Getaway Around Rim Country


A look at psychology in the movies

Gila Community College is presenting a free, 5-week seminar on psychology in the movies.

Participants will examine different aspects of film, including the components of a movie and what makes a movie compelling. The course will look at why people want and appreciate psychological thrillers and how movies have characterized mental illness. Specific psychological disorders will be portrayed through a variety of films.

Each week, participants will view and discuss movie segments. Five of the following movies will be presented: Ordinary People, As Good As It Gets, Michael Clayton, A Beautiful Mind, No Country for Old Men, Black Swan, Fatal Attraction.

Attend this free seminar series from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Aug. 17 on the Gila Community College campus in Payson.

Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival

The 31st annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival, sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild, will take place at the Pine Community Center, just 13 miles north of Payson on Highway 87 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4.

The festival features more than 80 arts and craft booths with all original, juried, hand-crafted items by many wonderful Arizona artisans. There will be lots of food booths, Navajo tacos by the Pine Senior Center and a pancake breakfast hosted by the Strawberry/Pine Fire Department. There will be clowns, face-painting and a playground for children. The Arts & Crafts Guild Boutique will be open where visitors can meet local artists and crafters and see their work. 

All proceeds from our festivals above the cost of event expenses are donated to nonprofit agencies to meet the ever-increasing needs in our community during this difficult economic time.

Mountain Daze

The Pine/Strawberry Business Community is planning a Mountain Daze celebration in conjunction with the August Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

The celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Pine Strawberry Ramada at the Pine Community Center. No admission will be charged to enjoy vendors, food, music and antique cars.

Also taking place the first weekend in August will be the Pine/Strawberry Health Fair. Go online to for more information.


If you like to sing and are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come try out for the Payson Choral Society at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

Payson Choral Society auditions

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Anyone interested in joining the group of talented singers is invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

This is the first step in preparing for the annual holiday concert, which will be Saturday, Dec. 17. Rehearsals begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15 at the same location.

If you like to sing, want to have fun with a great group of people, and you are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals, come be a part of the Payson Choral Society.

For further information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.


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