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A Taste of Rim Country

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A Taste of Rim Country


Kids: it’s time to roar

Head down to the new Tiger’s Gaming Lounge at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 8 for the grand opening festivities.

There will be giveaways and snacks and it is only $4 per hour per person to play.

Tiger’s Gaming Lounge is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Kicking off Relay for Life

Relay for Life is a community gathering where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at our local high school track and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

The kickoff is scheduled for Friday, March 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mazatzal Casino in the Fireside Room (the old restaurant). The public is invited. If you are interested in participating, please plan to attend.

This year, in Payson, the Relay will no longer be an overnight event. The event is from noon to midnight on Saturday, June 1.

New thrift store opens

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is now open for business. Located at South Highway 87 and Cedar Lane (across from Circle K South), the store is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Monday.

It is in need of volunteers and contributions to the inventory. Call (928) 474-4476 anytime or visit us during open hours. For large donations, call to schedule a pick-up. Volunteers will also deliver large purchased items for a nominal fee.

All profits go to support the local food bank.

Brush pit closed

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will have the Payson and Pine brush pits closed due to the anticipated winter storm.

Payson Walkers

The Payson Walkers have planned the following outings to begin at 9 a.m. daily. Everyone is welcome to participate, but please remember to park away from the most used areas of any parking lot so as to not block businesses/clients, etc. For more information, call the Payson Parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

• March 9, meet at the west end of Longhorn

• March 10, meet at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road

• March 11, meet at library

• March 12, meet at Green Valley Park, Parks Office

• March 13, meet at library

• March 14, meet at Alpine Heights and Upper Sunshine

• March 15, meet at Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline.

Free tax help and free e-file available through April 11

Volunteers with AARP-Tax Aide will be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers now through April 11.

Services will be provided at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., ; March 14, and 28; April 4 and 11 (the college will be closed the week of March 18; no taxes will be done that week at GCC).

AARP Drivers Safety class

AARP will sponsor a Drivers Safety Class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.


A Taste of Rim Country

Last chance for tickets to A Taste of Rim Country

A Taste of Rim Country, the annual chef’s competition to benefit the library, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. Tickets are $30 per person and are available for purchase at the library. Don’t wait to get your ticket, as they are limited and will not be sold at the door on the evening of the event. For more information, call (928) 474-9260 or online visit

Payson singers, Tempe Chorus join for March 9 show

There will be a special concert at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9 with both the 70-member Payson Choral Society and the highly regarded 100-member Tempe Chorus.

This concert will be held at the Payson High School Auditorium and is being presented to bring the entertainment of the combined groups of Payson and Tempe to the Rim audience and raise added musical scholarship funds for Payson students.

The concert will be at no charge, but a free will scholarship offering will be accepted at the door.

For more information, please call John Landino (928) 468-0023. The Payson Choral Society’s spring concert is Saturday, April 27.

Musical benefit

Enjoy a fun evening with singer and musician, Bob D’Aurelio, former leader of the New Celebration Chorale Group, as he presents a Senior Cabaret at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9.

The event will raise funds for area food banks and the Knights of Columbus Charities.Refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $10 per person or $20 for a family. Buy them at the Payson Senior Center, Payson Public Library, Payson Hair Company (next to Bashas’) or Tiny’s Restaurant.

Jazz concert

Sunday, March 10 the next big storm is scheduled to be out of here, so make plans to see vocalist Rosemary Chavez performing jazz, blues and pop music from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

She will be accompanied by Lew Turano on piano; Steve Douglas on upright bass; and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

Donations of $5 or more per person are needed to cover expenses.

Make a reservation or get more information by contacting gerry-reynolds@hotmail .com, or (602) 619-3355.

Payson Senior Center

The following is on the schedule at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.:

• Monday, March 11, start the week off with Zumba Gold, class begins at 9 a.m.; from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Old Time Music Makers offer lots of good old tunes; then at 12:45 p.m., dominoes and bridge round out the day.

