Get-A-Away Around Rim Country


The Cat is Back

The Payson Public Library will once again participate in the Reading Across America program with a family adventure for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Friday, March 2.

The program is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature refreshments available for $1, prizes, face painting, crafts and stories. The stories will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will also celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday Friday, March 2. Its program will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with activities, refreshments and a chance for a photo with the Cat in the Hat.

Benefit supper

The Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., is presenting a benefit supper Friday, March 2 for its Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center.

Dinner will be a delicious smoked sausage casserole with vegetable, dinner roll, dessert and beverage for just $5. Dine in and listen to the music of Starlight or get it to go. Catch the shuttle bus after eating and cruise up and down Main Street for First Friday.

First Friday

Remember, March 2 is First Friday on historic Main St. Many of the shops and galleries will be open and featuring specials from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 2.

Park at the Community Presbyterian Church at 800 W. Main and get a ride on the shuttle and save some gas cash.

The Cowboy Spirit Ropin’

The Arizona Farm Bureau and Young Farmers and Ranchers will present the Tonto Basin Farm Bureau Roping, The Cowboy Spirit Ropin’ Saturday, March 10 at the Brownsville Arena, with steers provided by Destry Haught. Registration is at 8 a.m., contests start at 9 a.m.

There will be a $100 incentive for new and existing Farm Bureau members and Yellowhair Buckles for Top Header and Top Healer. The concession stand is sponsored by High Flyin’ Hooves 4-H Kids and Parents and will be selling both breakfast and lunch!

For details on fees and contests, call Angie at (520) 400-2556 or Cole at (928) 951-1391.

The Brownsville Arena is at Hwy. 188, Milepost 270, three miles south of Jakes Corner, Tonto Basin.

Gospel concert

The Blackwood Legacy will be in concert at First Baptist Church of Pine at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 11. Admission is free, though a love offering will be received. This amazing group comes directly from Nashville where much Southern and country gospel sound originated. It is led by Rick Price and surrounded by contemporary worship musicians, Luke Yates and Daniel Childs.

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.

The forum will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 on the Payson High School campus.

There is a $15 fee to attend the forum.

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

Business Showcase

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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at (928) 474-4515.


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