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MLB Pitch, Hit and Run baseball skills competition set

This program provides boys and girls, ages 7 to 14 (child's age as of July 17, 2007) the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.

The local competition will take place at the two South all-weather turf fields in Rumsey Park on Wednesday, April 18 at 5 p.m.

Arrive early to register on-site. There is no charge for this event. All participants must bring their own glove. No metal-spiked cleats are allowed. Winners can advance through four levels of competition, all the way to the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. Local second level winners go on to the Arizona Diamondbacks' Team Championships in June. National finals are held in July at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Register by April 27 for girls slow-pitch softball

This program is for girls who are ages 7 to 15 as of July 31, 2006. Registration for this program will be held through April 27 and the fee is $20. Games will begin after Memorial Day weekend. ASA Slow pitch rules will be observed.

Optimist Kids Fishing Festival set for Saturday

Bring your children to the first annual Rim Country Optimist Club's Kids Fishing Festival on Saturday, April 21 at Green Valley Park from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a free event and a fishing license is not required for registered participants during Fishing Festival Hours.

There is lots of fun for the entire family, including Fishing Clinics provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and a raffle featuring many fantastic prizes, including a fishing trip for two to Roosevelt Lake.

Raffle tickets can be purchased from any Optimist Club member, or at the Payson Parks and Recreation office.

Tickets are $1/each or 6 for $5.

This event is offered in conjunction with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Payson Community Christian School and the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Youth summer recreation program begins in June

Register from April 23 through May 18 for Session 1 and May 29 through June 22 for Session 2. Children entering grades 3 to 8 can register for one or both sessions of the 2007 Summer Recreation Program, being offered this summer at the Rim Country Middle School. The Summer Recreation Program will be split into two age groups, led by certified teachers, and will incorporate fun physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips. Both sessions meet Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m. to noon for three weeks. Session 1 is from June 5 to 26; Session 2 is from July 7 to 24. The cost is $40 per session per child. Advance registration is required. Space is limited.

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