These days are beautiful. It is wonderful to be outside and there are endless tasks to attend to in the yard and garden. Too much to do, too little time. And naturally, there are many activities in Pine and Strawberry to keep us running.
Thank you to all who donated blood at the recent blood drive at the First Baptist Church in Pine. You can be sure your blood will help someone in great need.
The organizers for United Blood Services Blood Drive wish to thank Pastor Michael Ward for the use of the church, all the workers and cookie bakers, Uncle Toms for donation of pizza for UBS workers and Bashas' for their generous contributions. Pine has a reputation for having the best homemade goodies for blood donors. Many locations have only store bought. We are the lucky ones.
At 6:30 p.m., the Pine Poet's Society will meet tonight at the Looking Glass Books in Pine. All are invited to read poetry, short prose or just enjoy the evening.
Beautification Day at the Pine Strawberry School has been cancelled for this Saturday, April 17. Watch for a new date for this activity.
National Library Week and Volunteer Appreciation Week are April 18 through 24. Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library welcomes and needs new volunteers. Call Becky at (928) 476-3678 for information.
Board members are being sought for the Pine Medical Clinic. If you would like to serve on this board, call Linda Coglan (928) 970-1086. The board meetings are the third Monday at 5 p.m. The next meeting is April 19.
OneBookAZ's book discussion of "The Life of Pi" will be from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 20 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. All are invited for the discussion led by Carol Scott.
PC Users Group monthly gathering is 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 20 in the Senior Center at the Pine Community Center. The topic for the evening is "Desktop Madness." After looking at the desktop as it is on the newer PCs, you will learn how to change it to make it more user friendly. They will investigate the many ways the desktop can be changed including controlling icons, window appearance, task bars, backgrounds, fade effects, smooth type and notification messages. There is always more to learn. This class is fun and interesting. Guests are asked to donate $1 to cover the cost of space and equipment use. Come and bring a friend or two.
Old-Time Fiddlers Jam Session is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 21 at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Everyone is invited for this foot-stomping, hand-clapping event. There is no charge.
Children's Story Time at Looking Glass Books and Gifts is at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 24. Spring will be the theme for the book and craft project.lso, Looking Glass Books is looking for local artists who would like to participate in an ongoing art show at the book store. Call (928) 476-4771 for information.
Two weeks of testing are ahead for Pine-Strawberry School students. The Stanford 9 test will be given to second- through eighth-grade students from April 19th through the 23rd. The Aims Test will be given to third- through eighth-graders the week of April 19 through 23.
Barbara Bourscheidt will present a program on Xeriscape, creating a colorful yard with low water-use native plants and drought-resistant plants, at the Library Friends meeting at 1 p.m., Monday, April 26 at the library. Bourscheidt is a charter member and current chairman of the High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona. The meeting follows the presentation and guests are welcome to stay for the meeting.
Eighth-graders will graduate at 7 p.m., May 20. May 28 is the last day of school.
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