Daughters of the American Revolution
The Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m., Friday, March 12 at the Payson Public Library. The guest speaker will be Peggy Hurd, National Society DAR Treasurer General, who will be speaking on “The Flag: The Rest of the Story.”
Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend.
Sons of the American Revolution to meet
The Sons of the American Revolution will meet at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 13 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260.
Elks Lodge schedule
The Elks will have an anniversary party Saturday, March 13. The lounge will open at 11 a.m., and lunch will be available from noon until 4 p.m. A Deep Pit Barbecue Buffet will be served at 5 p.m., with entertainment starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner buffet are $6 per person ($5 if you wear your 50th anniversary pin). The keepsake pin will also be on sale at the door. Dress is casual. The raffle drawing for a 50-inch LG plasma TV will be later in the evening; raffle tickets are still available.
Installation of officers for 2010-2011 will be held on Saturday, March 27, starting with cocktails at 4 p.m. Lee Schwein, Arizona Elks Association State President and the Past Exalted Rulers of the Lodge will officiate at the installation. A cornish game hen dinner with rice pilaf, asparagus and salad will follow at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $12 per person.
Friday Night Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Music and karaoke will be provided by Steve Stevens on March 12, Larry Ellis on March 19, and Steve Stevens on March 26.
Lunch is served at the Lodge from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Bingo is every Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Bingo is open to the public; you need not be a member to play. Bingo is a nonsmoking event. Larry Ellis will present karaoke from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday.
The Lodge is located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.
For additional details on activities and use of the Lodge hall for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, or meetings, call Gerry Russell at (928) 951-2133.
For information on how to become a member of the Payson Elks Lodge, please stop in or call Ev Griffin at (928) 474-2572, weekdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for details.
Tai Chi and Qigong classes offered
Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road. This program is especially designed for seniors 50 years or older, but is beneficial for all ages. The low-impact exercises help increase flexibility, boost immune power and improve balance and coordination. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and gym shoes should be worn.
The program is free to seniors, although donations are appreciated.
For further information, contact Christine Harrison at (928) 468-1983 or e-mail cwailand@npg cable.com.
Historical society volunteers meet
The board and volunteers of Northern Gila County Historical Society/Rim Country Museum/Zane Grey Cabin invite anyone interested to join them for the next NGCHS volunteer meeting. It will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 16, upstairs in the Rim Country Museum, located in Green Valley Park. The speaker will be Jim Mercer from the U.S. Forest Service. He will discuss the vegetation in the Rim area.
Meetings are held monthly on the third Tuesday.
Winners at Tuesday Bridge Club for March 9 were: Elaine Noble, first; Wanda Sitz, second; and Kelly Gunderson, third.
Play is at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community. Area residents and guest are welcome.
Please call Marilyn Blanc at (928) 474-0417 for reservations and information.
Katie’s Closet in Payson
Katie’s Closet is a non-profit organization developed for the purpose of distributing clothing to children who, for one reason or another, are in need.
Clothing and shoes are collected through community donations of new and gently used clothing and shoes for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade. The clothing is distributed free through the local schools in Payson.
Collection boxes are located in the administration offices of Frontier Elementary School, Julia Randall Elementary School, Payson Elementary School, Rim Country Middle School and at Payson Physical Therapy, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Beeline Business Equipment and at 304 W. Corral Drive.
For more information, call (928) 468-1036.
Justine Mantor-Waldie will present a demonstration of her painting technique at the Payson Art League meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 16 at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.
Justine is known for her vibrant landscape and desert floral paintings on Ampersand boards. Her current work combines etching through the black down to the white Kaolin clay on Ampersand Scratchboard with iridescent acrylic inks, liquid acrylics and regular inks. She combines floating techniques with etched line boarders to create luminescent paintings.
Justine will bring examples of oil pastels on Ampersand green, gray and brown pastel board as well as clayboard and aquaboard.
She is a retired Associate Professor from Loyola University of Chicago and she currently teaches color and design at Mesa Community College. Her work is in many private collections and several museums around the country.
Mantor-Waldie is a member of The Fountain Hills Artists Gallery and Sedona Artists Center and Echo Gallery in Flagstaff. She will be the featured artist at Echo Gallery’s April Exhibit.
Along with demonstrating and discussing her work, Mantor-Waldie will be giving Ampersand samples at the Payson Art League meeting. The social time and show and share session is at 6 p.m. The public is welcome.
