Get-A-Away Around Rim Country



Ian Davies photo

Watch for Snowy Owls and early migrants on the move in the 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count. Warmer temperatures and lack of snow in parts of North America are setting the stage for what could be a most count ever. The event is Feb. 17-20, 2012. Go to for details.

Arizona history focus of sale

In recognition of Arizona’s Centennial Celebration the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore and Internet Sales team are offering a selection of specially priced, collectibles highlighting Arizona and Arizona history. These items will range in price from $1 to $20 and will only be available during February.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the bookstore is also featuring paperback romance novels at the incredibly low price of 15 for $1.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Shoot for the Heart

Rim Country veterinarian Alan Hallman will talk about Alaska sled dog racing, including the famous Iditarod, at the next Shoot for the Heart gathering at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 in Building C of Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

Call (928) 472-7800 or go online to for more information.

Free movie and a muffin

The Payson Senior Center’s free movie and muffin is at 9:15 a.m. every Friday in February, which is Classic Romance month.

The films scheduled to be shown are: Captain Newman, M.D., Feb. 17; and Return to Me, Feb. 24.

The Payson Senior Center is at 514 W. Main Street.


A PATS Hike of Monument Peak Loop Trail is planned at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18.

This beautiful route features occasional views of the Rim, an easy terrain and a year-round spring. Wear hiking boots and bring water. The hike will be an easy three miles.

Participants should meet at the Monument Peak Trailhead, which is four miles east on Granite Dells Rd. (turn right at the light at Safeway on Hwy. 260.)

Lip Sync Concert

The annual Lip Sync Concert at Payson High School, along with an amazing Silent Auction and a 50-50 raffle is Saturday, Feb. 18.

High school students will be competing for a total of $1,100 in prizes. 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.

For further information or Lip Sync tickets, call Joan Young, Public Relations, (928) 472-2264 or visit Web site at

Photo workshops

Award-winning photographer Tom Brossart will be conducting a series of photo workshops this spring.

Adventures in Photography will be hands-on workshops to help those in attendance understand their digital camera and its functions, which will lead to better photos.

The March and will concentrate on wildflower photographs (the date of this workshop will be determined when the wildflowers are blooming). The final workshop will be April 6.

The cost of each workshop is $100, or $80 for those who have attended previous workshops with Brossart or have taken his digital photography course at GCC.

Each workshop is limited to eight participants to ensure as much one-on-one instruction as possible, so sign up soon by calling (928) 979-2393 or e-mail Brossart at

Spring Break Sports Camp

This camp is designed for kids to have some supervised outside activities over the spring break. Camp meets from 8 a.m. to noon March 12 to March 15 at Rumsey Park. The cost is $30 per child.

Spring Break Fundamentals Basketball Academy

This very popular camp will be offered again the second week of spring break in the Payson High School Dome. Varsity coaches and players will be teaching and emphasizing fundamentals of basketball. The camp is from 9 a.m. to noon, March 19 to March 22 and all youngsters in third to eighth grade are invited to attend.

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 year, spaces will only be offered in the main hall.

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.


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