Payson Lions Club celebrates 50 years of community service
Bill Davis (left), president of the Payson Lions, and Joe Preston, second international vice president helped the Payson Lions Club members and guests from around Arizona celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary at the Mazatzal Casino recently. Rio Chavez of Payson led everyone in singing the National Anthem. Preston, a resident of Dewey, Ariz., was the keynote speaker. He is in line to become president of Lions International in 2014, leading the world’s largest service club organization, consisting of 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members. Payson Lions and all Arizonans were honored to have such a distinguished speaker and native son address the celebration. Local members, as part of this larger Lions organization, take an active role in community service by emphasizing vision and hearing assistance with a variety of fund-raising and service projects in Rim Country. Anyone interested in learning more about Lions can contact Davis at (928) 474-2176.
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.
The lodge has a Thursday Fish Fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekly dinner specials are available.
The Moose Lodge is located on East Highway 260 in Star Valley; for more information, call (928) 474-6212.
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.
Every Friday there is Karaoke from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 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 Elks Lodge is at 1206 N. Beeline Highway. For more information, contact the Lodge at (928) 474-2572.
Native American Flute Circle in Payson
The Native American Flute is one of the easiest instruments to learn to play, and one of the most beautiful. Bring your flute, or just come and listen at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Tom Russell’s office behind Fargo’s Steakhouse, Suite D-3. Native drummers also welcome. Admission is free.
The Payson Satellite of the Northern Arizona Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America meets at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.
The chapter is open to all officers of any branch and their spouses.
The association endeavors to key members in formed on matters that pertain to the rights their services has earned them. There is a $15 cost per person for this luncheon meeting. This meeting will have visitors from the Prescott host chapter plus a member for the state and national organizations. For more information, contact Capt. C.E. Carlton USAFR (928) 474-9503.
Canasta Saving Graces Card Group
We are looking for a few more ladies who enjoy laughter, fun and new friendships. This Red Hat Group meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Crosswinds Restaurant.
There is a break for lunch around noon and play resumes after lunch. You do not need to know how to play. Our members will be happy to teach you. All are welcome! Please contact The Saving Graces at (928) 468-8585 and ask for Ann-Marie or kindly leave a message if no answer.
The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge #70, located at 200 E. Rancho Road in Payson, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. A dinner is held at 5:30 p.m. every second Tuesday for members, families and guests with an after-dinner program followed by the lodge’s Stated Meeting at 7 p.m.
For more information, go online to www.paysonmason.org or contact Tom Jones, secretary, at (928) 474-1305 or (818) 314-9950.
Organ music Tuesdays
A night of Christian and theatre organ music, performed by Marc Epstein, is offered every Tuesday evening beginning at 7 p.m. at Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness at 107 W. Wade Lane, Payson. A love offering is encouraged.
For more information, telephone (928) 468-3250.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TOPS 373 Payson (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter meets every Thursday morning the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.
The weigh-in starts at 7:20 a.m. and the meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m.
TOPS is a non-profit support group for anyone wishing to drop those extra, unhealthy pounds. If you have any questions, call Ilona at (928) 472-3331.
Payson Tea Party
The Payson Tea Party meets every Thursday night (except holidays) at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are great speakers and/or great interaction each week on local, state and federal issues. All are welcome. Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.
Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for May 23 were: Ruth and George Aucott, N/S and Hallie Jackman and Flo Moeur, E/W, first; Meg Turlukis and Phon Sutton tied with Sherry Proctor and Myrtle Warter, N/S, and Mary Kastner and Tim Demaray, E/W, second; Sue Chester and Jerri Koch, N/S and Diane Bricker and Teri Jimerson, E/W, third.
For information and reservations, call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.
Course in Miracles and Meditation session
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.