Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry presented the Volunteer of the Year award to Vliet Hulse. Very deserving of this award, Vliet is an active volunteer dividing her time between organizations in Pine, Strawberry and in Payson.
For the past five years, she has volunteered one day a week at the museum in Pine and she is a member of the Historical Society.
She also volunteers at the Rim Country Museum in Payson and is a board member of the Northern Gila County Historical Society.
She is a very active member of Strawberry's Elite and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. She co-chaired the Strawberry Festival for the past several years. She is treasurer of Soroptimists of Payson and is president of the board of the Time Out Shelter in Payson.
This is not meant to be a complete listing of her tremendous contributions to our communities. It is well known that when Vliet takes on a project, it will be done well. She and her husband Les, also an active volunteer, live in Strawberry. Vliet received a plaque and her name was added to the plaque on display in the Pine museum.
Children's yoga at Looking Glass Books & Gifts is Saturday, March 13. The class for children 3 to 6 will meet from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Children 7 and older will meet from 10:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
Diane Roeder, Strawberry resident and longtime yoga practitioner, will teach the class. The younger children will learn yoga imitating animal poses while the older children will be taught more advanced poses.
The children should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or exercise mat. RSVP's are necessary as class size is limited. Call (928) 476-4771. There is no charge for the class but tips for the instructor are greatly appreciated as she is volunteering her time.
The Pine/Strawberry PC Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16 at the Senior Center in Pine.
This will be the first of several sessions on computer basic training. It will begin with an introduction to computer hardware and software and show how the two interact. Various Windows operating systems will be compared and the desktop will be discussed.
This computer group attempts to meet the needs of local computer users. Many have asked for this basic information. Here is your chance to learn the nuts and bolts. Everyone is welcome. Come and bring a friend.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is gearing up for the installation of the new automation system. For the next two weeks, the staff and volunteers will be trained in the new program. Library hours will be adjusted for these two weeks. March 16 through 19, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for March 23 through 26, the hours will be 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours remain the same. There will be no Wednesday morning children's story hour for these two weeks. When the switch to this new system is complete, great miracles will be possible at our library.
Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 17 at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. You just might hear some Irish tunes. Come and request your favorites, or bring your instrument and join in. It should be a lot of fun for the Irish and those who only pretend.
Pine Poet's Society monthly poetry and prose reading will be at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 19 at Looking Glass Books in Pine. Bring an original poem or piece of writing to share or read a favorite of another writer, or just come and enjoy the experience. This group meets the third Friday of each month.
Patching things up
The Strawberry Patchers Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild delivered 180 quilts to the Department of Public Safety for distribution to public safety officers throughout the state. 35 more quilts will be delivered when completed. These quilts are beautiful and will provide great comfort for children in stressful situations.
The guild welcomes donations of fabric or other quilting supplies throughout the year. Call Willene Smith, (928) 476-3587, for information. The quilters thank Barbara Wolf of the Quilters Outpost Quilt Shop in Payson for donating yards of fabric and providing other supplies at her cost. Linda O'Dell was this year's quiltathon chairman. Money for fabric and supplies needed for this massive project come from the raffle of the Opportunity Quilt.
The Strawberry Patchers meet the first and third Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Kiwanis building and invite anyone interested in quilting.
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