Getaway Around Rim Country


Champagne in the Garden

Time Out, Inc. will have a fund-raising event, Champagne in the Garden, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 at Freegard Ranch, 27 Freegard Lane in Star Valley.

The event will be a ladies’ luncheon and hat social. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased before Aug. 1.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Charlotte at Time Out Thrift Shop at (928) 474-3989, or Judi at (928) 517-1034 before 7 p.m.

Time Out, a private, non-profit agency founded in 1992, provides crisis intervention, community outreach/prevention programs, emergency shelter, supportive services, and transitional housing for adult victims of domestic violence and their children.

Library bookstore deals

During July, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring a patriotic two-for- one sale. Mix and match in the categories of history, politics and biography.  Paperback books will also be on sale at the amazingly low price of two for 25 cents. This is a fine opportunity to stock up on great summer reading.

Recently, the bookstore has received several large donations of video cassettes.  The library is weeding their non-fiction video collection as well. Therefore, the bookstore is overflowing with worthwhile videos on a variety of topics from science to travel. During July, all videos will be priced at three for $1 — just the thing to help get the children through a hot afternoon.

Bookstore stock changes daily, so the wise shopper visits frequently. All proceeds benefit the Library Friends of Payson general fund, which supports library services and programs not included in the regular budget.

The bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at

Robin Mark in concert

Live from Belfast Northern Ireland, Christian recording artist Robin Mark and band will present a concert at 7 p.m., Saturday July 30 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Admission is free; but a love offering will be taken.

Barbecue dinner/concert fund-raiser

The Pine/Strawberry Historical Society is having a dinner/concert July 30. The event is at the Pine Community Center Ramada and Cultural Hall.

Deep-pit barbecue dinner starts at 5 p.m. and a concert featuring “The Ravines,” a Randall family musical group from Mesa, starts at 7 p.m.

Adult tickets are $20 and children under 12 are $12. There will be a silent auction during the dinner. Get tickets at the door or during hours at the Pine Museum, 476-3547. All proceeds go to help the Pine Museum.

Psychology in the Movies

Gila Community College presents a free five-week seminar, “A Look at Psychology in the Movies.” Attend this free seminar series from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 20 through Aug. 17, on the Gila Community College campus.

The course will look at why people want and appreciate psychological thrillers and how movies have characterized mental illness. Each week, participants will view and discuss movie segments. Five of the following movies will be presented: “Little Miss Sunshine,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Michael Clayton,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Black Swan,” and “Misery.”

Safe Sitter class in Payson

The Safe Sitter class teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. Students get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis.

To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, students must attend a two-day course, pass a rigorous practical, written, and oral test to show they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

A Safe Sitter class is available in Payson, July 21 and July 22. The class is limited to 12 students and open to girls and boys ages 11 to 13. Call Nancy (928) 402-8517 or Chris (928) 402-8696 for registration.

Youth Kayaking event

A youth kayaking event to learn the basics of kayaking will be held Saturday, July 23. The event is open to all youth. The only requirement is the ability to swim and to have a signed, parental consent.

Meet at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, at 11 a.m. for a “how to” video and pizza lunch; then we’ll drive to Green Valley Lake to test our skills.

If you are interested and have parental consent, please call Jim Bayles at (928) 478-4015. Cost will be $10 per youth, payable the day of the event, with your signed consent form.

Bluegrass concert

The Pearce Family Bluegrass Band is returning to Pine and Payson for a special free performance. This band came about from the family’s desire to serve God and people through music. Please join us at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 23 at the Pine Community Center or at 6 p.m., Sunday, July 24 at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane in Payson. Everyone is welcome!

Picnic in a Jar

Learn to make a picnic in a jar from Payson Public Library director Terry Morris Tuesday, July 26. There are three class times to choose from: 10 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The class will be at the library and costs $10 per person. To register, stop by the library, 328 N. McLane Road, or call (928) 474-9260.

The Picnic in a Jar cooking classes are part of the library’s Key Ingredients Smithsonian Institution exhibit.

Business Buzz

The Business Buzz for July will host a meeting with Mr. Farrell Quinlan, Arizona director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) presenting: “Does Arizona Need a Small Business Jobs Recovery Act?” (a discussion of the 2011 legislative session and how to get more impact out of these challenging times.) The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 26 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, located on Highway 260 in Payson.

This Business Buzz is co-hosted by the Rim Country Republican Club.

Bring your business cards and brochures to pass out among the attendees.

No-host lunch. Reservations required to determine room allocation. Please call 474-4515 to reserve your space.

Living Waters Celebrates five years in Kenya

Living Waters International, a Payson-based ministry, is pleased to announce the celebration of providing humanitarian/evangelistic aid to the needy in Kenya for five years.

Providing care for 140 orphan children, building 110 structures used for churches, schools and medical clinics, building and staffing a free-standing feeding center, a shamba and over 600 baptisms is proof of how God has blessed Living Waters.

See and hear of experiences of building a church in Kenya’s maximum security prison Shimo La Tewa, to how the drought is leaving cattle and people dead during the presentation, “Kenya — a People of Contrast and Opportunity,” at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 23 at 700 E. Wade, Payson SDA Church. The presentation includes a free photo and narrative presentation by Daryl Oft, on the challenges, miracles and how God has blessed this small-town ministry to accomplish His work in Kenya.

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.

Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Young ladies ages 4 to 12 will be treated to a tea party at the Payson Public Library Saturday, Aug. 20. Those ages 4 to 7 will have their party from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and those 8 to 12 will have their tea from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participants will enjoy a fabulous tea party with snacks, fun games and great prize giveaways. Play dress-up with jewelry, scarves and hats — then get your glamour on as you walk the fashion runway. Space is limited to 25 girls per party, so sign up in the children’s room by Aug. 6.

For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.


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