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NFL youth flag football begins Aug. 27

Register by July 27 for the flag football season, which begins Aug. 27.

This program is for boys and girls, ages 6 to 14. It provides a fantastic and fun opportunity for kids to become involved in football by developing the first phase of player skills, with no tackling. The cost is $25 per child and includes an NFL team jersey and end-of-season pizza party. Registration begins July 9.

Girls fast-pitch softball season begins Sept. 3

Register July 16 through Aug. 10 for the fast-pitch softball season, which begins Sept. 3.

Girls entering fifth through eighth grade can register for this mini-league, starting Monday, July 16. Games will be at the Rumsey III field two nights per week, starting the month of September. A pitching machine will be used to provide a consistent fast-pitch experience for batters.

The cost is $25 per child and includes a team T-shirt and end-of-season pizza party.

Pole bending, barrel racing continues Wednesdays through July

Parks and Recreation will be sponsoring a Wednesday night barrel and pole bending series through the end of July.

The books will open at 5:30 p.m., with competitions starting at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per run. This is a progressive format, so there are no age groups. Awards will be presented July 25 and will be based on a point system. For more info call Charlene Hunt at 474-5242, ext. 260.

Turn and Burn Series begins in August

Parks and Recreation will be sponsoring a Wednesday night progressive barrel & pole bending series in August and September, beginning Aug. 8. The books open at 5:30 p.m. with the races starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a progressive format, so there are no age groups. The entry fee is $5 per event. Awards will be presented September 26. For more info call Charlene Hunt at 474-5242, ext. 260.

Room available in July summer youth program

Session II of the Parks and Recreation summer youth program will be held July 9 to 26. Children entering grades 6-8 can still register for the 2007 Summer Recreation Program, being offered this summer at the Rim Country Middle School. The Summer Recreation Program is led by certified teachers and incorporates fun physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips. Session II meets Monday-Thursday, 8am-Noon for three weeks- July 9-26. The cost is $40 per session per child, which includes a T-shirt and covers the cost of required supplies and field trips, unless otherwise specified. Register your child today for an exciting, active and social way to spend part of the summer in Payson. Advance registration is required -- this is not a drop-in program.

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 and bugs 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.

Public park barbecues limited to grills

All barbecue activities conducted in any public park in Payson are limited to propane or gas grills.

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