Big Plans For Library, Historic Buildings

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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It is amazing how much is going on in our small communities of Pine and Strawberry. Anyone who says they are bored here is not paying attention.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is preparing to install a new library automation system. More information about this wonderful system will be reported here as it moves forward. However, please note these changes in open hours while the system is being implemented. March 16 through 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; March 23 through 26, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours will remain the same, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

OneBookAZ is an exciting reading program throughout the state. The goal is to bring communities together through literature and reading. Communities across Arizona will read the same book and participate in discussion groups during the month of April.

The title selected for this year is "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel, a national bestseller. Extra copies are available at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. The discussion date for this book is Tuesday, April 20, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 at the library. Carol Scott will lead the discussion. Pick up your copy of "Life of Pi" at the library today.

The Pine Strawberry Archeological and Historical Society had its annual meeting on March 2.

The original, tiny, library building has been moved across the road from the community center and the area will be developed into a park where folks can eat a picnic lunch while enjoying a self-guided tour through this old library.

New members elected to the board of directors for the Pine Strawberry Archeological and Historical Society are Linda Brammer, Margaret Parker and Sally Randall.

Some big projects will be under way soon both at the school house and at the Pine community center.

Needed repairs at the school will include re-chinking, treating the roof and all wood with waterproofing and building a new, authentic style porch. The county donated $10,000 for this project. The museum and cultural hall at the community center will have new furnaces and air-conditioning. The county also donated money for this, as did Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry and the Mazatzal Casino. The work should be completed within the next two months.

Rim Country Kiwanis is collecting empty printer cartridges. Drop your empties off at the library and Kiwanis will pick them up.

Have you seen the Rim Coverlets? These are wonderfully cozy cotton throws to snuggle under while reading or watching a movie. They are beautiful and available in either burgundy or green. Stop by the library for a look.

The Art Guild has been losing members due to people moving away. It is welcoming new members. The guild has three big shows every year, plus other events. Every dollar it brings in stays in the area.

If you are an art/craft person, come to a meeting of the Art Guild on the last Friday of the month in the Arts and Crafts room in the Pine Community Center, located on the corner of Highway 87 and Randall Road. Annual dues are a mere $10. For more information, please call Pat at (928) 474-9710.

Please provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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