The big Antique and Craft Festival is at the Pine Community Center this weekend, Oct. 2 and 3. Sponsored by the Pine/Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society, the event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be antique and craft booths, a silent auction, the appraisal clinic as well as lots of good food and fun.
The appraisal clinic will run on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. When you check in, you will be given a number which will determine your slot for the appraisal. The appraisers are donating their time and talents and there is no charge for an appraisal but donations are gratefully accepted.
The deep pit barbecue, served in the senior dining room from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will have tasty meat plus potato salad, beans, rolls and a drink. Homemade fall desserts will be served by members of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Be sure to stop by and spend some time wandering around. This is a major fund-raiser for the historical society. These funds allow them to continue their great educational and entertaining programs.
Payson Roundup publisher Richard Haddad will entertain the children at story hour, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the Pine Library. He will be reading fun stories aimed at opening the imagination and bringing lots of smiles. All pre-school, home-schooled and visiting children are invited. Mr. Haddad is well known as a terrific children's storyteller. Don't miss this very special story hour.
The quarterly book discussion will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Pine Library. Kathleen Alexander-Young will lead the discussion on the book, "Ten Little Indians" by Sherman Alexie. Copies of this book are available at the library.
The organizers of the recent blood drive in Pine want to thank all volunteers who helped with set up and take down as well as callers, cookie bakers, registration table workers and all others. Also, they want to thank Uncle Tom's Kwik Stop and Bashas' for food donations for the workers and The First Baptist Church for the use of their facility. But mostly, they say thank you to all who donated blood. Organizing a blood drive takes lots of work, and when all the chairs are filled, I call that effort a success.
The Guardian Angel Program, sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, offers life-saving pendants for those who live alone or have health problems. The waterproof pendants are to be worn 24 hours a day.
If there is a medical emergency, the wearer presses the red emergency call button. An alarm will sound. You will then be in contact with someone who will provide assistance. This person might be a relative or friend who lives nearby.
If you or someone you know would benefit from one of these pendants, call the fire department at (928) 476-4272. The cost is $50, but funds are available for those who are unable to pay. The Guardian Angel program is a great service and there are many Rim country residents living alone who could benefit from these life-saving pendants.
Remember that the Pine Museum begins winter hours Monday, Oct. 11. The new hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum is closed on Sunday. The museum also houses a tourist information center with maps, information on hiking trails and brochures. The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce provides this great service.
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For upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry, call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@ earthlink.net.