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Summer reading programs on a roll

The summer reading series for youngsters in and around the community has started at the Payson Public Library, but enrollment will be taken through June 15.

There are three different programs for different age groups:

The Baby Reading Program is for those 6 months of age to 3. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursdays, starting June 2 and continuing through June 23. The program will have ticklers, brain play, lullabies and stories.

The Dino-Mite Program is for children ages 3 to 12. It is both Tuesday and Wednesday, with the program at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. It will be held through June 22 and includes puppet shows arts and crafts, games and stories.

The Rapters Program, for youngsters 10 to 18, is at 4 p.m. every Tuesday through June 21. The program will offer crafts, time to socialize and preparation for “The Ultimate Rap and Dance Off.”

There will be a grand prize drawing and picnic for participants June 29. The programs are sponsored in part by the Gila County Library District, Library Friends of Payson, local Payson businesses and contributions by private individuals.

Both the Pine and Tonto Basin public libraries have summer reading programs planned, starting in June.

The program in Pine started June 1 and continues through June 29. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for toddlers through teens. There will be arts and crafts based on the theme, “One World, Many Stories,” including making African masks, Australian boomerangs, and more, plus European fairy tales.

No registration is required, but attendance the first day of the program is encouraged as that is when participants will be given their materials, including a log book to record how many minutes and how many books they read during the course of the program.

There will be a hot dog feast and grab bag prizes awarded at the program-ending celebration June 29.

The Pine library will again offer its Kids Quilting program in July. There is only room for 10 students and six slots have already been claimed. The program is July 11, 12, 13 and 14. The Strawberry Patchers quilt group provides materials. Since space is so limited, it is asked that children who have already participated in similar programs offered at the library not register for the 2011 class.

Call the Pine library at (928) 476-3678 for additional details.

The Tonto Basin Public Library will offer its version to the Arizona State Library’s theme “One World, Many Stories” through July 7 during its summer reading program.

Prospective participants should register now. Upon registration participants will be given a book bag, bookmarkers and a reading logbook.

The library is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. For more information, call (928) 479-2355.

An awards program for the young people will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 7.

The British are here

Challenger Sports British Soccer camps debuted in Payson in 2008 and have returned each summer since to provide Rim Country youth a glimpse of what the sport is like in the United Kingdom.

Due to the success and popularity of past camps, Challenger is returning to Payson to offer another camp series open to youth, 3 to 18 years old.

The first of the Rim Country camps, which are co-hosted by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, is wrapping up June 10. The second camp will be June 27 to July 10 at Rumsey Park.

The CSBS camps include First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, five Half-Day Development sessions and a Full-Day Development session.

First Kicks is open to aspiring players 3 to 4 years old.

Campers are introduced to the game basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges. The camps are an hour long for five days. Parents are encouraged to join in to help their children.

The Mini-Soccer, for 4- to 5-year-olds, has fun games, competitions and skill-building activities used to help develop budding players. The sessions last for 1-1/2 hours for five days.

In the Half-Day Player Development Camps, emphasis is placed on mastery of core soccer techniques through individual and small group practices and coached games. The sessions are three hours a day for five days.

Full-Day Player Development Camp is aimed at youths 8 to 18. They are more advanced session for serious players. The curriculum includes game-related techniques, tactical development and coached match play. The sessions run for six hours daily for five days.

The Payson schedule is:

• First Kicks — 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• Mini Soccer — 10:30 a.m. to noon.

• Half Day — Two are held 9 a.m. to noon and three from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Full Day — 9 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The fees are $79 for First Kicks, $94 for Mini-Soccer, $124 for Half Day and $171 for Full Day camp.

Online registration may be completed at www.challengersports.com or at the parks and recreation office in Green Valley Park. All campers receive a shirt, camp ball, personal evaluation and an end-of-camp gift.

Call Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Community breakfast

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, June 10 at 407 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join us for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted.

The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

Payson Sprint Triathlon

Wannabe Iron Men (women and youth) are encouraged to register as soon as possible for the Payson Spring Triathlon Tribute to Cynthia Pool, which takes place, Saturday, June 11.

The fees are $50 per adult and $75 for teams. A $25 late fee will be added to the entry costs for those signing up after June 7.

Check-in starts at 5:45 a.m. at Taylor Pool in North Rumsey Park, 504 N. McLane Rd., the race will begin at 7 a.m.

The swim is 500 yards (20 lengths); the bike course is 14 miles and known as “The Beast”; and the run is a 5K.

Athletes as young as 15 are invited to compete.

To learn more, contact the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or contact race director Deb Rose at drose@paysonaz.gov.

Beyond Limits special event

Special guests Yoyo and Sandi Collins from Salina, Okla. will present an inspirational concert at the annual picnic for Beyond Limits.

Yoyo Collins was involved in a diving accident, which broke his neck and severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed.

Yoyo and Sandi have blessed hundreds with their wonderful message in music and word about God’s grace is sufficient. The public is invited.

This special event will be held at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road in Payson from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 14. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Participants should bring a side dish to share. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

For questions or further information, call Mark or Jennie Smith at (928) 468-8434.

Disney is coming to Payson

Join AZ Trails Travel at Uptown Espresso for “Everything Disney” — a very special event from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 18. Enjoy a fun-filled and informative two hours with a Disney representative and learn what’s new with a variety of enchanting Disney vacation opportunities including:

• Walt Disney Parks

• Disney Cruise Line West Coast Departures

• Brochures

• Prizes

Space is limited so RSVP by June 6 (an RSVP is required to attend the event) to AZ Trails Travel, toll free at 1-888-799-4284.

Magical prize giveaways and light refreshments will be served.

Surf Camp Vacation Bible School

Ponderosa Church is presenting Surf Camp Vacation Bible School from June 20 through June 27. The Surf Camp program features fun riding the waves through crafts, music, drama, games and water day. While at Surf Camp participants will be learning how important God’s word is in our lives — “Love it and Live it” is the theme.

Children ages 4 through sixth grade are invited to attend from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. each day. Children will be introduced to God and discover that he is our “Super Hero” through stories from the Bible. Each day children will experience creative projects that will reinforce the week’s Bible verses.

The Music Studio introduces a new interactive song daily for children to rock and groove.

Register your child, grandchild or ward for Surf Camp by calling Ponderosa Church at (928) 474-9279. The church’s vans will be available to pick up and drop off children. Early enrollment is highly recommended.

Ponderosa Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

The Payson Church of Christ is having a Vacation Bible School Monday through Thursday, July 11 to July 14.

The theme is “Our God is Real” and participants will study God’s creation, obedience, faithfulness and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pick up enrollment forms at: Oasis Christian Books & Gifts, 512 S. Beeline Hwy. or call (928) 474-5149 or (928) 970-0082.

There is no charge, but space is limited.

Chamber BUSINESS BUZZ

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Buzz luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 14 at Central Arizona Board of Realtors, the topic will be “What’s there to do here? A 101 things to do in Rim Country this summer?”

Presentations will be made by representatives from the Payson Public Library on the Smithsonian Exhibit, Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department on adult and children’s activities, Arizona Game & Fish-Fish Hatchery, Tonto Natural Bridge and Payson Farmers Market. Additionally, members and all of the area’s hospitality businesses will bring special event brochures for summer and early fall activities.

Cousins will cater the lunch; the cost $8 and reservations are required. Call (928) 474-4515 to reserve a seat now.

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