Getaway Around Rim Country



Another Shred-A-Thon will be held from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the truck is full, whichever comes first) Friday, Oct. 14 in the Walmart parking lot. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.

Redistricting Commission sets Rim meeting

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is holding public hearings for the express purpose of allowing citizens to tell the commission how they would like the new legislative and Congressional districts to be drawn. 

There will be a redistricting meeting in Payson at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Best Western Payson Inn.

Interested residents can fill out the commission’s questionnaire at

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14 at 507 W. Wade Lane.

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice. Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join members of the church for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

For more information call (928) 474-5440.

Shred-A-Thon Friday

The next Payson Shred-A-Thon will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. or until the truck is full, whichever comes first. Businesses and individuals can take advantage of this mobile shredding service to properly dispose of your sensitive documents onsite in the parking lot of Walmart (300 N. Beeline Highway). Look for the TNT Shredding truck parked near the highway in the Walmart parking lot.

The cost per bankers box (10”x12”x15”) is $6, cash or check for payment. Other sized boxes may be used but the cost will be estimated based on volume. TNT Shredding will donate part of the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Bring your sensitive documents, get them shredded, and support the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

This event is sponsored by the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, and TNT Shredding. Contact Tim at (480) 329-7412 for further information.

Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides event takes place Saturday

On Saturday, Oct. 15 take steps to cure cystic fibrosis by participating in the Great Strides event.

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of tens of thousands of children and young adults. Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s nationwide fund-raising walk, which raises money to support vital CF research. It is a great way for friends, families and co-workers to come together and make a difference.

Join the walk at Green Valley Park in Payson, call Lori Nelson at (602) 224-0068 or visit Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins at 9 a.m.

Flu shots available

A Mollen Immunization Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 15 at Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley.

Professional nurses will administer the shots. For more information, go online to

Raise a Glass for Feral Cats

Wines and foods from Spain are on the list at Rim Country Friends of Ferals third of four wine and beer tasting events planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16 at MoJoe’s Grill.

Noble Collins of The Beverage Place will lead the wine and food pairing discussions. Proceeds from the event go to Rim Country’s feral cat organization. Space is limited, so get your tickets now at The Beverage Place, MoJoe’s or from Lisa Boyle, (928) 474-1836.

Main Street memories

The history of Payson’s Main Street will be featured in vivid photographs and narrated by local writer and educator Pat “Gail” Hearne at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 17 in the Payson Library Community Room. This presentation will include facts about the people, buildings and events on Main Street in Payson’s early days, including the rodeo, the Herron Hotel, the historic rock schoolhouse and teacher Julia Randall.

A short business meeting hosted by the Library Friends of Payson begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. For more information, call Bessie Tucker at (928) 474-9260 or visit

Monument Peak Trail hike

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is sponsoring a hike of the Monument Peak Trail beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

This trail follows the base of Monument Peak and runs along the side of a seasonal streambed. Hikers will enjoy spectacular views of the Mogollon Rim and the Granite Dells. Participants will meet at the Monument Peak Trailhead, 3.3 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road, where the hike begins and ends. The trail is easy, level and is three miles roundtrip.

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

Sew for the Cure Saturday

Quilting Sisters and Valley Radiation Oncology are joining hands again this year for the 2nd Annual Live, Laugh and Love and Celebration Party.  

Quilting Sisters will have an army of volunteers sewing and embroidering 50 travel pillows at Quilting Sisters starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22. The travel pillows will then be donated to Valley Radiation Oncology for distribution to patients battling breast cancer throughout the year.

Edgar Cruz performs Oct. 25

Guitar virtuoso and master showman Edgar Cruz will present his unique blend of classical, Latin, pop, jazz and guitar masterpieces at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Single tickets are $35 (if seating is available). Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

For more information visit the Tonto Community Concert Association Web site at or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Fall Outdoor Photography

Learn simple techniques to capture the reality of what you’re seeing with your camera. Participants must be familiar with the use of their camera and able to hike half a mile.

Registration is taking place now through Oct. 28. The class will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 in Pine.

Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Ponderosa Market on the lefthand corner of Highway 87 and Hardscrabble Road.

The fee is $15 per person.

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

Dutch Oven Cooking

Come learn how to “wow” your friends and family with exquisite camp cooking. Award-winning Dutch Oven cooks will teach you to prepare delicious dishes. Class concludes with a luncheon.

The cost is $45 per person and registration is taking place now through Oct. 24 for those 16 and older.

The class will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4.

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

Community Health and Care Fair is Nov. 5

The 13th annual Community Health and Care Fair is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 5 in the old gym at Payson High School.

This year’s event will host many free screenings for adults and children, as well as flu shots and blood tests for reduced fees.

About 40 different health care providers will provide services or information at the event.

Wills for Veterans Day

The Dana Law Firm is offering free wills to those who have served and kept our great country safe. On Nov. 11, 2011, Veterans Day, all veterans of the United States Armed Forces can go to Dana Law Firm’s Payson location at 715 S. Beeline Highway, Suite A to receive a free will (a $300 value). Visit for more details.

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, extension 7 for details.


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