Getaway Around Rim Country


September chamber mixer

The September mixer for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Payson Care Center. Admission is $3 members; $5 community.

The “Hula Your Feet Off” theme of the mixer is backed up by music by DJ Craig, Hawaiian-style “Poo-Poos” (light finger food), Piña Coladas (virgin), various health tests, and great door prizes.

All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Care Program. Bring cards and brochures to share and network. Make a reservation by calling (928) 474-4515.

PES Fall Festival and Book Fair

The Payson Elementary School PTO will have its 1st Annual Fall Festival and Scholastic Book Fair from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 in the playground area at Payson Elementary School. Admission is $2 per person, which includes all games. Food will be sold separately, but at a minimal cost.

All Rim Country residents are welcome to this fun-filled family evening, which will have lots of games and prizes, wonderful silent auction baskets donated from each classroom, face painting, hot dogs, pickles on a stick, “Scoops” ice cream, the “Visiting Barnyard” from the Payson High School agriculture department and FFA program, representatives from the Payson Fire Department and more.

All of the profits from the event will go directly to the dedicated and hard-working teachers of Payson Elementary School.

Payson Elks Hoop Shoot Benefit

The Elks welcome guests to help the annual Hoop Shoot Event at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

The evening features a “Build your own Taco Salad” buffet for $6 per person. The Elks welcome guests for this special event including families and coaches. Call (928) 474-2572 for more information.

Longhorn reunion

A reunion for the Payson High School graduating classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 is being planned.

All PHS graduates from the early ’70s are invited to join the fun from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. Enjoy dinner with all the fixings for $17 per person.

Following dinner, the group will adjourn to the Payson Pioneer Dance (an annual get-together for the old-timers of Payson) at the Tonto Apache Gym.

Please let us know if you can attend as soon as possible. Contact Cindy Jones Lewis, (480) 837-0271,; Shannon Johns Branstetter, (928) 595-0435,; or Dawn Cline Morris, (928) 468-8147,

Join Jimmy Johnson’s Birthday Party

The Payson Elks welcome the public to a celebration of Jimmy Johnson’s Birthday at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. This will be a potluck supper built around deep pit barbecue meat donated by Rick and Margaret Gable. There will also be a rock ’n roll band providing the music for the evening.

Low cost spay-neuter clinic

The Humane Society of Central Arizona and PAWS in the Park are partnering with Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge to provide a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for felines and canines through the Healing Hearts Mobile Surgical Unit, which will be in Payson on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The one-day clinic is meant to make spay and neuter of companion animals possible for those in Rim Country communities who have been most negatively impacted in the economic downturn through loss of jobs, reduction in pay, changes in living situations and other negative financial issues. Even though fees for the services are significantly less than normal rates they may still be prohibitive for some to pay, so PAWS in the Park is generously providing funds to help those who need further assistance.

In order to have your companion animal included in the clinic, you must register at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. There is a $20 cash deposit required at the time of registration.

For information about costs, and other details please go to the Web site at or call the shelter at (928) 474-5590.

Falling Leaves Fashioneesta event

The Optimist Club and Senior Community Center present the Falling Leaves Fashioneesta event Saturday, Oct. 1. The event is a luncheon and fashion show benefit, featuring the latest in fun fashions from the Boutique, a dazzling variety of bling from Premier Designs Jewelry and silent auction items of jewelry and one-of-a-kind cosmetics.

The fashion show is being held to benefit homeless students. Payson Schools have experienced a 55-percent increase in homeless students since 2008, while the student population has decreased during that same time. All proceeds from the Falling Leaves Fashioneesta will be used to help provide homeless children and youth with a safe, stable and comfortable education.

Mark your calendar now for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Senior Center, 514 W Main St., Payson. Tickets are limited to 150 and may be purchased at the Senior Center or from Optimist and Senior Center Board members. Sponsorships are available various levels, from 50 and up. Tickets, plus verbal and written recognition at the event will be given to sponsors. Contact Joan Young at (928) 472-2264 for more information.


Enjoy an afternoon of stories beginning at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Strawberry Bear Restaurant on Ralls Drive, Strawberry. Sponsored by the Riff-Raff Club of Pine and Strawberry, the afternoon will feature stories by “Buckshot Dot” and three other storytellers; music by Trouble in Paradise; refreshments and fun for $15 per person. Seating is limited, so tickets are only being sold in advance. To get a ticket, call K.B. Blake at (928) 476-3658 or stop by Hairlooms Beauty Shop in Pine. Proceeds will go to the club’s scholarship fund.

Shriners host circus

The Zane Grey Shrine Club will present a performance of the Jordan World Circus at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Payson Event Center. The two-hour event will feature lions, tigers, elephants, jugglers, acrobats, clowns and more. Tickets will be sold at the box office the day of the circus.

4H taking orders for cookbook

Members of the Northern Gila County 4H Club have collected their best recipes, along with those from family and friends and compiled them into an attractive keepsake cookbook.

Members are taking orders now. The books are $10 each. To learn more, contact Connie Cockrell at (928) 478-6793.

The cookbook contains 200 well-loved recipes including appetizers, main dishes, desserts and many others.


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