The public libraries in Payson, Pine and Tonto Basin are getting ready for their summer reading programs.
The Tonto Basin Public Library just has parents come in and register their children for the program and then has a party with awards for those who have participated after a few weeks. Stop by the library or call (928) 479-2355 for more details.
Payson Public Library is now taking pre-registration for its summer reading programs and will continue to accept new participants through June 19. The program is free and designed to promote reading and learning while maintaining skills during the summer recess from school. Space is limited so organizers request participants be registered on a weekly basis. There is a program for children 6 months of age to 3 years of age; another for those 3 to 12 in age; and a third for ages 10 to 18.
The youngest participate in the Baby Reading Program, which includes ticklers, brain play, lullabies and stories. There is a half-hour in-house program at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday, June 7 through July 12.
The program for those 3 to 12 in age is the Cosmic Super Hero Summer Program with puppet shows, arts and crafts, fun games and stories. The hour-long, in-house program is at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., every Tuesday and Wednesday June 5 through July 11.
The program for older children is the Ultimate Avengers Summer Program at 4 p.m. every Tuesday from June 5 through July 11. It offers a chance to make new friends, participate in cool crafts and
the ultimate water battle where super heroes will face super villains.
The programs will close with a prize giveaway and picnic Wednesday, July 18.
The Payson Public Library is in Rumsey Park, 328 N. McLane Rd., (928) 474-9260.
The Pine Public Library will be celebrating the Arizona Centennial with its summer reading program, which begins Wednesday, June 6.
Designed for children from age of 2-1/2 years through their teens, the program will not only have participants reading books about Arizona, it will also feature guest speakers, such as a snake specialist and rancher. Participants will be given all their materials at the first session they attend and prizes will be presented at the last session.
The program will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., each Wednesday in June in the Library Activity Room. No registration is needed, but to learn more, stop by the library at 6124 N. Randall Place, Pine, call (928) 476-3678 or go online to www.pinepubliclibrary.com.
In addition to the summer reading program, the Pine Public Library is once again working with the Strawberry Patchers quilt group to present its popular Kids Quilt Camp this summer.
This program is for youngsters who have not participated in earlier programs, reside in the Pine-Strawberry area, and are between the ages of 8 and 12. It is being requested that parents not try to “help” their children by staying for the program, which will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, July 9, Tuesday, July 10, Wednesday, July 11 and at 9 a.m., Thursday, July 12. Families and friends will be welcome at the Student Quilt Show planned from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 12.
There is room for only 10 students in the program and the required pre-registration closes Saturday, June 30. No walk-ins will be allowed and if a child is registered, they must participate in all four sessions in which a quilt will be completed.
All supplies and machines for the program are furnished by the Strawberry Patchers.
To learn more, stop by the library or call (928) 476-3678.
Rim Country Creative Writers will be holding a public reading on their works in progress from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, June 8 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Hwy. in the Swiss Village. Everyone is invited to attend.
The annual Summer Concert Series by the Payson parks department features a free program at 7 p.m. every Saturday through July 28. The concerts are held in the amphitheater area of Green Valley Park where the audience can bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show.
Scheduled to perform are J. Powers Band with R&B, Motown music and rock, June 9; Blue Frog with blues, June 16; Breaking Point with both jazz and country music, June 23; hometown favorites, Junction 87 with country music, June 30; more hometown music by the popular John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos, July 7; Big Daddy & The Dynamites, blues, July 14; Southern Flight Band with variety and rock music, July 21; and another popular local group, The John Scott Band with blues, July 28.
Rim Country Museum
The Rim Country Museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums program this summer with the American Association of Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Blue Star Families Foundation in support of the Blue Star Museums program for 2012. Blue Star participants agree to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, providing an engaging, enlightening family outing to those Americans who most epitomize sacrifice. Additional information will follow on what identification will be needed for free admission to the museum.
Benefit Spaghetti Dinner
The Payson Lioness Club will have a benefit spaghetti dinner Flag Day for Veterans Helping Veterans from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 14 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The cost is $6 per person. The evening will include a silent auction and music by Patrick Neibauer.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Items for the silent auction are still needed. To make a donation or arrange for tickets, please call Peggy at (928) 978-4560.
Canoe, bikes to be raffled
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, at the corner of Highways 260 and 87, is having a raffle for an 18-foot fiberglass canoe and a pair of Cruiser bikes.
Proceeds will help benefit PAHH’s latest project, A Brush with Kindness.
A limited number of tickets will be sold.
The ReStore is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. To find out more, call (928) 474-4247.
Vacation Bible school
First Baptist Church of Pine
First Baptist Church of Pine will have its vacation Bible school from June 11 through June 15 at the Pine Strawberry School. The theme is SonRise National Park and will include music, games, skits, snacks, Bible stories and more. The program is for children 4 years of age through the sixth grade and will be held from noon to 3 p.m. daily.
For more information, call (928) 476-3552.
Ponderosa Bible Church
Ponderosa Bible Church is presenting “Never Give Up” vacation Bible school from June 18 through June 22.
The program, “Never Give Up” is about an Olympic event and will introduce the characters, Sydne and Simon, along with an exciting drama cast of Olympians. Music, crafts, games and snacks will be part of the daily schedule.
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 they can shine and need “Never Give Up” on God!
Each day will open with an Olympic Rally, with Olympic Stations jam-packed with exciting activities. At these stations, children experience creative projects that reinforce the Olympic Mission for each day. Each day will feature an exciting “Bible Toon” and interactive teaching at the Olympic Rally. The Music Studio introduces a new song daily for children to rock along with.
To register a child for the program, call Ponderosa Bible Church at (928) 474-9279.
Ponderosa Bible Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson.
First Southern Baptist Church
First Southern Baptist Church is presenting Amazing Aviation during its vacation Bible school program, June 18 through June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program is for pre-kindergarten aged youth through those who are 13.
First Southern Baptist Church is at the corner of West Bonita Street and South Colcord. Call (928) 474-3374 for more information.