Lots of activity here in Pine and Strawberry this 4th of July weekend.
The Arts and Crafts Fair is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.
More than 80 vendors will feature handmade craft items and a few select food booths. Navajo tacos will be served at the Senior Center.
Plan to fill up on great pancakes before visiting the craft booths. The Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday in the Kiwanis building at the Pine Community Center. The all-you-can-eat pancakes are accompanied by orange juice, sausage and coffee. $4 for adults and $2 for children 10 and under.
The Independence Day family celebration will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 5. There will be hot dogs for $1 and free watermelon as well as Strawberry Sparkle and snow cones. Besides the ever popular watermelon seed-spitting contest, there will be go fishing for the little guys, ring toss, a hula hoop game, bean bag throw, three-legged race, sack race and more. And there will be live music and sing along.
Although we have chosen not to consider fireworks this year due to fire restrictions, this will be a fun evening for the whole family.
All of Pine, Strawberry and the surrounding areas are invited along with their guests, friends and relatives. Visitors are also welcome.
There is no admission charge for this event at the Pine Strawberry School in Pine.
A Summer Reading Program is being offered at the Pine-Strawberry School in Pine. The program, for students in grades 1 through 5, will be held three days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from July 8 through July 24. This program focuses on improving and supporting skills for reading comprehension, phonics and oral reading fluency.
Parents can call Mrs. Ketchem at 476-3283 for complete information.
A program for special needs students from preschool through grade four just concluded this week. The program included walking field trips, special projects and many fun reading and math activities. Instructional focus was on continued use and reinforcement of math, reading and thinking skills.
Remember that the summer reading program, "Lights, Camera, Read" at the Pine library continues every Wednesday through July.
The 108th Army National Guard will present a free concert at the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall at 7 p.m., July 7. Come early to ensure getting a seat.
The 55 Alive Save Driving Program is July 17. Call the Hansens, 476-4298, for complete information.
"Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier," a one-man play, will be presented on July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall. The play was written by Terry Earp and stars Wyatt, both descendants of the historical hero. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the museum.
Once again, you are reminded to conserve water and be extra, extra careful with any kind of fire or flame. In a little while, the summer monsoons will hopefully help to reduce our chances of fire. In the meantime, we must all be extremely careful.
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