Can you believe it is already May? I am sure all of us mothers are getting ready to pull our hair out because school is almost over in about three weeks. Then what are we going to do? I know all I will hear is "Mom, I'm bored."
Well, do you want some place to take the kids and enjoy the weather? Recently, we took the day and went over to Camp Verde to visit the Out of Africa Wildlife Park.
You can take the one-hour educational tram or trolley tour that brings you right to the animals and the animals to you. When I say "right to you," some of them get that close.
You can feed the giraffes right from the trolley. They stick their head right inside to take the treat from you, and you can actually pet them. You can also walk and photograph predators from unobstructed photo platforms. They have a large assortment of large cats to see, along with some small baby tigers. It was a fun day and the weather was perfect for it.
Some of the animals you will see are lions, tigers, panthers, giraffes, zebras and wildebeests.
Be sure to take a camera and wear comfortable shoes if you want to walk.
For more information, visit www.outofafrica.com, or call (928) 567-2840.
Join the Landmark on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 for the Third Annual Salsa Challenge and Cinco de Mayo Festival. Who will make the best salsa? The Salsa Challenge begins at 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 is the 10th Annual Rusty Cooper Golf Tournament at Pine Meadows Country Club in Overgaard.
This will be their 10th and final tournament. They want to make this year's tournament the most outstanding tournament ever for Rusty.
Hole-in-one prizes are donated by Courtesy Chevrolet, including a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer, Premium Electronics Package, Calloway Irons and a Big Bertha 454 Driver. There are trophies for best score (male and female), longest drive (male and female), closest to the pin and best golf attire.
This tournament, which is in honor of Rusty, will once again benefit Payson High School seniors in the form of one or more scholarships in his memory.
Let's make this last tournament the best. Call Karen Thorton for more information at (928) 478-4133.
The Fire Expo Safety meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 27 at the fire department. There will be a representative from the county emergency services to present an emergency evacuation plan for Christopher Creek. There will be a variety of information on hand, safety materials and videos.
The Firebelles will have a wide variety of refreshments available -- brats, hot dogs and ice cream.
They will also host a bake sale. Put this on your calendar and plan to attend this informative and fun event.