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Rim Country Quilt Roundup

The area is called home by some of the nation’s best quilters, and those quilters, as well as gifted hobbyists and novices will have their work displayed at the Seventh Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup. There will also be quilts coming to the show from out of the area and the Arizona Centennial Quilt, made by quilters from all over the state, will be showcased.

The event is Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13 in the Exhibition Hall at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, off Highway 87 at milepost 251 on the southeast side of Payson.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12; and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13. Admission is $3 per person or $2 with the donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for local food banks. Children 12 and under will be admitted at no charge.

Memoir & Altered books workshop 

Local writers and artists are invited to a workshop about memoir writing and crafting altered books on Nov. 12 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., hosted by the Rim Country District of the Arizona Press Women.

The featured presenters are Dee Dees, author of “Write Your Life Story in 28 Days” and Brenda Hamric of Paper & Metal Scrappers.

Known as the “life story lady” — Dees has helped many people record their life experiences and compile them into books to pass on to future generations.

Hamric will teach two techniques to create Altered Books as another way of capturing family stories. Participants should bring an old hardback book with its spine in good condition, 1-1/2 or 2-1/2 inches thick for this project.

Open to the public, the event goes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes lunch. The fee is $30, but there is an early bird discount fee of $25 for registration by Nov. 9. For information or reservations, call (9280 468-9269 or go online to

Children’s Christmas shopping spree benefit

The Payson Elks Lodge will be hosting a benefit for its annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree Friday, Nov. 11. With the current economic situation, donations are down and the assistance of the community is needed to make this a successful endeavor.

The Elks are asking for donations for this benefit. Those interested in helping may give a door prize or a cash donation.

If it is possible that you could help with this major project, please contact the Payson Elks Lodge at (928) 474-2572 or Mary Smith (928) 468-8766, or send your contribution directly to the Lodge at 1206 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson, AZ 85541.

When the Elks take the children shopping, toys are not purchased, that is left to the parents. Members of the Elks buy clothing for the participating children.

Children in Crisis benefit

A raffle to benefit the Time Out Shelter’s Children in Crisis program and the shelter is planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Payson. The raffle drawing is at 2 p.m. and among the prizes are gift baskets, a Mexican dinner for 12 (prepared and delivered for a special occasion), a Chaparral Pines golf package for four, tickets for a trip on the Verde Valley Railroad, a night at the Majestic Inn and dinner at Fargo’s.

Sponsored by Tiny’s Restaurant, the afternoon will also feature a lunch special of a hamburger and fries for just $3.95 and music by the Starlighters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

Raffle tickets are $1 each.

Jazz concert

Popular jazz artists Renee Patrick and Judy Roberts are returning to Payson for a CD release concert from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson.

The CD, “Feel the Rain” was inspired by the Payson Community jazz listeners, according to concert coordinator Gerry Reynolds.

Reserve a spot for the concert via e-mail to:

Salvation Army potluck

The Salvation Army Unit of Payson plans a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Everyone attending should bring a potluck dish to share.

For more information about the dinner, or to sign up to be a holiday bell ringer for 2011, call John Morgan at (928) 474-8454 or (928) 595-0517 or Jenny Scott at (928) 970-0601.

2012 Relay for Life organizing

There will be an organizational meeting for the 2012 Relay for Life at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Mazatzal Casino conference center (the old restaurant).

All are invited to this informational meeting to introduce the community to the event, committee chair positions and their responsibilities. Anyone interested in becoming a committee chair, serving on a committee or simply learning more about Relay for Life is encouraged to attend. Dinner will be served.

Turkey Trot 5k Run

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to register now for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s annual 5K run beginning and ending at Green Valley Park.

The run, known at the Turkey Trot 5K, will be Saturday, Nov. 19. Check-in is at 8 a.m.

The cost is $25 per person and registration is taking place now.

There is no T-shirt guarantee for late registrants, however, day-of registration is available.

Call the parks department at (928) 474-5252, ext. 7 for details.

Benefit for Patty Kaufman

A benefit to help Patty Kaufman with medical expenses, Patty’s Day will be from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5. The John Scott Band will perform from noon to 2 p.m. There will be barbecues pulled pork, hamburgers and brats.

Organizers are looking for people to donate time and materials for the event. To contribute either or for more information, call Terry Broce at (928) 474-5005 or Shawn Prince at (928) 468-8662.

Dinner, dance to benefit holiday party

The Greater Payson Moose Lodge will host a benefit dinner and dance starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. Dinner will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the dance, featuring Junction 87 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. For the dance only, admission is $5 per person.

Members of the Moose will be serving St. Louis style ribs, potatoes, a vegetable, salad, rolls and dessert. For tickets or information, please call the lodge at (928) 474-6212 after 1 p.m.

All proceeds from this event will go to the annual Children’s Christmas Party the Moose give area children.


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