Spring Arrives With Volunteer Opportunities, Art Shows, Books To Read

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Spring is definitely here. Daffodils and hyacinths (I hope that is the right name) are appearing everywhere and finally, the buds on the trees are bursting to life. It is a wonderful time of the year. The nights are still cool but the days are glorious.

Project Learning Tree, an environmental education program, will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 22, at Gila Community College in Payson. Educators from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension are coordinating this free workshop, which will help teach us all to be more firewise. Call Wade Albrecht, (928) 774-1868, ext. 25, for more information. You must register in advance.

Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Pine Library Activities Building. Ed Toliver, our renowned local photographer, will be the featured speaker. There will be a slide presentation of his photography featuring scenic wonders throughout Arizona. His photos are often featured in Arizona Highway's magazine. This promises to be a great program, and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

OneBOOKArizona book discussion will be held at the Pine Library Activity Building at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 26. The book to be discussed is "An Unfinished Life" by Mark Spragg. Bernice Winandy will lead the discussion. Refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome.

"Shining A Light in Pine: A Celebration of Dyslexic Artists" is a ten-day event featuring Dyslexic Artists from Pine, Strawberry, Payson, Star Valley and Tonto Basin.

The event will also provide nurturing and mentoring opportunities for dyslexic children in our schools. The art show is May 11 through May 21 at Myra's Gallery in Pine. Special events include a speaker's forum from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 12 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center, featuring John Corcoran, author of "The Teacher Who Couldn't Read," Jim Walkow, author of "The Zabbit" and Terri Bowersock, founder and owner of Terri's Consign and Design.

A special children's reception will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Featured artists supporting this event include Phil Yeh, B. Heath, Bill Ahrendt, Carole Snyder and the Payson Art League. There will be a reception at Myra's Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 13, where you can visit with the artists and enjoy their work.

The Relay for Life team from the Pine Library is preparing for a fun and worthy event benefiting the American Cancer Society on June 2 and 3 at the Payson High School track. Buy a luminaria to honor a relative or friend with cancer or someone who has lost the battle. Every team member, including me, has luminaries to sell, or they are available at the library. The Luminaria Ceremony is very meaningful and emotional. We all know someone who has suffered from the viciousness of cancer. Let them be represented at this ceremony. Sponsorship donations are also needed. Please stop by the library and see what you can do to help.

We are fortunate to now have a leader for our Pine blood drives. Sherri Earp has recently moved to Pine full-time and has stepped forward to assume this position. In order for all of this to work, volunteers are needed. To help with the next drive, which is in mid-June, please call Sherri. She needs volunteers, on two-hour shifts, to sign people in, bake goodies and serve the goodies and juice. These are easy and fun jobs. Call Sherri (928) 476-3655 right away to show her that we want these blood drives to stay in Pine. Naturally, there is a great need for blood donors as well.

A wonderful volunteer opportunity is waiting for you at the Pine Museum. Welcome visitors from around the world, and when there are no visitors, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the museum. Stop by the museum for information.

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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