These beautiful rains will go a long way toward keeping our surviving trees healthy. Wildflowers are blooming everywhere and the weeds are thriving.
With the ground soft and wet, it is a great time to pull the offensive weeds. Many of these so-called weeds are actually very pretty and in full bloom right now.
Tomorrow (Sept. 13) is the big day for the hardworking 4H and FAA young people. The small animal check-in begins at 8 a.m., followed by the small animal showmanship competition from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The market animal auction begins at 10:30 a.m. The participants are counting on businesses and individuals to generously bid on these animals. People can go together to bid. Farabee, the meat processor, will be on hand to discuss the various meat cuts and his smoking process.
The animals will be on display until noon. All events take place in the Pine livestock barn.
The Pine/Strawberry PC Users Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the Senior Center in Pine. The session will begin with a question-and-answer period and then move on to a presentation on digital imaging by Ed Connell. He will take pictures and demonstrate how they are transferred to the PC. He will then show how they can be changed using the program called Fine Pix Viewer.
Imaging topics will be discussed and demonstrated including digital cameras, hard disk storage of images, transferring images to CD or DVD and memory issues. There is a $1 donation to cover the cost of the room and projector. However, bring a friend with you and for your guest's first session, there is no charge.
The Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Pine Community Cultural Hall. All musicians and want-to-be musicians, regardless of skill level, are invited to bring their instruments and join the group. If you do not play an instrument, you can sing along or just relax and enjoy the music. It is a great group and everyone has a wonderful time. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge.
CERCA, the Community, Educational, Recreational and Civic Association of Strawberry/Pine is counting on your membership to help our community center continue as a vital part of our community.
On the community center grounds are the museum and visitors center, Kiwanis building, Arts and Crafts center, senior dining center and senior services, the food bank, thrift store, a picnic ramada and even a playground for the kids. In the center of all is the Cultural Hall where a wide assortment of special programs, events and activities are offered.
The Cultural Hall is also available for rental for a nominal charge and members receive a discount. The activities at the Pine/Strawberry Community Center draw visitors from throughout Arizona who then shop at our businesses, eat at our restaurants and stay at our lodging facilities. An example of this is the recent Arts and Crafts Fair.
Membership dues are only $20 per year for individuals and families as well as businesses and non-profit organizations. An application and ballot were mailed to all post office addresses in Pine and Strawberry. You can pick up an extra application or drop your applications and check at the museum.
The 3rd Annual Rim Country Antique and Craft Festival, including a silent auction and appraisal clinic will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12 at the Pine Community Center. Spaces are available for vendors selling antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts. Applications are available on line at www.azantiqueshow.com. The silent auction welcomes donations of auction items or gift certificates, which are all tax deductible.
Tickets for the appraisal clinic are now on sale at the museum for $10 for each item. This ticket reserves your time spot. Harry Rinker, noted author, antiques and collectibles expert and HGTV's "Collector Inspector" will appraise and entertain. He is also available for a limited number of in-home appraisals for $100.
For more information and tickets, stop by the museum or call Melvin at (928) 476-4791. All proceeds benefit the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society, which supports the preservation of local history and the operation of the Pine-Strawberry Museum and Strawberry Schoolhouse.
The Pine/Strawberry Arts & Craft Guild is having an arts and craft clearance sale beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. The sale will be under the ramada at the community center in Pine. Come early and do some early holiday shopping.
Please provide information about your upcoming event in Pine or Strawberry no later than Wednesday morning of the week before the event. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.