School will be out for summer this Friday, so what are the kids going to do?
Some may be lucky enough to find summer employment; some might have to take remedial classes in one subject or another; some may be fortunate to spend time at a summer camp. Athletes will be engaged in summer training at some point.
And for everyone else – the area libraries; many churches; and the Payson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department offers a banquet of opportunities for fun.
Pine Public Library
Pine Library is getting ready to Dig Into Reading. The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will start is summer reading program Wednesday, June 5.
Children from ages 5 through 12 are invited to participate from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday in June at the Library Activity Room.
Each week there will be a new topic covered with activities planned. June 5 the topic is Dig into Dirt; followed by Dig into Art on June 12; Dig into Honey and Bees on June 19; and Dig into Treasure and Food on June 26.
The Library Activity Room is at 6124 N. Randall Place in Pine. Contact the library at (928) 476-3678 for additional information.
Payson Public Library
While participants in the Pine Library’s summer reading program will be “digging into” this and that; those in the Payson Public Library’s program will be going “beneath the surface” from the first week of June through the middle of July.
Registration for the Payson summer reading program is taking place now. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
The programs are planned for children ages 6 months to 18 years and 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 Rd., Payson, (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.
Payson Summer Recreation Program
Registration is open and continues through the course of the 2013 Summer Recreation Program presented by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
This program is for children ages 6 to 12. Youngsters can be registered for one or all seven weeks. This program will be held in the Rim Country Middle School gym and incorporates fun, physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips. This is not a drop-in program; children must be pre-registered by Friday of the previous week.
Cost is $30 per child. Camps dates are: May 28-30*, June 3-6, June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27, July 1-3 and July 8-11. The program goes from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, except where noted.
Lunch will be served each day.
Register in person at the parks and rec offices in Green Valley Park.
PHS Volleyball Camp
The Payson High School Volleyball team will once again offer a camp this summer. This camp gives youth in the 4th through 8th grades the opportunity to learn from the high school players and coaches. They will work on fundamentals, refine skills and work on game strategies. The $30 fee includes a t-shirt. Registration closes Tuesday, May 28 and the camp is from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 at Payson High School Dome.
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. The cost is $40 and the program is open to those in the 3rd through 10th grades. The program is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily, Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14 in Wilson Dome at PHS. Registration closes June 5.
British Soccer Camp
Once again there will be a British Soccer Camp in Rim Country. The program is June 3-7 and registration closes May 24, go online to www.challengersports.com to sign up.
The program is for ages 3 to 18 and costs from $86 to $185. It includes individual coaching, team coaching, a soccer ball and T-shirt. To learn more get a brochure from the parks office in Green Valley Park. The camp will be on the north soccer field at Rumsey Park.
EVO Swim School
Taylor Pool in North Rumsey Park opens to the public Memorial Day Weekend. It will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 25 and Monday, May 27. Admission is $2 per person. Public swimming is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Swimming lessons will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Monday and Wednesday, and from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $12.50 per week.
Adult group swim, costing $35 per month, is from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday and Thursday. Water aerobics, at $2 per visit, is from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Monday and Wednesday. Lap swim, at $2 per visit, is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
For more information, go online to www.EvoSwimSchool.com/payson or call 1-877-539-5009.