You can certainly tell that summer is on its way. The activities seem to be non-stop in Pine and Strawberry. There is always something to do.
The Rim Country Kiwanis Club, in conjunction with the Reading Is Fundamental program, recently presented "Clifford, the Big Red Dog," to the preschool through third grades at the Pine Strawberry School. Club members read books to the children and each student was able to choose a book to take home and keep. The snack for this special event was, what else, dog bone cookies. Clifford, in his bright red suit, is always a big hit.
The Luau, sponsored by Strawberry's Elite, is Sunday, May 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be roast pig, sweet and sour chicken, vegetable and dessert. Trouble in Paradise will entertain. Tickets, $10 each, are available at the door. All funds help children and families in the Pine and Strawberry areas.
The PC User's group will meet on Tuesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the senior dining room at the Pine Community Center. Everyone is welcome. There will be a review of disks, partitions, files and folders. Learn how to take control of your computer, to make it work better for you. The group will also look at basic Windows operations, creating new folders and investigating copy, move and delete, as well as some folder display options. There is a $1 charge to cover the cost of room and equipment.
Looking Glass Books is having a scrapbooking night on Tuesday, May 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are required due to space limitations. For more information, call the store, 928-476-4771. This should be lots of fun. There is no charge.
Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is Wednesday, May 19, at 1 p.m. in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center. Bring your instrument and join in or just sit and enjoy the foot-stomping music. There is no charge. Everyone is welcome.
Pine Poet's Society is Friday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Looking Glass Books. Poets and poetry lovers are invited to read their own or a favorite work. Short prose is also welcome. This group meets the third Friday of each month. It is fun. Come check it out.
Children's Yoga class, taught by Diane Roeder, is Saturday, May 22, at Looking Glass Books, beginning at 10 a.m. Call to register your child, 928-476-4771. There is no charge, but a tip for the teacher would be appreciated.
Some school news: the eighth grade graduation program is Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the gym. Kindergarten students will celebrate their last day of school on Friday, May 21. The last day of school for the upper grades is May 28 with early dismissal at 11 a.m. There are still a few yearbooks available for $15. If you want one, hurry in to the school office.
The Pine Library Friend's used book sale will be Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a great time to stock up on books for your summer reading.
The Pine Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild will hold their annual Memorial Day Arts and Craft Festival on Saturday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 80 juried crafters will be showing their work. There will also be lots of food including Navajo tacos and the Kiwanis pancake breakfast.
The Children's Summer Reading Program of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will be held every Wednesday in June at 10 a.m. The kick-off will be June 2 at the Pine Community Center cultural hall. The theme for this year is "Plant a Seed". Stop by the library to register for this fun program.
AARP 55 Alive Driver Safety Program will be held Wednesday, June 2, at the fire station on Hardscrabble Road in Pine. The all day session starts at 8:30 a.m. Class size is limited. Call for information or to register, 928-476-2398. Taking this class just might result in a lower insurance premium and definitely will bring you new valuable tips for safer driving.
Rim Country Kiwanis is looking for donations for their rummage sale which will be held on Saturday, June 12 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you have household items, strange treasures and clean clothes, call Pam or Larry Mason, 928-476-2227. Pick up is available. No large appliances please.
The Strawberry Festival will be June 12 and 13 in Strawberry. Lots of volunteer help is needed. This is a super fun event and a great way to get to know your neighbors and meet new friends. Call 928-476-4054 if you can help, leave a message with your name and phone number.
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