It is impossible to believe that August and summer are about over. But my wood is all stacked and I guess I am ready. There are lots of activities planned for the Labor Day weekend. Stay tuned for more information about them. The shops and restaurants will be open and waiting for your visit.
Friday night at the movies
"Arizona Memories from the ‘50s" and "Arizona Memories from the ‘60s" will be the featured movies tonight, August 20, in the air conditioned Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. These are part of the award winning KAET TV Arizona Collection. There is no charge to see these great movies on the big screen. Beginning at 7 p.m., they are sponsored by the Pine/Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society.
"Doc Holiday and Big Nose Kate: Of Legends and Lovers"- a two-part drama of this love affair -- will be presented in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. These historic dramas were written by Terry Earp and will be performed by Terry and Wyatt Earp. Wyatt is the nephew of the historic Wyatt Earp. Please note that this performance begins at 6:30 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. as previously reported.
Donations at steak
A country western steak fry, sponsored by Strawberry's Elite, will be Sunday, Aug. 22 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. Besides great steaks, there will be beans, salad, rolls and dessert for $12.50. Hamburgers or hot dogs for the children will be available for just $5. Trouble in Paradise will provide some great country music plus other favorites. All proceeds from this event help children and families in Pine and Strawberry.
Grant your time
Have you removed beetle kill trees or other brush on your property? If so, your input and a few minutes of your time are needed to secure grant money for the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department. The Community Wildfire Awareness Project requires that homeowners fill out a form showing the number of hours spent at their homes in fire prevention activities.
Funding from this grant will enable the department to contact and educate absentee property owners about maintaining firewise properties.
Captain Mike Brandt invites homeowners in the Pine-Strawberry area to stop by either fire station, have a visit and look around and then, fill out the Wildland Fire Grant 2004 form.
"By working together, we can make our community a safer place," Brandt said.
Do your part and fill out this form. It is easy and important.
Looking Glass Books and Gifts offers a Yoga class each Thursday and Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. This class is taught by Diane Roeder and there is a $5 charge for each class. Bring a mat. The Thursday class is geared more for beginners but everyone is welcome either day.
Buy the book
The Pine Library Friends will be having a super used book sale Sept. 3 and 4 at the library parking lot. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Come early to stock up on some great reading for those long, cold, winter days just around the corner. The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is located just off of highway 87 on Randall Drive.
Crafts, crafts and more crafts
The Arts and Craft Fair, sponsored by the Pine/Strawberry Art and Craft Guild, will be on Labor Day Weekend. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. This is the last craft show of the year and a great opportunity to find some unique gifts.
Plan to attend the Kiwanis pancake breakfast before beginning your tour of the craft show. Bring the family and all those visitors for a great meal.
Behind the wheel
The AARP Driver Safety Program, formerly called 55 Alive, will be presented Thursday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church on Randall Place. This is a one-day refresher class for drivers over 55. It just might reduce your automobile insurance, but even if it does not, you will be amazed at what you will learn or re-learn.
For more information or to register, please call (928) 476-4298.
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