Getaway Around Rim Country


Soul Gardening

Reserve a place in a community discussion of the award-winning book by Terry Hershey, “Soul Gardening” by calling (928) 474-3834.

Sessions will be at 7 p.m., beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the parish hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 1000 N. Easy St., Payson.

Copies of the book will be available at cost, but purchase is voluntary. There is no charge to participate in the discussion sessions.

Hershey is an inspirational speaker, humorist and author who has been featured on The Hallmark Channel, CNN, PBS and NPR.

He will visit Payson Monday, March 14, speaking at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church during the day and at the Church of the Nazarene in the evening.

Anne James in concert

Local Payson singer and songwriter Anne James will present a series of free performances showcasing original music, folk songs, and old favorites, along with her trademark finger-style guitar work from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday during February at the East West Exchange Espresso Bar and Bookstore, 100 N. Tonto St.

James is a well known Payson musician who has been performing throughout Arizona during the past two decades. She is best known as a folk and blues singer at festivals, special events and coffee houses across the state. She also has six albums of original material that will be available for purchase at these performances.

For more information, contact James at (928) 951-4420 or East West Exchange at (928) 468-2435, or visit the Web site at

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 Theater, East West Exchange, MoJoe’s, Oasis Christian Book Store, the Payson Public Library, National Bank of Arizona and 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 or 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.


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The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place Feb. 18 through Feb. 21. Visit to learn more.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb. 18 to Feb. 21

Bird enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada are invited to participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, coordinated by the Cornell lab of Ornithology, Audubon and Bird Studies of Canada and made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

For information, including bird-ID tips, instructions and past results, go to The count also includes a photo contest and a prize drawing for participants who enter their bird checklists online.


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