What Happened To Spring Weather?

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Last week, we were enjoying spring weather. Now we have to worry about the tender buds on the fruit trees freezing. That's life on the mountain.

Normally, I am pretty happy that I live in the Pine-Strawberry area, but the Christopher Creek Ladies Jammie party sure sounded like fun. Maybe I could sneak in next year disguised in roving reporter pajamas.

The special children's bingo event is tomorrow, Saturday, March 19, at the Kiwanis building at the Pine Community Center. Bunny Bingo, for kindergarten through second-grade is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Spring Fling for grades three through eight is from 11 a.m. until noon. There will be prizes for all winners and goody bags for all the children. Admission is free.

There will be no Easter Egg Hunt this year.

The Library Friends book sale continues from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Besides great books at great prices, there will be the drawing for the gourmet basket at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. This basket is loaded with goodies, so buy your tickets early.

Both the book sale and the raffle are sponsored by the Library Friends. All proceeds help the library.

Children's March Movie Madness continues this week with Mulan II being shown at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the Pine Library. Kids are encouraged to bring a comfy pillow. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

The Strawberry Patchers, after all their hard work, completed 150 quilts for kids. These have been delivered to DPS officers in the Valley. About 150 more are in the final stages of completion and will soon be delivered.

These quilts are wonderful and certainly a special treat in cases of trauma for children.

Willene Smith founded this project some years ago and spends the year gathering wonderful children's fabrics, batting and other essentials. Sandy Tower was this year's project chairman. All the gals work hard but have fun in the process for this great cause.

The Hiking with Dogs group had its first hike this week. Six teams enjoyed a 3-mile trek on Strawberry Mountain. The dogs found a stock tank and they all returned home smelly and tired. It was great fun. The next hike is Monday, March 21. Call or e-mail Lori for more details at mtnrider@cybertrails.com or (928) 476-2633.

The newly forming Pine Strawberry Writer's club is meeting for the first time at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 31 at the Rimside Grill just south of Pine. All writers and those who enjoy and appreciate writing are invited.

Bring a poem, essay or short story to share or just come and meet others with a common interest.

Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry is having a "Meet and Greet" reception for Tommie Cline Martin, the newly elected District 1 Gila County Supervisor, at 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 8 at the Rimside Grill in Pine. During this reception, Martin will announce the winners of the Take Pride Volunteer of the Year Award and present the plaques. Everyone is invited to attend this event.

The OneBook Arizona book discussion will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Pine Library. Carol Scott, a fun and knowledgeable lady, will lead the discussion. The books are "Sunk Without a Sound" and "Grand Ambition" and a good supply is available at the library.

One final reminder. Don't miss out on the chance to model for the Senior Thrift Store Fashion Show which will be April 30. Women, men and children are needed. Contact Becky Gudnason at the thrift store for details.

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.

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