At least now we are getting into the national news for something other than a major fire. However, I am not sure we want a reputation for being the marijuana capital.
The Steak Fry, sponsored by Strawberry's Elite, will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Black Bear Restaurant in Pine. This is rodeo weekend so everyone should be in the mood for a good old cowboy dinner. Rib eye steak, cowboy beans, potato salad and cole slaw, rolls and Texas sheet cake are on the menu. Tickets are $13 per person or $25 for two. There will be a live band for dancing and listening. All proceeds go directly to children and families in need in the Pine-Strawberry area. Come and have dinner with your neighbors and have some Western fun.
The Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at the library. The guest speaker will be Mrs. Littie Cale. She is from the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society Library and will share some basic information on how to trace one's ancestry. She will also talk about some new books on genealogy. This meeting is open to the public.
Labor Day weekend
Labor Day weekend is fast approaching. It is always a big weekend in the Pine-Strawberry area. The Pine Community Center is the place to be.
The Pine Library Friends' used book sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2 and 3, in the Kiwanis building. Besides books, there will be videos, books on tape and a raffle. Be sure to stop by the library, see the wonderful raffle prizes and buy your raffle tickets. Tickets are $1 each and six for $5 and can be purchased at the library or at the book sale. The drawing will be on Saturday during the book sale.
The famous all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be served on Saturday and Sunday morning beginning at 7 a.m. under the ramada at the Pine Community Center. Your hosts will be the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department. Come and eat or come and help or both. But do come.
The Arts and Craft Show, sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild, will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Pine Community Center. There will be lots to see, plenty to eat and face painting for the kids.
The Pine-Strawberry School is well under way with a new school year and a new principal. Principal Mike Clark is full of enthusiasm and high expectations for the school and its students. He welcomes people to stop by and say hello. He is very optimistic and excited about the future of our school. Hope you get to meet him soon. Our school educates our children, and these children will be the future of Pine and Strawberry. Mike Clark plans for this school to be ranked at the top. He deserves our support.
Hearing and vision checks will be done at the Pine-Strawberry school in selected grades and for new students on Thursday, Aug. 25. Parents will be notified in the event the child needs further attention. Funds are available when needed for special medical care and glasses or hearing aids.
Take note that the Pine Library will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 3. It will also be closed from Tuesday, Sept. 13, through Saturday, Sept. 17, for some interior and exterior maintenance.
Check out the new website for the Pine library. You can access the Gila County library district database through http://pinelibrary.inpayson.com. Lots of volunteer effort goes into all of this. Be sure to check it out. All the activities of the library and the Pine Library Friends can be found on this website.
Fall is the time when many are looking for some new, challenging, or just plain fun volunteer opportunities. If you have an organization that is looking for members or volunteers to help with special projects, get the information to me to be used in this column as space allows. Provide the name, contact person, meeting day, needs and what this group does and why. E-mail it to me or fax to the address below.
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