The Memorial Day weekend will be a busy one in Pine and Strawberry. Folks from the Valley and our neighbors in Payson are invited to come up for cool weather and fun activities. We do want to remind smokers to use their ashtrays and keep ashes and cigarette butts in the car. It is beautiful up here, but dry. Help us protect our homes and forest. Also, there is always a lot of traffic around on this holiday weekend. Do drive and walk carefully.
Arts and Crafts Festival
The first arts and crafts festival of the season will be at the Pine Community Center this Saturday and Sunday.
More than 80 crafters will display their art. Come and see the wealth of talent.
The food vendors will be in front of the thrift store this year because there is a wonderful new playground in back. Bring the children and let them swing and slide. The famous Navajo tacos will be available in the Senior Center. The festival runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rim Country Kiwanis of Pine and Strawberry, will be from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Kiwanis serves wonderful all-you-can-eat pancakes plus sausage, orange juice and coffee, all for $4 for adults, $2 for children 10 and under. The feast is outside, near the ramada, so you can sit, eat and enjoy before visiting the many booths at the arts and crafts festival.
Come visit the museum
Folks are invited to an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pine Museum. A new watercolor by local artist Ruth Rand will be introduced at the event.
Numbered and signed prints will be available both days.
A used book sale is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library parking lot.
Stock your bookshelves with some great books for your summer reading enjoyment.
"Lights, Camera, Read" is the theme for this summer's reading program at the Pine library. The kick-off for this program will be at 10 a.m. June 4 in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center.
Participants will make edible jewelry art to take home. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate. Great prizes are available. Preschool age children through age 11 will enjoy the Wednesday story hour activities beginning June 4.
Parents and grandparents are encouraged to sign up their children and watch them enjoy exciting summer reading. Summer visitors welcome.
For more information, call the library at 476-3678.
The Strawberry Patchers' Quilt Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7 in the Pine Cultural Hall. More than 100 quilts will be on display and there will be a boutique filled with unique handcrafted items.
Buy raffle tickets for the "Storm at Sea" opportunity quilt. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
There also will be a display of the DPS Trauma Quilt Program. More than 220 quilts have been made this year. These are provided to highway patrol officers to give to children and adults for comfort in an emergency. Also this year, quilts have been given to the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department, Gila Country Sheriff's Department and the American Red Cross. The $1 admission charge for adults helps support this program and other community service projects. Children are admitted free.
A rummage sale, sponsored by the Rim Country Kiwanis of Pine and Strawberry, will be held June 7 at the Pine Community Center. Donations of sale items are welcomed and appreciated. Call Larry Mason at 476-2227 for pickup of items or more information.
Bingo takes place at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday. Hosted by the Rim Country Kiwanis of Pine and Strawberry, there are money prizes for all winners and the pot is determined by the attendance. No smoking or alcohol allowed. Free popcorn. The proceeds help support the many community projects sponsored by the Kiwanis.
Volunteers are still needed for the Strawberry Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. It is a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors and it's great fun. To volunteer, call Clarice at 468-6956, or Christy at 476-2239.
To provide information about an event in Pine or Strawberry, call me at 476-2239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
P-S Fire Department guys getting old
50 is a large number. It's half a century. Jim Kane and Mike Brandt -- local heroes at the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department have aged to perfection and are celebrating the fact that they have hung on for 50 years.
Jim turned 50 May 21, and Mike is aging May 29.
For those who are unaware, Jim is the business manager for the department and Mike is one of the firefighters.
Think about it, boys, you have been around longer than video, CDs and DVDs, cell phones, computers and palm pilots. Microwaves and hip-hop are younger than you.
We do, however, value aged wine and you both.
Happy birthday from all of your friends -- most of whom are younger than you.
-- Myndi Brogdon