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Register for business showcase

The 19th Annual Business Showcase is ready to help showcase the businesses in Rim Country.

The “Showcase of Savings” will be held March 18, 19 and 20 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. The annual business showcase is an opportunity to highlight businesses and products to other businesses and residents of Payson and the surrounding communities.

As was the case last year, exhibitors may share a booth with another chamber member and sales may be made from booths.

The economics in Rim Country today require businesses to maximize their goods, services and savings to local community members. This is an opportunity to offer “showcase specials” that will attract local residents to experience the savings the Rim Country has to offer.

The convenient location of the showcase, a two-day event, the ability to sell products, and share a booth are designed to create new business opportunities.

The chamber has negotiated with the Payson Roundup and KMOG to provide special advertising rates exclusive to business showcase participants.

Past participants have the first-come, first-served opportunity to become an exhibitor, and choose a location prior to other businesses.

The amount of booth space requires that all entries be based on a first-come, first-served basis. A completed application and payment will be required to hold a booth or location.

On Feb. 11, this opportunity will be opened to the general chamber membership.

For more information, contact the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at (928) 474-4515.

Literacy benefit

The Rim Country Literacy Program presents The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12 at Uptown Espresso is the Swiss Village. Ray Baxter will lead this blast from the past and participants will relive the early days of rock ’n’ roll with rare video clips, a trivia contest and lots of terrific music. Fabulous ’50s food is included in the cost of the $15 ticket. All proceeds will go to supporting the services of Rim Country Literacy. Seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased at the RCLP office, the Payson Roundup, Senior Circle, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and from RCLP board members. Call (928) 468-7257 for more information.

GET Lip Sync tickets now

The members of Kiwanis, Optimists, Rotary and the Payson High School STUGO (student government) and Drama Club invite Rim residents and visitors to attend the Lip Sync Concert Saturday, Feb. 26 at the high school auditorium.

There were 300 people at the first Lip Sync concert and 600-plus attended last year; so a sell out is expected this year. Organizers are recommending tickets be purchased in advance of the show.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased from members of the participating clubs, Payson High School Studio Theatre, East West Exchange, MoJoe’s, Oasis Christian Book Store, the Payson Public Library and the Payson Roundup.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:45 p.m. — this will provide time for guests to find seats and to look at and bid on an extensive inventory of silent auction items.

In addition to the event and silent auction, there will be a 50-50 raffle. The tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for youth — a $2 discount is offered on the prices if bought before Feb. 26. All proceeds will be used for continuing educational scholarships.

Adults and students alike will enjoy this fun-filled event.

For further information or to purchase tickets, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

Taste of Rim Country

The annual Taste of Rim Country at the Payson Public Library is planned for 5 p.m., Saturday, March 5.

Chefs of Rim Country are invited to sign on for this popular and important fund-raising event.

“The chefs’ continued support and participation are what make this night the crowd-pleaser and financial benefit that we rely on,” said Bessie Tucker, director of programs. “We know, there is always a trophy at stake, but it’s no secret that they bring their best to the table (no pun intended!) in support of our desire to remain available to the public, providing quality programs for quality living in Rim Country.”

Chef stations fill quickly, so area restaurant and professional food service chefs who are ready to join the festivities, please call Bessie Tucker or Terry Morris at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

The winning chef will receive two tickets to Cooks & Corks, a Scottsdale Culinary Festival event. Participating chefs will take home a ticket to the Great Arizona Picnic, another Scottsdale Culinary Festival event.

Chefs will draw for their station location in the library.

There will be second- and third-place titles awarded.

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