Clubs And Organizations

Peggy Miles

Peggy Miles


Payson Area Computer Association

The Payson Area Computer Association will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library. 

December’s presentation is titled, “Protecting Yourself, Your Computer & Your Identity” presented by Bob Gostischa of Avast Anti-virus. The presentation also includes information on protection for Android Smartphones and Tablet Security.

The first meeting is always free.   All are welcome.

Call Lorna at (928) 970-0399 with any questions.

Senior Circle

No time to bake this holiday season? Members of the Senior Circle are having a bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8. Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway. 

Write for Rights

December is Human Rights Awareness Month. Join local Amnesty International human rights activists as they prepare for the world’s largest letter-writing event — the International Write a Thon, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.

Help shine a light on human rights issues in the community and throughout the world.

For more information, call Penny at (928) 978-1268.

Unity of Payson

The Rev. Victoria Healing is an ordained Unity minister who founded the first Unity Church in Yuma, Ariz., Unity Center of the Desert. Currently, she provides support for a number of Unity Churches as guest speaker and teacher of Unity classes. She is a life-long lover of learning and continues to take language Unity classes in the Phoenix area to keep herself and her material fresh. She believes life is consciousness and the river of consciousness is always flowing.

The congregation asks the public to join them for the second week of Advent as it commemorates Peace.

Sunday services are at 10 a.m. at Central Arizona Board of Realtors, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14, across from Tiny’s Restaurant.

For details, go online to: or call (928) 478-8515.

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness

The Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness will host a talk by Rev. Charlotte Beilgard at its 11:15 a.m. celebration Sunday, Dec. 9. Her presentation is “Are You Listening to the Whispers of your Soul?” She will share her insights on how, when we listen to those whispers, they will help us to remember who we are and who we came here to be.

She is an ordained minister, a Women’s Empowerment Coach, a Certified Passion Test Facilitator and a student of A Course in Miracles. She will also be facilitating a powerful and transformational “Passionate Life Workshop” following the service from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or to register for the workshop, call (936) 788-3181 weekdays or (928) 970-2177 evenings and weekends. You can check out her Web site at www.

The Center is located at 107 W. Wade Lane, Suite 2, right behind Alfonso’s on Beeline Highway. People of all faiths and beliefs are welcome.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community Room, 807 W. Longhorn Road (after turning in the main driveway, turn right at the first driveway. The Community Room is in the center of the apartment complex). Another meeting is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Mountain High Coffee Works in the Swiss Village.

There are no fees or dues. The only membership requirement is a desire to not compulsively overeat anymore.

Call the following members for more information: Denise, (928) 978-3706; Mary Jo, (928) 978-4663; Ted, (928-) 951-3362; Alice at (602) 828-0917 or (928) 478-4361.

Rim Country Optimist Club

Rim Country Optimist Club meets the second Monday of each month at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant at the Mazatzal Casino starting at 5:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Dec. 10. Peggy Miles, principal of Payson Education Center and member of the Optimist Club, will be talking about herself and her school.

The Optimist Club is currently working with several other organizations, businesses, and individuals to provide some fun and presents for displaced and disadvantaged youth. We invite others to join and help and/or to donate to the event.

For further information about the club, Christmas giving or future events and projects, call Jim Tye, president, (928) 468-2453, or Joan Young, public relations, (928) 472-2264. Visitors are always welcome. The club’s Web site is http://

Buddhist Meditation and Study Group

The Payson Buddhist Meditation and Study group meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday evenings at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane. Call (928) 595-1378 for additional information.

Alienated Catholics Anonymous

The journey home consists of care, compassion and understanding. Alienated Catholics Anonymous meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. each Monday in the conference room of St. Philip the Apostle parish hall at 511 S. St. Philips St., Payson. Call (928) 474-1269 for more information.

Photographers to meet

The Rim Country Photography and Camera Club will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10 for a continuation of the presentation Photography Essentials: Getting the Most from Your DSLR. It will cover light, optics, subject, aperture, medium and time. Included is a discussion of how a camera works. All photography levels will learn something.

The meeting is open to all those interested in photography and there is no charge to attend. The club meets at Rim Country Apartments (new name, same location), 807 W. Longhorn Road. After entering the drive, turn right and go to the building marked 809. The meeting is held in the activity room located in the central courtyard. For questions, call Harold Rush, (928) 474-9673 or go online to:

Payson Area Singles

This group has no dues. Its Tuesday Morning Breakfast Bunch meets at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, every week at 9 a.m. to visit and plan future activities.

For more information, call Nadine at (928) 476-4659.

Friendship Bible Class meets each Tuesday

Friendship Bible Class, a non-denominational Bible study for women, meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Majestic Rim. All women in the community are invited. For information, call Marilyn at (928) 474-6712.

Payson Womans Club

The Payson Womans Club, the oldest service club in Payson, holds general membership meetings at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Payson Womans Club building, 510 W. Main St. Membership is open to local women ages 18 and up.

Moose Lodge events

The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The Women of the Moose meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the lodge.

The lodge has a Thursday Fish Fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekly dinner specials are available.

Anyone interested in community service hours may call the lodge at (928) 474-6212.

Bereaved parents support group

The Compassionate Friends offers hope, reassurance and a safe place to talk about our children with others who understand the pain of losing a child. Anyone who has lost a child (or grandchild) at any time, at any age is welcome to attend.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 102 W. Roundup, Suite D.

For more information, please call Bill Knauss at (928) 978-1492 or visit us at:

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.

Call the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 474-2208, ext. 8978 for further information or visit our Web site

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held Monday through Sunday at 8 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. (Rule 62) at 434 S. Beeline Highway Suite A, Payson; Tuesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. (Back to Basics) at St Philips Church, 511 St. Philips Street (Knights of Columbus room, side building); Monday and Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Men’s Step House, 107 E. Airline Blvd., Payson; and Sunday and Monday, 7 p.m. (Living Sober), 408 W. Main St., Suite 11 (rear entrance).

An Alcoholics Anonymous UNITY meeting takes place at 6 a.m. every Monday and at 7 p.m. every second Saturday at 600 E. Highway 260 #14. There is handicap access.

AA meetings may be open discussion or closed meetings. For more information, call the Alcoholics Anonymous 24-hour phone service at (928) 474-3620 or visit


Do you have a loved one or friend with a drinking problem? Do you feel as if you need some support living with the alcoholic in your life? Then please join us for an Alanon meeting. There is help.

We meet at every Monday at 6 p.m. in the St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall and at 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Star Valley Southern Baptist Church on East Highway 260. For more information, please call Lynn at (928) 472-8961.


Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.

In Payson, the group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at 408 W. Main St., #11 (around the back of the building).

For more information, call Maxine at (602) 568-8747.

ACA meeting

Do you have alcoholism or dysfunction in your family? Maybe ACA is for you. The only requirement for membership in ACA is a desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.

Open meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Canal Senior Apartments Resident Lounge, Main Entrance, 807 S. Westerly, Payson.


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