The July 5 Independence Day celebration at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School was a wonderful success. Children enjoyed the sack race and beanbag throw, but the favorite game was "go fishing." There was always a line made up of children of all ages. They loved retrieving the cup filled with wonderful treasures.
Another favorite was the watermelon seed-spitting contest. Though no records were broken, everyone had fun. The watermelon seed-spitting champion was Rich Werty, a visitor to the area, whose seed flew 28 1/2 feet.
Many, many thanks to Chuck Casey and Arvid Thompson for the great music. And thanks to all who helped and contributed. It was truly a fun old-fashioned family event.
Back to school
Pine-Strawberry Elementary School is holding registration for new students from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14-18 at the school office. The first day of school is July 31. Classes begin at 7:45 a.m. with early dismissal at 1 p.m. for all students. The regular schedule begins Aug. 1. Kindergarten is 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. Grades 1 - 3 are 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grades 4 - 8 are 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After-school day care is available for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning Aug. 1. Parents must fill out an application for the program prior to the first day of attendance even if the child attended the program last year.
PC Users Group
The Pine-Strawberry PC Users Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Senior Center in Pine. In response to the survey of topics, this month will highlight spreadsheet basics using Excel. Students will learn what is required to create a simple spreadsheet with rows and columns and how to create sums in both. Titles and formatting will be incorporated and then spreadsheets will be converted into a variety of graphs and charts and conclude with a demonstration of using a spreadsheet as an elementary database. There is a required $1 donation to cover expenses. Come and bring a friend or two.
The Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall. All musicians are invited to come and participate. Others are urged to come and sing a bit and enjoy the music. If you have never attended, do give it a try. This group has a lot of fun.
Driver safety program
The AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving Program is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at the Kiwanis Building in Pine. Call the Hansens at 476-4298 to register or to find out more information.
Free face painting by Polly Thomas will be featured at the Strawberry Schoolhouse at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19.
There is still time to get tickets for "Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier." This play is set in the mid-1920s as an elderly Wyatt Earp tells of his adventures and misadventures during the final days of the American Frontier from Arizona to Alaska. Written by Terry Earp, the play features Wyatt Earp----a descendent of the historical Wyatt. The play is at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19th in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall. Tickets are $5 and are available at the museum.
A quarterly book discussion is being sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library. The book for this discussion is "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. The discussion, being led by Kathleen Alexander-Young, is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the library in Pine. Copies of the book are available at the library.
We made it through the Fourth of July weekend without having a fire or running out of water. Now our communities have returned to normal and the forecasts are predicting that there might be some rain in our future. In the meantime, conserve and be careful. Thank you.
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