Getaway Around Rim Country


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.


Kids fishing at Green Valley Park lakes.

6th Optimist Kids Fishing Festival

The 6th annual Optimist Kids Fishing Festival takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Green Valley Park.

No fishing license is required for those who register. Fish will be weighed and measured for anyone who wishes to have it done and a Bragging Board will list names and catches throughout the day.

The festivities include food booths featuring brats, hotdogs, drinks and Scoops ice cream. There will be a cake walk, and John Weisner will entertain with balloon sculpture. KCMA-FM will do a live remote broadcast all day.

Raffle tickets will be sold and drawings held throughout the day for a variety of gifts and services. There will be a silent auction, including an amazing three-story fire house replica with miniatures (may be viewed at the Payson Fire Station on Main Street).

The Optimist Club requests that anyone who wishes to donate a raffle or silent auction item to support this community event or who wishes to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Joan Young, PR Coordinator, at (928) 472-2264.

This event is a cooperative effort of the Optimist Club, Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, Game & Fish, KCMA-FM, Teresa & Tracy Purtee, John Weisner, Payson Apothecary Shop, NAPA Auto Parts, Friends of Parks & Recreation and Trout Unlimited.

The Rim Country Optimist Club, Friends of Youth, responds to the special needs of our community, with a focus on our youth.

PEC bake sale

The student council of Payson Education Center will be holding a bake sale at Walmart from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31. 

All proceeds will be donated to the family of Saige Bloom in her memory.

Family Game Time

Tired of the same things? Need to get out of the house? Need ways to have a fun time with your family? There is a solution at the Payson Public Library.

Visit the Payson Library on Saturday, March 31 — and every last Saturday thereafter — from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for family game time.

There will be board games for all ages, snacks and drinks, fun music and prize giveaways.

The library staff promises it is going to be a blast and a great way to spend time with the family.

For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Wilderness and Remote First Aid

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is offering a great opportunity for area residents to learn to stay safe while out in the wonderful Rim Country.

A Wilderness and Remote First Aid class will be presented from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 15 at the Parks and Recreation Conference Room in the parks office in Green Valley Park.

Pre-requisites for participants are basic First Aid training and/or certification.

The two-day Wilderness and Remote First Aid course will teach the skills needed to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed. Certification is through American Red Cross and is valid for two years.

Registration is open now and limited space is available. Please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.


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