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Poster contest deadline Friday

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The Rim Country Optimist Club is holding a poster contest for young artists, ages 6 through 17.

Posters with a positive crime and/or drug prevention message, based on the theme "Giving Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party" should be submitted by 4 p.m., Friday, July 25. The posters can be no smaller than 8-1/2-by-11 inches and no larger than 11-by-17 inches and they must have an entry form on the back. To find out how to get the form, call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264 or Irma Bramlet at 472-6327 or 474-3288.

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Young ladies from throughout Rim Country are invited to a Princess Tea Party at the Payson Public Library. Come for (iced) tea and snacks, fun games and great prizes. Play dress-up and walk our Fashion Runway Show. Two tea parties will be hosted, one for two different age groups. The party for young ladies ages 4 through 7 is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16; the party for those ages 8 through 12 is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30. Each event is limited to 25 girls; only one sign-up per child. Registration is due by Aug. 9 at the front desk of the library, or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 to reserve a spot.

Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place winners in the age categories of 6 to 8 years, 9 to 11 years, 12 to 14 years, and 15 to 17 years. Posters will be judged on originality, creativity, clarity of message and quality of artwork.

Head Start enrolling

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2008-2009 program year.

Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income and children with disabilities serving 3- to 5-year-old children, and does not charge any fees.

Needed items for enrollment include: proof of birth, complete and updated immunization record and proof of all income sources for each household member for the year 2007. Once these items are obtained, applicants may call the Head Start office at (928) 474-2738 to set up an appointment.

Once the application process has been completed, the child will be placed on a waiting list until an opening is available. Head Start does not provide transportation, however, First School Steps Preschool and Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center collaborate with Head Start and provides transportation to their facilities after our program's morning class.

We encourage you to get the needed items for enrollment and call for an appointment now, as we only have a few slots available for fall. Our first day of class will be Sept. 2, said Lynne S. Winans, Site Manager, Payson Head Start, fax (928) 474-1893.

Going Green with Rotary

The Payson Rotary Club is Going Green with a rummage sale this weekend.

The club is asking Rim Country residents to recycle gently used furniture and household items by donating them for the sale, which will be from 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 26 in the parking lot of Legacy Furniture on Highway 260.

Items can be dropped off between now and July 25 at Legacy. Donors can also have their contributions picked up by Legacy by calling (928) 472-3301.

Young artists' exhibit

The Summer Recreation Program is an annual program for Rim Country youth that provides fun physical and cultural activities over summer breaks.

This year, participating children have produced a variety of art that will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at Gila Community College, Room 301. Displayed projects will include clay sculptures, rainbow paintings, chalk and colored pencil drawings and play scenery.

The Summer Recreation Program children are excited to share their most inspired artwork with the community. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

Free laser bowl party

In conjunction with the "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling" program, Rim Country Lanes will be hosting a free laser bowl party for all students in Payson and surrounding communities.

The party will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 25 at Rim Country Lanes. The party includes bowling with the lanes' laser and sound show, and includes shoe rentals. Lane availability will be based on first-come, first-served.

"Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling" provides thousands of dollars worth of free bowling and shoe rentals to local students during the summer months. Rim Country Lanes provided a special identification card to every student in the Payson, Pine, and Tonto Basin school districts. The card entitles the students to one free game of bowling per day, every day through the end of August. Bowling shoe rentals are also included. Adults may bowl with the students at a special rate of only $1.49 per game and adult shoe rental is just $1.49.

For more information about the "Say No to Drugs -- Say Yes to Bowling" program call Rim Country Lanes at (928) 474-9589.

Medal of Honor recipient visits July 23

An open reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 will be held at the American Legion Post No. 69, 709 E. Highway 260, to honor U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Robert E. O'Malley.

There will be a free luncheon buffet hosted by Payson area veterans.

O'Malley is the first Marine recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War.

Women's Connection hosts Mid-Summer Tea

Crossroads Women's Connection has issued an open invitation for a "Mid-Summer Tea" at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 24.

Stephanie Benson will be the guest speaker.

For reservations, please call Marilyn Huffman, (928) 472-7462, or Doris Frerichs, (928) 476-3865.

Crossroads Women's Connection meets at 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday and at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Crossroads Foursquare Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane.

For additional information on future programs, call Carole Hampsch, (928) 478-6431, or Marilyn Huffman, (928) 472-7462.

Schools food service prices announced

Payson Unified School District has set the prices for meals in school cafeterias for the 2008-2009 school year.

The cost of school meals is as follows: elementary breakfast $1.50; elementary lunch $2; middle school and high school breakfast $1.50; middle school and high school lunch $2.25; adult breakfast $1.75; adult lunch $2.75.

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