Youth Have Banquet Of Choices For Fun

The swimming season kicks off this weekend and there are numerous activities planned for area youth throughout the summer.

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The swimming season kicks off this weekend and there are numerous activities planned for area youth throughout the summer.


School’s out for the summer, so what are the kids going to do?

Some may try to find summer employment; some might take classes; some may head off for summer camp. Athletes will start training.

And for everyone else — libraries, churches and the Payson Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department will offer a banquet of opportunities for fun.

Pine Public Library

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will start its summer reading program Wednesday, June 5 for kids 5-12 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday in June in the Library Activity Room at 6124 N. Randall Place in Pine.

For information, call (928) 476-3678.

Payson Public Library

The Payson program will start the first week of June and last through the middle of July. Register now for the first-come, first-served reading activities for children 6 months to 18 years, which will promote reading and maintain skills through the summer break from school. The program includes an every-other-month book club for teens from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Children ages 3 to 12 can join in one of three sessions of the Dig Into Reading Program, which include 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.

The Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program runs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday, from June 6 through July 11, 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, said Emily Linkey, director of the Payson Public Library.

To register, stop by the library at 328 N. McLane Rd., (928) 474-9260 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.

EVO Swim School

Taylor Pool in North Rumsey Park opens to the public Memorial Day weekend from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from May 25-27 for $2 per person.

For the summer, 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 costs $35 per month and runs from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday and Thursday.

Water aerobics costs $2 per visit and will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Lap swims cost $2 per visit, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

For information, go online to or call 1-877-539-5009.

Summer Recreation Program

The Payson Parks and Recreation program will enroll children 6-12 all summer in various programs that last for seven weeks in the Rim Country Middle School gym.

The program includes fun, physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips. Children must register by Friday of the previous week at a cost of $30 per child, which also covers lunch. 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 through Thursday, except where noted. Register in person at the parks and rec offices in Green Valley Park.

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 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.

The camp will be on the north soccer field at Rumsey Park.

To learn more, get a brochure from the parks office 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 fourth through eighth 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 the high school’s Wilson Dome.

Basketball Camp

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 third 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.

7D Barrel & Pole Bending

The town is once again providing an opportunity to practice rodeo skills and win money too.

The 7D Barrel & Pole Bending Series continues through June on Tuesday nights. Books open at 4 p.m.; time-only events are from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.; competition starts at 6 p.m. The fee is $5 per event.

Learn more by calling Kaprice Bachtell at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359.

Sprint Triathlon

The annual Sprint Triathlon starts at 7 a.m., Saturday, June 8 at Taylor Pool in Rumsey Park.

The event consists of a 500-yard swim, 14-mile bike ride and 5K run. Register early. The top 175 finishers will receive a participation medal. The fee is $50 for individuals or $75 for a team. The event is for those 15 and older.

Sign up at www.paysonparks .com.


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