The Pine Artisans Gallery is hosting a Gallery Artist Talk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday night (May 19). Three of the more than 40 artists who are represented in the gallery will speak. Handblown glass artist Paul Blasi, potters Carole and Alan Snyder and photographer Jon Jeffery will entertain and inform during this cultural exhibition. The Pine Artisans Gallery is located at 3972 Highway 87, on the west side of the highway.
Starting tomorrow, the Oldest Standing Schoolhouse is open for the season. The hours that you can visit this piece of local and educational history will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Many weekends the schoolhouse will host entertainment, much of which has a historical theme. Weekday group tours can be arranged by calling 476-4791 or 476-3375 for more information. Stop in and visit.
Museum summer hours
The Pine-Strawberry Museum, located in the Pine Community Center, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. This is done because of the dedicated volunteers who staff and supervise the museum and its exhibits. Please take a moment to tour the history you live with.
Arizona Public Service, along with a coalition of environmental organizations and the Yavapai-Apache Tribe, has agreed to close the Childs and Irving hydroelectric power plants.
The Fossil Creek dam will be permanently lowered Dec. 31, 2004, returning full natural flow to Fossil Creek. With the intended closing of the 100-year-old APS power plants, the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society has been working to preserve the history of the community. This special exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26 and it's free.
Relay for Life
Pine/Strawberry folks now have two teams in the Relay for Life. Each team would love to have you come out and cheer them on June 1 in Payson at Rumsey Park ballfield. If you're a cancer survivor, you are needed for the first lap, so call 474-2594. You've got to see the emotionally charged luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. when the candles are lit, the lights put out and all the names of cancer victims on the bags are read in remembrance.
Driver safety program
AARP will sponsor a 55 Alive/Driver Safety Program (formerly called Mature Driving Class) in Pine at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Kiwanis Building at the Community Center. This is a one-day class that could reduce your automobile insurance rates. Even if it doesn't, you'll be amazed to discover what you learned so long ago and may have forgotten. Also, instructors will cover newer topics such as road rage and cellular telephone use. It is not necessary to be a member of AARP to participate. Class size is limited. For more information or to register, call 476-4298.