Suddenly, there are lots of things to write about in Pine and Strawberry. I try so very hard to make proper notes and file information so that I will not miss events that are coming up. But often I do not hear about things until it is too late. When I have the information and I do not get it in this column, I feel horrible. And that just happened.
One of the most wonderful projects in Pine and Strawberry is the quilt marathon during which the Strawberry Patchers make quilts for Department of Public Safety officers to give out to young accident victims. The quilts are being made as I write this, but you will not read about it until they are finished.
This is Willene Smith's special project and up to now, 3,555 trauma quilts have been delivered to DPS. I apologize to the group for failing to include this information in last week's column.
A garage sale will be held on March 11, to help raise funds to bring a very special art exhibit to Pine. "Shining a Light in Pine: A Celebration of Dyslexic Artists," is coming to Pine in May. The location of this garage sale will be announced, but in the meantime, if you have items you could donate to the garage sale, stop by Myra's Gallery in Pine or call Bernadette Heath at (928) 468-6161.
Strawberry's Elite is seeking nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Award in our communities of Pine and Strawberry. Write a paragraph or two about this person, stating why you think they are deserving of this award. Please include your name and phone number and the name and number of your nomination. Mail this to Take Pride Project of Pine and Strawberry, Attn: Volunteer of the Year, P.O. Box 1204, Pine, AZ 85544. You can also e-mail your nomination to me at cpwrather@earthlink. net. Deadline for nominations is March 24.
You all will be receiving a letter from the Pine Strawberry Fire Department's Fuels Reduction Project. Ed and Diane Enos, who own PostNet in Payson but live in Pine, very generously donated not only the printing, but also the paper and envelopes. They really believe in this project.
Incidentally, if you want help reducing fuels on your property, besides the Department of Corrections crew, there are others who will do the work at a fair cost. Call the fire department at (928) 476-4272, for names of dependable work crews.
The Pine Strawberry Fire Department has monthly meetings, which are open to everyone. These meetings are at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Pine Fire Department. This month's meeting is March 15.
Movie Madness will take place at 11 a.m. March 16 and 23. Watch for movie titles. Children should bring a pillow.
"Every Child Ready to Read" is a program for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children, birth to age 5, sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. The program, for adults only, will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the library activity room in the Pine Community Center.
Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts meet at 9 a.m. on the last Friday of every month in the art room at the Pine Community Center. This month's meeting is March 31.
OneBookArizona is scheduled for April. The book to read is "An Unfinished Life" by Mark Spragg. Extra books are available at the Pine Library. Watch for a date for the book discussion.