Senior Circle events
Coming up at the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway:
• Wednesday, Jan. 23: Lunch and Learn — Wouldn’t it be cool if your doctor could see inside your GI tract simply by having you swallow a pill sized camera. The day is here. Dr. Luis Coppelli will talk to us about the PH capsule and the pill camera.
• Wednesday, Jan. 30: Lunch and Learn — Payson Regional Medical Center has expanded its specialty diagnostic capabilities to include PET/CT scans; learn more about the PET scan and its capabilities.
Please contact Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 to reserve your seat at least three days in advance so we know how much food to prepare.
The Mogollon Chapter 1235 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly no-host luncheon and meeting Wednesday, Jan. 23 starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. The meetings are held at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.
This month the featured speaker will be Cameron Davis, director of the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend. Please remember to bring nonperishable food items for the Payson Food Bank.
For more information, please call Dale at (928) 468-6227.
Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country meets at noon every Wednesday at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. For more information, please contact Sandi Scott, (928) 978-4748 or Audrey Wilson, (928) 472-9380.
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 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.
Ladies’ Happy Hour
Soroptimist is holding a Ladies’ Happy Hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23 and all Rim Country women are invited.
There is limited space, so reservations are required. There will be complimentary tapas and a cash bar for wine. Water will be provided at no charge.
Please call Jean Oliver, (928) 474-6167, at your earliest convenience to insure your spot.
Healthy eating class
“The Joys of Healthy Eating” is a hands-on, fun food prep class which meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday at Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane, Suite 2 behind the stairs, Payson. We will use existing recipes from raw and vegan cookbooks, and will create our own unique recipes as well.
Come join the fun and get healthy in the process! Donations are appreciated to help pay for food and utilities. For more information, call (928) 951-4481.
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.
Members of the Rim Country 4-Wheelers would like to invite anyone interested in 4-wheeling to join them at their monthly meetings. Meetings are the fourth Thursday of each month at the Lamplighter RV Park Community Center in Star Valley. The next meeting is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24.
In addition to our meetings, members meet each Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at a designated location for a run. Runs also occur once a month on a Saturday and the destination is usually predetermined at the prior month’s meeting.
For more information, visit www.rimcountry4wheelers.com; e-mail Bobby Mitchell at jeeps firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (928) 474-8112 or (602) 397-4238.
Course in Miracles & Meditation
Every Thursday night, a silent meditation session is held at 6 p.m.; from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. there is a class and group discussion at Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane, Payson. Donations accepted, Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Wes Ruth (928) 533-1424.
Second Amendment and gun rights
The Payson Tea Party is alive and well. This week the speaker, Doug Little, owner of Armed Personal Defense, will discuss current attacks on the Second Amendment and gun rights policy. Little is an NRA training counselor who trains law enforcement officers as well as civilian students, and certifies new NRA instructors.
The Tea Party meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Little is also a candidate for AZGOP chairman, and will be speaking to interested Republicans at 3:30 p.m., also at Tiny’s.
Rim Country Coalition
The Rim Country Coalition is a newly formed group of local agencies and community members. The focus of the group is the prevention of substance misuse/abuse among older adults in the Payson area. The group plans to help “connect seniors in the Rim Country.”
The group meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.
The guest speaker at the Jan. 25 meeting is Dr. Alan Michels with Ponderosa Family Care. He will discuss prescribing of pain medication. Please join us.
For more information, contact Carol Wilson, 1-800-293-9393.
The Payson Flycasters Club will meet Saturday, Jan. 26 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Breakfast is at 8 a.m. and the general meeting starts at 9 a.m. There will be an election of officers and board members.
The guest speaker this month will be Jeff Voigt, who has fished and guided extensively throughout the northwest United States. His presentation will be “Blue Water Fishing off Baja and will include slides of Baja, Calif.
Everyone who enjoys fishing and the outdoors is welcome to attend this informative and entertaining meeting.
Republicans host Andy McKinney
The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, Jan. 28 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Andy McKinney, local author and lecturer, will speak on Mexico Today. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at 472-1172 for more information.
Meditation Book Group selects next book
At their Jan. 28 meeting, the ongoing Meditation Book Group will begin coverage of “Falling into Grace – the End of Suffering.” The segment of meetings for this particular book will take place Jan. 28 through June 3, nine meetings. The group meets two Mondays each month, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Payson Public Library.
The meetings usually consist of a 15-minute meditation period, and conversation about an assigned chapter. Class size averages 10-12 people.
“Falling into Grace” (available on Amazon for $12) explores:
• The choice to stop believing thoughts that perpetuate suffering
• Stepping into the pure potential of the present moment
• Experiences one may encounter along their process
• Feeling connected with every part of our experience
• True autonomy — the unique expression of our own sense of freedom.
Kimberly Chambers, the group’s facilitator offers, “This is a clear and powerful book that can help us see our “normal” ways of creating our own suffering. We just don’t realize we’re doing this until an insightful teacher/author points it out, and we seriously contemplate the truth of the teaching.”
Kimberly recommends a new, more progressive form of meditation, which she refers to as Awareness Meditation. It promotes an attitude of opening for the meditator, rather than a closing down. She is a retired educator who has been holding special-interest book groups for 20 years, and has been a full-time resident of Payson since 2005. For more information, call her at (928) 478-6803.
Wednesday Duplicate Bridge results
Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for Jan. 9 were: Meg Turlukis and Phon Sutton, N/S, and Alice Bond and Carolyn Caddy, E/W, first; Larry and Sue Hoecker, N/S, and Frances Schwartz and Wanda Sitz, E/W, second; Kay Hutchinson and Kent Teaford, N/S, and Dot Koshinkski and Sharon Vaplon, E/W, third.
For information and reservations, call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.
Rim Country Classic Auto Club to meet
The Rim Country Classic Auto Club (RCCAC) holds its monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260 in Payson. For information, call Steve Fowler at (928) 478-6676.
Payson/Star Valley residents meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Philips St., Payson and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays at the Star Valley Baptist Church, E. Hwy 260. Contact Kali at (503) 354-4402 for more information.
AA now has a 24-hour Hotline, (928) 474-3620 and a Web site, www.paysonaa.com.
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.
Breast cancer survivor support
Attention women breast cancer survivors — would you like to meet once a month for a short, Christian devotional and support? Please call Olivia at (928) 474-8334 for more details.