Even though the forest is closed, activities are in full swing in Pine and Strawberry. A terrible thing happens when too much is going on up here.
Lots of activities this Memorial Day weekend. The Kiwanis pancake breakfast is a terrific way to start the morning. The pancakes are delicious and will give you the energy you will need to take part in all the rest of the activities. All-you-can-eat pancakes at the Pine Community Center: adults are $4, children 10 and under, $2. Juice, sausage and coffee accompany the pancakes. The breakfast runs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.
The Memorial Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival will be Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pine Community Center.
More than 80 juried crafters will be displaying their craft. This is a great opportunity to see handmade items and meet the artists who create them. They would love to answer your questions and visit. The wide variety of mediums will provide surprises at every turn. Also, there will be lots of food including Navajo tacos, burgers, ice cream and the Weenie Wagon.
There are two dedications of note happening Saturday morning. The Ed Tolivar Photo Exhibit will have a grand opening at the Pine Museum at 9 a.m. This exhibit features photographs of Pine and Strawberry from the past 30 years.
The ribbon cutting and grand opening of Randall Park will be at 10 a.m. There will be refreshments, entertainment and fun. The original Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, a tiny little building, is now restored and offers a self-guided tour with many original books on display. This project is the combined effort of The Arizona Historical Society, The Pine Strawberry Historical Society, The Randall Family and Take Pride Project. The land use has been provided by the Randall Family. The newly planted landscape uses drought-resistant plants, most of which have historical significance for this area. Everyone is invited to the grand opening.
The Pine Library Friend's Used Book Sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library.
The AARP 55 Alive Driver Safety Program will be offered on Wednesday, June 2, at the Hardscrabble Road fire station. Call (928) 476-4298 to reserve your spot. Space is limited so call now and maybe save on your car insurance.
The Children's Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, will be held every Wednesday during June at 10 a.m. The kick-off is June 2 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. "Plant a Seed" is the theme for this year. Stop by the library to register for this fun program.
The State Board of Education is conducting a parent survey, allowing parents to grade their children's school. This year, the survey can be completed on a webpage online. (http://www.ade .az.gov). With questions, call (602) 542-5151 or e-mail achieve @ade.az.gov. Deadline is June 4.
Rim Kiwanis is looking for donations of household items, unusual treasures and clean clothing for their rummage sale which will be June 12. For more information and pick up, call (928) 476-2227. Please, no large appliances.
The Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show is June 11, 12 and 13 in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. Take this opportunity to view these beautiful works of art. The Opportunity Quilt, which is raffled as a fund raiser at the quilt show, will be on display at the Memorial Weekend Arts and Craft Festival. Money from the raffle helps pay for materials used to make the quilts which are provided to the Department of Public Safety officers for children accident victims. Last year, more than 200 quilts were made by the Strawberry Patchers and delivered to DPS.
Call to volunteer for the Strawberry Festival, June 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Lisa at (928) 476-4054 to let her know when you can help. Lots of help is needed and it is fun. Also, a lot clean up will be held Saturday, June 5 beginning at 8 a.m. next to Giuseppe's Restaurant. Please come and help. Bring gloves and hand tools.
The Quarterly Book Discussion sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will read and discuss "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi. The discussion, led by Kathleen Alexander-Young, will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 15. Extra copies of this book are available at the library.
All the shops, galleries and restaurants in Pine and Strawberry will be open for the long Memorial Weekend. But sure to stop by and say hello.
And -- most important of all, fire danger is critical. Visitors and locals alike must be extremely careful in our forests and our towns. Many thanks.
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