Summer reading program
Registration for the Payson Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program is just around the corner – it opens Monday, May 13 and the program starts the first week of June.
Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. There are programs planned for children ages 6 months to 18 years.
The program is designed to promote reading and learning and maintain skills through the summer break from school.
Every other Monday during the course of the program, June 3 through July 17, there is a book club for teens from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those 12 to 18 may also participate in the Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program.
Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to participate in one of three sessions of the Dig Into Reading Program. There will be a one-hour, in-house program with puppet show, arts and crafts, fun games and food at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday and at 10 a.m. Wednesday, from June 4 through July 10.
Also on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. there is a ’Tween class for those 9 to 12.
The Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday, from June 6 through July 11, is for young people ages 12 to 18. In addition to reading, participants will have craft projects, build time capsules and much more.
Youngsters don’t have to enroll in one of the library’s classes to take part in the summer reading program’s prize giveaway just by reading from the book list and keeping a log on their own, said Emily Linkey, director of the Payson Public Library.
To learn more and register, stop by the library at 328 N. McLane Road, (928) 474-9260; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.
Spring Roundup Dinner and Dance
Join the Gila County Mounted Posse’s Spring Roundup Dinner & Dance from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Historic Ox Bow on West Main Street in Payson.
There will be a barbecue dinner, live music by 3 Wheel Drive, raffles, live and silent auctions and more.
Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the Ox Bow, Bob’s Western Wear, Payson Concrete, or for more information, contact Earl Chitwood at (928) 238-0005 or Larry White, (928) 978-8010.
Proceeds will benefit the Gila County Mounted Posse, a search and rescue organization, and a portion will go to a scholarship fund.
Mountain High Games and Mogollon Monster Mudder
This year, to celebrate the great outdoors, the Town of Payson will be putting on an outdoor sports competition, co-title sponsored by Rim Country Power Sports and Native Air.
The Arizona Mountain High Games will be held from May 31 through June 2 at the Payson Event Center, across the high from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, south of town.
Registration is going on right now! Pre-register online by May 17. Out of town participants can register now until May 17 for $55; Rim Country participants, with ID, can register at Parks and Rec at Green Valley Park for $50. After May 17 registration goes to $65. Onsite registration is from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, May 31 at the Payson Event Center and for the Mud Run, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., Saturday, June 1 at the PEC.
An official event T-shirt will be presented to the first 350 people to complete pre-registration.
Mountain High Games are: 3-D Archery Competition, ATV Trail Rides, and an old-fashioned Horseshoe Tournament.
The Mogollon Monster Mudder will have more than 32 muddy obstacles and follow a course constructed by Rim Country Regional Firefighters.
This Mud Run is a 5K mountain trail run with natural and man-made obstacles, challenging ups and downs, rocky, wooded and wet terrain, shallow water crossings and what else MUD, MUD and more MUD!
The event will start at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 1. Waves of up to 50 will start at 10 a.m. and go every 15 minutes.
The event also features a beer garden, food, live music and free pine cone throwing. A special Police vs. Fire event at 4 p.m., Friday, May 31 and Kidz Mud Run for ages 6 to 12. The cost is $5 per child.
For rules, times, dates and more information, call (928) 474-5242, extension 7.
Charity Golf Event
Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) is conducting its Fourth Annual Charity Golf Event at Chaparral Pines Golf Club in Payson Sunday, June 2.
Register now to participate. This year’s format is a two-person scramble, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
The 2013 entry fee includes green fees, range balls, a box lunch ... and the opportunity to win a $50,000 Hole-in-One prize. Players can participate in various par 3 contests, and there will be awards for tournament winners. Following golf, there will be appetizers and a no-host bar, and silent auction results will be announced.
You can sponsor a local firefighter, peace officer or teacher to golf in your place through our “Hero Sponsorships.” Please contact our office for details at (928) 474-0330.
Registration forms can be found on the PAHH Web site: www.paysonhabitat.com/events.htm, or at the PAHH ReStore, located at the corner of Highways 87 and 260, (928) 474-0330.
The entry fee is $150 per person ($125 for Chaparral Pines members). All proceeds will go directly to Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.
Join coaches Bill Farrell, Joe Sanchez and Cameron Davis for this fundamentals basketball camp. Shooting, passing, dribbling and game strategies will be worked on throughout the week of June 10-14 in Wilson Dome from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily. The fee is $40. Registration is May 13 through June 5.