• Tuesday, March 12, bring in old drugs or prescriptions that you are no longer taking and dump them safely from 11 a.m. until noon; put your dancing shoes on and come dance to Anything Goes with Anne James or Larry Brasen and friends; pinochle and canasta are played from noon to 3 p.m.

• Wednesday, March 13 attend Zumba Gold at 9 a.m.; Bible study is at 10:30 a.m. and open to all; Evelyn will do SIT & FIT at 11:15 a.m. for those who need a little slower paced work out.

• Monday through Friday a tasty lunch is served at noon for a suggested donation of $4. Please call in advance to reserve a seat at the meal, (928) 474-4876.

Youth sports programs

There is still time to register for a variety of sports programs planned by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

The deadline to register for the popular Fundamentals Basketball Academy is Tuesday, March 12.

The program is planned from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., March 18-21 for all boys and girls in the third to eighth grades. Conducted by Bill Farrell, the camp concentrates on teaching the fundamentals of basketball, plus its life-enriching skills.

The cost is $35 per participant and includes a camp T-shirt.

The deadline to register for the Future Longhorn Baseball Camp is Wednesday, March 13. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 14 in partnership with the Payson High School baseball team.

The program is for boys in the third through eighth grades and concentrates on the fundamentals of baseball. The fee is $20 per participant and includes lunch, a T-shirt and admission to that afternoon’s high school baseball game.

Join the Quilt-a-Thon

Join the annual Quilt Angels Quilt-a-Thon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 13, 14 and 15 at the First Baptist Church in Pine, 4039 N. Highway 87. Lunch will be provided. Bring your sewing machine or, if you don't sew, you can tie quilts. It is a lot of fun and it’s for a good cause — the quilts are donated to law enforcement officers and firefighters to offer comfort to victims at the scene of an emergency.

Soroptimists celebrate Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month. The local Soroptimist club always has a lot on its agenda in March. March 12 the club will have its Annual Awards Banquet at Tiny’s Restaurant. Members also will be working with the Mogollon Health Alliance for the Women’s Wellness Forum on March 23.

The major benefit for the month will be See’s Candy sales. Candy will be available at the Women’s Wellness Forum, at Walgreen’s on Sunday, March 24; at National Bank on Good Friday, March 29; at Walgreen’s on Saturday, March 30. Please check with Four Seasons Realty and the American Legion for candy, also.

Members also take time for social events — the next Ladies’ Night Out will be Wednesday, March 27. 

For more information on these events and the club, please call Sandi Scott, (928) 978-4748; Audrey Wilson, (928) 472-9380 or Jean Oliver, (928) 474-6167.

Senior Circle features program on kidney disease

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle Lunch and Learn for Wednesday, March 13 will be a program about Fresenius (also known as kidney disease) from nephrologist Dr. Daniel Walton, who will talk about normal kidney function, kidney problems and their treatment and renal replacement therapy. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

To reserve a spot, call (928) 472-9290.

Lenten services

• Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant), will hold mid-week Lenten services on Wednesday, March 13 and 20 at 6 p.m. There will also be a Lenten supper served (free-will offering) each week at 5 p.m., just prior to the mid-week service.

• Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a Lenten service on Wednesday, March 13. Everyone is welcome to come to the free soup supper in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m., followed by the service at 7 p.m. The theme of the Lenten services this year is “Names of Wondrous Love.” Pastor David Sweet and Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg conduct the services. Rock of Ages is at 204 W. Airport Road. For more information, call Pastor Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

• Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will hold Lenten services at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 and 20. The services are preceded by a potluck at 5 p.m. The theme for the services is “Restore the Roar” and the community is invited to participate. For additional information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.

Holy Week services

The Payson Roundup invites Rim Country churches to submit information about the Holy Week services being planned.

With Palm Sunday on March 24, the paper will begin running the announcements on Friday, March 22. To be included, please have all the information to us by 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 20. It should be brief as we expect a number of announcements to be included. E-mail your information to or drop it by the office at 708 N. Beeline Highway (we cannot take information over the phone).


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