Getaway Around Rim Country

Rim packs plenty to do in coming days

Abby Rike, a participant in the 2009 Biggest Loser contest will be the keynote speaker at the March 23 Women’s Wellness Forum at Payson High School

Abby Rike, a participant in the 2009 Biggest Loser contest will be the keynote speaker at the March 23 Women’s Wellness Forum at Payson High School


Community Breakfast

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

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

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

Relay For Life of Rim Country

The community kick-off meeting for Relay For Life of Rim Country is slated from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 8 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Fireside Room, located on the west side of the casino (old restaurant).

Celebrating National Women’s History Month

The members of the local Soroptimist club will be very busy in March, National Women’s History Month – March 8 is International Women’s Day. 

The club’s Annual Awards Banquet is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Payson. The evening features a lasagna dinner for $15 per person and reservations are required.  Contact Jean at (928) 474-6167 to reserve a seat.

Look for members of the group at the upcoming Business Showcase Saturday, March 16 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Club members will be very visible at the Women’s Wellness Forum on March 23.  There will be information on Soroptimist and an opportunity to purchase See’s Candy for Easter.  Candy is also available at Four Seasons Realty.

The final event for the month will be a Ladies’ Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 27. For more information on the club and its activities, please call Sandi Scott, club president, (928) 978-4748 or Audrey Maurer, membership chairperson at (928) 472-9380.

Business Showcase

The 21st Annual Business Showcase will be held March 16 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. 

The theme is “Celebrating Seniors of All Ages” and will showcase services and products for seniors, 18-80.

The showcase is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; set up is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 15, which will be followed from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. by a Sneak Preview Chamber Mixer, hosted by Rim Country Health. Awards will be given for the Best Theme, Best of Show and the People’s Choice, voted on by those attending.

For more information, please call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Cooking in the books

Cookin’ for Health is the new series of cooking classes offered at the library. Taught by certified clinical nutritionist Peggy Martin, the classes are a part of a wonderful and popular legacy left by retired library director Terry Morris, who over the course of her years with the library taught an array of classes with a variety of themes.

The classes are at 1 p.m. and last about 90 minutes. Upcoming classes are: March 16, creating tasty, healthful make-ahead chutneys, relishes and salsas; March 30, super soups and stocks; April 13, spring greens; and April 27, unique vegetable and fruit side dishes.

Register for the classes that interest you as soon as possible at the library reference desk.


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Abby Rike, a participant in the 2009 Biggest Loser contest will be the keynote speaker at the March 23 Women’s Wellness Forum at Payson High School

Register now for Women’s Wellness Forum

The 15th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum, Straight from the Heart, is Saturday, March 23 at the Payson High School.

Forum participation is limited to 300 women so early registration is recommended.

The event’s keynote speaker is Abby Rike, a 2009 member of “The Biggest Loser” through which she was able to lose 100 pounds between May and December.

A former educator and now an author and motivational speaker, she shares her experiences with others, encouraging listeners to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and vigor for life, and to realize even in our darkest hours there is always hope.

Programs planned for the 2013 forum include: parenting teens and preteens with Debra Shewey of Southwest Behavioral Health; cooking for health: meet your nutrition heroes with Dee McCaffrey, an author and speaker, who lost 100 pounds by changing her eating habits and has kept it off for 20 years; healthy gardening with Kenny Evans, a one-time migrant farm worker who went on to assemble one of the country’s largest family farming enterprises, and mayor of Payson; hormones with Roslyn Rogers, certified nutrition counselor and herbalist; Qigong with Penny Navis Schmidt; heart health with Salvatore Gillette, doctor of osteopathic medicine; accelerated wisdom: are you living a balanced life with Holly Crump; bringing a spark to relationships/partnerships/marriages in the golden years with Marilyn Kiefer Andrews; weight management with Dr. Alan Michels; reducing toxins to reduce disease with Dr. Cynthia Booth.

Registration is $15 per person and includes a continental breakfast, the keynote address and three of the planned programs, lunch and an opportunity to meet vendors and shop. To learn more and sign up for three of the individual programs listed above, contact the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

The 15th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum is from 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23.

Egg Scramble

The Town of Payson annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt will be from 9:30 a.m. to around 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30 at Rumsey Park Softball Field 2, near Taylor Pool.

Hunters will be divided into age groups to hit the field for egg collection and fun.


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