The Strawberry Festival, which was in Pine, is over once again. The committee is grateful for all the delightful vendors. Everything ran like clockwork, which would not have happened without our wonderful volunteers. A big thank-you to each of you. And to all of you who came and wandered around and ate and shopped, we thank you. The weather was perfect.
Thanks to John Stanton of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce for all his hard work and good organizing. Many vendors stated that they found John, the committee and the volunteers all very helpful and friendly.
It was amazing to see the number of people who were smoking at the Strawberry Festival and dropping the remainders on the ground. And many were seen throwing cigarette butts out their car windows. What can we do to protect ourselves and our homes?
There are flashing lights coming into Payson and Pine noting the extreme fire danger. When you tell people that smoking is not allowed, they are not happy with you. It just takes one to cause a big fire. It will take the efforts of all of us to stay fire free.
Myra of Myra's Gallery wants all the kids who have not as yet picked up their pottery projects from the "Shining A Light in Pine" Dyslexic Art event to stop by the gallery and get them. They are all fired and beautiful.
There will be a Wine Tasting Dinner on Monday, June 19 at the Rimside Grill. Call Tamara, (928) 476-3349, for reservations.
The Old Time Fiddlers will perform at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Don't miss it. And the Cultural Hall is air conditioned. What a great way to spend a hot afternoon.
Pine Library Friends will gather for a potluck luncheon on Monday, June 26 in the Pine Library Activity Center. Bring your own place setting and a dish to share. A sign-up sheet is posted in the library. Coffee and punch will be provided. Guests are most welcome.
The Church on Randall Place is hosting a Block Party and everyone in the community is invited. The event is Saturday, July 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food, fun, games, a bounce house and live music. There will also be a salsa contest. Bring your homemade salsa and the judges will let you know if it is as good as you think it is. With questions, call John Lake at (928) 476-4249. What a great idea this is. Mark it on your calendar.
The 108th Army Band will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. This is part of the band's annual summer tour. They will perform a mixture of traditional and contemporary military march music, folk tunes and maybe a little rock. There is something for everyone at this fun concert and it is free.
By the way, Becky just sent word that our Pine Library Book Work Team was in 6th place, out of 22, in the amount of funds raised for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. We raised $2,000. We were a small team, but a terrific one.
Stay cool, stay safe and be grateful every day that you live up here in this most perfect place, though it is a little dry.
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