Parks & Rec’S Watchable Wildlife Program Date Moved Up

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The time and date for the Town of Payson-sponsored popular Watchable Wildlife 101 has been changed to 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10. It was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18.

The class will be held at the parks and recreation offices located at Green Valley Park.

The fee for the class is $5 and space is limited, so Town Parks and Recreation Outdoor Sports Coordinator Mary McMullen is advising those interested to register early.

She also says, “Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn where and when to look for wildlife, as well as successful wildlife viewing in the Rim Country.”

Arizona Game and Fish Urban and Watchable Wildlife Program Manager Joe Yarchin is the course instructor. Yarchin will focus on teaching how to view wildlife responsibly to minimize impact on the animals, habitat and other nature enthusiasts.

Dog First Aid/CPR class

The P&R department also has on its agenda an American Red Cross Dog First Aid/CPR class to be held from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20 in the Payson Police Department’s meeting room.

The cost is $25 per person and there is an option to purchase a training book and DVD.

Red Cross officials claim the classes give pet owners the confidence and skills necessary to tend to unexpected emergencies until they can get their injured or ill pet to a veterinarian.

Many Red Cross chapters across the country offer the classes with hands-on training in pet first aid procedures.

The classes teach enrollees how to recognize an emergency, administer medications and perform CPR and first aid.

For more information, call McMullen at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

For the children

The town parks and recreation department’s upcoming youth offerings include the annual Spring Break Recreation Program, Spring Break Sports Camp, Youth Soccer League and Youth T-Ball.

Registration for the Spring Break Recreation Program is Feb. 1 through Feb. 25 and it will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, March 8 to March 11 in the old Payson High School gym and Julia Randall Elementary gym.

Registration for the sports camp is now open and sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, March 16 to March 19 at Rumsey Park.

The fee for both the recreation program and camp is $30 per child, which covers the cost of supplies and snacks.

Camp sport offerings include soccer, flag football, disc golf, basketball and volleyball.

Coordinator Joe Harris stresses that for the two programs registration is required, “this is not a drop-in program and space is limited.”

Youth Soccer League registration is Jan. 25 to March 8 and sign-up for T-ball is March 22 to May 3. The fee is $25 per child.

In soccer, youths will be placed in one of six divisions which are: pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth, seventh and eighth, and ninth through 12th grades.

For T-ball, players at the first- and second-grade level have the option of switching to coach-pitch baseball.

For more information, call Joseph Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or log on to: www.paysonrimcountry .com/Activities/ParksRec.

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