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Unity of Payson and Daily Word Readers

Celebrate Unity of Payson, which is now an official church affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries. Services are planned to start this fall. In the meantime, the public is invited to attend these continuing events:

• Unity Book Study Group, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays; for location information, call (928) 478-6906 (no meeting the first Friday of the month).

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

• Family and individual spiritual counseling, love offering; for information, call (936) 788-3181.

Sons of the American Revolution

The Rim Country Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution will meet at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Tiny’s Restaurant.

Those interested in tracing their ancestry back to the Revolutionary War are invited to attend and become involved in the organization.

For further information, contact John Munro at (928) 468-6220.

Tai Chi and Qigong

Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered at 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

The program is especially designed for seniors 50 or older, but is beneficial for all ages. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.

New quilt group organizing

Attention all quilters — from newbies to experienced — there is a new quilt chapter organizing.

The group will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the American Legion on East Highway 260, just past the Giant gas station in Payson.

This chapter will be focused on fun, respect and love of the craft. At this time, the plan is to meet on Saturdays to offer folks who are not retired yet a chance to enjoy, learn and participate; but you can be retired and still come.

If you’ve always wanted to learn quilting with others, please come and join and be a charter member. The group will also be choosing a name for our new chapter in Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-7028.

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.

Payson Amnesty has new meeting site

The Payson chapter of Amnesty International is now meeting at the new Rim Country Literacy Program facility at 1001 S. Beeline Highway, behind the Knotty Pine Café.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month and welcomes anyone interested in the work of Amnesty International.

Payson Area Singles

The Payson Area Singles group has no dues or elections. The Tuesday Morning Breakfast Bunch meets every week at 9 a.m. at Tiny’s Restaurant to visit and plan future activities. All singles are welcome.

Other upcoming activities:

• Members will gather at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 for the Elks Club Sports Dinner.

• Members will carpool to Pine at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 for lunch at Nifty Fifty Café and then attend the Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session in the Pine Cultural Hall at 1 p.m. 

• Members should start planning the costume they will wear for the Saturday, Oct. 29 Halloween Party at Jerry’s.

For more information about these and other group activities, contact Nadine at (928) 476-4659.

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.

Payson Art League

The featured speaker and demonstrator for the Sept. 20 Payson Art League monthly meeting is Pat Stacy.

Stacy will be presenting “Tips & Tricks in Acrylic” and sharing many interesting procedures gleaned from experimentation and workshops she has been able to attend.

The PAL meets at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn, Payson. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. there is a Show and Share of members’ artwork and social reception with light refreshments; the presentation is at 7 p.m. after a short business meeting.

Rim Country Writers

Rim Country Writers meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Scoops, located next to the Sawmill Theatres. The next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 22.

Marsha Ward, an award-winning Western novelist, leads the group. All Payson-area writers are welcome to attend, whether published or not. Please feel free to bring several copies of a three-page, double-spaced sample of your writing to share.

For more information, please contact Marsha at (928) 478-5086.

Friends of Ferals

Rim Country Friends of Ferals will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Twin Lakes Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 902 E. Granite Dells Road. Members and friends are encouraged to attend.

RCFF operates the Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) program throughout the Rim Country. For questions and information, please call Lisa Boyle at (928) 474-1836.

Tuesday Bridge Club results

Winners for the Tuesday Bridge Club for Sept. 13 were: Kay Hutchinson, first; Peggy Freeman, second; Pat Murray, third.

Play is at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community. Area residents and guest are welcome.

Please call Marilyn Castleman at (928) 474-6134 for reservations and information.

Library Friends issue invitation

Alice Natale, president of the Library Friends of Payson, is issuing an invitation for Rim Country residents to join the organization.

“As a transplant to this community eight years ago, I joined the Library Friends of Payson the first week of residence,” Natale writes. “Why? — I firmly believe that libraries are a hub to the community, giving residents resources that other agencies cannot provide. This is especially true in Payson, where our library keeps citizens supplied with books, magazines, movies, music and programs for children, book clubs, homebound services, assistance to young adults or high school students in reading, writing classes for those who wish to build skills in writing as well as many special events such as cooking classes, computers for research and online learning, as well as job applications.”

Natale said, for many in our town, this is critical as these services are free.

There is a price for services though, she said.

One way that the public can help to keep these services in place is to become a member of the Library Friends of Payson. It is an organization that raises money for the buildings, buys the books that the library has in circulation, supports the bookstore where great gifts can be purchased, volunteers in the library, and also has general meetings with great speakers.

The cost for a year’s membership is $15 for one person, $25 for a couple, plus there are opportunities to give more as a patron or super friend.

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