Getaway Around Rim Country


Firefighters Mike Brandt (left) and Sam Mays place tamales into steam containers for cooking as they prepared for last year’s Tamales for Toys event. This year’s Tamales for Toys event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe. Enjoy a dinner of two tamales and sides for $6 or the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Buy a dozen tamales for $20. The event will benefit Payson Community Kids and is presented by the Town of Payson Fire Department, the Optimist Club, Gerardo’s and Northern Gila County Firefighters.

Firefighters Mike Brandt (left) and Sam Mays place tamales into steam containers for cooking as they prepared for last year’s Tamales for Toys event. This year’s Tamales for Toys event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe. Enjoy a dinner of two tamales and sides for $6 or the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Buy a dozen tamales for $20. The event will benefit Payson Community Kids and is presented by the Town of Payson Fire Department, the Optimist Club, Gerardo’s and Northern Gila County Firefighters. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Holly Berry Fair

Members of the Payson Womans Club will have their annual Holly Berry Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Womans Club building on Historic Main Street in Payson.

Green chili burros, soup and slice of homemade pie will be available for lunch.

Among the gift items will be baked goods and holiday decorations.

The club will be open during the annual Electric Light Parade with warm drinks and cookies available to purchase.

Electric Light Parade

Payson’s annual Electric Light Parade, sponsored by APS, is being organized now. The theme is all about traditional holiday characters from Rudolph, Frosty and Jack Frost, to The Grinch and more.

It will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, rain or shine, on Payson’s Historic Main Street.

Payson Choral Society Christmas concert

Mark your calendars now — the Payson Choral Society’s Christmas concert, “Believe” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris comes to the Payson High School Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please note this is a change in performance times from last year’s concert.

Concert tickets are $10 at the door for adults, or $8 if purchased in advance. Children and students up to age 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and at the library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert.

Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships to middle school and high school students. These are awarded each year at the spring concert.

For added information, call John Landino (928) 468-0023.

Library events for children

The Payson Public Library will have two three-week programs for children in December.

The Count Down to the Holidays program is for ages 5 to 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

The Tiny Tots Christmas Program is for ages 2 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. The program will include puppet shows, stories, songs, games, crafts, food and prizes.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (928) 474-9260. The program is limited to 25 children.

Cassettes for Vets

The Marine Corps League of Tonto Basin has started a donation program for the Veterans Hospital in Phoenix: “Cassettes for Vets.”

The Marine Corps League of Tonto Basin started by donating 100 combo AM/FM stereo radio with tape players (Walkman type) with headphones to give to the veterans at Phoenix Veterans Hospital.

This is a great place to donate those “hang around tapes” for a great cause. The vets really go for country/western, popular, and the oldies.

Many vets are unable to read due to disabilities, so the “books on tapes” are also a real blessing.

To date, the Marine Corps League of Tonto Basin has donated more than 1,000 tapes to the Arizona Veterans Nursing Home on North 3rd Street, behind the Vet’s Hospital.

If you would like to donate tapes to the veterans, please drop them at the Payson Roundup or call Mike Milburn, (928) 478-4027, for pick up.

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