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The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has lined up a collection of activities for residents during the fall and winter seasons.

Youth activities include basketball, tumbling and wrestling.

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One of the newest additions to the Rim country calendar is the old-fashioned Main Street Christmas Celebration, which includes the Electric Light Parade and strolling carolers.

Youth basketball will be played at different times during the year. Children in the second through fourth grades played first, between Sept. 23 and Oct. 11; those in the fifth and sixth grades play Nov. 25 to Dec. 13; and youngsters in the seventh and eighth grades play Dec. 30 to Jan. 17. The cost is $20 per child and games are played during the week and on Saturdays. The registration fee includes a T-shirt, a minimum of 10 games and an end-of-the-season pizza party.

Two youth tumbling camps are scheduled. The first is Feb. 17 to March 6, with registration between Jan. 6 and Feb. 14. The second is March 24 to April 9, with registration between Jan. 6 and March 21. The camps are for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade. The first camp will be split into groups.

The kindergarten through second grade students will have two groups, one meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and another group meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Children in the third through fifth grades will have one group meeting from 6:40 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and the second group meeting at the same time, but Tuesday and Thursday.

Registration is $20 per child and will be limited to 20 children per session.

The details for the second camp have not been finalized.

The youth wrestling camp is for children in the second through sixth grades. It will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 through March 6. Registration is $20 and will be limited to the first 50 children who sign up between Jan. 5 and Feb. 14.

For adults, the offerings are co-ed volleyball, women's and men's volleyball, and women's and men's basketball.

The co-ed volleyball registration closed at the end of September, and games started Oct. 9.

Registration for the women's and men's volleyball program is Nov. 4 to Nov. 22. Competitive and recreation divisions will be offered, with a four-team minimum for both divisions. The entry fee is $175 per team and includes an end-of-season tournament. The season begins Dec. 9 and concludes in early February, with a break in play during the holidays.

The women's and men's basketball program registration is Jan. 13 to Feb. 7. The program will have both a competitive and recreational division, with a four-team minimum required. The entry fee is $375 per team and includes a double-elimination tournament at the end of the season. Games begin Feb. 17.

Special events on the calendar: Trunk-or-Treat, Turkey Trot 5K Fitness Walk-Run, High Country Christmas Celebration and Santa's Mailbox.

The annual Trunk-or-Treat is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Payson Event Center. Parks and Rec provides candy for costumed volunteers to distribute from their decorated vehicles.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and car decorations. There will also be music, raffles and games. Admission is free. Volunteers for the event should call the Parks office at 474-5242, ext. 7.

The Turkey Trot 5K Fitness Walk-Run is a pleasant 3.1-mile fitness walk/run beginning at Green Valley Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The entry fee is $15 per person at pre-registration or $20 per person after 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. All pre-registered participants receive a souvenir race shirt.

The High Country Christmas Celebration starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Julia Randall Elementary School and concludes that evening at the electric light parade down Main Street.

Santa's Mailbox will be at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 13 for Payson area youngsters to drop off any special requests for Christmas. All letters dropped off by Dec. 13 will be sent directly to the North Pole, where Santa himself will reply with a personalized letter of his own.

The department also is sponsoring four tours: an excursion aboard the Grand Canyon Railway in early October; two tours to Kartchner Caverns; and an outing to the theater to see Mel Brooks' musical "The Producers."

Registration for the train trip closed Sept. 7.

The first trip to the caverns is planned for Dec. 3, with registration through Nov. 2, for a fee of $43. The trip will be limited to 46 participants. The second trip to the caverns will be March 5, with the deadline to register Feb. 4. The cost is $43 and the tour is limited to 46 participants.

The theater trip is Jan. 19. It costs $47 per person and is limited to 48 people.

For more information on any of the parks and recreation programs, call 474-5242, ext. 7.

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