Fire department team wins blood drive trophy


Thanks to all the participants from Pine and Strawberry who rolled up their sleeves to donate blood Monday. United Blood Services collected 105 pints during the drive.

Three teams competed for points during the community's annual blood drive challenge.

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department team, which donated 26 pints, prevailed.

Coming in a close second was a new team Tonto Rim Search and Rescue which brought in 23 pints. Last year's champs, the Pine-Strawberry Medical Auxiliary, brought in 19 pints this year.

Saddle making and knot tying

Local judge and saddle maker Jim Weeks will demonstrate saddle making and leather crafting from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at the Strawberry Schoolhouse off Fossil Creek Road. He'll also marry couples who bring their marriage licenses along.

Sweet indulgences

The Pine-Strawberry Health Services Auxiliary will serve up free homemade desserts from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 17 in the Kiwanis building at the Pine Community Center in Pine.

The auxiliary is conducting the event to introduce the public to the auxiliary, its members and the community-owned health center.

Nurse practitioner Gail Phylow, her husband and office manager, Bobby, massage therapist Vivian Seville, auxiliary board members and auxiliary members will be there to answer questions and share information.

The event is free and open to the public.

Fiddling around

Local fiddlers will gather at 1 p.m. this Wednesday in the Pine Community Center's Cultural Hall to pick and grin.

Rim country musicians gather in the hall the third Wednesday of each month for a rowdy afternoon of laughs and old-time fiddle tunes.

Residents can make meal reservations at the Pine Senior Center, 476-2151, and have lunch before joining the musicians for an old-fashioned good time.

Pioneer Day

Pine's annual Pioneer Day Parade won't take place this year, but the folks at the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society have booked a large slide, animals to pet, walk and ride, and small-town amusement rides.

The main attraction for the July 22 event a scrumptious barbecue will be served up as the historical society's primary fund-raiser.

The historical society also is soliciting recipes for a community cookbook. Recipes can be dropped off at the museum in Pine.

The historical society also is always looking for new members. Supporting this group will help it bring more great entertainment to town such as the 108th Army Band of the Arizona National Guard.

More than 200 folks packed the Pine Cultural Hall Tuesday night to enjoy that concert. The historical society needs your support to bring the community other such events.

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