Getaway Around Rim Country

Peggy Martin

Peggy Martin Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Town 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 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.

Registration is taking place from March 25 to April 15 for the town’s Adult Spring Co-ed Softball League. The season begins April 22.

Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign up for each division.

A player cannot play in more than one division or on more than one team. All participants must be at least 16.

The fee is $275 and includes the ASA registration fee.

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Peggy Martin

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 (pictured), 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. The library is located at 328 N. McLane Road in Rumsey Park.

Business Showcase

The 21st Annual Business Showcase will be held Saturday, 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.

Historian is guest speaker at library

Wayne Ranney, author and lecturer, will be the featured speaker at the Library Friends of Payson meeting Monday, March 18.

Ranney, a member of the Arizona Humanities Council speakers board, will present a program entitled “Retracing the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes in Arizona Territory, 1874-1878.” Hear about the harrowing travels of a refined New England woman in the wild Arizona Territory in the 1870s.

The Library Friends meeting, which is held in the library meeting room, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free program. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, please call the library at (928) 474-9260.

Fry Bread for Families

Fry Bread for Families will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at the Fireside Room (old restaurant) at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Get fry bread and a drink for just $6. Proceeds benefit families in need throughout the Rim Country.

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