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Payson Elks Lodge calendar of events 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 at the Karaoke Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday in March and during the Elks Jam Sessions, scheduled at 3 p.m., every Saturday in March, except March 31. Every Friday the Elks also have Karaoke from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Every Sunday there is Bingo at 1 p.m. and a pool tournament at 4:30 p.m. with Happy Hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Elks members and guests are welcome at all these events. The Payson Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway. For more information, call (928) 474-2572.

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.

Payson Masonic Lodge Payson Masonic Lodge #70 F&AM meets every second Tuesday of the month. Dinner for members, their families and guests is at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7 p.m. All members of the fraternity are invited to attend the meetings. Information about the lodge schedule and Masonry in general can be obtained from lodge secretary Richard Skoglund at (928) 970-1169 or on the Web at www.paysonmason.org. 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.

Veterans of Foreign Wars The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post #69, located at 709 E. Highway 260. We would like to invite all members to join us. For more information, contact Post Commander Dwayne Cunningham, (928) 951-1691.

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: www.rimcountrytcf.org.

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.

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 www.paysonposse.org.

Payson Pro Rodeo Committee Payson Pro Rodeo Committee meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Swiss Village Best Western’s conference building at 6 p.m. New members welcome. For information, call (928) 472-7294.

Card players wanted The Saving Graces of Payson — a Canasta card-playing group — is looking for a few ladies who enjoy fun, laughter and friendship. This Red Hat group meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the beautiful Chaparral Pines dining room. There is a break for lunch around noon and play and resumes after lunch. Anyone interested in joining will be welcomed. You do not need to know how to play, the members will be happy to teach the game. Please contact Queen Mum Ann-Marie at (928) 468-8585; please leave a message if there’s no answer.

Alanon 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. There is a meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Star Valley. Call Patty at (602) 505-4584 for details. Another meeting is held every Monday at 6 p.m. in the St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall. For more information, please call Lynn at (928) 472-8961.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group The Desert Southwest Chapter cordially invites caregivers, families, service providers and members of the community to attend the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group meeting at Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The key is to walk away with skills to support caregivers of a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. For additional details, contact Shirley Grady at (602) 697-4870.

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.

Nar-Anon  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.

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

PAWS to hear about new shelter PAWS in the Park, the support group for Payson’s off-leash dog park, will host several speakers at its 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 7 meeting. The guest speakers will be Sara Hock, executive director of the Humane Society of Central Arizona; Kat Knauff, the animal services manager and Samantha Spinelle, Maricopa County’s animal outreach supervisor. The topics will be the design, operations and progress of the new animal shelter, along with information about the upcoming low-cost spay and neuter clinic sponsored by the HSCAZ and PAWS, scheduled for Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13. The speakers will take questions. PAWS meets at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the Payson Library conference room. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (928) 474-1542 or (928) 951-4884.

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.

Rim Country Celts meet on 2nd Thursday The Rim Country Celts are inviting everyone interested in Celtic history and genealogy to come to its “2nd Thursday” monthly dinner meeting, March 8 at the Crosswinds Restaurant. Dinner will be at 6 p.m., ordered from the menu or choose the Thursday night special of spaghetti. At 6:45 p.m. there will be a short meeting and at 7:15 p.m. Paty Henderson, Rim Country Celts second vice president, will present a program on Madoc/Maddog, the Welsh prince who came to America — supposedly the Mandan Indian tribe was descended from his group.

P.E.O. to meet Chapter DF of the P.E.O. Sisterhood will meet at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 9 at the Church of the Nazarene. The hostess will be Toni Sorel and co-hostesses will be Bev Snedicor and Nancy Ayers. The program is a report on the Faith McFee Fund, a gem of P.E.O., presented by Jay Martell. New officers will also be installed. Visiting P.E.O. members are invited to attend. For further information, please call (928) 476-3109.

Daughters of the American Revolution The March meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at 1 p.m., Friday, March 9 at the Payson Public Library. The program will be by Sandy Carson, who will be speaking on “Women in Arizona History.” For more information about this meeting, or the Daughters of the American Revolution, contact Regent Renee Durfee at (928) 472-4338.

Soroptimists celebrate Women’s History Month There are lots of events planned by the local Soroptimist club for March, which is National Women’s History Month. A luncheon was held March 3 for the ladies of Time Out, Inc. and March 8 is International Women’s Day.
The Soroptimists’ Annual Awards Banquet will be held at Tiny’s Restaurant from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 10. Approximately $3,000 will be awarded to local women that night. Tickets for the event are $16 each. Contact Vliet Hulse at (928) 476-2925 for more information. Interested women may join Soroptimists for lunch at Tiny’s at noon on the second, third or fourth Wednesday of each month. For more information about the club, call Audrey at (928) 472-9380.

Bridge results

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for Feb. 29 were: Mary Kastner and Tim Demaray, first; Judy Fox and Phon Sutton, second; Bonnie Eller and Hallie Jackman, third.

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

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