The big 4th of July weekend is here. Along with all the activities planned by communities and families, we are living under the big cloud of smoke from the Willow Fire.
The falling ash reminds us of a light snowfall. What we really need is a good rain but the forecasters are not making any promising predictions.
According to my sources as I write this column on Wednesday morning, June 30, the July 4th weekend activities are going on as scheduled. Some feel everything should be cancelled and others feel that life must go on. It seems that most every July 4th weekend for the past several years, we have faced this dilemma.
The Rim Country Kiwanis pancake breakfast will start the day both Saturday and Sunday at the Pine Community Center. The all-you-can-eat pancakes, with sausage, orange juice and coffee, will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $5 for adults and $3 for children, 10 and under. All proceeds from this event stay in our communities helping where needed.
Randall Park is the new park in Pine and the new home of the original Isabelle Hunt Library. There will be a children's story time in the park this Saturday morning, July 3, at 10 a.m. In its time, this library regularly hosted storytelling for local children and so the tradition returns. There are shaded tables in the park for picnic lunches and family gatherings. Come and enjoy.
The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Craft show is Saturday and Sunday at the Pine Community Center. There will be many interesting booths for you to visit where you are sure to find something wonderful. These crafters work so very hard and this is their opportunity to show it off. Be sure to stop by and express your appreciation and admiration for their work. There will be a variety of food available to keep you going for hours.
The 108th Arizona Army National Guard Band will be performing in the newly air conditioned cultural hall at the Pine Community Center on Monday, July 5 at 7 p.m. A wonderful variety of music will be performed including our favorite patriotic tunes. The concert is free but come early for a good seat.
There will be face painting at the Strawberry Schoolhouse on Saturday, July 10 beginning at 10 a.m. Poly Thomas is a face-painting wonder. Bring the kids to the school.
The performance of Doc and Kate: Of Legends and Lovers, will be Saturday, Aug. 21. Wyatt and Terry Earp star as the infamous couple, Doc Holliday and Big Nose Kate in this great production in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center. Tickets are $7 and available at the museum.
We had a blood drive in Pine this week. So much work goes in to setting up for these events. Pine blood drives are known for having wonderful homemade cookies and goodies for those who give blood. Many hours are spent in hot kitchens baking these treats. Thanks to all that help with the blood drive and to businesses that donate food for the workers. And you can be sure that the blood you donate is given to someone who needs it more than you do.
We should all be extra conserving of water this weekend. There will be lots of extra people around which will put a huge strain our limited resources. If everyone conserves, there should be plenty for all. And naturally, we have to be forever careful about fire.
Have a happy and safe holiday weekend. Please provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.