Humane Society seeks donations

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is seeking the community’s financial support to meet its goal to get a mobile surgical unit to serve the needs of the entire county by 2019. This new mobile unit will help perform the necessary medical procedures shelter animals need, hold public low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics.

Every dollar donated will be matched up to a total of $100,000 through 2018, so time to help is growing short.

Donate online at or call 928-474-5590 to make a credit card donation. Mail checks to HSCAZ, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547 or drop off a donation at the shelter, at 605 W. Wilson Court, Payson, off South McLane, south of West Main.

First Friday features duo

First Friday at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson, is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4. The duo, Trouble in Paradise – Chuck and Barbara Casey – is featured and will present a program of 1930s and 40s swing jazz. A $5 donation will buy supper and an evening of music. Proceeds benefit the Payson Food Bank.

A Pickles & Ice Cream event

Expectant mothers and their families are invited to a free tour of Banner Payson Medical Center to learn more about what to expect when they come to the hospital to have their baby.

The next Pickles & Ice Cream event is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8. The program includes pre-registration information; a tour of the Women and Infant Services Department; a visit with medical staff to answer questions; parenting kits and Imagination Library information; free ice cream for all.

To reserve a spot, call 928-471-1294. Banner Payson Medical Center is at 807 S. Ponderosa St., its website is

Acting Classes at GCC

Acting classes are slated at the Payson campus of Gila Community College for the spring term. The course covers improvisations, comedy, drama, pantomime and more. The tuition is free for senior citizens. Home-school students 14 and older are welcome to attend.

Classes begin Jan. 10, 2019. Call GCC at 928-468-8039 or go online to or stop by the college administration building at 201 Mud Springs Road.

Poker in Pine

Bruce’s Poker Club celebrates 10 years of “nothing wild poker” and invites everyone to participate from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Monday at the Pine Strawberry Senior Center dining room. To learn more, call Tom Jones or leave a message at 928-476-4205.

Cornerstone offers food

The Cornerstone Church of God, 208 S. McLane Road, operates the Oasis Food Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday except the third.

The third Saturday of the month Cornerstone provides free food boxes to area seniors, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details, call 928-951-3896.

Rim Country 4 Wheelers

Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers (RC4W) invite anyone interested in four-wheel-drive back road travel to join them at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the Bashas’ shopping center parking lot in front of the Big 5 store.

For details, go online to; email or call President Bill Suk at 480-688-6744.


The ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) is a group of men that like to meet and socialize. The group meets at different locations at 11 a.m. each Wednesday – first Wednesday is at Macky’s Grill. For details, go to the website, or call 602-999-8053.


Soroptimist International of Zane Grey County meets at noon Wednesday at Tiny’s, 600 E. Hwy. 260, Payson. All interested women are invited to come and learn more about the group.

For details, call Candace Conte, 928-472-8891 or Carol Blann, 928-978-3881.

Alzheimer’s caregivers support groups

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group invites caregivers, families, service providers and members of the community to attend any or all of the following:

• First and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center.

For more details, call Mary, 928-474-3560. The Payson Senior Center is located at 514 W. Main St.

PAWS meeting

The Payson Area Woofers Society (PAWS) meets at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2 in the conference room at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd.

Dr. Jodie Gruenstern, an integrative veterinarian, will present “Integrating Natural Pet Care from Teeth to Tail.” All are welcome to attend and get your questions answered. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. For details, please call Becky Wiles 928-472-6967.

Rim Country Rotary Club

The Rim Country Rotary Club meets at 6:45 a.m. Thursdays at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. For details, go online to www.rimcountryrotary.

Kiwanis meeting

The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country meets on Thursdays at 7 a.m. at Tiny’s Restaurant. For details about Zane Grey Kiwanis, please visit

Payson TOPS meeting

TOPS 373 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday morning. Weigh-in starts at 7 a.m. and the program is from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Meetings are at 215 N. Beeline Highway. If you have any questions, call Ilona at 928-472-3331.

Strawberry Patchers

The Strawberry Patchers quilting group meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at 9:30 a.m. The first Thursday is a business meeting; the third is a project or class. Meetings are at the Isabelle Hunt Library Activity Room in Pine. Website: Contact Monika Hancock at or Linda O’Dell at or 928-951-4895.

Arizona Cactus Navy

An informal gathering of Navy and Coast Guard veterans and Merchant Marines in the Payson area is the first Thursday of each month at La Sierra restaurant in Payson. The group meets for coffee or lunch at 11 a.m. to share stories. For questions, please call 928-970-0066.

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