Get-A-Away Around Rim Country


The Water Coolers in Payson

The Off-Broadway sensation, The Water Coolers will offer their hilarious look into the world of adulthood at 7 p.m., Friday, March 16 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The show takes a long laughing look at modern life, from technology (“Blackberry” sung to the tune of “Proud Mary”) and travel (“Flying in Economy”) to the daily grind (“And Hold Please”).

Based in New York City, The Water Coolers has become a working home for some of the finest and most exciting comics and singers in professional show business. Resumes among current cast members include performances at top comedy clubs like Igby’s, the Improv, the Comic Strip and The Broadway Comedy Club.

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’s Web site or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Trail workshop

The Arizona Trail Association will host a public workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 at the Payson Public Library.

The Arizona Trail is a National Scenic Trail running from Arizona’s southern border to its northern border.

Representatives from the Forest Service will explain the comprehensive management plan process, describe existing conditions of the trail, and ask the public to share ideas on how to improve the trail.

For more information, please contact Laura White, Arizona National Scenic Trail Administrator at the Forest Service, (520) 388-8328.

Archaeology society meeting

The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society will host Allen Dart at its March 17 meeting.

Dart has worked as a professional archaeologist in New Mexico and Arizona since 1975 and his program “Ancient Native American Pottery of Southern Arizona” is being underwritten by The Arizona Humanities Council.

The meeting is at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 Easy St., Payson, starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 17.

The chapter’s annual Native Foods Potluck will follow the presentation. Those who would like to bring a native food to the luncheon, please contact Wayne Walter for a recipe @ or (928) 474-4419.

Prehistory of the Southwest students will review Lectures 11-15 and Test 1 results following lunch.

Purim event

The Member Care Committee of Community Presbyterian Church will present a Purim melodrama at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 18 in the church sanctuary located at 800 W. Main St., Payson.

This tongue-in-cheek play is a light-hearted look at the events faithfully recorded in the Old Testament Book of Esther as she risks all to save the Jews of her day from the wrath of King Ahasuerus. Come join in the frolic as audience participation is encouraged. Families welcome.

Admission is the donation of two cans of food for the Payson Food Drive. Light refreshments will be served. Call the church office for additional information, (928) 474-2059.

Minnesota Breakfast

Rim Country residents and winter visitors from Minnesota are invited to a Minnesota Breakfast starting at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260.

Come and enjoy a great breakfast or just a cup of coffee and spend a few minutes visiting with others from Minnesota.

For additional information, contact Betty Raveling at (928) 468-7132.

March Business Buzz

The March Business Buzz, Marketing on a Shoestring, featuring Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of “Local First Arizona,” will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Lanning will discuss the free tools and resources that small business owners can use to reach new customers and to keep existing ones.

Local First Arizona is a 1,500-member, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting locally owned Arizona businesses. Lanning is a small-business owner who speaks throughout the state on “Being Loyal, Buying Local.”

The Payson Elks club will provide lunch, including a choice of two hot sandwiches, side dish, and coffee or iced tea, for $8 per person. To ensure enough meals, please call the chamber for a reservation at (928) 474-4515.


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