Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Today, April 22, is Earth Day. We should all be able to think of at least a few ways we can help our earth, not just for today, but every day. Planting a tree, eliminating the amount of disposable items we put in our landfills and recycling are great for starters.

We need more recycling options up here in the Rim country. The fire stations in Pine and Strawberry have Dalmatian bins for aluminum cans. The proceeds benefit the Payson Humane Society.

The big bins in the Wal-Mart parking lot are handy for recycling newspapers, cardboard and other paper items.

We can always help the earth by conserving water, and now is the time to begin. If you have a great "save the earth" idea, e-mail it to me and I will mention it in a future column.

If we all do our part, we could make such a difference.

Poker run

Sidewinders in Pine is sponsoring the Spring Fever Poker Run on Sunday, April 24, as a benefit for the Modified Motorcycle Association and their proposed park. Check in is at 10 a.m. Entry fees are $15 for singles and $20 for couples.

The Silver Star Band will provide entertainment.

Stop by Sidewinders or call (928) 476-6434.

Library news

The Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the library. Edith Baker and Jay Martell will speak about a recent visit to several charming old cities in Eastern Europe. Everyone is invited.

The Isabelle Hunt Library in Pine is open on Tuesday evening until 7 p.m. Also, they are having a special on used books. Books with a copyright date before 2000 are "buy one, get one free." What a deal. Hurry in while there is a good supply.

The Children's Story Hour for Wednesday, April 27, continues with its "colors of the rainbow" theme with the book, "Where is the Green Sheep?" by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek. The rainbow books will be completed and the children will receive their bound copies to take home with them. The next project will be something special for Mother's Day. Story hour is at 10 a.m. each Wednesday at the library.

Grand opening

Myra's Gallery and Studio in Pine is announcing the grand opening of its new location at 3824 Highway 87 in Pine and a celebration of the 12th anniversary of the gallery. The open house is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Everyone is invited to attend. Stop by to see the wide array of arts and crafts.

This new space has been a dream of Myra's for many years. She has wanted shop space to tastefully display her work and the art of other local artists. Displayed in the new shop are oils, watercolors, stained glass, pottery, jewelry and original greeting cards. Outside are steel silhouettes and lawn art. Myra also provides custom framing.

Stop by and say hello. And mark Saturday, May 14 on your calendar.

Chair-ish event

Do you have a chair to donate for the Chair-ish event sponsored by Take Pride Project of Pine and Strawberry? Call Louise Anslow, (928) 476-2720 or Barbara Howe, (928) 476-3656, for more information. This event is scheduled for July 23, but an artist needs time to turn your chair into a masterpiece.

Summer events are now being planned. Please get your information to me so that I can announce it in this column. Thanks.

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

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