Lots To Do This Summer In Rim Country


Summer at the library

One of the best places to spend the long, lazy days of summer is at your nearest library.

This year there will be youth programs at both the Payson Public Library and the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine.

The Payson library is already registering youngsters for its Summer Reading Program, Catch the Reading Wave. It will have sessions for those as young as six months to those who are 18.

The program includes numerous age-appropriate activities, including puppet shows, crafts, games and more.

Registration started May 15 and continues through June 5.

The Baby Summer Reading for those 6 months to 3 years is at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays.

The Summer Program for ages 3 to 12 will be held in several different sessions: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesdays; 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., Thursdays.

The “Make Waves” Summer Program for those 10 to 18 years old is at 4 p.m., Wednesdays.

Class space is limited, so sign children up as early as possible. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

The library’s Spy Club continues for those 8 to 18 who enjoy reading and hanging out. It meets each month for an hour, the next gathering is at noon, Saturday, June 12. Games and snacks are provided.

Register at the library or call Harryette for more information, (928) 474-9260.

The Bilingual Story Time, for those 3 to 8, is at 4 p.m. Thursdays; however, story time for preschool youngsters, 3 to 6 and the Tykes & Toddlers (0-2 in age) will be discontinued during June for the Summer Reading Program.

Other programs planned or continuing at the Payson Public Library this summer include:

• Crafty Kidz, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday, registration required

• Monthly Video Game Tournament, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29 for those 10 to 18; snacks provided — sign-up early

• Creative Writing, every Friday in June; 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for those in the first- through fifth-grades; and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for those in the sixth- through 12th-grades, registration required

• Family Movie Matinee, featuring Free Willy 4, noon to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 5

Library hours through June are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. It will be closed Tuesday, June 1 in observance of Memorial Day.

Starting in July, the library’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; it is closed Sundays and most major holidays.

The library is in Rumsey Park at 328 N. McLane Rd., Payson. The phone number is (928) 474-9250 and the Web address is paysonlibrary.com.

Pine Library

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is joining with members of the Strawberry Patchers to offer free quilting classes to students living in Pine or Strawberry who are between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age. The session involves a total of four classes taking place on Monday and Tuesday, June 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The class is limited to 10 students so there will be lots of one-to-one attention and the students will work together to complete a quilt. The registration deadline is June 2, but due to the popularity of the class, be sure to register at the library or by calling (928) 476-3678 as soon as possible.

Family Time at the Pine library will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, starting June 3 and continuing through Aug. 26. Staff will be on hand and activities such as games, stories, puppets, art and more will be offered.

The Summer Reading Program, “Make a Splash — Read,” begins Wednesday, June 16 and continues through July 16. It will have programs from pre-school youngsters through those in the eighth-grade.

Those from pre-school through age 4 will have a program from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. each Wednesday; those in the seventh- and eighth-grades will have a program from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The program for those in kindergarten through the third-grade is from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. each Friday. Youngsters in the fourth- through sixth-grades will be offered a program from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. No registration is required. Programs will be presented in the library’s activity room.

No programs will be presented July 2. The project concludes with an open house and art show at the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 17.

Parks and Recreation

Summer doesn’t “officially” begin until June 21, but everyone knows it really starts when the kids get out of school — and that big day is next week in the Rim Country. So, the plans are in place for sports, concerts and fun courtesy of the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Registration is already taking place for many of the upcoming programs.

Summer Recreation Program

Wondering what to do with children going into first- through sixth-grades in Fall 2010 this summer? Register them for the annual Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Summer Recreation Program. Session 1 is being held Monday-Thursday, June 7-24. Session 2 is July 5 -July 22.

The program is a fantastic opportunity to keep your children safe, busy and happy over summer break. Children will participate in inside and outside games, do arts and crafts, go on field trips, walk to the parks and have a snack all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants.

In addition, a new and exciting addition to the program this year is the involvement of the Payson Police and Fire Departments, which will be putting on special programs and activities for the children on various days in each session. One of these programs is a Bike Rodeo, which entails teaching the kids bike safety and maintenance on their own bikes, offering second-hand bikes to children who don’t have one, and handing out free bike helmets.

