Pine and Strawberry are getting promising clouds and thunder daily but then only sprinkles. Payson must be getting all the showers. We need a lot more rain. A whole rainy day would be wonderful, a day to stay home, read a good book and clean out a closet. What could be better than sitting on a covered deck and watching it rain?
"Wild Arizona" and "Southwest Symphony" are the movies to be shown at 7 p.m., Aug. 13, at the Pine Cultural Hall. These films are shown each Friday evening during August on the big screen. There is no charge for the movies.
Cowboy poets Wally Bornman and Ron Brinegar, with special musical guest, Anne James, will provide fun, entertainment and music at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, at the cultural hall in Pine. There is no charge for this program and the cultural hall is now air conditioned.
The Pine Strawberry PC Users group will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center.
After last month's introduction to CDs and DVDs, Ed Connell will demonstrate how he uses both CDs and DVDs in support of his photography. Several other techniques will be presented. Each session begins with questions and answers. Ideas for future programs are always welcome. Tentative future topics include e-mail tips and techniques, fixing computer problems and Power-Point techniques.
Everyone is invited to attend these informative and fun sessions. The first visit is free. After that, a donation of $1 is appreciated to help cover the cost of the room and equipment.
The Fiddlers will be at the Cultural hall in Pine at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18. This is always great fun. There is no charge. Come and join the musicians or just sing, clap and stomp your feet.
Looking Glass Books will have children's story hour at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 28. There is always a fun craft project to go along with the story.
Labor Day is just ahead. Be sure to include the Pine/Strawberry Arts and Craft Fair in your plans. This is the last show of the season. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5.
More than 80 vendors will be on hand to provide some great ideas to help you get a head start on your holiday shopping. The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild sponsors this event. There will also be the wonderful Kiwanis pancake breakfast and Navajo tacos.
"Ten Little Indians," by Sherman Alexie is the selection for the next Quarterly Book Discussion to be held in October at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. This book offers several poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans, who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads facing heartrending, tragic and sometimes wondrous moments that test their loyalties, their capacities and their notions of who they are. Extra copies of this book are available at the library.
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