Communities Celebrate Festive Fourth, Despite Smoke



Well -- we made it through the 4th of July weekend without running out of water or facing an evacuation. Everyone seemed to be very careful. In spite of a little smoke, it was a good weekend. Now we are back to the quiet life for a little while.

Once again the 108th Arizona Army National Guard Band put on a wonderful concert. The audience joined in with singing and clapping and several times gave a standing ovation. The newly air-conditioned cultural hall provided a perfect setting for this great and most popular event.

The Strawberry Schoolhouse will have face painting by Polly Thomas on Saturday, July 10 beginning at 10 a.m. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.

Children's Movie Madness at the Pine Library begins on Tuesday, July 13 and will be every Tuesday during July at 1:30 p.m. The first is "Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster." The library will provide popcorn. Children should bring a comfortable pillow. The other movies are July 20 -- "Good Boy" and July 27 -- "Catch that Kid." Parents can view these movies in advance to determine if they are suitable for their children.

The Quarterly Book Discussion sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will be Thursday, July 15 at 1 p.m. in the library. The book for discussion is "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi. The discussion will be led by Kathleen Alexander-Young. Extra copies of the book are available at the library.

The Pine Strawberry PC Users group will meet on Tuesday evening, July 20, 6:30 p.m. at the senior dining room at the Pine Community Center. This evening will feature an introductory look at CDs and DVDs. Several products that create both will be demonstrated. Also learn how to create PC backups using CDs and DVDs.

The Fiddler's Jam Session is Wednesday, July 21, at 1 p.m. in the cultural hall. This is always a fun event. Bring a friend. It is free.

Cowboy poet, Wally Bornman, will provide lively, western style entertainment on Saturday, July 31, 2 p.m., in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall. No admission charge.

Friday night at the movies, sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society, begins Aug. 8 with a showing of KAET's, (Channel 8) "Arizona Collection." This series explores the history, people and landscape of Arizona. The films, which begin at 6:30 p.m., are free, and everyone is invited. The big screen will be in the newly air-conditioned cultural hall. These movies will be featured every Friday in August.

Tickets are now available for the performance of "Doc and Kate: Of Legends and Lovers," which will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall. Wyatt and Terry Earp star in this production. Tickets are available at the museum for $7.

There are certainly enough activities going on here in our communities to keep everyone entertained and busy. Do take part. Tourism is down due to the fire. Our local businesses need our support. Shop local. You will be amazed at the wonderful selection and original products available right here in Pine and Strawberry.

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