The big Labor Day weekend is here and there will be plenty to see and do in Pine and Strawberry to keep everyone entertained and full of great food.
The festivities kick off both Saturday and Sunday morning with the All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast that will be served under the ramada in the Pine Community Center beginning at 7 a.m. You will also be served juice, coffee and sausage.
The Pine-Strawberry Firefighters Association and Strawberry's Elite are teaming up to keep this most favorite tradition going for all the locals and visitors alike. All funds from this event go to help people in need in the Pine-Strawberry communities. It will also help our fire department get some needed equipment to keep us all safe. Hopefully, everyone will come out and enjoy this great breakfast.
The Pine Library Friends book sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Kiwanis building at the community center. Besides lots of books, there will also be books on tape and videos for sale.
And don't forget to buy your raffle tickets. That terrific gift basket is overflowing with every sort of item for the kitchen. A beautiful quilt will also be raffled. Don't miss out on this one.
The Art 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. The booth spaces are sold out and there will be wonderful, creative craft items plus much more. This is the 25th year of juried shows.
There is a great variety from hand-painted household items, jewelry, decorated tea towels, dolls, pillows, children's cloth books, knit/crochet baby items, stained glass and many more one of a kind items.
The seniors will be serving their famous Navajo tacos and there will be many food and snack booths including the Weenie Wagon, kettle corn and roasted nuts. The children will be entertained with face painting and the playground. Don't miss this last craft show of the year.
The totally new Blue's Gallery is celebrating their opening over this Labor Day weekend. Blue's Gallery -- For the Love of Art, features the whimsical artwork of Cori Richman. Come meet Blue and Cori and enjoy some great art. The gallery is across the highway from Uncle Tom's market in the former location of Pine Artisans Gallery.
All the businesses and restaurants in Pine and Strawberry will be open and eager to welcome you. Do stop in and see what wonderful things are available at our unique little shops and dining establishments.
United Blood Services is in need of a coordinator for the Pine Strawberry blood drive. This blood drive happens four times a year with the next one scheduled for October. Certainly there is a group or individual in our communities who would be willing to take on this most important and worthwhile project. Most of the work is done by United Blood Services. For more information, please call Daryl Collier at (800) 288-2199, ext. 5427, or call (928) 607-1242.
Thank you to all who turned out to support the Strawberry's Elite Steak Fry. One hundred and twenty steak dinners were sold and a few people had to be turned away. Next year, there will be plenty of steaks. All the proceeds help children and families in our Pine/Strawberry communities.
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