Hawaiian Luau Benefits Pine-Strawberry Families

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Some of our summer people have returned and the weekenders will be appearing soon. Activities are being planned in Pine and Strawberry to keep us all busy during the months ahead. Be sure to let me know what your group is doing.

Firewise meeting is tomorrow. Help is available for Pine and Strawberry residents through the State Fire Assistance Grant which was recently awarded to the Pine Strawberry Fire Department. There will be a public meeting to explain the grant and its benefits to local residents from 9 a.m. until noon tomorrow, May 14, at the Strawberry Fire Station on Fossil Creek Road.

Experts from throughout the state will be on hand to talk about firewise landscaping, home assessments, insurance issues, project plans and more. The seminar is free.

An additional packet of information is available for $5. This is the time to get started doing the work necessary to protect your home and property from fire. Help is available. Attend this meeting to find out more.

Refreshments will be served. For information, contact the Pine Strawberry Fire Department at (928) 476-2313.

Myra's Art Gallery is celebrating the new location with a grand opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 14 at the gallery.

Eighty-four artists will be featured. There will be fine art, handmade crafts, jewelry, pots and statues, plasma cut sheet art, custom sheet metal work and a display of custom picture framing available.

Refreshments will be served and there will be live entertainment. This will be a great event to start off the season.

The Pine Medical Clinic Board is seeking candidates to run for three-year terms on the board of directors. Prospective board members must have an interest in working to maintain the clinic and keeping medical services available in the Pine-Strawberry area.

Candidates should live in the area and be willing to attend monthly Monday evening meetings. Call Linda Coglan, board president, at (928) 970-1086 for more information. You are welcome to attend the board meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, May 16 at the clinic.

The PC User's group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at the senior dining room. At this month's meeting, Ray Baxter will demonstrate Genealogy Research and Family Tree Maker.

This should be most interesting. If you have any specific digital photo topic you would like covered, send your requests to Les at whatever@cybertrails.com before noon on Monday. Also inform Les of any subject you would like to see covered at these monthly sessions.

The June program will discuss copying CDs, cassettes and records to the computer. Harold Rush will lead that discussion. Everyone is invited. First-timers are free. Regulars pay $1 to help cover costs.

Children's Story Hour at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, and features "Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight" by Ogden Nash.

The craft project will be creating prehistoric pets. All pre-school, home-schooled and visiting children are invited.

The Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Everyone is invited for some great fun. The event is free.

A new Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at 6 p.m. each Sunday in the senior dining room at the Pine Community Center. The meeting is non-smoking and an open discussion format is followed.

Strawberry's Elite Hawaiian Luau is from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. A donation of $13, or $25 for two, includes roast pig, coconut chicken, volcano green beans, pineapple casserole, Hawaiian rolls and dessert.

Trouble in Paradise will provide the entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any member of Strawberry's Elite. All proceeds help children and families in the Pine-Strawberry area.

School is out for the summer on Friday, May 27 with an early dismissal at 11 a.m. The children will receive their report cards. No lunch will be served.

Read this column next week for the announcing of the winners of the 2005 Science Fair and the Young Authors Competition.

Pine Library Friends are preparing for their Memorial Day book sale and raffle which begins at 8 a.m. Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28. The sale will be at the library parking lot. A wonderful selection of hardback and paperback books will be available as well as videos and books on tape. Raffle items include a beautiful hand-stitched quilt and a picnic cooler filled with all that you would need to make your picnic a very special occasion.

Completing the package is a meal for two from the Pine Deli. Tickets for $1 each or six for $5 are available at the library or from any Library Friends member.

Sign the kids up now for the Summer Reading Program at the Pine library. "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds" is the theme, and some great plans have been made to make this a most exciting summer program.

Sign up now. The program, which runs through the month of June, is open to all children living or visiting in the Pine-Strawberry area.

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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