Clubs And Organizations, Jan. 28



Rim Country Celts program

The Rim Country Celts will sponsor a free evening of Celtic music and dance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5 with the music group Cinnamon Twist, followed by a presentation and demonstration of the art of Ceili dance by Valerie Castaneda at Dimi Espresso in the Swiss Village.

Cinnamon Twist will begin at 6 p.m. and the dance program will begin at 7 p.m. Persons attending are invited to wear their favorite Celtic apparel including kilts and tartans.

Castaneda moved to Payson from Flagstaff last year and has taught Ceili dance in the past. She is currently teaching a Ceili dance class at Dimi Espresso at 6 p.m. every Tuesday.

For more information, please contact Anne James at (928) 951-4420.

Masonic Lodge

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 or contact Tom Jones, secretary, at (928) 474-1305 or (818) 314-9950.

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

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

Clothing distribution 

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 clothes is welcome to participate in distribution days.

The next Kaitie’s Closet’s distribution will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Rim Country Middle School, 304 S. Meadow.

Kaitie’s Closet had a New Shoe Drive over the holidays and we wish to thank the community for the generous donations. Parents, be sure and bring your children to receive new shoes at this distribution.


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.

Weight Watchers

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.

TOPS 0373

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.

Order of the Eastern Star

The Ponderosa Chapter #64 O.E.S. meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Rd., Payson.

A potluck dinner is held at 5:30 at the second meeting of the month.

All Eastern Star members are invited. Ladies with any Masonic family affiliation are encouraged to join the group.

In addition to the meetings, the ladies gather at 10 a.m. every Wednesday for a fun game of canasta.

For more information, contact Lois Miller, secretary, at (928) 474-0521.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post #69, located at 709 E. Highway 260.

We would like to invite all members to join us. For more information, contact Post Commander Dwayne Cunningham, (928) 951-1691.

Bridge results

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for Jan. 22 were: Sherry Proctor and Myrtle Warter, first; Kay Hutchinson and Kent Teaford, second; Dot and Ed Koshinski, third.

For information and reservations, please call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.

Card players wanted

The Saving Graces of Payson — a Canasta card-playing group — is looking for a few ladies who enjoy fun, laughter and friendship.

This Red Hat group meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Crosswinds Restaurant patio room. There is a break for lunch around noon and play and resumes after lunch. Anyone interested in joining will be welcomed. You do not need to know how to play, the members will be happy to teach the game.

Please contact Queen Mum Ann-Marie at (928) 468-8585; please leave a message if there’s no answer.

PAWS meeting

The Payson Area Woofers Society (PAWS) monthly meeting is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the Payson Library meeting room.  

There will be two guest speakers from Tonto Rim Search & Rescue Team offering some very important information.  

Refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Rim Country Classic Auto Club

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 Navy and Coast Guard veterans

An informal get-together of Navy and Coast Guard veterans in the Payson area is held on the first Thursday of each month at La Sierra restaurant on north Highway 87 at Forest Drive in Payson.

The group meets for coffee or lunch at 11 a.m. to share stories and camaraderie with fellow veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, other conflicts, and peacetime naval service. For details, call (928) 970-0066.

Genealogy and DNA

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society program for Thursday, Feb. 6 will be “Understanding the Role of DNA in Establishing Family History Relationships” presented by Judy Voran.

As a trained librarian, one of her underlying principles in recording her family research was to ensure that all lineages were supported by documentary evidence. This principle led her to the study of DNA in establishing family relationships.

Submitting DNA samples for her brother for Y-chromosome values and DNA for herself to establish mitochondrial values led to results that helped establish family relationships.

Attend this cutting-edge program at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita St., Payson.

Lost Loves

Lost Loves, a support group for adults who have lost a loved one through suicide, meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Adults suffering from such a loss are welcome to attend the group sessions which are free of charge. The group is facilitated by a professional counselor an da survivor of suicide loss.

Please contact Elizabeth at (928) 468-2133 for more information.


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