Town Hosts Plenty Of Summer Fun For Everyone

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Find a calendar with large blocks in which to write appointments. If you want some fun this summer, the Rim country is full of events and activities with which to fill your days and quite a few of your nights.

CONCERTS UNDER THE STARS

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Taylor Pool at North Rumsey Park on McLane Road is open for the swim season. There are lessons and other classes planned at the pool, plus the town has a whole series of concerts scheduled.

Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic basket with favorite foods and snacks, then relax and enjoy any of the following town-sponsored free Concerts Under the Stars from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater.

June 12: Concert Under the Stars with country music artist Vince Haines. The singer has been on the music scene in Arizona since he was 17. His band, the "all Earl Band" has twice been voted the best country band in the state. It plays for Phoenix radio personalities "Tim and Willie." He said he would like to do what Garth Brooks did for country music all over again. Haines cites Neil Schon, Frank Hannon, Tim McGraw and Sting as his musical influences.

June 19: Concert Under the Stars with Common Ground Blues band. This Arizona-based band is not content only to pay tribute to the "masters" but recognizes the contributions of new blood on the scene. Playing tunes from the likes of BB King to Jonny Lang and The Allman Brothers, Common Ground Blues offers strong vocals and clean guitars delivered with honesty and passion. The group includes Timothy Kinsey, Brian Eddie Masherella, Glen Farkash, Jason Kay and Peter Davis.

June 26: Concert Under the Stars with the big band sounds of the Terry McFee Orchestra. This is a 10-piece Swing Band that performs a variety of musical selections including: swing, big band, ballads and boogie woogie dance tunes. Its musical style ranges from polkas and fox trots to rumbas, tangos, bossa novas and mambos. The group includes several members who contribute their vocal talents to the program.

July 10: Concert Under the Stars with Soul Solution, bringing classic rock and the Motown sound to Green Valley Park Amphitheater.

July 17: Concert Under the Stars with T.A.T.E., which features classic rock music.

July 24: Concert Under the Stars with jazz artist Peter Storn. This German-born guitarist and composer is well known for his expertise in blending the sounds of jazz, funk, blues, R&B, rock and Latin. He delivers the results in a tasty, expressive contemporary jazz style. His performance is enhanced by the accompaniment of saxophone and keyboard.

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has a full slate of programs and activities planned for the coming summer months. Registration for the following programs is at the parks and recreation office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

ADULT LAP SWIM: Adults 18 and older may swim laps and exercise without youth interruption and distraction. Registration is taking place at the parks and recreation office. The pool is now open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday for adults-only exercise. The fee is $40 for the entire summer. The regular pool season started May 29. For more information contact the parks and recreation office at 928-474-5242, ext. 7, or visit the website, www.paysonparks.com.

SCRAPBOOKING FOR KIDS: This class will teach children (ages 8-14) simple and quick scrapbooking ideas. Participants will actually complete a scrapbook, using techniques that are fun, creative and easy. Supplies for completing a scrapbook are included in the cost of this class (included is: one 8 1/2 x 11 album, photo splits, paper, black zig pen, stickers and other miscellaneous items). Participants will need to bring their own pair of scissors and 12 to 15 photos to class. This class will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 15 through June 18 in the parks and recreation office conference room. Cost is $30 per child (space is limited to the first 10 children to sign up). Registration is taking place now.

SCRAPBOOKING FOR ADULTS: This class will teach participants simple and quick ways to assemble a scrapbook. Participants will complete a scrapbook, using techniques that are fun, creative and easy. Supplies for completing a scrapbook are included in the cost of this class (included is: one 12 x 12 album, photo splits, paper, black zig pen, stickers and other miscellaneous items). Participants will need to bring their own pair of scissors and 15 to 25 photos to class. This class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday June 1 through June 22. Class will be held in the parks and rec conference room. Cost is $40 per person (space is limited to the first 10 people to sign up). Registration is taking place now.

CRAFTY KIDS: This class is for children (ages 3-12). Participants will create handmade crafts, including a souvenir. Each one-week class will be held Monday through Friday at Ramada 1 in Rumsey handmade crafts, including a souvenir. Each one-week class will be held Monday through Friday at Ramada 1 in Rumsey Park. Registration is $25 per session. Each session is limited to 10 participants. Registration is ongoing until full.

