I am writing this from sunny Huntington Beach, Calif. where we are having a bit of a family reunion. We have rented a house that is two blocks from the beach. What a different way of life.
Surfers arrive early, taking all the parking spaces, climb into their wet suits, grab their surf boards and head for the beach.
I do wonder who pays their bills. The houses are about three feet apart with miniature back yards and price tags of well over a million dollars. Amazing. The traffic in California is something to avoid for sure. There were many times on the freeway when you would be happy to be moving 5 mph.
But it is beautiful.
So back to Pine-Strawberry: Activities are in full swing getting ready for the big Fourth of July weekend.
A very important fire awareness project information meeting and Open House will be tomorrow, June 25, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Wildland Urban Interface Project will be greatly improving the conditions in the forest surrounding us. This major project will be done in phases over the next 10 years. The work will begin soon. To know what is happening and when, be sure to attend this meeting at the Pine Community Center.
Your questions and concerns will be addressed. Copies of the proposed action plan will be available. All this work is being done to make us and our homes safer in this woods that we love. Attend this meeting to show your support and appreciation.
Pine Library Friends will meet for a potluck lunch at noon, Monday, June 27 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. Bring a dish to share and a table setting.
United Blood Services will be having a blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the First Baptist Church in Pine. You can schedule an appointment by calling (928) 476-4212 or just drop in. Your blood is always needed. If you do not have blood to give, bring some homemade cookies or bars for those who do.
The Pine Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild is sponsoring their 25th annual juried show on Saturday, July 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All booth spaces are filled with a wonderful variety of hand-painted household items, jewelry, dolls, pillows, children's cloth books, stained glass and many other unique items for your home or gifts.
The seniors will be making Navajo Tacos while many other food choices will be available. Face painting and a play ground will be available for the children.
Americana Story Songs will be performed by Jim Pipkin at the Rimside Grill in Pine on Saturday evening, July 2. He is a roster artist for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and will be performing his original songs.
Pine Library Friends are having a book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at the library parking lot. There is a huge selection of books, audios and videos. The prices will amaze you.
Movie Madness will be each Wednesday at 10 a.m. during July at the Pine Library. Walt Disney's "Tarzan II" is July 6 and "The Pacifier" will be July 13. Popcorn and drinks will be provided by the library. Bring a pillow to be comfortable on the floor.
A Cool History Lesson on the Pine-Strawberry area will be presented by Mike Anderson, a local historian, at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9 at the Pine Community Center. The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is sponsoring this event. There will be an old Fashioned ice cream social, Ed Toliver's photo exhibit of Pine and Strawberry and Old Time music by Trouble in Paradise.
A Chair-ish event, sponsored by Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry will be on Saturday, July 23 at the Pine Community Center. This will be a fun event with lots of delightfully decorated chairs and stools, which will be auctioned. Refreshments will be served. Watch for more details.
The Old Settler's Mini Mall in Pine claims to be the only mall on the mountain. In the very center of Pine, these little shops are nestled around the original William Stark cabin which was built in 1882. Seven great retail shops, with a wide assortment of wares, are eager to welcome visitors. Stop by and say hello.
An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is now scheduled at the Pine Community Center Senior Dining Room every Sunday at 6 p.m. This is a nonsmoking open discussion meeting.
Please provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.