Getaway Around Rim Country



Rim Relay for Life Help stamp out cancer with your support of the annual Rim Relay for Life from 6 p.m., Friday, June 1 through 6 a.m., Saturday, June 2. It takes place at the Payson High School track at the Longhorn football field. The opening ceremony is planned for 6 p.m., with a Survivor’s Lap around the track at 6:15 p.m. and the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. Closing ceremonies take place at 6 a.m. Luminarias to decorate with a personal message or remembrance are available at the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, and will also be offered at the Relay for Life event.

Rim Country Museum

The Rim Country Museum, located in Green Valley Park, 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.

Humane Society benefit

Make a difference for the animals served by the Humane Society of Central Arizona by attending an afternoon filled with music, merriment, food and wine on the picturesque grounds at Randall Ranch in Rye from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2.

For $100 per person, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, delectable desserts, live bluegrass and blues, and the opportunity to meet monumental sculptor Chris Navarro showcasing his bronze art. Wines will be presented by McNab Ridge Winery of Ukiah, Calif. and Beverage Place in Payson. On stage will be Dirt Music Express with traditional bluegrass, southern blues and vintage country western music.

There will be a raffle for a trip to California’s wine country. The trip includes round-trip airfare to Oakland and a three- night stay, wine and food pairings and spa treatments at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, Calif.

Tickets for the event are being pre-sold online at, or through the board of directors and individual ticket captains. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

Music at CPC

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., presents a concert by Starlight from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2. Starlight consists of locals Howard and Colleen Brown, and their friends Mike Casey and Roscoe Dabney III. Starlight performs many lovely songs from the Great America Songbook, featuring music by Cole Porter, Carpenters, Chicago, Rogers & Hart, and Earth Wind & Fire. A $5 donation is requested at door and includes refreshments.

For more information, please call (928) 978-9368.

Quilt show entries wanted

The Strawberry Patchers 16th Annual Quilt Show will be held in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall on June 8, 9 and 10.

There will be tickets available for purchase for an Opportunity Quilt; a Berry Patch Boutique; a Vendor Mall; a quilt appraiser and viewers’ choice voting.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $2 and for each non-perishable food item brought in, you will receive a ticket to win a quilt in a drawing to be held June 10. The show is held in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival June 9 and June 10.

Quilt entries from anyone are welcome. Entry forms are available online at www.strawberry For more information, contact show chair Sandy Salmans, (928) 472-4547.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

The Payson Lioness Club will have a benefit spaghetti dinner Flag Day for Veterans Helping Veterans from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 14 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The cost is $6 per person. The evening will include a Silent Auction and music by Patrick Neibauer.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Items for the Silent Auction are still needed. To make a donation or arrange for tickets, please call Peggy at (928) 978-4560.


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