They're Out For Your Blood In Pine

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Some of you have been wondering why you were called and asked to donate blood at the Payson blood drive. For a while, we had no representative in Pine. We now have Sheri Earp who is coordinating these drives in Pine and there will be four a year.

Our next drive is Tuesday, Oct. 17. Watch for more information in this column. And watch out for Sheri. She is a go-getter who wants your blood.

The Old Settlers Shops in the heart of Pine claim to be the very first mini-mall in town. Great things are happening and new shops are opening. A few spaces are still available if you want to be part of this growing concern. This innovative group of merchants wants to serve the communities of Pine and Strawberry. Stop by and you will be surprised with the wide variety of gifts and crafts gathered in this one historic old area. Do stop by and say hello.

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., the visiting nurse will be at the Pine Senior Center. She does tests for blood pressure and blood sugar.

If you want the blood sugar test, be sure to fast in the morning. This is a terrific service provided for residents of Pine and Strawberry.

Take advantage of it. And while you are there, stay for lunch and then games afterward.

Being part of the Senior Center is a fun way to spend the hot days of summer, and the cool days of winter.

The Old Time Fiddlers will be playing at 1 p.m., Aug. 16, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. This is great fun for everyone.

Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and join in.

Otherwise, you can just sit back, clap your hands, stomp your feet and enjoy the great sounds of our amazing local talent.

The Pine Strawberry Fire Board Meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the fire station in Pine. These meetings are vitally important.

Elections of new board members are coming up soon. Please come and support our fire department. They support us every day of the year.

Strawberry's Elite is hosting a steak fry from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Mogollon Grill and Steak House, (formerly the Black Bear).

This is a fund-raiser for the group that donates money to children and families in need in Pine and Strawberry. They also help pay for school lunches for children who cannot afford them.

The steak dinner is $13 for one or $25 for a couple.

Tickets are available from members or at the door. Steaks, potato salad, beans, Texas sheet cake and fun are in store for you.

Don't miss this opportunity to have a good meal and help your neighbors.

The Pine Library is having a book sale and raffle from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3 at the Library Activity Building at the rear of the Community Center in Pine. The drawing for the terrific Tea Basket will be on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 3 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.

Stop by the library, see the basket and buy a bunch of tickets. Then come to the book sale and stock up on reading material for the cold days ahead.

There is a new organization in town and they want to unite this community and bring in some fun and excitement.

The Enterprising Spirit of the Pine Strawberry Business Community, PSBC, is bringing the Fall Festival for Family Fun to the Pine Community Center in Historic downtown Pine on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8.

There will be pumpkin and apple events, American Indian dances, games, contests, children's events, a petting zoo, pumpkin and apple desserts and treats. There will also be the famous The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Rummage Sale. Check your closets, attic, basement, garage, storage sheds and all those other hiding places and bring all those unwanted treasures to this huge sale. Call Cindy at (928) 476-2406, to reserve your space. Stay tuned to this column for updates on this great event.

-- 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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