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Summer concerts

The annual Summer Concert Series by the Payson parks department features a free program at 7 p.m. every Saturday from 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 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.

Youth sports Volleyball Camp

Join Payson High School coaches and players for the annual summer volleyball camp from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19 in Wilson Dome at Payson High School. The camp is open for all players going into the fourth through eighth grades. The cost is $30 per participant.

Register through the start of the camp at Payson Parks & Recreation, 1000 W. Country Club Dr., Payson; call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or go online to paysonrimcounty.com.

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Junction 87

Summer Concert series

The annual Summer Concert Series by the Payson parks department features a free program at 7 p.m. every Saturday from 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 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.

Outdoor Recreation

Barrel & Pole Practice

Barrel racing and pole bending practices continue Wednesday nights at the Payson Event Center. Books open at 4 p.m.; time only runs are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fee is $3 per run or $5 for a 3-minute time slot.

PATS hikes

There will be a hike from the Payson Event Center to the Peach Orchard Trailhead at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 16. The trial is moderate in difficulty.

A five-mile, moderately difficult hike of Houston Loop Trail is planned for 8 a.m., Saturday, July 7.

A hike of Houston Trail to Flat Rock, two miles in length and moderately difficult, is scheduled for 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11.

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.

A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. To find out more, call (928) 474-4247

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