Hours of the program are from 8 a.m. to noon and the cost is $75 per child, which includes a daily snack. Space is limited, so register today at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or online at www.paysonparks.com.


Swimming lesson enrollment is taking place now as well. Children will learn to be safe, independent swimmers. Safety skills along with sound swimming techniques will be taught as well as the four competitive strokes. The lessons are held twice a week. Call 1-877-539-5009 for details on costs and times.

British Soccer Camps

Once again British Soccer Camps will be held as part of the summer recreation program. Camp 1 is from June 7 through June 11 at the Rumsey Park South Soccer Field; Camp 2 is from July 5 through July 9 at the same site. The cost, which depends on the age of the participant, is between $76 and $168. Register at the parks office in Green Valley Park or go online to www.challengersports.com.

Other sports

Registration is taking place for a number of summer sports programs and other camps.

The cutoff to register for the Payson Golf Program is May 20. It will be held June 7 through July 1 at the Payson Golf Course. This is for those 10 to 16 and clubs are provided. The cost is $30.

Those interested in participating in the Men’s and Women’s Softball League have until May 27 to register. Games begin June 7 at Rumsey Park. Participants must be at least 16. The fee is $275 per team.

The deadline to register for the Adult Co-Ed Sand Volleyball League is also May 27. Games begin June 7 at the Rumsey Park sand volleyball courts.

The Summer Youth Tumbling program, which will be Tuesdays or Thursdays starting June 15 closes registration May 27. Participants must be at least 16. The cost is $100.

The Lady Longhorns Basketball Camp registration ends May 27. It will be held June 11 and 12 in Wilson Dome. The program is for girls in the third- through eighth-grades and costs $30.

The annual Sprint Triathlon is Saturday, June 12, starting at 7 a.m. at Taylor Pool, North Rumsey Park. Participants will compete in a 500-yard swim; a 15-mile bike ride; and a 5K run. Registration is $50 for individuals and $75 for a team. Participants must be at least 15.

The 4th Annual Rim Country Open — Arizona Disc Golf Tournament is at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 19 at Rumsey Park, ramada 3. Registration is taking place now. The fee varies depending on participant category. Forms are available at the parks office in Green Valley Park or online at www.paysonparks.com

Registration for the Payson Volleyball Camp is from May 31 through June 24, with the program held July 1 and 2 at the old gym at Payson High School. Youth in grades three through eight may participate, the cost is $30.

The parks and recreation department is planning a family archery shoot for July 17. The Shoot for the Rim 3-D Family Archery Shoot will begin at 7 a.m. at the Jim Jones Shooting Range and it is open to all ages. Register between now and July 1 for a discount or register the day of the event. Get the registration form at www.paysonparks.com.

Summer Concerts

The popular Concert Under the Stars series in Green Valley Park resumes Saturday, June 5. The series is being made possible this year by the Town of Payson; Payson Regional Medical Center; Rim Country Health & Retirement Community; 98.5 FM KCMA; and 1420 FM KMOG.

The concerts are presented in the Green Valley Park amphitheater area and begin at 7 p.m., but vendor booths open at 6 p.m.

The schedule includes: June 5, the Terry McFee Orchestra with music from dance tunes of the Big Band era, waltzes and polkas to rock ’n’ roll from the 1950s; June 12, Gone Country with popular country and western music; June 19, Code Blue with more country and western music; June 26, Southern Comfort with traditional country as well as southern rock and pop; July 3, The Higher Power Band with music reaching back to the popular tunes of the 1960s through today; July 10, Junction 87 with country that rocks out; July 17, The J. Powers Band with blues, classic rock, R&B, Motown and soul; July 24, Payson Jazz with mainstream jazz plus swing and Big Band sounds.

The concerts are free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, even a picnic supper and enjoy great music of all kinds under the bright night sky of the Rim Country.

A Dog First Aid and CPR course is planned for Saturday, July 10 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Payson Police Department meeting room, 303 N. Beeline Highway. The cost is $25 per person.

Instructors with the American Red Cross will cover many issues that dog owners experience; including what are common ailments, what situations are life-threatening, how to handle choking and perform CPR for a dog.


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