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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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce office, (928) 474-4515.

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 at the Payson Elks Lodge beginning at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21.

Lanning will discuss the free tools and resources that small-business owners can use to reach new customers and to keep existing ones. She will discuss how to effectively use the Internet and social media to enhance business.

Local First, Arizona is a 1,500-member, nonprofit 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 Lodge 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.

The Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway. The Business Buzz is presented by the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Activity night at PEC

The student council of Payson Education Center has planned an Activity Night for students and their friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 21.

The evening’s theme is a Pajama Party, so participants are encouraged to wear school appropriate pajamas to the event. There will be refreshments and lots of fun.

Jewelry selling for $6

A $6 jewelry sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 at the west lobby (labor and delivery) of Payson Regional Medical Center.

Rings, belts, earrings, men’s and women’s watches, gold and silver chains, necklace and earring sets, bracelets, pashminas, popcorn blouses, totes, scarves, boy’s and girl’s watches and gift items, designer-style sunglasses, readers, leather goods and much more will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

On the Move with Senior Circle

Grab your boots and join your friends for a visit to Tombstone and Bisbee. Visit the OK Corral, Boot Hill and the charming town of Bisbee with its mining, art and Western history. This trip departs at 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 and returns early in the evening Thursday, April 26. Reservations must be made by March 24 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, (928) 472-9260.

The Senior Circle will present a much-requested trip to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Reservation. The overnight excursion will be from Tuesday, Oct. 2 through the Friday, Oct. 5. 

Call (928) 472-9290 or stop by Senior Circle at 215 N. Beeline Highway for details.

Hospice Compassus volunteer training

Hospice Compassus will be holding a bi-annual volunteer training beginning Monday, March 26 at the Hospice House at 511 S. Mud Springs Road. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Patty Kaufman at (928) 472-6340 with any questions and to sign up for the training. Class size is limited.

The volunteers working with Hospice Compassus patients and staff in Payson provided more than 2,000 years of service in 2011.

Hospice Compassus volunteers are integral members of the dedicated teams of professionals who provide hospice services throughout the community. Hospice volunteers bring companionship to hospice patients, respite to families and caregivers and support in administrative efforts. Join the team of outstanding volunteers.

Spring arts and crafts sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance will be having an arts and crafts sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30 at the Mogollon Health Alliance Activity Center (next to the Almost New Thrift Shop).

There will be hand-crafted items for Easter and Mother’s Day, plus bird feeders, afghans and baby blankets, baby bibs, Levi purses, tissue box covers, aprons, jewelry, dog blankets and catnip toys, scarves, pillows, hats, dish cloths and pot holders, tote bags, pajamas, cloth books and more.

All proceeds benefit the many programs, scholarships and grants offered to residents of the Rim Country by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

For details, call MHA at (928) 472-3588.

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