The Pine-Strawberry Horseman's Association is having a benefit horse show and tack sale Saturday, July 31 at the Mary Ellen Randall 4-H arena in Pine. The tack sale begins at 8 a.m. Vendor space is available for $10.
There will be classes for English, Western, poles, barrels and whatever. There will also be halter classes. A $10 entry fee allows you to enter as many classes as you want.
This is a benefit for Justice McNeeley, who needs an expensive piece of equipment. Justice loves to ride and will be participating in this event.
For more information, call Lynn Gardner at (928) 476-4658 or Dorothy Anderson at (928) 476-3069.
Cowboy poet Wally Bornman, and friends will be performing at 2 p.m., July 31, at the newly air-conditioned Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. There is no admission charge.
School has started once again. Watch out for those kids who are coming every which way.
Several times a year, there is a blood drive up here in Pine and Strawberry. Quite a few step forward to donate. They have a drive in Payson right before coming up here.
During the last blood drive, the number of donors was almost as high for Pine/ Strawberry as it was for Payson. There are lots of really great and generous people living here.
One reason for the popularity of our blood drives is the great cookies and other homemade goodies. I think some Payson people come up here to donate just to get some of our good treats. It takes a super group of people do the baking and serving and signing people in and all the rest of the tasks associated with a blood drive.
The following are always there to lend a hand: Ron and Virginia Smith, Barbara Grillo, Lou Chebowski, Fran Oestman, Catherine Revoit, Betty Rabinkoff, Pat Holder, Beverly Snidecor, Sylvia Rose, Mary Hunt, Jane Hezel and Toni Sorel. Barbara Malchow is the local coordinator for United Blood Services.
Watch for dates of the next blood drive. It is amazing to think of what a difference you can make in the life of another human being with just an hour of your time. And if you are unable to give blood, there are many ways you can help with the blood drives.
Friday night movies
The Pine Strawberry Historical Society is featuring Friday night at the movies during August.
The "Arizona Collection" explores the history, people and landscape of Arizona. The films, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will be shown on the big screen in the Pine Community Center cultural hall. The movies are free. KAET, public television, created and sponsors these films.
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