Rim Country Garrett Retirees to meet
Rim Country Garrett Retirees will meet at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 18 at Tiny’s. Social hour will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch from the menu served at noon. Friends and Honeywell retirees are welcome.
For more information, call Anita at (928) 468-2158.
Spiritual study group
A spiritual study group, based on the teachings of author David R. Hawkins MD, PhD (Power vs. Force - The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior), is now forming. The plan is to build a friendly, small, dedicated group to meet on the third Saturday afternoon of each month. Call (928) 478-6803 for more details.
Spiritual Center hosts speaker
Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane, will host Lou Schwartz at its 11 a.m. service, Sunday, March 14.
Schwartz is a business consultant for start-up and early stage companies. He has lived in Phoenix for over 20 years with his wife, children and grandchildren. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards and has regularly written articles on applying spiritual principles to various aspects of society. He studied for many years with noted scholar and philosopher, Torkom Saraydarian, whose body of work centered on adopting ancient teachings in up-to-date ways to achieve a more holistically successful life.
For more information, call (602) 793-7611
Democrats host candidate Wednesday
Sam Wercinski, candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, will speak at the next meeting of the Democratic Club of Northern Gila County at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 17 in the library meeting room. This will be St. Patrick’s Day, so members are encouraged to wear green to the meeting. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Sylvia Freeman (928) 468-1374.
Payson Tea Party
The Payson Tea Party-Sons and Daughters of Liberty meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday (excluding holidays) at Famous Sam’s, 307 S. Beeline Highway. Members welcome the curious and the concerned. Learn more about the group at www.paysonteaparty.com.
Literacy program needs volunteer instructors
Are you bored with sitting at home? Do you find that time is filled with nothing, and by the end of the week you wonder what you did? Why not volunteer some time to help teach those in our community who need assistance in learning basic skills in reading, who wish to achieve their GED, or those who are struggling with learning English?
Rim Country Literacy is one of the best-kept secrets in the Rim Country. It has served the citizens of Payson since 1994, helping them with GED preparation, English Language Learning, Adult Basic Education and for a period of time, Family Literacy.
Call (928) 468-7257 to learn more about volunteering or contributing in other ways.
Volunteers needed at New Beginnings
The New Beginnings Pregnancy Center needs volunteers for reception and counseling. The center is also looking for bilingual receptionists and counselors. Pick up a volunteer packet at the center at 701 S. Ponderosa St., Suite A.
For more information, please contact Amy at (928) 474-7466.
LFOP seeks secretary
The Library Friends of Payson needs a secretary. This is an opportunity to experience how a board of directors operates in fulfilling the mission of the organization. The LFOP is seeking a secretary who will take minutes of the board meetings on the first Tuesday evening of the month, and then transcribe them into formal minutes and distribute them to the board. In addition, the successful candidate is required to be a member of the LFOP, which costs $15 per year.
The successful applicant will have an opportunity to vote on issues as well as have a say in how Library Friends matters are conducted. A dependable, dedicated person is being sought for this opportunity. The meetings are usually 1-1/2 hours long and held monthly except for July and December. Please contact Alice Natale by letter to the LFOP at the library for further details.
Join the Gila County Sheriff’s Posse
The Gila County Sheriff’s Posse is looking for new members.
The Posse was founded back in 1967 as a volunteer group to serve the Sheriff and the people of Gila County. The Posse is called on for many emergencies such as forest fires, floods and snow.
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Gila County Sheriff’s Posse building, located just north of Main Street on McLane Road. The public is invited. This historic building was also known as the old Gila County Jail.
Call the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 474-2208, ext. 8978 for further information or visit out Web site www.paysonposse.org.
Weight Watchers meets at 5 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mason Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road (next to the fire station). For further information, call 1-800-651-6000.
Calling all artists
Payson Art League is inviting all fine artists and fine crafts persons to join the ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour to be held May 7-9.
This is an annual event that allows the general public the opportunity to visit local art studios and see their favorite artists at work, ask questions, and purchase artworks directly from the artists. The entry fee is $150. It is not necessary to be a member of the Payson Art League to participate.
Call Sally Myers at (928) 472-8651 or Georgianne Smolenski at (928) 474-4293 to obtain an application.
JULIETS to meet
The JULIETs (Just Us Ladies Into Eating Together) is just for fun — no book to read, no dish to make.
This month, the lunch meeting is at the Crosswinds Restaurant at the Payson Airport at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 23.
No reservations required. All are welcome. For additional information, please call Chris Tilley at (928) 468-9669.