The Arts and Crafts Fair this Labor Day weekend is the last one of the season.
There will be more than 80 booths full of a wide variety of handmade art and craft items. There also will be food vendors and the always-popular Navajo tacos made at the senior center.
The Forest Service booth will have information and advice for those of us living here in the Rim country.
The craft fair will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pine Community Center.
Kiwanis will have its pancake breakfast each morning of the craft fair from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The menu includes "all you can eat" pancakes plus sausage, orange juice and coffee. These pancakes are really delicious.
Also this weekend, the Pine library is having its used book sale at the library parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Lots of great books will be available.
The Pine Strawberry Historical Society will have an appraisal clinic Oct. 11 and 12 at the Pine Community Center.
Tickets for appraisal appointment times go on sale this Labor Day weekend at the museum. By buying your tickets early, you can pick your time. Tickets are $10 for each item to be appraised.
Harry Rinker, internationally known author and antiques and collectibles expert, will be conducting the clinic and he also will be available to do a limited number of "in-home" appraisals during his stay.
Stop by the museum in Pine for more information and tickets.
Watch this column for more details regarding this popular event.
CERCA membership drive
CERCA, (Community, Educational, Recreational and Civic Association) of Strawberry-Pine will have its annual membership drive during the month of September.
CERCA is a public, nonprofit membership corporation that operates and maintains the buildings and grounds of the Pine/Strawberry Community Center with a volunteer board of directors.
Membership is invited from those who live in or own property in Pine or Strawberry, as well as businesses and nonprofit organizations that operate in Pine or Strawberry.
The annual membership fee is $20 and is used totally for the maintenance and operation of the property.
The Pine/Strawberry Community Center is a valuable asset to our communities. Wonderful programs, activities and services are offered from this community center.
The annual newsletter and membership form is in the mail to all residents with Pine and Strawberry mailing addresses. If you do not receive one, they are available at the museum or you can send a check for $20 to CERCA, P.O. Box 163, Pine AZ 85544. Your membership is appreciated.
A little school news
There is no school on Labor Day, Sept. 1. All are invited to attend the flag ceremony Friday, Sept. 5, to honor our Student of the Month and Terrific Kids. The event is at 8:15 a.m. in the gym.
There will be early dismissal at 1 p.m., Sept. 10, 17 and 24.
Veterans Day will be celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 11 and there is no school on that day.
At the library
Story hour will resume at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the library. Story hour is open to all preschool children and home-schooled children under the age of 8. For more information, call the library at (928) 476-3678.
The new quarterly book discussion is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the library. The book for this discussion is "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. The discussion will be led by Kathleen Alexander-Young.
Please provide information about your upcoming event in Pine or Strawberry no later than Wednesday morning of the week before the event.
Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink. net.