A number of fun-filled Independence Day activities are planned for Pine and Strawberry this weekend, including the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual "Big Bang" party Saturday.
The festivities begin with the Rim Country Kiwanis Club's annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pine Community Center.
After breakfast, browse through the craft fair booths, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Kiwanis Club will kick up the excitement again at 6 p.m. Saturday during its weekly bingo game in the Kiwanis meeting room at the back of the community center.
Late Saturday afternoon, folks will start jockeying for seats for the fireworks show. The best spot is behind the community center on the Pine-Strawberry School's front playground. Bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Chamber volunteers will be selling hot dogs, drinks and other goodies under the ramada at the south end of the playground. Glow necklaces also will be for sale for those who can't wait for the fireworks.
Once the food is gone and the last ray of sun has left the sky, it'll be time for the big show, conducted by Pine-Strawberry's own professionally trained shooters.
Strike up the band
Arizona's 108th Army National Guard Band will make a return appearance in Pine-Strawberry Tuesday, July 10.
Last year's standing-room-only show was a huge success, so the band added Pine-Strawberry to its 2001 tour schedule.
The 35-member concert band, which will squeeze its way into the Pine Cultural Hall at 6:30 p.m., recently performed for George W. Bush during his Memorial Day visit to Mesa. The group plays a wide variety of marches, medleys and modern music
Auction and appraisal clinic
Antiques and collectibles expert Harry Rinker will hold a silent auction and appraisal clinic in Pine-Strawberry July 28 and 29. For a $10 fee, Rinker will provide verbal appraisals. A silent auction also will be held to raise money for the P-S Archeological and Historical Society. Auction donations are being accepted, or owners can put items up for auction for a consignment fee of 15 percent. For more information, call 476-3547.