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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.

NARFE meeting

The Mogollon Chapter 1235 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold a no-host Christmas luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Mazatzal Casino.

There will be a short meeting following the luncheon. All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend. For more information, contact Dale at (928) 468-6227.

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 service at 6 p.m., Wednesday, 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 supper is 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.

Lost Loves

Lost Loves, a new support group for adults who have lost a loved one through suicide, meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month.

Adults suffering from such a loss are welcome to attend the group sessions which are free of charge.

Lost Loves will address grieving and other specific issues which those left behind often experience.  The group will be facilitated by a professional counselor and a survivor of suicide loss.

A nonprofit organization, Lost Loves is currently scheduled to meet at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Please contact Elizabeth at (928) 468-2133 for more information.

Kaitie’s Closet collects clothes for needy kids

Kaitie’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 Payson elementary and middle schools and at Payson Physical Therapy, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Beeline Business Equipment and at 304 W. Corral Drive.

There is a special drive under way for new shoes through January. Look for the special pink collection boxes around the community at different businesses.

For more information, call (928) 468-1036. 

Unity of Payson and Daily Word Readers

Prayer and Meditation Group meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays. For location and information, call (928) 468-2117.

“Celebrate Your Oneness in Spirit” with weekly 10 a.m. Sunday services at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors, 600 State Highway 260 (the last suite across from Tiny’s Restaurant).

The guest Unity minister for Sunday, Dec. 18 will be Rev. Konrad Kaserer, formerly of Unity of Flagstaff. “Do You See What I See?” will be Kaserer’s topic.

For more information, see our website: www.UnityofPayson.org or call (928) 478-8515.

AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers

Payson AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers for computer preparation of Federal Form(s) 1040 and Arizona Form(s) 140 for Tax Year 2011.

Requirements are: knowledge of preparing a tax return and using a computer; commitment of four hours a week from Feb. 1 through April 12, 2012; and attendance at a training class (one week) starting Jan. 16, 2012 on both federal and state tax returns.

Call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229 for more information and to volunteer. Deadline for application is Thursday, Dec. 15.  

Payson Elks

The Payson Elks meet at 7 p.m., the third Thursday of each month at the Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Elks members and guests are welcome to enjoy lunch at the Lodge from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Friday dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday dinner from noon to 5 p.m.

Basic refreshments are offered for sale during Karaoke Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21. Elks members and guests are also welcome at this events.

For more information, contact the Lodge at (928) 474-2572.

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.

Payson Lioness Club seeking new members

The Payson Lioness Club meets the third Saturday of the month at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast, with the meeting at 9 a.m.

All interested are welcome to attend. You are never too young or young at heart to be a Lioness!

For more information, call Carol at (928) 978-4132.

Archaeological Society

The members of the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society invite all who are interested in Arizona “prehistory” to attend monthly presentations by renowned quest speakers. The chapter meets at 10 a.m., the third Saturday of each month at the Church of the Holy Nativity at the corner of Bradley Drive and Easy Street.

This month, Saturday, Dec. 17, the chapter hosts Lyle Balenquah.  He will discuss his work with “The Beenhouwer Fine Art Collection,” a collection of Native American Fine Art, predominantly from Southwestern area tribes, including the Hopi, New Mexico Pueblos, Navajo, Tohono O’odham and Apache Tribes. 

Non-members are always welcome to attend monthly speaking programs. Please take this opportunity to learn more about Arizona’s rich and fascinating history and about the activities the Rim Country Chapter of Arizona Archaeological Society.

New Book Club organizing

A new Book Club is organizing. It is free and open to all, with refreshments served or bring your own.

The plan is to meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the conference room of the Coldwell Banker office, 715 S. Beeline Highway, starting Dec. 21.

The first book to be discussed is Elizabeth Strout’s “Olive Kitteridge.”

For details, call (928) 978-2165 or e-mail billyedt@gmail.com.

Bridge results

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for Dec. 7 were: Larry and Sue Hoecker, first; Sherry Proctor and Myrtle Warter, second; Judy Fox and Tim Demaray, third.

For information and reservations, please call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.

Payson Community Kids needs volunteers

Payson Community Kids is a nonprofit organization that offers assistance and services to under-served children and their families residing in the Payson area.

Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of activities: at the after school program with arts/crafts, homework help, cleanup, assistants, meal preparation and special activities; other areas of need include construction, fund-raising, event planning, photography, donation distribution and more.

The group is in need of volunteers to help with its holiday party, Dec. 18 at the Methodist Church.

One hour of your time might just mean the world to these kids. Please contact Jamie Shreiner at pck volunteer@gmail.com or (928) 978-1547.

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