Meatloaf Friday: The Benson Friday VFW Dinner on Jan. 31, features meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad and dessert. Cost is $8. Call 586-2197 for takeout or additional information. Open to the public. USMC/Legion breakfast: The Marine Corps Detachment and Legion Riders monthly breakfast is held on the first Saturday monthly, Feb. 1, 8 to 10 a.m., serving biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, coffee or juice. Cost is $6.

Benson Lions Club: The Benson Lions breakfast, first and third Sunday monthly, is set for Feb. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Serving pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee/tea, juice for $6. Proceeds benefit local charities and schools.

FAFSA night: Free Application for Federal Student Aid Night at Benson High School. Prospective college students and their parents can receive on site professional assistance as they plan for secondary education.

Students are invited to participate in FAFSA Night at the Benson High School in the cafeteria on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 360 S. Patagonia St. Students can get assistance completing financial aid forms and discuss financial resources and receive instruction on how to apply. Cochise College financial aid experts will answer questions and assist students in applying for financial aid and scholarships. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your and your parent’s 2018 tax information.

Benson Historical Museum: The “Women of Note” exhibit is on display. The museum is also offering the Dr. Hesser and the 1800s era parlor that belonged to a Tombstone undertaker, along with the mastodon tusks excavated in Curtis Flats in a 1970s archeological dig. Call (520) 591-5327 for additional information.

Library Lectures: The Benson Public Library Guest Speaker and Lecture Series held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at the library, 300 S. Huachuca St., are free and open to the public.

Feb. 13: Bob Nilson, “Old Apache Dynamite Factory Tour.” Join on a virtual tour of the Apache Dynamite Factory, before it was torn down.

Feb. 20: Cosmo Baraona, “Space Station Power System.”See photos of the assembly sequence, power module, and the people who helped to engineer the space station.

Feb. 27: Eric Kaldahl, “Indigenous Arts and Communities.”Our region is home to many different Indigenous communities. Learn about the arts and crafts produced by Native artists of the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico.

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.

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.

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.

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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