Getaway Around Rim Country


Time to Turkey Trot

It’s autumn, and that means it’s time for the annual Turkey Trot 5K at Green Valley Park on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Register at the Payson Parks office in Green Valley Park or go online to The pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 14. All pre-registrants will receive a cozy sweatshirt. Day-of registrants are not guaranteed a sweatshirt.

Day-of registration will start at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at approximately 9 a.m. The race will start and end at Green Valley Park. The fee for those 10 and older is $40; or students, through the 12th grade with ID, can register for $25, but the fee does not include a sweatshirt.

Winners of this year’s competition will receive a turkey sponsored by Safeway, Inc. The top three places in each age group will receive medals.

Scoops Ice Cream and Espresso, along with Safeway, will provide refreshments.

To volunteer, please contact Janell Blizzard at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Christmas Boutique in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be open every weekend in November for the annual Holiday Boutique.

Come and get in the holiday spirit in the Pine Community Center craft room, 3886 N. Highway 87 in Pine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, 17 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 24.

Community Breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

The church will host a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on the second Friday of every month. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Business awards tickets available

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets to the 2012 Rim Country Business Awards Luncheon. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of seven. The awards will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. To make a reservation, call (928) 474-4515.

High Country Holiday Bazaar

The Community Presbyterian Church’s High Country Holiday Bazaar is another place to look for those unique gifts. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St., Payson.

A variety of arts and crafts and baked good will be available, along with a chili lunch. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the children.

Lewis play at church

A live dramatic production of “The Screwloose Lectures” will be presented at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway. This is a parody of C.S. Lewis’ famous “Screwtape Letters.”

Childcare will be provided for nursery-age children. Admission is free. For information, call (928) 474-9279.

Bake & Holiday Craft Sale

The First Assembly of God Church Women’s Ministries presents its annual Bake & Holiday Craft Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17.

The sale is on the second floor of the church, which is located at 1100 W. Lake Drive, by Green Valley Park. It will feature baked items, caramel corn, crafts, quilts and baby items.

Proceeds benefit the group’s mission work and other charities.

Gem & Mineral Show

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club will be having their 15th Annual Gem & Mineral Show Nov. 17-18 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino bingo hall.

Gems, minerals, fossils and lapidary equipment will be available to purchase, as well as an education center for the children (and adults) with a spinning wheel and a silent auction too!

All proceeds support scholarships, books and educational materials for the local schools and libraries.

Admission is $3 for adults, children under 12 are free. Discount tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Payson Library, the Parks & Rec office and the USFS Office on East Highway 260.

For more information, call Margaret Jones at (928) 476-3513 or (928) 970-0857.


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