Looking ahead as fire season nears and looking behind at the fire season that consumed thousands of acres, officials are gearing up and getting prepared. Saturday, March 29, those officials will ask you to do the same.
That morning, the community alert siren system will be used in a community fire drill. It is very important that all Pine-Strawberry residents understand that this is a drill. Any time the sirens are sounded, residents are asked to tune their radios to 1420 AM KMOG for instructions.
Please tell all of your friends and neighbors about this drill.
"This drill is for the public too," Arvid Thompson, chair P-S Emergency Preparedness Task Force said.
His team in addition to the P-S Fire Department, the Forest Service, Gila County Sheriff's Department, the Payson Fire Department and other agencies will be involved in this drill. It is imperative that everyone follow the instructions given to them.
Some areas may be evacuated, some areas will be directed to stay in their homes, and highway closures may be announced. We are asking that you think about evacuation and its ramifications for your family.
Senior Center Board Meeting
If you are looking for something to do, the senior center has lots of fun, work and friends for you.
The monthly board meeting for SCAF -- the group that oversees the senior center thrift store and the senior dining hall -- is 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 17, in the dining hall. Everyone is invited to join the seniors for their community potluck at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at the Community Center.
There is a sign-up sheet in the dining hall.
If your last name ends in A-M, bring a main dish; if your last name ends in N-Z, bring a salad or dessert.
Looking for a good game of Bridge? There is a feisty bunch of players who always welcome a newcomer.
Call Floyd Malchow at 476-4511, or stop in at the senior center dining hall around 1 p.m. for more information.
Old-Time Fiddlers Jam
Perhaps you can request old-time favorites like "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" or "Danny Boy" from the Old Time Fiddlers during their monthly jam at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.
This popular event packs the house and entertains all who attend.
If you pick, fiddle or strum, bring your instrument and join the crew, but be warned: their humor is corny and sometimes not as good as the music. Keep them playing and you are bound to have a great time. Admission is free.
Strawberry's Elite Mardi Gras
The Strawberry Elite's version of Mardi Gras will be from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at the Black Bear Steakhouse in Strawberry.
If you still have your ticket from March 2, it is good for the March 23 party. If not, tickets are $10 per person from any Strawberry Elite member or at the door.
Ticket includes the standard Cajun fare of Jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish, etouffee and chicken mamou, all cooked by Elite members. Trouble in Paradise will be striking the tunes for diners and dancers to enjoy. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the event. Wear your beads and your best Mardi Gras mask.
The funds raised from this event go to benefit the children and families in need of the Pine-Strawberry community.