Good news for music lovers. The Arizona Army National Guard 108th Army Band will be in Pine for a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. There will be a great variety of music to suit everyone. This is always a popular and wonderful musical evening. Come early for a good seat. This 40-member concert band is made up of guardsmen from around the state. You will hear all your patriotic favorites as well as show tunes, swing and some jazz.
A meeting was held last Saturday regarding the Pine/Strawberry Wildland Urban Interface Project. The goals of this project are to reduce forest and ladder fuels, reduce the risk of uncharacteristically intense fire, reduce risk to life, property and natural resources, increase safety to fire suppression crews, develop sustainable forest conditions and restore natural ecological systems.
This is a huge project and will take up to 10 years. The plans are in place. As money becomes available, phases of the project will get underway. People representing the Forest Service, Payson Ranger District, Pine/Strawberry Fire Department, Regional Area Payson Project and the Arizona State Land Department were there to answer questions.
A fuels management expert, wildlife biologist, natural resource manager, expert map maker and others were in attendance. Unfortunately, not many residents of Pine and Strawberry showed up. These professionals work so hard attempting to keep us safe.
We need to show them our support. Some of the most hazardous fuel areas in the entire forest are just outside of Pine and Strawberry. However, the forest officials said that a fire affecting Pine or Strawberry would probably begin within the community, rather than from the forest.
That is food for thought. We all must be so very careful when it is extremely hot and dry.
Anyone interested in more information on this vast project can request to be on the mailing list by calling (928) 474-7900. They are looking for your comments and questions.
Cool Pines anniversary
Cool Pines Café will celebrate 45 years in business on Saturday, July 3. The café was opened by Edna Blake in 1959 but the grand opening was celebrated July 3, 1960 to include summer visitors.
Blake turned the restaurant over to her daughter, Gail Jones, who continues to operate it. Cool Pines is open six days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Sunday. They have a $4.50 daily special plus a variety of foods. Stop by on the 2nd, say hello and have a piece of cake, or stop by anytime for a home-cooked meal.
Juried craft show
The Pine Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild will have their juried craft 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. The booth spaces are filled with a wide and wonderful assortment of handmade craft items. Gather up all your neighbors, visiting relatives and friends and come to this great event. There will be plenty of food and fun for everyone.
Aiwanis pancake breakfast is not planned for this event.
Don't miss Jim Pipkin at the Rimside Grill in Pine on Saturday evening, July 2. He is the roster artist for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and will perform his original music.
Movie Madness for all area children, visiting children and grandchildren will be at 10 a.m. every Wednesday during July. Stop by the library to check out the films to be shown. Popcorn and drinks will be provided but kids should bring a pillow to be comfortable on the floor.
History in the making
The Pine Community Center and the Strawberry School have recently been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Ceremonies will be held to dedicate plaques honoring these designations.
A short ceremony will take place at the Strawberry Schoolhouse at 1 p.m. and at the Pine Community Center at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 9. Mike Anderson, a local historian, did most of the research and data collection needed for the applications for this designation. The Randall House and The First American Title Building, both in Pine, were placed on the National Register last year.
Mike Anderson will present "A Cool History Lesson" on the Pine/Strawberry area immediately following the plaque dedications at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9 at the Community Center. Sponsored by the Pine Library, the afternoon will include a historic photo exhibit by Ed Toliver, music by Trouble in Paradise and an ice cream social. This should be a wonderful, community event.
Mark your calendars for the Chair-ish event sponsored by Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry July 23 at the Pine Community Center.
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 cpwrather@earthlink. net.