Clubs And Organizations



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Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Payson Masonic Lodge to help with the Lodge’s 2011 Clothe-A-Child event Dec. 3. The yearly Clothe-A-Child event is sponsored by Payson’s Masonic family and benefits deserving children from elementary schools from Pine, Payson and Tonto Basin. With the help of the nurses from each school, 35 children were selected to participate. The event consisted of a chaperoned shopping spree at Walmart, a visit with Santa and a program by a magician. The Clothe-A-Child program is put on by the Masonic Lodge and assisted by the local Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile and Shrine and funded exclusively by private and corporate donations.

Unity of Payson and Daily Word Readers

Celebrate Unity of Payson is now an official church affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries. Those interested are invited to attend these continuing events:

• Unity Book Study Group, Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for location information, call (928) 478-6906. No meeting First Fridays.

• Prayer and Meditation Group, Thursdays 10 a.m., for location information call (928) 468-2117

Contact Unity of Payson at P.O. Box 2582, Payson, AZ 85547 or e-mail

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays at the Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road, Payson. (After turning in driveway, turn right at first driveway. OA meets in the Community Room in the center of the facility’s apartment complex.)

Call the following members for information: Mary Jo, (928) 978-4663; Denise, (928) 978-3706; Nancy, (928) 472-7661; Ted, (928) 951-3362.

There are no dues or fees.

Pain management support group

Making Life Better, a pain management support group, meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday, excluding holidays, at the lobby of the Grant Clinic, 903 E. Highway 260, Payson. All are welcome to attend the free program.

Paulette Wright facilitates the group. For more information, call (928) 468-1337.

Photographers gather

The Rim Country Photography/ Camera Club will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12. The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

The club meets at the activity room of the Rim Country Health & Retirement Center, 807 W. Longhorn Road. After entering the drive, turn right and go to the building marked 809.

For questions, call Harold Rush, (928) 474-9673.

Friendship Bible Class

Friendship Bible Class, formerly Friendship Coffee, a non-denominational Bible study for women, meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Uptown Espresso. All women in the community are invited.

For information, call Marilyn at (928) 474-6712.

A Course in Miracles Study Group

A Course in Miracles Study Group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays. Participation is by donation.

For details, call (928) 478-6928.

Calling all ladies

Come to one of Fancy Flair of Red’s luncheon meetings. No RSVP needed. If you are 55 to 100, the door’s open. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month at different establishments.

Call Queen Mum Mary Smith at (928) 468-8766 for more information.

Rimstones Rock Club

Payson Rimstones Rock Club meeting will be at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson. 

New Hope Grief Support Group

The New Hope Grief Support Group is for those who have lost a spouse. It meets from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

For more information, call (928) 472-9290.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers meets at 5 p.m. every Wednesday at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road (next to the fire station).

For further information, call 1-800-651-6000.

Soup Supper and Advent Services

The congregation of Mount Cross Lutheran Church invites members of the community to join in its Advent services at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.

There will be a soup supper at 5 p.m., with a small donation requested for the food, followed by the Advent service.

The soup suppers are held in the log building, with the services taking place in the sanctuary.

Mount Cross is at 600 E. Highway 260, just east of Safeway.

Rim Country Cowboy Church

The Rim Country Cowboy Church meets at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, Star Valley. The service includes live music by the Country Gospel Misfits.

For more information, call (928) 474-5557.

Midweek Advent Services scheduled

Midweek Advent Services will be held at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, in preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Services will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21.

The theme for the Advent Services will be “Wait, Pray and Live by Faith.”

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation for this traditional welcome to Christmas.

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto, (928) 474-5440.

Kiwanis invitation

The Zane Grey Kiwanis and its Young Professionals group invite anyone interested in learning more about the organizations, which are dedicated to helping Rim Country children, to attend one of the meetings.

The Kiwanis meet from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Thursday at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. The Young Professionals meet at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays at Macky’s Restaurant.

To learn more, contact Mike Clark at (928) 476-3283.

TOPS #373

TOPS Chapter 373 meets at Shilow Christian Fellowship Hall, 502 E. Rancho Road every Thursday. Weigh-in starts at 7:20 a.m., with the meeting at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Ilona Swenson at (928) 472-3331.

Tea Party hosts Allen

Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen will be the guest speaker at the Payson Tea Party meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The Payson Tea Party meets at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Sen. Allen will provide updates on forest issues, border issues, redistricting and general legislative issues.

All are invited to attend. For more information, call (928) 468-1131.


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