Getaway Around Rim Country



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The Northern Gila County Fair will close with a Demolition Derby at noon on Sunday, Sept. 12 at the Payson Event Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for ages 3 and under.

Bible study begins Sept. 9 at Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church will begin an in-depth study on the Book of Revelation starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. This class will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

Rock of Ages is located at McLane and Airport Roads. For more information, please contact Pastor David Sweet at 474-2098. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Community yard sale

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be holding its annual fund-raising “Marketplace” event in support of other local organizations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11. The event takes place at St. Paul’s church at the corner of Sherwood and Easy Streets.

The organizations benefitting from this year’s event are Payson Community Kids, Payson Helping Payson, Payson Elementary Schools (for basic student needs) and Rim Country Literacy Program.

This is an extensive yard sale with all kinds of items. Come and buy generously and support these organizations and the work they carry out in our community.

You can also support the event by donating items for the sale (except clothes, shoes, VHS and cassette tapes, books and magazines). Drop off donations at the church on Tuesday and Wednesday; for help with heavy or large items, call Herb at 476-2540 in the Pine/Strawberry area, or Dean at 474-3446 in the Payson area.

Community breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran church is hosting a community breakfast at 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10 at 507 W. Wade Lane.

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice. Rim Country residents and visitors are invited. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church hosts a breakfast on the second Friday of every month at 8 a.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Shred-A-Thon benefit

The Time Out Shelter will benefit from the next Payson Shred-A-Thon, which takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Sept. 10, or until the truck is full, whichever comes first.

Businesses and individuals can take advantage of this mobile shredding service to properly dispose of sensitive documents onsite in the parking lot of the old Foxworth-Galbraith location, 202 N. Beeline Highway.

The cost per bankers box (10-inches-by-12-inches-by-15-inches) is $6, cash or check.

Other sized boxes may be used, but the cost will be estimated based on volume. No prep work is needed — staples and paper clips need not be removed from documents.

TNT Shredding will donate part of the proceeds to Time Out domestic violence shelter. 

This event is sponsored by the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, Time Out and TNT Shredding. Contact Tim at (480) 329-7412 for further information.

Senior Center events

There will be a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Orange juice, scrambled eggs, pancakes, choice of bacon or sausage and beverage will be served for $4.

Country Jam to benefit children’s clothing drive

A Good Old Fashioned Country Jam Session featuring Junction 87 will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

There is no cover charge, however, donations will be accepted and all proceeds will go toward the Payson Elks children’s shopping spree in December.

All are welcome; Elks will be waiting to welcome you as their guest for this function. All are invited who want to jam, as well as those who would like to listen and enjoy. Food will be available for you to purchase, so come hungry.

Jazz concert

Jazz pianist Beth Lederman and saxophonist Mary Petrich with bassist Felix Sainz and drummer Gerry Reynolds will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Petrich has evolved as a solo performer and as a band leader in the Phoenix area, working with a wide array of talent.

Lederman is well-known for her sophisticated jazz and rhythmic Latin-jazz piano styles, not only in the Phoenix area but throughout the western U.S. from Canada to Mexico. Playing with well-known names such as The Diamonds, Bobby Vinton, and local artists Dave Cook, Pete Pancrazi, Alice Tatum, Paul McDermond, and her own group Novo Mundo.

For reservations and information, contact


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