Getaway Around Rim Country




PAWS bake sale

The Payson Woofers Society – PAWS – will hold a Labor Day Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 in front of the Payson Safeway.

Organizers guarantee the baked goods will be great to purchase – and there might even be cookies that look like your dog. There will also be some PAWS logo items available, such as T-shirts and hats.

For more information, call Dave at (928) 474-3040.

Forest cleanup helpers needed

After a summer beset by emergencies, fire fears, forest closures and bear attacks, the Tonto National Forest hopes to reassemble its faithful band of volunteers that made such headway last spring in cleaning up the forest.

Rangers will lead volunteers in cleaning up trash left behind by visitors along the East Verde River from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 1.

Workers can assemble in the parking area near the swimming hole at the Highway 87 bridge at the entrance to East Verde Estates.

The folks who show up will line the parking area with gabion baskets, remove graffiti from the bridge and scoop up the trash left behind at one of Rim Country’s most popular swimming holes and fishing areas.

Rangers advise people to wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt and closed toe shoes. Bring water and snacks. The Forest Service will provide all necessary tools.

For information, contact Payson Ranger District Recreation Officer Chelsea L. Muise at (928) 474-7936 or

Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild cordially invites Rim residents and visitors to the 32nd annual Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Pine Community Center in Pine, Ariz.

The festival features the original work of more than 80 of Arizona’s and the Southwest’s finest artists, along with the work of some very talented crafters who create all hand-made, top quality items.

Guests can enjoy a pancake breakfast, with all the trimmings, served by the Pine Strawberry Fire Department. The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation of Pine and Strawberry will be making their ever-popular Navajo tacos in the Senior Dining Room, adjacent to the Pine Thrift Store. In addition, there will be plenty of food vendors to satisfy the appetite of any hungry festival guest.

As part of the festivities, the Library Friends will be having a book sale and a drawing for a gift basket of wine. The book sale is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2.

The drawing for the gift basket is at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2 in the Pine Library Activity Room. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library or at the Friends Book Sale prior to 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2. You must be 21 to buy tickets and to win this one.

Fireflies Labor Day benefit

Make plans to visit Tonto Village from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 for the annual Labor Day benefit for the Hellsgate Fire Department presented by its auxiliary, the Fireflies.

The event is at the Tonto Village fire station, one mile in on the Control Road off E. Highway 260.

There will be barbecued pork sandwiches, coleslaw, beans, fresh corn on the cob and a drink available for $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. A bake sale at the event will feature cakes, fruit pies, cookies, breads, jams and more. The big raffle drawing for a chain saw and queen-size quilt will also be held. There will even be live entertainment by Jimmy French and Steven Stevens.

An Evening Under the Tonto Rim

Once again, the Northern Gila County Historical Society will present An Evening Under the Tonto Rim — Zane Grey Event to benefit the society.

The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 at the site of the original Zane Grey cabin. This special event includes a fabulous dinner, tour of the cabin site and a special entertainment presentation by State Historian Marshall Trimble.

Tickets are sold out. For additional information, contact the NGCHS at (928) 474-3483.

Rifle Raffle

The Pine-Strawberry Riff-Raff Club’s fabulous Rifle Raffle will come to an end on Sept. 2 with a drawing at 3 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Chalet in Strawberry. This raffle benefits needy children of Pine and Strawberry and offers many chances to win extraordinary prizes: Remington, Winchester and Ruger rifles, a 32-inch flat screen TV, gun case, curio cabinet and numerous gift certificates for artwork, camping gear, restaurants and more. Get your tickets at the Sportsman’s Chalet, Pine Hardware, Pine Creek Smokehouse, Karen’s Hairlooms or the Flying Grizzly for $1 each or six for $5.

Car club garage sale

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club is holding a gigantic garage sale with all proceeds to support the RCCAC Christmas event at the Payson Senior Center. The sale is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1208 W. Remuda Way (Bertram residence).

Among the items offered will be books, including a large assortment of cook books; glass ware; jewelry; antiques; car stuff; shop stuff, including overhead lighting; household and kitchen items; furniture; train accessories; a bicycle in working order; plus other goodies.

Ice cream social

The Pine/Strawberry Historical Society will be holding an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Pine Community Center. The evening will include a “Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” feature. It’s all-you-can-eat to the music of the Randall Family Band. Adult admission is $10 and $5 for children under 12. For more information, call (928) 970-0658.


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