Getaway Around Rim Country


Auction at Mount Cross

Mount Cross Lutheran Church is holding an auction to raise funds for a new building and its after-school program. The event will be Saturday, April 14.

Among the auction items: a time share, antiques, golf passes, quilts, jewelry, art, sports items and much more. The auction will take place at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 in the log building. Items can be previewed at 5 p.m., with the bidding starting at 5:45 p.m. There will also be food and entertainment.

Musical scheduled

Payson High School Musical Theater Club presents All Shook Up, a show inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley and based on the book by Joe Dipietro.

The show will be at the PHS Auditorium at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12 and Saturday, April 14, and at 4 p.m., Friday, April 13.

Tickets purchased in advance are $6.00 for adults ($8 at the door), $4 for students ($6 at the door), and $5 for seniors ($7 at the door).

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the 260 Cafe, Payson Public Library and the Oasis Christian Book Store.

FFA Family Rodeo

The 2nd Annual FFA Family Rodeo takes place Saturday, April 14 at the Payson Event Center. Events for all age groups include family roping, musical hay bales, barrel racing, pole bending and many more. Prizes will be awarded to a cowboy and cowgirl in each age group. Children under 8 do not have to have a horse to participate.

Admission is free to spectators. Come early, stay late and enjoy a barbecue lunch and exciting competition in between. Contact Payson High School Agriculture Education teacher Jadee Rohner at (928) 474-2233 for more details and information.

Rim Country Celtic Festival

The 2nd Annual Rim Country Celtic Festival is Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 at the Payson Elks Lodge parking lot, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Hours on Saturday are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special “opening” ceremony at noon and on Sunday, the event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Kirking of the Tartan at about 11 a.m.

This outdoor festival is open to the public.

Many Celtic clans will be represented and there will be vendors of Celtic wares.

Anne James and Cinnamon Twist will be in charge of the Celtic music groups and the Celtic dancers program. There will continuous Celtic music each day and Alice Natale, teller of Celtic tales, will also participate.

There will be both American and Celtic foods available for purchase and the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society will have a tent to provide help in tracing Celtic heritage. The Daughters of Scotia will have Tea Garden Tent.

Admission is $10 per day or $15 for both days for adults; $5 per day or $8 for both days for children 6 to 16, with children under 6 admitted free.

For information, contact Celtic Society President Lloyd Gibson at (575) 649-5015 or go online to either or www.

The American Tenors close out 2011-2012 TCCA season

The 2011-2012 season of the Tonto Community Concert Association will close April 19 with a performance by The American Tenors.

The American Tenors are PBS favorites and Sony recording artists. They will perform their crowd-pleasing multi-genre program at the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Up-and-coming tenors Marcus McConico, Nathan Granner and Ben Gulley each boast an impressive list of accomplishments including performances in regional opera companies coast to coast and internationally.

They will be accompanied by producer/pianist Frank McNamara.

Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. For more information, visit the association Web site at or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Storm Spotter training

Interested in weather? Become a National Weather Service storm ppotter. A free training will be held in Tonto Basin Saturday, April 21 that will teach people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety.

Participants will learn about how thunderstorms work, how to identify cloud features associated with micro bursts and tornadoes, visually estimate wind speeds, and how spotter reports tie in to warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).

The training will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21 at the Tonto Basin LDS Church, Arizona 188, Tonto Basin (across the highway from the Tonto Basin Marketplace). To register, contact Leana Asberry at or call (928) 402-8805. For more information about the program, contact Ken Waters or Austin Jamison at the NWS Phoenix Forecast Office (602) 275-0073 or visit and click on the link for “Weather Spotter.”


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