This past Saturday, Julia Randall Elementary played host to two very healthy activities.
On a beautiful Rim Country fall morning, inside the gymnasium, hundreds of area residents gathered for the annual Community Health and Care Fair.
And on the school’s lush green lawn outside of the gym, a whole bunch of area young ladies gathered to participate in the 5K “Girls on the Run” run-walk.
Still in its infancy, the Girls on the Run event has really grown in stature and size. Coach Cassandra Stoudard told me, “We began this non-competitive program three years ago to help girls in the Rim Country develop confidence and self-esteem, along with becoming a little more fit. We now have over 50 girls in third through eighth grade participating.
“Leading up to our final event, we meet twice a week for one hour at Green Valley Park for a 12-week training period. Each of the girls has an older running/walking mentor-partner. The final 5K (3.1 miles) event that we do at the end of training is always untimed and non-competitive. We call it a celebration of our 12 weeks of training.”
As I watched the beginning and end of this event, it was more than heart-warming to see the unbridled enthusiasm and pride of each young lady and her partner as they left and then crossed the finish line.
Kudos to all who volunteer their time for this positive program.
This week’s question
Last weekend there were girls on the run. Sometimes in Payson (and everywhere else), there are bad guys on the run. But can you name the singer who in June of 1974 scored a No. 1 hit with his song “Band on the Run?”
Born in England on June 18, 1942, this musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer gained worldwide fame as a member of a British quartet. His songwriting was one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band’s break-up in 1970, he pursued a solo career, then later forming the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.
The Guinness World Records has described this artist as the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time,” with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles and as the “most successful songwriter” in United Kingdom chart history. More than 2,200 artists have covered his song “Yesterday,” more than any other song in history.
Is this “Band on the Run” singer A) Paul McCartney, B) Ringo Starr, C) John Lennon, or D) George Harrison?
If you’re the very first caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a pair of tickets to tonight’s (Friday) Tonto Community Concert Association concert in the Payson High School Auditorium. The New York City-based trio Sonic Escape will be performing at 7 p.m., so please call in early so I can make arrangements to get you your winning tickets.
Last week’s question
Last week’s question asked if you could name the adult contemporary singer who recorded the1964 Top-10 hit “Walk On By,” that earned induction into both the Grammy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fames.
She sang in her church choir from age 6, is a cousin of Whitney Houston, was Burt Bacharach’s main “voice” for the songs he composed and co-hosted TV’s “Solid Gold” in the early 1980s.
Some of her other top songs were “Alfie,” “I Say A Little Prayer” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose.”
The choices were A) Mahalia Jackson, B) Roberta Flack, C) Dionne Warwick, and D) Patti LaBelle.
The correct answer was Dionne Warwick.
Legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson began recording in the mid-1940s and continued through the late 1960s. Her signature song was 1958’s “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.”
R&B singer Roberta Flack’s singing career spanned the 1970s through the 1990s. Her two biggest hits came in the early 1970s — “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” She recorded a number of duets with her high school classmate Danny Hathaway.
Pop-R&B singer Patti LaBelle charted 19 hits over five decades, the 1960s through the 2000s. Her two No. 1 hits were “Lady Marmalade” in 1975 and her 1986 duet with Michael McDonald “On My Own.”
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Rosie Kline, who won a Dionne Warwick greatest hits CD. Rosie has won a couple of times in the past.
A couple of final notes
New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last week’s Community Health and Care Fair.
The four-hour fair featured a gym filled with medical-related businesses and organization booths that disseminated information and conducted screenings and testing on the spot. There were also one-half hour Zumba classes, fire-extinguisher demonstrations, Affordable Care Act classes and a whole lot more. Saturday was my 12th year of participating in the program and, as always, it was a wonderful event.
Also, I’d like to wish the Marine Corps a happy birthday. The Marines will be celebrating their 238th birthday this Saturday evening at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Semper Fi, Leathernecks!
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482 — Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com