Connie Cockrell


Payson Helping Payson’s bingo games are played at 501 E. Rancho Rd., Payson. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., Fridays. There are new games and prizes, including larger minimum payouts. Players can get a hot dog, chips and drink for $1.

Proceeds benefit the Payson Helping Payson charity work.

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.

Archaeology meeting

The Arizona Archaeological Society Rim Country Chapter meets at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 N. Easy St., Payson.

The featured speaker is Dr. Todd Bostwick, retired City of Phoenix archaeologist, who still actively works with the Verde Valley Archaeology Center as chief archaeologist. His focus is “Interpreting the Nazca Lines: Enigmatic Images of the Peruvian Desert.” This talk will provide a detailed examination of the culture that created the geoglyphs, show aerial photographs of the more famous geoglyphs and will discuss the various researchers who have worked in Nazca and the results of their studies.

Following the meeting, a hike for members to Spanish Ruins in Payson will follow. This is a steep hike up a forest road with some rock climbing to reach some highly unusual ruins. Bring hiking stick, lots of water, hat, sunscreen and good hiking boots.

The chapter is also having its annual membership drive. Arrive before 10 a.m. and have more time to sign up for 2019. Single membership is $35, dual or family membership is $40.

Support for rape/incest victims/survivors

The local support group for victims/survivors of rape and incest now meets at 3 p.m., the first and third Saturday at Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Rd.

The meetings will be held in the community room of the facility’s apartment complex, located in the southwest corner of the building.

For details, call Alexandra at 480-390-4511 or 928-478-4070.

Order of the Eastern Star

The Ponderosa Chapter #64 O.E.S. meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays at the Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Rd., Payson. All Eastern Star members are invited to attend. Master Masons and all ladies with any Masonic affiliation or family members in Freemasonry 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 O.E.S. Canasta.

For more information, contact Marjorie Winemiller, secretary, at 928-468-0790.

TOPS in Pine

The TOPS 412 (Take off Pounds Sensibly) Pine group meets Tuesdays at the LDS chapel in Pine. Weigh-in is at 8 a.m., the meeting starts at 8:15 a.m.

For more information, call Barbara at 928-978-4750 or Charlotte at 928-978-3640.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday 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; Jane and Ron, 928-476-6483.

Ukulele Fun

Ukulele Fun meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday at the Payson Library, 328 N. McLane Rd. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join in. Any questions: 928-595-2086.

Moose Lodge events

The Women of the Moose meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month. The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

The Moose Lodge is located on E. Hwy. 260 in Star Valley. For more information, call 928-474-6212.

Masonic Lodge

The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge #70, located at 200 E. Rancho Road in Payson, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

For details go online to or contact Bill Herzig, secretary, at 928- 474-1305 or 928-951-2662.

Professional writers meet

The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Professional Writers meet at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21 in the Majestic Rim Living Dining Room, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. The meeting is free and open to the public.

After a short business meeting, participants will do what is called “a write-in.” This is in honor of November’s National Novel Writing Month. NaNo for short, writers all around the world join in the challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month. One way many do that is by joining together for a few hours at a time and writing together, “a write-in.”

Led by Connie Cockrell, program director for the Rim Country chapter of the Arizona Professional Writers, this meeting is open to the public. Writers of all sorts, whether or not you’re involved in NaNo, are encouraged to come have some fun and write with members. There will be handouts, word sprints, prizes and a lot of laughs.

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