Clubs And Organizations


Archaeological Society

The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society invites all who are interested in Arizona prehistory to attend monthly presentations by renowned guest 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 in Payson.  

This month, Saturday, Feb. 19 the club will host Dr. David Wilcox. Wilcox is former head of the anthropology department at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. In 2008, the Arizona Archaeological Society named him their Professional Archaeologist of the Year. He received the 2007 Byron S. Cummings Award from the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, and the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Governor’s Archaeological Advisory Commission.

Non-members are always welcome to attend monthly speaking programs.

Forest Park meeting

The annual Forest Park Homeowners Association meeting is Saturday, Feb. 19, at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

Mingling/refreshments will be at 1:30 p.m., with the meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. All Forest Park homeowners are encouraged to attend.

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness will feature Wes Ruth as speaker at its 11 a.m. service, Sunday, Feb. 20. His topic will be Romeo’s Resolution.

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness is at 107 W. Wade Lane, behind Alfonso’s Mexican Restaurant. For more information, call (602) 793-7611.

Polish Friends

Polish Friends meet at 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 20. There will be a Polish potluck and a discussion of Polish items. For more information, call (928) 468-9150.

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.

Amnesty International

The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International will hold its regular meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Feb. 21 at East-West Book Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St.

Join the award-winning local chapter as members plan upcoming events to support human rights locally and globally. To find out more, e-mail PaysonAmnesty or call Penny at (928) 474-2391.

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.

Optimist Club

Rim Country Optimist Club (Friends of Youth) works in a variety of ways to help youth of the community through benefit events, activities and financial support.

The general meeting is held on the fourth Wednesday, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and often includes a speaker at 6 p.m.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 23. Peggy Miles, principal of Payson Education Center will be talking about her school. Meetings are held at the Crosswinds Restaurant at the Payson Airport.

Visitors are always welcome.

Republicans to meet

The Rim Country Republican Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 28 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant.

Come at 11 a.m. to order lunch and socialize; at 11:30 a.m. there will be a business meeting and at noon a speaker.  Tom Loeffler will update members on the Gila Community College independence issue and the next steps needed to influence the Arizona Senate to vote for SB 1213. All are welcome to attend.

Apply for Art League’s Open Studio Tour

Applications are now being accepted for artists wishing to participate in the Payson Art League’s annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour, which is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 13, 14, 15.

Local artists open their studios to the public to allow the public to meet the artist in their own environment and to learn about the creative process.

Applications are available online at or contact Sally Myers at (928) 472-8651 or e-mail her at solveig4art@ for more information. The deadline to submit applications is March 1.

The Gospel Kids Club

Girls and boys, 7 and older, are invited to join The Gospel Kids Club from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first Friday of each month at Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Participants in this new non-denominational group will learn from Bible stories, games and fun activities, plus be provided with snacks. Parental permission is required and parents are welcome to attend.

For more information, call (928) 474-4844 or (602) 499-7447.

Bridge results

Winners in Ladies Tuesday Bridge for Feb. 15 were: Shirley Schriner, first; Diane Baran, second; Betty daCosta, third.

Play is at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community. Area residents and guests are welcome.

For information and reservations, call Pat Murray at (928) 472-7483.

A Course in Miracles study group

A Course in Miracles study group is held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays at My Sister’s Bakery and Deli, 1101 S. Beeline Highway. Donations accepted.

For more information, call (928) 970-2490.


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