Payson Community Kids,
Payson Community Kids,
Payson Community Kids,
I wanna play at PCK.
Those lyrics start the Payson Community Kids (PCK) theme song, a peppy jingle written recently and taught to the PCK children by volunteer Katy Rovetto.
Last week the children of Payson Community Kids, parents and volunteers gathered at the PCK home on South Tonto Street to honor the organization’s volunteers, watch the PCK Talent Show and, of course, join in with the kids as everyone finished off the afternoon with the singing of the agency theme song. As a PCK volunteer, I was really proud to accept my certificate of appreciation.
For those who are not familiar with Payson Community Kids, it’s an after-school drop-in program for kids who are from low-income families, “at risk” or just might not have the advantages that other kids do. During the school year, 40-45 children of all ages come to the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, until 5 p.m., to do crafts, play games, receive help with homework (my specialty) and enjoy a nutritious meal — donated by Payson area restaurants, churches and caring individuals.
PCK director Suzy Tubbs said, “An important element of our program is that every child who is in our program must complete three community service activities per year to remain enrolled in our program. It’s vital that we teach the children to give back to those who give to us.”
Payson Community Kids is always in need of more volunteers and financial contributions. If you are interested in either volunteering or making a financial contribution to the program, please call Suzy at (928) 978-3256.
To help with the agency’s finances, Payson Community Kids is sponsoring a raffle for a four-night cruise for two on the Princess Cruise Line to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce (or from Suzy) and there will only be 100 sold. The drawing will be live on July 31 on KMOG. Take a chance!
This Week’s Music Trivia Question
In 1986, legendary rock-blues artist Eric Clapton released his 13th album “August,” on which the seventh track was the song “Take a Chance.”
This week’s question is — early in Clapton’s singing career and before he went solo, with which of the following groups did he regularly sing: A) Dion and the Belmonts; B) Derek and the Dominos; C) Freddy and the Dreamers; or D) Nicky and the Nobles?
If you’re caller number four and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist or genre of music. Good luck!
Last Week’s Music Trivia Question
This past week’s question asked if you could name the R&B vocal group that recorded the 1984 dance hit “I’m So Excited?”
This sister group (Ruth, Anita, June and Bonnie) formed in 1971 in Oakland, Calif. and became popular for their late 1970s-early 1980s hits “I’m So Excited,” “Slow Hand,” “Neutron Dance” and “Jump (For My Love),” for which they earned Grammy’s Pop Vocal Group award.
Was this group A) The Lennon Sisters; B) The Pointer Sisters; C) The McGuire Sisters; or D) The Andrews Sisters?
The correct answer was The Pointer Sisters.
The Andrews Sisters trio, who recorded from 1938 until 1951, were very popular during World War II with their patriotic hits “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (revived in 1973 by Bette Midler), “Oh! Johnny! Oh!” and “Rum And Coca-Cola.”
The McGuire Sisters trio had a 10-year run of popularity, beginning in 1954. They scored two huge number one hits with 1955’s “Sincerely” and 1958’s “Sugartime.” The sisters were regulars on the Arthur Godfrey and Friends TV Show.
The Lennon Sisters quartet could be seen from 1955-68 on band-leader Lawrence Welk’s weekly TV show.
Congratulations to this past week’s multiple-time music trivia winner Mike Leigh of Payson.
A Final Note
New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s wedding between David Pereira and Crystal Metcalf at the Pine Creek Cabins. Warm afternoon temperatures gave way to a beautiful evening of celebration and dancing under the stars.
The sixth of the nine free concerts under the stars at Green Valley Park will take this Saturday night with another of Payson’s favorite bands performing. John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos will take the stage from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The quartet will feature John Carpino as lead vocal and guitarist, his wife, Lu, as vocal and percussionist, David Brooks on bass and Dave Yoder on drums.
John told me, “We’ll be bringing to the park this year a nice blend of rock, country-rock, Motown, reggae and a few of our original hits. For the first time at the concert series, we’ll also be performing ‘Under the Blue Arizona Skies,’ a song I wrote as a tribute to our wonderful state for its centennial celebration.”
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482
Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com