And the winner....

Judy Thompson, pictured with museum director Judy Lee, won the handmade quilt by the late Lois Fischer, long-time Benson teacher. Ms Thompson was Lois’ fifth-grade student. She expressed how thrilled she was to have something that was made by the very special Lois Fischer.The museum has begun raffle ticket sales on the very last of the Lois Fisher quilts obtained by the museum after Mrs. Fischer’s passing last December. Tickets are available at the Museum and at Debbie Padia’s Hairdresser Shop, Hello Be You, on Fifth Street. Call (214) 284-1010 for information.

Trunk or Treat: St. David’s trunk or treat will be held Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the football field. Admission is $3 per child or $10 per family. There is a need for advanced candy donations to help make the night a great success. Call (520) 490-9273 for questions.

VFW Friday dinners: The Friday dinner Nov. 1 at Benson VFW Post 6271 features rib and brisket, beans, macaroni salad, roll. Cost is $10 All dinners include dessert, coffee or tea and cost is $8 unless otherwise noted, and served from 5-6 p.m. Call (520) 586-2197 for takeout or information. Nov. 8: Beer battered fish, french fries, coleslaw; Nov. 15: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad; Nov. 22: Beef stew, homemade rolls, salad, hosted by American Legion Auxiliary. No dinner on Thanksgiving Day weekend.

USMC/Legion breakfast: The Marine Corps Detachment and Legion Riders hold their monthly breakfast on the first Saturday monthly, Nov. 2, 8 to 10 a.m., serving biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, coffee or juice. Cost is $6.

Photography Exhibit, Sale: The San Pedro River Arts Council’s Photography Exhibit and Sale is currently on display and runs through Oct. 30 at Cochise College Benson Center, 1025 AZ 90. The exhibit boasts more than 200 works representing professional, amateur and youth photographers throughout southeast Arizona.

Benson Lions Club: The Benson Lions Club breakfasts, held on the first and third Sunday monthly, resume Nov. 3 and are held from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Appreciation Day: First Responder Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at Walmart in support of local first responders in a gathering around the flagpole in the store lot at 200 S. Prickly Pear Ave. The public is invited for “a special presentation.”

Benson Historical Museum: The new mastodon tusks exhibit, on-loan from the U of A Paleontology Dept., is a “knock-your-socks-off, can’t-miss” addition to the museum’s Curtis Flats Prehistoric Mammal Bones Exhibit, notes Museum Director Judy Lee. The exhibit joins an 1800s era parlor exhibit belonging to Andrew Jackson Ritter, a Tombstone undertaker, along with the DeGrazia art exhibit. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call them at 586-3134.

Jazz Ensemble: The Cochise College Jazz Ensemble,“... back by popular demand,” returns to Cochise College Benson Center for the annual Winter Concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission. Benson Center is located at 1025 S. State Route 90. Call (520) 586-1981 for additional information.

Word crafters: The San Pedro Valley Word Crafters is a writer’s group in town, meet and network with writers of all genres, skill levels, published and unpublished, on the second and fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Benson Public Library, 300 S. Huachuca St. Contact Pat Myers at (405) 921-6627 for additional information.

Thriving on Plants: Join “Thriving on Plants,” for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m., where the chief clinical dietitian from Canyon Vista Medical Center will present “What is a Plant Based Keto Diet?” Call Dee at 520-224-4081 for more meeting location and other information.

San Pedro Masonic Lodge #55, F&AM, meet the fourth Monday monthly, except July and August, at 7 p.m., at the lodge building, 623 Foothill Dr., Benson. Visit or call (520) 241-0438.

Order of Eastern Star: Pearl of Venus Chapter #6, AZ OES meets on the first and third Tuesday monthly, mid-September to mid-June, 1 p.m., at Benson Masonic Lodge, 623 Foothill Dr., Benson.

Hospital Auxiliary: The Benson Hospital Auxiliary is holding a membership drive. Anyone interested in joining can contact Membership Chairman Sue by calling (520)265-2536.

Bible studies: Join Rev. Monica Russell of Community Presbyterian Church of Benson for an eight-week Bible Study based on “The Bible Jesus Read” by Philip Yancey, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. or Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. There is no cost except for the book. Scholarships available. Questions? Call (520) 586-2771.

Women’s interdenominational Bible study will begin Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 983 S. Ocotillo Ave., for the study of Exodus from Joy of Living Bible Studies. Call (520) 221-0098 for additional information.

CPR classes: The Mescal-J6 Fire District offers CPR training classes are held monthly. Cost is $35 for Basic Heartsaver CPR or $40 for BLS Healthcare Providers. Proof of residency required; non-residents are welcome for an additional fee. Classes limited to eight students per session Call Firefighter Kearney at 520-468-1266 for information. Classes are held at the MJFD Administration, 98 Oak Dr., in Mescal.

Rotary: The Benson Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noon at Benson Hospital, 450 S. Ocotillo Ave. For more information, contact

Dealing with loss: Anyone experiencing some form of loss in their lives can meet with others who are enduring some type of loss. Meetings are held at St. Raphael Church, 730. S. Hwy. 80, Benson, Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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