Getaway Around Rim Country


Bike Safety Day

ABATE of Arizona High Country Chapter is having their inaugural Bike Safety Day at the Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at Rumsey Park.

This is a free event focusing on safety for children on bicycles. There will be food and entertainment, plus bike games and raffles for the children. A bike show for both kids and adults is planned, along with an adult bead run and plenty of fun events for kids of all ages. Vendors will also be participating.

Kids Fishing with Mark Kile

Registration is now open for youngsters in the first through fifth grades to learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from Mark Kile, professional bass fisherman, at Green Valley Lake. All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Children should bring their own water.

The class will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 (a half day of school) and costs $5 per child. It will start at the Parks office in Green Valley Park.

Aero Fair vendors wanted

The Payson Aero Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19. A fly-in breakfast will be offered; numerous vendors, local clubs and organizations and aircraft dealers will be at the event. Each year this event attracts all kinds of aircraft. Admission is free and it’s great family fun.

Organizers welcome potential vendors to contact Beth Myers at Payson Airport, (928) 472-4748 or for details. A 10-foot-by-10-foot space is $30 and plenty are still available.

Rim Country Museum events

The Northern Gila County Historical Society’s annual dinner is from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at the Chaparral Pines Clubhouse, 504 N. Club Dr. There will be a no-host bar, music by Bill Camp, dinner, art auction, and chocolate bonanza. Tickets are $35 each and are currently available at the Rim Country Museum.

The Rim Country Museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums program this summer with the American Association of Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Blue Star Families Foundation in support of the Blue Star Museums program for 2012.

Blue Star participants agree to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, providing an engaging, enlightening family outing to those Americans who most epitomize sacrifice. Additional information will follow on what identification will be needed for free admission to the museum.

Jazz concert

Pianist and jazz vocalist Pam Morita will present a concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Performing with her will be Dave Grale on bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

Morita is a piano vocalist and music composer from Chicago. Since moving to Phoenix, she has been busy as a freelance vocalist and piano player, performing at the Chandler Jazz Festival, Phoenix Music Festival, Jazz in Arizona events including the ASU Kerr Cultural Center, the Phoenician and Biltmore resorts, Top of the Rock Restaurant at the Wyndham Buttes, and Nordstrom at Scottsdale Fashion Square, to name a few venues.

She completed two CDs, one that includes nine original tunes. She teaches and started a jazz jam for elementary and high school kids in her community.

To attend, make a reservation with Reynolds at (602) 619-3355 or go online to gerry-reynolds@

A donation of $5 or more is requested.

Community Yard Sale spots still available for rent

Sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, The Community Yard Sale is from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 12 at the church’s parking lot, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of the church to the community at large giving a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost with advertising taken care of. For just $10, rent a 10-foot-by-19-foot space. There is still time to get a spot for your sale.

The church does the advertising and manages the event. Reserve a space by calling the office at (928) 474-2059.

All proceeds from this event go to CPC’s Deacons Assistance Program, which serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions and our food pantry. It works closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer area citizens help when needed, six days a week.

Payson Education Center yard and bake sale

Payson Education Center, an accredited alternative high school, will be holding its 3rd annual yard and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 11. Money raised will be used to fund student field trips and school activities. PEC is currently accepting donations for the sale.

Payson Education Center is located at the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane. Call (928) 468-8509 for more details.

Free Concert

Enjoy being serenaded on Mother’s Day, May 13 or at noon, Monday, May 14.

Retired pilot and violinist Sam Kreiling from Tucson, together with Payson’s own pianist Angeline Ng will be performing some light classics. Free hot dogs and dessert will be served. Bring your own beverage and your favorite salad to share.

Please RSVP Angeline at (928) 951-4853 for location as seating and parking is limited.

Driving Safety Class

AARP’s Driving Safety Class for May will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. The instructor will be Richard Loth. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Special movie for Mother’s Day

Several churches in the Payson area have arranged for two showings of the movie, “Magdalena: Released from Shame.” The first will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at the Julia Randall School Cafeteria; the second, the Spanish language version, will be at 7 p.m. at the large ramada at Rumsey Park.

“Magdalena: Released from Shame” is the true story of Jesus seen through the eyes of Mary Magdalene — a story of tenderness, freedom and purpose. Women will be encouraged to take a fresh look at their own journeys and experience Jesus’ affirmation in a deeper way. Everyone will be challenged to look beyond themselves and make a difference.

Contact Karen Borgman, (928) 472-7934 for more information, or see the Web site:


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