The forests are closing around us. The situation here is dire. It is difficult to go into a festive holiday like the Fourth of July with no campfires to sit around and marshmallows to melt.
Most importantly, however, we need to save our forests and our homes, and whatever it takes is well worth it.
The great majority of wildfires are caused by humans, and campfires and cigarettes are the main igniters. No wonder they close the forests. Too many of us are not responsible. If you have not already done so, clear out the fuels around your home and on your property.
But life goes on.
The Pine Library Friends will have a potluck for this month's meeting. Bring a place setting and a dish to share. There is a sign-up sheet at the library in order to have a good selection of food. The meeting is noon on Monday, June 26, at the library activity room.
The Pine Library will have a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the library activity center at the rear of the Pine Community Center. There will be a lot of books for juniors and children, just in time for their summer amusement. There will be plenty of books for adults along with videos and books on tape. What great activities for these hot days. Also, you can buy your raffle tickets for the specialty tea basket. Stop by the library and see this beautiful creation, which will be raffled at the Labor Day book sale.
There will be an Independence Day block party on Saturday, July 1, hosted by the Church on Randall Place. Everyone is invited. There will be a bounce house for the kids, food, fun games, live music and a salsa contest. Bring your favorite homemade salsa for judging. This is a terrific way to celebrate this holiday safely with your family and neighbors. And you will meet lots of new neighbors. With any questions, call John Lake at (928) 476-4249.
There will be an Arts and Crafts Fair at the Community Center in Pine over the Fourth of July weekend. There will also be the traditional pancake breakfast served by the Pine/Strawberry firefighters and Strawberry's Elite.
The 108th Army Band will perform at the air-conditioned Cultural Hall at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2. A wide selection of music will be sure to please everyone. Admission is free. Come early to reserve a good seat. This is an annual favorite.
Strawberry Patchers 10th Annual Quilt Show Winners
Machine Quilted Small
1. Grace Davey, "Hummers and Flowers"
2. (Tie) Alyce Leach, "Log Cabin"
2. (Tie) Susan McAdams, "Caribbean Dreamin'"
3. Marlene Bonney, "Definitely Diva"
Machine Quilted Large
1. Bobbie Smith, "Not Quite Olde World"
2. Louise Bossert, "Snuggly Moosely"
3. Nancy Houghten, "Block Play"
1. Kathy MacCleary, "200 Dimes And A Bag Of Scraps"
2. Jinny Kost, "My Blue And White Quilt"
3. Kathy MacCleary, "Trip To Gatlinburg"
Professionally Quilted Small
1. Bev Lawrence, "Celtic Flowers"
2. Bev Lawrence, "Color Me Purple"
3. Monika Hancock, "The Challenge"
Professionally Quilted Large
1. Diana Lloyd, "Sunbonnet Girls"
2. (Tie) Kris Lovetro, "Valley Of The Sun"
2. (Tie) Strawberry Patchers, "Sunbonnet Sue: Exploring the Mogollon Rim"
3. Caroline R. Johnson, "Stars and Vine"
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