Busy Weekend Ahead For Community



Fire Department Open House

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, those clowns down at the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department on Hardscrabble Road, you know, Fizzles and Flambwill host a community open house. The focus of the evening is fire prevention and safety. Join them for an entertaining presentation of fun and fire safety. Munch on hot dogs and home-baked goodies while these clowns ham it up for you and your family. Bring the camera and the kids and catch them in the act of learning.

SCAF Community Potluck

The Senior Center has scheduled the SCAF Community Potluck from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Senior Center dining room. Everyone is welcome and please bring a dish to share.

If your last name starts with A-H, please bring a salad; I-R, a main dish and S-Z, a dessert.

Being so close to Halloween, be prepared for a howling good time.

Kids and Kritters Costume Contest and Trunk-or-Treat

Celebrate Halloween a little early and safely in Strawberry.

Costumed kids and their dressed-up dogs, cats or llamas are invited to join the second annual Kids and Kritters Costume Contest held by MVP Realty and all the merchants of Strawberry.

Costumed contestants and their escorts can begin arriving in the MVP upper parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Judging will begin at 5 p.m. sharp. Each costumed guest will receive a goodie bag and prizes will be awarded in many categories. Three panels of judges will evaluate the contestants in different age brackets.

Also at 5 p.m., Pine-Strawberry residents are encouraged to bring a bowl full of candy in their cars, trucks and station wagons to any business parking lot on Highway 87 in Strawberry in preparation for the Trunk-or-Treat parade.

Vehicles must be in place by 5:30 p.m. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., it's Trunk-or-Treat time.

Volunteers from the Gila County Sheriff's Department and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue will guide our town youngsters across the highway and to the candy. Parents are asked to collect their little ones on Parkinson Drive (under the billboard) no later than 6:45 p.m.

Gallery relocates

The Pine Artisans Gallery has moved to a new location. Come celebrate with them from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. They will have music by Trouble in Paradise.

The gallery is now located at 4069 Highway 87 in Pine, telephone 476-3700.

Fall Festival

On Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Pine-Strawberry's eighth grade class will host their annual fall festival in the P-S gym.

Chili dogs and nachos will be served in the cafeteria. There is a myriad of carnival games like the standard cakewalk, toy walk and ring toss, and a few unusual creations of the young minds that are the Class of 2002.

Children of all ages are welcome costumed or not. Prizes are awarded, so be prepared to win such things as a goldfish or a home-baked cake. This is a grand fund-raiser for graduates. The money raised will fund their end-of-the year trip. Help them make memories and support their efforts by bringing your whole family.

Museum Membership Deal

What a great weekend of events the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society brought us. What a phenomenal amount of work. Great weather, great visitors, loads of food and fun add up to one really great small town weekend in the pines.

If you are asking yourself how you can support this type of event in the future, here is the simplest way: join the museum. Just $20 per year buys a family membership and some pride in preserving the history of our town. For a short time, the historical society is offering a special deal. Buy 2002 and 2003 memberships for just $30.

The group of dedicated volunteers behind the museum, led by their nine-member board, has brought the history of Pine-Strawberry alive. They have created a place where we can value our culture and show it off as well.

For information on membership, stop in at the Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, or call 476-3547 for more information.


On Nov. 23, 2002, thousands of people around the world will gather in small towns and big cities to enjoy an evening of storytelling. For the fourth consecutive year, Pine will join in the global Tellabration spirit. The Pine-Strawberry Archaeological & Historical Society, Inc. will present the event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine.

This annual event, known as Tellabration, began in 1988 and has grown into one of the most impressive collective events in the history of the modern storytelling revival.

Storytellers this year include Don Doyle, Dorothy Daniels Anderson, Douglas Bland, Dennis Freeman, Ricardo Provencio and Liz Warren.

Telling Western stories in music will be Chuck Casey and Barbara Kerr-Casey, known around Rim Country as Trouble in Paradise.

Pine resident and storyteller Don Doyle and PSAHS president Melvin VanVorst will produce this year's event.

Admission is $5 per person. Tickets for Tellabration 2002 are on sale through Nov. 23 at the Pine-Strawberry Museum, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will also be available at the door.

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