Pine Strawberry

Last-minute location change for community blood drive

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Big news for the blood drive.

United Blood Services has decided to move the Pine blood drive Monday, July 10 from the cultural hall in the Pine Community Center to the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School gym.

United Blood Services wants to keep donation rooms at about 68 degrees for the comfort and safety of the donors.

Pine-Strawberry Elementary School Principal Kathe Ketchem stepped in to help out so local residents can help the blood drive. The new location is just a hop, skip and a jump from the old spot, so you won't get lost. Donation will be accepted from noon until 8 p.m. and donors will be treated to homemade cookies and juice or punch.

Remember, this is trophy time. The team that collects the most blood will take the traveling trophy home. Will the Pine-Strawberry Medical Center Team be dethroned?

For an appointment, or to sign up for a team, call Leslie Alexander at 476-3624.

Strike up the band

The 108th Army Band of the Arizona National Guard will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall.

The 27-member band will perform a mix of traditional and contemporary music that ranges from rousing military marches to lilting folk tunes and from somber concertos to rhythmic rock-'n'-roll. The concert is sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Archeological and Historical Society, and admission is free.

Pioneer Day party

The historical society will host its annual Pioneer Day Barbecue Saturday, July 22. This is its big fund-raiser of the year. The parade that normally accompanies the event has been canceled by the Arizona Department of Transportation this year, but the group is working to make sure the parade will be back again next year.

This year the group's volunteers are planning a big event focused on children, community and fun. Set that Saturday aside to say thanks for all the historical society does.

'Read from Sea to Shining Sea'

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library's summer reading program began this week for children in Kindergarten through eighth grade. This year's theme is "Read from Sea to Shining Sea."

The do-it-yourself program will be held through July 29. Program participants pick up packets and instructions from the library and read and work at home, turning in coupons for prizes and awards as they complete the packets.

Children in all age groups will be presented with new challenges each week. The program will end with a traditional celebration picnic and puppet show from 10 a.m. to noon July 29 under the ramada at the Pine Community Center.

The Pine Library is on Randall Place just west of Highway 87. The library also has a preschool story time at 10 a.m. each Wednesday and a family story time at 10 a.m. each Saturday.

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