Writers award scholarship
Arizona Professional Writers (formerly Arizona Press Women) presented a $500 check to college scholarship recipient Kayla Percell of Payson during a recent meeting. Percell graduated from Payson High School in May and started her own business, Country Girl Creative Photography. Speaking to the group, she shared some lessons learned from writing a business plan for her business, which specializes in graduation photographs and announcements. Currently a Rio Salado College student, Percell plans to continue her studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Republicans host election night open house
The Gila County Republic Party will host an election night open house from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 at their Payson headquarters located at 719 S. Beeline Highway.
Fellow Republicans and Independents are invited to join in watching the election night results. Food and refreshments will available. Call (928) 472-4452 for details.
Alateen is a 12-step program for young people living with an alcoholic parent.
It meets at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane at 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
For more information, call Helen, (928) 978-6424.
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 on East Highway 260 in Star Valley; for more information, call (928) 474-6212.
The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge #70, located at 200 E. Rancho Road in Payson, meets every Tuesday 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.
NARFE meeting Aug. 27
The Mogollon Chapter 1235 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold their monthly no host luncheon and meeting on Aug. 27. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. at Tiny’s Restaurant on Highway 260.
This month’s guest speaker will be Suzie Tubbs, Director of Fire Wise. All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend. Any new member will receive a free lunch. Please remember the Payson Food Bank and bring non-perishable food items.
For more information, call Dale at 468-6227.
Drug problem? If you think you may have a problem with drugs, give yourself a break. There is a way out, with the help of other recovering addicts in Narcotics Anonymous. We have been there.
Rim Recovery NA meets in Payson:
Monday at 5:30 p.m. – 408 W. Main #11 (entrance behind the building)
Wednesday at 6 p.m. – 408 W. Main #11 (entrance behind the building)
Thursday at 7 p.m. – 107 E. Airline (Steps House – directly behind old batting cages)
Friday at 6 p.m. – 408 W. Main #11 (entrance behind the building)
3rd Saturday Only at 6 p.m. “Speaker Meeting” – 408 W. Main #11. The Saturday meeting currently meets only once a month.
Sunday at 6:30 p.m. – 10 E. Airline (Steps House – directly behind old batting cages).
Before you use again, please call: Patty S. at (928) 978-5240, Bill N. at (928) 978-8001, Jesse at (928) 978-5905.
The local Soroptimist club invites all women who are interested in working with and for the community to improve the status of women to join members for lunch at Tiny’s, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson, at noon Wednesdays.
Anyone interested should contact Jean Oliver, (928) 474-6167; or Audrey Wilson. (928) 468-3108.
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.
Kaitie’s Closet is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization collecting clothes for free distribution to those in need in Rim Country. Everyone in Rim Country needing children’s clothing is welcome.
The next Kaitie’s Closet’s distribution will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow.
Kaitie’s Closet recently had a New Shoe Drive and we wish to thank the community for their generous donations. Parents, be sure and bring your children to receive new shoes at this distribution.
Rim Country Coalition
The Rim Country Coalition is a group of local agencies and community members whose goal is the prevention of substance misuse/abuse among older adults in the area. The group plans to help “connect seniors in the Rim Country.”
The group meets at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at The Center (formerly Payson Senior Center) 514 W. Main St. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.
For more information, call 1-800-293-9393 or (928) 970-1298.
Kiwanis meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.
For more information, call (602) 510-9431.
TOPS 0373 Payson (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter meets at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.
We meet every Thursday morning. Our weigh-in starts at 7 a.m. Our meeting starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 8:50 a.m.
We are a non-profit support group for anyone wishing to drop those extra, unhealthy pounds. You gain new friends, along with invaluable information and support in your weight loss journey. Come check us out! If you have any questions, call Ilona at (928) 472-3331.
Payson Memoir Writers
Members of Payson Memoir Writers meet for lunch at 1 p.m. Thursday in the private dining room at the Crosswinds Restaurant. The organization is currently open to new members.
The purpose of the meetings is for those in attendance to read from their memoirs, followed by suggestions and encouragement.
If interested, call Carole for details and to reserve a place at the table, (928) 474-0753.
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.
Bingo at Senior Center
The Payson Senior Center and Payson Helping Payson host bingo every Friday at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.
Tickets go on sale at noon and games start at 1 p.m.
A full “Blue Plate Special” lunch is also served from noon to 2 p.m.
Payson Marine Corps League to meet
All Marines and FMF- Corpsmen in the Payson area are invited to a meeting of the Payson Marine Corps League Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Elk Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Social gathering is at 9 a.m.; meeting agenda starts promptly at 10 a.m.
For further information, call (602) 708-1011.