Busy Weekend Afoot For Community

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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It is very important that all residents of Pine-Strawberry be notified that the community fire drill will happen on Saturday, March 29. This is a serious test of our community alert system. The rain and snow have been wonderful, but with so many dead trees and a forest still choked with brush and overgrowth, a dangerous fire season looms on the horizon.On the morning of Saturday, March 29 the community alert siren system will be used in a community fire drill. Residents are asked to help notify all Pine-Strawberry citizens that this is a drill.

Any time that 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 follows 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. Residents are asked to think about evacuation and its ramifications for their families. Remember and remind others, if you hear the sirens please tune to 1420 AM KMOG radio.

Senior Center Potluck

Here is your chance to meet those folks whose dedication and effort keep our thrift store one of the best treasure hunting spots in Rim country.

Everyone is also 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, please bring a main dish, if your last name ends in N-Z please bring a salad or desert. If you have wondered about this group and all their activities -- stop by and make some new friends, you will be glad you did.

Gallery reception

Art fans will appreciate the Gallery Opening Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Artist Talk held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Hosted by Pine Artisans Gallery located at the north end of Pine on Highway 87, across from Uncle Tom's Texaco, artists Barbara Bourscheidt and Claudette Barker will talk about their work, inspiration and technique.

Bourscheidt works in clay and Barker's art of choice is watercolor. Their art will be available for sale the night of the reception. For a preview, stop in Pine Artisans Gallery.

Strawberry's Elite Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday is on its way to Strawberry. 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 on Ralls Drive in Strawberry.

If you are holding a ticket dated March 2, it is good for the event. If not, tickets are $10 per person from any Strawberry Elite member or at the door

The event features the standard Cajun fare of jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee and chicken mamou, all cooked by Elite members.

Trouble in Paradise will provide music for diners and dancers to enjoy. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the event. Wear your beads and your best Mardi Gras mask and we will see you there. The funds raised from this event go to benefit the children and families in need of the Pine-Strawberry community.

The Black Bear Restaurant graciously hosts the Strawberry's Elite for these dinner events and many local businesses donate door prizes and tickets. Thanks from all the Strawberry Elite members to all of you who support this event.

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