Sessions are as follows:

  • Session I (June 7-11), from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for Mom and Tots (ages 3-5), and from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for ages 6-10.
  • Session II (June 21-25), from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, and 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for ages 9-12.
  • Session III (July 5-9), from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for Mom and Tots (ages 3-5), and from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for ages 6-10.

GIRLS SOFTBALL CAMP: Girls who have completed third-grade through eighth-grade in 2004 are invited to attend this camp from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 1 through June 4 at the Payson High School softball field. The fee is $35 per child. Space is limited to the first 40 participants.

GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP: Girls who have completed third-grade through eighth-grade in 2004 are invited to attend. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 7 through June 10 at the high school's Wilson Dome. Registration will continue until full. The fee is $35 per child. Space is limited to the first 75 participants.

BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP: Boys who have completed third-grade through eighth-grade in 2004 are invited to attend. The camp will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 through June 10 at the Wilson Dome. The fee is $35 per child. Space is limited to the first 75 participants.

TENNIS LESSONS: Youth and adults of all abilities are invited to register for tennis lessons. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 1 through June 17. Class times for youth ages 6-8 will be 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The session for youth ages 9-11 is full. The session for youth ages 12 and over will meet from 11 a.m. to noon. Beginner adults will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and intermediate adults will meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is under way and the cost is $20 per person. Class sizes are limited to eight. Participants must bring their own racket.

ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES: Registration for men's, women's and coed softball continues through June 11. Recreation, open and wood bat divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign up for each division.

  • Women's Recreation: Maximum of eight teams, Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-inch ball, 12-game schedule, plus a tournament.
  • Women's Open: Maximum of four teams, Fridays only, doubleheaders, 11-inch ball, 12-game schedule, plus tournament.
  • Men's Wood Bat Only: Maximum of four teams, Wednesday nights, doubleheaders, 12-game schedule, plus tournament.
  • Men's Open: Maximum of four teams, Monday nights, doubleheaders, no home run limit, 12-game schedule, plus tournament.
  • Men's Recreation: Maximum of 16 teams, Tuesday and Thursday nights, 12-game schedule, plus tournament.
  • Coed Division: Maximum of four teams, Friday nights, doubleheaders, 12- and 11-inch balls, 12-game schedule, plus tournament.

The fee is $250 per team, which includes the tournament. Awards will be given for tournament winners only. Games begin June 21.

SWIM TEAM: Youth who want to swim on a competitive level may try out for the recreational swim team. Swim meet competitions will take place on Saturdays at Taylor Pool throughout the summer. Swim meets away from home will be the responsibility of each individual swimmer. Cost to participate is $50 per child. Practice times will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. Monday through Friday, through July 23. Late registration is being accepted through June 11 for a fee of $55 per child.

SWIM LESSONS: Instructional lessons for children are being offered in six sessions with varied times available to accommodate both stay-at-home and working parents. Morning lessons are held Monday through Friday and evening lessons are held Monday through Thursday. The cost per session is $20.

Registration and session dates are as follows:

  • Session A: Registration closed May 28.
  • Session B: Registration continues through June 11. Lessons will take place June 14 through June 25.
  • Session C: Registration will take place June 14 through June 25. Lessons will take place June 28 through July 9.
  • Session D: Registration will take place June 28 through July 2. Lessons will take place from July 12 through July 23.
  • Session E (Evening Session):Registration continues through June 4. Lessons will take place June 7 through June 17.
  • Session F (Evening Session): Registration will take place June 28 through July 2. Lessons will take place July 12 through July 22.

Lesson class times are as follows:

  • Parent and Tot: 12:30 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.
  • Level 1: noon to 12:25 p.m..
  • Level 2: 11 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
  • Level 3: 10:30 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.
  • Levels 4-6: 10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.
  • Evening Combined Levels 1-2: 6:30 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.
  • Evening Combined Levels 3-4: 7:05 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.

Children must be at least 4 years old to enroll in any level of swim lessons (except Parent and Tot, which is for those 3 and under). Swimmers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited and late sign-ups will not be accepted.

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