Labor Day weekend is here. Isn't it time for cooler weather? There will be lots of activities at the Pine Community Center and all the businesses will be open and delighted to welcome residents and visitors with great food, great antiques and great gift ideas. Make the rounds of the many shops and restaurants, including Pine's only MiniMall. You will be amazed at the changes at the Old Settler's Shops.
The big event is the Pine Strawberry Arts and Craft Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. The 88 booth spaces are occupied with a tremendous variety of crafts including woodworking, pottery, clothing, cement critters, tie-dye, paintings and much more.
The Pine Strawberry Quilters will be selling raffle tickets for their beautiful quilt with all proceeds used to buy material and supplies for their DPS quilt project.
Tonto Rim Search and Rescue will raffle off an ATV plus trailer. A clown will entertain the children.
The P/S Fire Department, assisted by Strawberry's Elite, will serve their famous pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. both days. Come early and eat breakfast while enjoying the morning under the ramada. The seniors will serve their Navajo tacos, The Knights of Columbus Weenie Wagon will be on hand, Natalie's Lemonade, Kettle Corn, snowcones and Sophia's Nuts will all work to keep you comfortably fed.
Pine Library Friends will have a book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3 in the Pine Library Activity Building. This is your last opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the wonderful tea basket. The drawing will be Sunday at 3 p.m. during the book sale. You do not need to be present to win.
The Pine Senior Thrift Shop is having a huge summer-end clearance sale through Sept. 3. Fill a bag with clothes for $1. All other store inventory is 50 percent off. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Don't miss this great opportunity.
The P/S Fire Department is having great success with their new guidelines for the fuel route. The six zone system means that they will get to each neighborhood every other week. Check next week's column for that schedule. Remember, leaves must be bagged and pine needles piled and absolutely no garbage or building materials or tree stumps. Brush must be out in front where it can be seen and accessed by the Bobcat. If the homeowner is home, the crew will give them the form to fill out. Otherwise it will be left at the door. These forms are essential for receiving the grant money for this project.
Neighborhoods are looking better. Let's keep up the great work. Also, if you have a brush-filled property in your neighborhood, provide the name and address to Lisa Sieracki at the fire department, (928) 476-4272, and she will contact them and inform them of the danger this poses to the community.
Many out of town property owners are not aware of the overgrowth due to recent rains. Hopefully, they will come up and take a look.
The Motorcycle/Quad Poker Run, which is a fund-raiser for the Justice McNeeley Foundation, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 in Pine.
Participants in the Motorcycle Poker Run will gather at the Nifty 50s Restaurant for a 9 a.m. check in.
The Quad Poker Run entries will meet at Sidewinders Saloon at 10 a.m. The donation/fee is $10 per hand. There will be lots of fun and prizes. All funds raised help local children with medical expenses.
The official kickoff for fall is Oct. 7 and 8 in Pine. The Fall Fest, sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Business Community, will be at the Pine Community Center. There will be fun, games, pumpkin and apple events and lots of great food. There will also be the huge "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" rummage sale. This is a great opportunity to clean out those closets and storage buildings and get rid of the stuff you no longer use. Call Cindy Human, (928) 476-2406 to request a spot.
Make plans to attend Rimside Grill's Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 7. There will be fun and games all day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Authentic German food and beer, as well as volleyball, horseshoes and a stein holding contest will keep you having fun.
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.