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MUSEUM OF THE FOREST

Two T-shaped display walls have been added to the museum's downstairs exhibit hall, providing space for six additional displays. Later this year, volunteers will rebuild pioneer Sam Haught's cabin on the museum campus.

The two-story museum, located at 700 Green Valley Parkway, showcases local pioneers and Native Americans. It includes a gift shop brimming with T-shirts, curios and books about local history.

For more information, call 474-3483 Wednesday-Sunday.

PAYSON EXOTIC ZOO

A servile, a small cat from Africa that looks like a miniature cheetah, and a family of Madagascar lemurs are the latest additions to the zoo's menagerie of exotic animals.

The zoo features three bears, an African lion, baboons, a coyote, a donkey that does presidential impressions, goats, javelina, deer and others.

Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day but Thursday, the zoo is four miles east of Payson on Lion Springs Road off Highway 260. For more information, call owner Randy Ferry at 474-5435.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS

Payson's Concert Under the Stars series, an eight-week summer concert series in Green Valley Park's grassy amphitheater, has become one of the town's most popular events.

The town built a permanent stage for the 1999 season and put a roof on it this winter in preparation for the 2000 season.

Concert goers stretch out on blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy musical styles ranging from Reggae and Dixieland to rock-n-roll and steel drums.

For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 2268.

PAYSON GOLF COURSE

Payson Golf Course owner Harry Parsons has added fencing between the practice range and the front nine, making for safer play near the range. The fence also keeps range balls off the course so it's easier for players to find their shots.

This summer, a practice hole will be built near the clubhouse, Parsons said. It will feature a couple of bunkers and a fenced, L-shaped tee with a range of about 80 yards.

The Payson Womans Golf Association holds Ladies' Day at the 18-hole course every Tuesday during the playing season. The Payson Men's Golf Association holds Men's Day at the course every Wednesday, with pick-up games on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For more information, call the course at 474-2273.

SENIOR CENTERS

Monday through Friday, the Payson and Pine senior centers are bustling with activity.

Local residents 50 and older keep the places hopping with line dancing, pinochle, pool, canasta, aerobics, wood carving, choir productions, craft classes and old-time music. Activities vary between each center, and the Payson Senior Center conducts monthly field trips to operas, festivals, shopping centers and museums.

The Payson Senior Center serves up to 65 low-cost meals a day, including Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors. The Pine Senior Center serves between 20 and 90 low-cost lunches a day. Both centers require lunch reservations 24-hours in advance. For details, call the Payson Senior Center at 474-4876 or the Pine Senior Center at 476-2151.

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