and Out” and the co-author of “Style.”

Murphy and her husband live in Payson.

Murphy’s presentation will also include the latest fall fashion trends and how to make your current wardrobe more versatile by adding a jewelry bling or that scarf thing. Sign up now for this event.

The event is free and a light lunch is served.

Please make reservations by calling (928) 472-9290.

Chili supper at Elks

The weather will be changing soon, and it is time to think about comfort food for dinner. If you are thinking chili, mark your calendar for the 14th Annual Chili Supper on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

This year the chili supper will be sponsored by PAWS in the Park and all the proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Central Arizona. The PAWS in the Park organization built and helps to maintain the Off-Leash Dog Park.

The chili supper will again be at the Elks Lodge on Airport Road from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is still $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The meal will include chili, macaroni and cheese, salad, rolls and homemade cupcakes.

Tickets are available at the Humane Society Shelter, 812 S. McLane Road; Humane Society Thrift Store, 404 W. Main St.; the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St.; Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road; and at the door.

There will be 50/50 raffles and a U-Pic raffle. At the boutique, check out the terrific items donated by the generous businesses, organizations and individuals in the area. The five-piece blues band, Blue Frog will entertain.

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.

For more information about the event or about the Humane Society of Central Arizona, call the shelter at (928) 474-5590; PAWS in the Park member, Donna Rokoff, (928) 472-1542; or Humane Society volunteer, Betty Raveling, (928) 468-7132.

Benefit spaghetti dinner

The Greater Payson Moose Lodge will hold a benefit spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14 for Carol Bell to help defray funeral costs for her husband Steve. A donation of $6 per person is requested. There will also be a silent auction and bake sale in conjunction with the dinner. Donations are now being accepted for silent auction. Please bring items to the Moose Lodge in Star Valley or call (928) 474-6212 after 1:30 p.m.


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