Getaway Around Rim Country


Big Brothers Big Sisters Yard Sale

A Big Brothers Big Sisters Yard Sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at the parking lot of Compass Bank on the northeast corner of Frontier and Beeline Highway.

Donation drops-offs can be made from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. (no televisions please). All funds will be used to provide mentors and programs to youth in the community. Last year, 163 students participated in the program.

Rim Country Celts to meet sunday

Rim Country Celts will meet at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28 at Tiny’s Restaurant. All who are interested in the Celtic peoples, their customs and their history are invited to attend.

The group is making plans for a Ceilidh, to be held Saturday, Oct. 1 in Payson.

Committee members will be reporting on their work for the Ceilidh.

For more information call Lloyd Gibson at (505) 649-5015 or check out the group’s two Web sites or http://rim

Free parent training

A free training program for parents, Parents… Speak Up, the first of the 2011-2012 series sponsored by Arizona’s Children Association, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 27. 

No parent wants to cover “the Talk” with their tweens or teens, but if parents or grandparents or any child caregiver doesn’t communicate this essential information they’ll learn it from someone else, and it may not be the proper “someone.”

Come and learn how to communicate with the children you love and care for regarding many taboo subjects. Your child’s long-term health and emotional well being depends on your willingness to “talk the talk.” 

Presenters will be Nancy Rutherford and Chris Phillips of the Gila County Health Department in Globe. To register, please contact Kelli Schuttinga with Arizona’s Children at (928) 232-7149 or e-mail: cschuttinga@

Training will be at Mountain Bible Church, building C, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.  Certificates of attendance will be provided.

Mountain Bible Women’s Ministry event

Mountain Bible Women’s Ministry will present a Beth Moore Simulcast, “Life-Changing Bible Study – Inspiring Worship,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

Moore is an American evangelist, author and teacher. She founded Living Proof Ministries, a biblically based organization for women, in 1994. Based in Houston, Texas, it primarily focuses on aiding women who desire to model their lives on evangelical Christian principles.

Moore writes books based on the regular Bible studies that she conducts at the Living Proof Live conferences and at her local church, First Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. Through her books, the Internet, DVD, video and audiotape, women from every denomination around the world have participated in her Bible studies, while many others have listened to her on the radio or heard her speak in person.

Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch. Call the MBC office at (928) 472-7800 for reservations and more information or e-mail

Longhorn class reunion for 1970-1972 graduates

A reunion for Payson High School graduating classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 is being planned.

All PHS graduates from the early 70s are invited to join the fun from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. Enjoy dinner with all the fixings for $17 per person.

Following dinner, the group will adjourn to the Payson Pioneer Dance (an annual get-together for the old-timers of Payson) at the Tonto Apache Gym.

Please let us know if you can attend as soon as possible. Contact Cindy Jones Lewis: (480) 837-0271,; Shannon Johns Branstetter, (928) 595-0435,; or Dawn Cline Morris, (928) 468-8147,

Walk for the poor to benefit locals in need

Payson’s St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Friends of the Poor Walk is in September.

Payson’s St. Vincent De Paul Society offers person-to-person support and provides food through the local food banks, financial assistance for medical, dental, rent, utilities, emergency shelter and transportation costs. In 2010, food boxes were provided to 7,423 families, feeding over 23,000 people in the community. An additional 4,388 people with rent, utilities, medical and dental care and transportation aid were also assisted.  

Payson’s St. Vincent De Paul Society receives no federal support, has no paid staff, and depends solely on its volunteers and on donations from individuals to provide these services. The most important aspect of these services is the hope they offer.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the 4th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk will be held in Payson and throughout the United States. Participants will walk in solidarity throughout the country to increase awareness and to raise money to assist those in need in their local communities.  Sponsored by the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, this event is a major benefit to help the poor in the Payson community. All money raised by this event will be used directly to help those in need in Payson and the surrounding area.

To register to walk, sponsor a walker, make a donation or get more information on the Friends of the Poor Walk, please call Lynn at (928) 474-1347 or Ed at (928) 468-8595.

Crafters wanted

Ponderosa Chapter #64 O.E.S. will hold their Annual Arts and Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Overnight security is provided. The cost of a booth is just $35. Outside spaces are 12 ft. x 12 ft. Inside spaces have an 8-ft. table and two chairs. If electricity is needed, it is $15 extra per space.

For more information, call Sister Martha Ahrens at (928) 476-4151 or Sister Lois Miller at (928) 474-0521. One free meal ticket is given to you, per booth, on Saturday for lunch.


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