Meatloaf Friday: Friday dinner at Benson VFW Post 6271 features meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, salad, roll, dessert, coffee or tea, served 5 to 6 p.m. Cost is $8. Call (520) 586-2197 for takeout or information.

USMC/Legion breakfast: The Marine Corps Detachment and Legion Riders Are hold their monthly breakfast on the first Saturday monthly, Oct. 5, 8 to 10 a.m., serving biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, coffee or juice. Cost is $6.

Benson Historical Museum: Four docents and volunteers have joined the staff and an additional four are sought thanks to the “exciting” new exhibits. “We have a need for more docents for each four-hour tour. Docents can volunteer for one or two days per week.

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 museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call them at 586-3134.

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Word Crafters is a writer’s group in town, meet and network with writers of all genres, skill levels, published and unpublished, on the second and fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Benson Public Library, 300 S. Huachuca St. Contact Pat Myers at (405) 921-6627 for additional information.

San Pedro Lodge 55: Free and Accepted Masons meet on the fourth Tuesday monthly, 7 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge, 623 S. Foothills Dr. in Benson. Visit sanpedro55.com or call (520) 241-0438.

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.

Operation Christmas Child: Volunteers with Good Samaritan’s Purse are gathering shoeboxes for underprivileged children and filling them with hygiene items and school supplies, and the story of Jesus. The boxes are shipped throughout the world. Last year the Benson collection yielded 990 shoeboxes. See your local church for boxes or contact Karen Pike at 586-3922 for a box and or 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 benrotary@theriver.com.

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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