Christmas Boutique in Pine
The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild presents three craft shows on summer holiday weekends each year. Proceeds go to support other non-profit groups in Pine and Strawberry. This year, the Guild was able to donate about $11,000 to help others in the community. The Guild’s shows are special because they are juried and allow only handcrafted items and require the artist/crafter to be the one selling the product. The Guild’s popular Christmas Boutique is open Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 7 and 14 in the Arts & Crafts Room at the Pine Community Center on North Highway 87.
Members of the Payson Walkers meet at 9 a.m. daily for an hour-long hike on pavement. The following starting points have been scheduled:
Nov. 27 — Walgreens
Nov. 28 — Gila Community College north lot
Nov. 29 — Home Depot
Nov. 30 — West end of Longhorn
Please park away from the most used areas of any parking lot so as to not block businesses/clients, etc.
For more information, call Shirley Cape at (402) 981-6097.
Rim Country 4 Wheelers
Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers invite anyone interested in 4-wheeling to join them at 9 a.m. each Wednesday in the parking lot at the east end of Bashas’ by Jiffy Lube. Normally anywhere from four to a dozen or more members participate and the destination is usually determined at that time. 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 the Web site www.rimcountry4wheelers.com. If you prefer, you can call President Jim McIntyre at (602) 809-4716.
International Police Association
The International Police Association (I.P.A. Region 61 Northern AZ) meets for breakfast at Mazatzal Casino Restaurant at 9 a.m. every Wednesday. All honorably retired law enforcement and active law enforcement personnel are welcome.
For more information, call Michelle Dyer at (928) 970-0247 or go online to www.ip_usa.org.
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.
The Payson Elks Lodge - B.P.O.Elks. 2154 - at 1206 N. Beeline Highway, serves lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Other upcoming activities:
Wednesday, Nov. 27 – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., potluck, bring a dish or donate $5 per person; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Karaoke with Don and Candy.
Thursday, Nov. 28 – Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, open to the public with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29 – 6 p.m., music with Don and Candy; no food served, however, pizzas will be ordered for those interested
Saturday, Nov. 30 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Elks Jam Band, food will be served.
Sunday, Dec. 1 – noon to 4 p.m., food served; 1 p.m., Bingo, doors open at noon; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., happy hour; 4:30 p.m., pool tournament.
Thanksgiving Eve worship service
Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will have a special Thanksgiving Eve worship service at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27. The theme for the service will be “The Rich Fool and The Folly of Riches.” Holy communion will be served.
For more information, call Pastor Steve De Santo at (928) 474-5440.
Payson Area Singles
The Tuesday Morning Breakfast Bunch, a group of single men and women, meet at 9 a.m. every week at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, to visit and plan future activities. Upcoming event include:
• Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day, singles will join together for a free dinner at Tiny’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m.
• The Christmas party will be at Tiny’s Restaurant at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12. The group will be having dinner, a visit from Santa, gifts, and more.
• Tuesday and Thursday members attend a Silver Sneakers exercise program together at Club USA at the Sawmill Crossing center.
For more information or to make suggestions for future activities, call Nadine at (928) 476-4659
The Payson Flycasters Club will meet Saturday, Nov. 30 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Breakfast is at 8 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.
All those interested in fishing in the Rim area are invited to attend. For further information, contact Gary at (928) 474-4486.
Advent Services & more
Shepherd of the Pines
Midweek Advent Services will be held at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, in preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Services are at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. The theme for the Advent Services will be “Jesus is…”
Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation for this traditional welcome to Christmas.
For more information, call Pastor Steve De Santo at (928) 474-5440 or visit: www.shepherdofthepineslutheran.com.
The public is invited to celebrate Advent at Mount Cross and join the congregation for other special programs in the coming week.
• Wednesday, Dec. 4: the Hanging of the Greens service is at 6:15 p.m. This beautiful event involves decorating the church in a family atmosphere. Wassail and cookies will be served after the service. If you’ve never had wassail, this is a must try! Worried about finding time to make dinner before attending? Not a problem, a supper is available at 5 p.m. in the church’s log building, prior to the service.
• Sunday, Dec. 8 the Chancel Choir will present Bethlehem’s Child at 8:30 a.m. and the church’s Praise Team will present the Christmas story in song at 10:30 a.m.
• Midweek Advent services are offered in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and in the evening at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and 18. A light supper is offered at 5 p.m.
Mount Cross is located at 601 E. Highway 260, just east of Safeway.
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 on Saturday, Dec. 7. Help members of Payson Amnesty shine a light on human rights issues in the community and throughout the world.
For more information, call Penny, (928) 978-1268.
Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for Nov. 20 were Alice Bond and Sandy Finn, first; Flo Moeur and Joan Young, second; Wanda Sitz and Phon Sutton, third.
For information and reservations, please call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.
Kiwanis Brats/Hot Dogs available for your event
The Payson Kiwanis Club Foundation is available to cook and sell Brats and Hot Dogs at your function or cater your party. All proceeds benefit the children of Rim Country. Please contact Mike Clark at (602) 510-9431 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.