Library Friends of Payson
The Library Friends of Payson will host Bill Pitterle, commander of the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad, at its 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20 program. Pitterle will speak about the mission and experiences of the local rescue team. The squad includes high-angle rope rescue specialists, emergency medical technicians, swift water rescue teams and trackers who respond to emergencies in the wilderness. These dedicated volunteers respond to about 30 to 50 calls per year, day or night, when summoned by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office. The meeting is held in the library meeting room, it starts with a short business meeting at 10 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free program. The library will be closed for Martin Luther King Day, so please enter at the side meeting door. There will be signs on the doors to direct you to the meeting room. For questions, please call the library at (928) 474-9260.
The Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, has scheduled the following for the weekend:
Friday, Jan. 10: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., dinner special — stuffed pork chops; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., karaoke with Don & Candy.
Sunday, Jan. 12: 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.
Overeaters Anonymous meets from 2 p.m. Mondays at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.
There are no fees or dues. The only membership requirement is a desire to not compulsively overeat anymore.
Call the following members for more information: Denise, (928) 978-3706; Mary Jo, (928) 978-4663; Ted, (928) 951-3362; Alice at (602) 828-0917 or (928) 478-4361.
Rim Country Optimist Club
Rim Country Optimist Club usually meets the second Monday of each month at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant of the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino starting at 5:15 p.m., with dinner and then usually hosting a speaker at 6 p.m. The next meeting is Monday, Jan. 13. The speaker, Judy Baker, is going to help members to plan and understand a future event.
If you wish to attend the meeting and see what Optimist is about or learn about the event, feel free to attend. The business meeting will be held following the speaker. For further information about the club or future events, contact Joan Young, president, at (928) 472-2264 or visit the Web site: http://www.rimcountry optimist.com.
The Optimist Club (Friends of Youth) works in a variety of ways to help youth in the community. Through benefits, activities, scholarships and financial support the club members strive to expand and enhance opportunities for children of all ages.
The sixth annual Lip Sync Contest is the club’s next event; it will take place Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium.
The Rim Country Photography/ Camera Club will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13. The meeting is open to all those interested in photography and there is no charge to attend. The club meets at Rim Country Apartments, 807 W. Longhorn Road. After entering the drive, turn right and go to the building marked 809. The meeting is held in the activity room located in the central courtyard. For questions, call Harold Rush, (928) 474-9673.
Scouting adventures await boys ages 7 to 18 with Pack 7354. While the group meets at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, it is nondenominational and provides a true Scouting experience with lots of outdoor activities and the opportunity to learn skills. Both the Pack and Troop meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. For details, call (928) 950-4576.
Rim Area Gardeners
Rim Area Gardeners meet the second Monday of the month at the Church of Christ on Tyler Parkway at 6:30 p.m. for socializing, with the program at 7 p.m.
The Rim Area Gardeners meeting for Jan. 13 will feature Patrick Teague from Creative Landscaping Design and Maintenance. He will discuss pruning, mulching, bare root planting and what to look for as you are planning landscaping projects.
The Democratic Women of Rim Country will meet Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Tiny’s Restaurant at noon. Come at 11:30 a.m. to order lunch and visit with friends. Men are always welcome. For more information, call Carol at (928) 468-1115.
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 older.
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.
Friendship Bible Class
Friendship Bible Class, a non-denominational Bible study for women, meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Majestic Rim. All women in the community are invited. For information, call Marilyn at (928) 474-6712.
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.
Beyond Limits Disability Ministry
Beyond Limits will kick off the new year with this month’s meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. A delicious free dinner will be provided, followed by music and an inspirational program.
Family members, caregivers and service providers are always welcome to join us.
Beyond Limits is an interdenominational Christian group for adults with developmental disabilities, age 18 and older.
The ministry, which began in 2005, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization.
For questions or further information, call Mark or Jennie Smith at 468-8434.
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.
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.
International Police Association
The International Police Association (I.P.A. Region 61 Northern AZ) meets for breakfast at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant inside the Mazatzal Casino. 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.
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.
Winners at Tuesday Bridge Club for Jan. 7 were: Carol Blann, first; Betty Mashl, second; Kay Hutchinson, third.
Play is at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Majestic Rim, 310 East Tyler Parkway. Area residents and guests are welcome.
Please call Bonnie Sheldon at (928) 468-6811 for reservations and information.