Get-A-Away Around Rim Country


Literacy volunteer information

There will be an informational meeting for people interested in being volunteer teachers in the Family Literacy Program with Rim Country Literacy. The meeting will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10 at the Literacy Center, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, behind the Knotty Pine Café. It will last less than an hour. Come and find out how you can serve children in the Payson area through literacy. The program is still being organized and input is welcome. Training is provided to all volunteers. For more information, call RCLP at (928) 468-7257.

Christian concert

A Christian concert, featuring Chris Driesbach, will be presented at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road, Payson at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.

For additional details, call (928) 970-7606.

Sweetheart Dance

The Payson Elks Lodge will have its Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance Saturday, Feb. 11. Cocktails start at 5 p.m.; dinner featuring Herm’s Famous Ham Dinner, is at 6 p.m.; and music starts at 7 p.m. with Junction 87. Dinner tickets are on sale now at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, for $15 each, or they can be purchased at the door the night of the dance. For more information, contact the Lodge at (928) 474-2572.

Lip Sync Concert

Be sure to put Feb. 18 on your calendar as there will be a Lip Sync Concert at Payson High School along with an amazing Silent Auction and a 50-50 raffle.

High school students will be competing for a total of $1,100 in prizes. Fifty attendees will be randomly picked to be audience judges to award a $100 prize. This event is sponsored through the cooperative effort of Kiwanis, Optimist and Rotary clubs and the high school drama department.

Tickets are now being sold by club members at a discounted price prior to the event. As this event’s proceeds are for scholarships for continuing education, the three clubs continue to accept auction and monetary donations.

Visitors are always welcome at the Rim Country Optimist Club meetings. For further information or Lip Sync tickets, call Joan Young, public relations, (928) 472-2264 or visit our Web site at

Reserve a Business Showcase booth

Rim Country Business: Past, Present & Future — the 20th Annual Business Showcase will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at the Mazatzal Casino Exhibition Hall.

This is an opportunity to highlight your business and products to other businesses and residents of Payson and the surrounding communities. This year, spaces will only be offered in the main hall, which will limit the number of booths. So, fast action is advised.

A completed application and payment will be required to hold a booth or location. If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Women’s Wellness Forum to feature Jason Schechterle

The 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum is March 24 and features Jason Schechterle as the keynote speaker.

Schechterle is the Phoenix police officer who suffered fourth-degree burns to his face, neck and hands when his patrol car went up in flames after being rear-ended in 2001.

He became a motivational speaker after retiring from the Phoenix Police Department in 2006. His topic at the forum will be “Making Coffee.”

The forum will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 on the Payson High School campus. Participants will attend three break-out sessions, choosing from the following topics: yoga, skin care, domestic violence, automotive maintenance, hormones, scrapbooking, making unusual vegetable dishes, living well with diabetes or pre-diabetes, living the green life, and accessorizing.

There is a $15 fee to attend the forum and there is limited financial assistance available for women who would like to attend, but cannot afford the fee.

To learn more or to register, contact MHA at (928) 472-2588 or stop by the office at 308 E. Aero Dr., Payson or go online to

Kids Fishing Festival

Get those little anglers ready — the annual Kids Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park is planned from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 31.

This is a free fishing day sponsored by the Urban Fishing Program of the Arizona Game and Fish Department in conjunction with the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

PAL Studio Tour call for artists

The Payson Art League is now organizing its annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour, which will be held May 4, 5 and 6.

PAL welcomes new artists to participate, showcasing your work at your own studio or by joining another artist at their site.

For applications and information, please contact tour director Jan Ransom at (928) 468-8593.


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