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Riding Into Fall

We will be hosting barrel and pole bending activities at the Payson Event Center during the months of September and October for all the horse enthusiasts. It will kick off Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.). It will begin with barrel racing and will alternate between barrel racing and pole bending every other Wednesday. Time-only barrels will be offered at the end of the evening every Wednesday for those who want to stay and work their horse. The cost is $5 per run in the competition event and $3 for time-only.

Kartchner Caverns

Experience "The Big Room" at one of Arizona's most unusual state parks on Oct. 27. Tour a living limestone cave featuring dynamic structures such as stalactites, stalagmites and other unusual formations. The Big Room tour is a longer and more physically challenging tour. At one-half mile in length, the tour takes approximately 1 3/4 hours to complete. This is a day trip that includes the motor coach and park entrance fee. The cost is $60 per person. Tour is limited to 43 participants. Registration deadline is Sept. 24.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

A classic story of Scrooge's transformation from a grudging miser to a generous man has become a holiday ritual. This traditional version is "entertaining, captivating and touching" and promises to be an inspiration to all. The show will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert. The bus will depart the parks and recreation office at 12:30 p.m. We will stop for dinner at Joe's Real BBQ before returning home. The trip is limited to the first 48 who register. The cost is $40 per person, which includes transportation and show ticket. Registration deadline is Nov. 17.

Flag Football

This program is for boys and girls, ages 6 through 14. It provides an opportunity for kids to become involved in football by developing the first phase of player and coach development by teaching football skills. The cost is $25 per child. Games begin in early October and will run for approximately four weeks. Registration will take place now through Sept.10. Late registration will not be accepted for this activity.

3-on-3 Hoop Tournament

Join us in celebrating the recently completed basketball courts in Rumsey Park on Sept. 11 by entering your team of three in this tournament. The cost is $30. The deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. The divisions for the tournament are as follows: third through fifth grade, middle school, high school and open. For more information and registration forms visit www.paysonparks.com.

4-on-4 Co-ed Volleyball Tournament

Enter your team of four in the Co-Ed Beach Volleyball Tournament that takes place on Sept. 11 at the brand new sand volleyball courts in Rumsey Park. The cost is $40. The deadline for registration is Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. All players must be 16 years of age or older and one female must be on the court at all times. Roster size is limited to five players. For more information and registration forms visit www.paysonparks.com.

Home Run Derby

Enter your men's or women's team of three in the Home Run Derby for $25 by Friday, Sept. 10. All players 16 years of age and older are invited to participate in this event sponsored by Mazatzal Casino. Tournament will take place at Rumsey II ball field starting at noon on Sunday, Sept. 12. Each team will play for a local, nonprofit organization of their choice. All players will receive a T-shirt and trophies will be awarded to the top three teams in each division.

Drop-In Tennis Doubles

Stop by Rumsey Park tennis courts for drop-in doubles from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays in August. There is no charge for this program, and adult players of all abilities are welcome.

Please Do Not Feed the Ducks and Geese

Did you know that feeding waterfowl unnatural foods like bread and popcorn is dangerous to them? It may seem like a harmless thing to do, but artificial feeding can cause poor nutrition, spread of disease, wing deformities, water pollution, delayed migration, unnatural behavior, costly management efforts, increased hybridization, and death. Believe it or not, they have all the food and nutrition they need in the park with worms, bugs, and other insects that live in grass. Please help us maintain healthy waterfowl and cleaner park facilities. Instead of feeding them, opt for using a camera or binoculars to get up close to the waterfowl.

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