The "Answer to the Challenge" bicycle riders passed through Payson and Pine last weekend and spent the night in Strawberry after the first day of their 320-mile, three-day ride. On the first day, they rode from Scottsdale to Strawberry. On day two they rode to Prescott and then home to Scottsdale.
Ninety-five riders made the trek. The original Challenge ride made this distance in 24 hours, but was too strenuous. Thus the "Answer to the Challenge." The ride is sponsored by Landis Cycles in Scottsdale. These folks support our motels and restaurants and are a great bunch.
"Shining A Light In Pine: A Celebration of Dyslexic Artists," will be a week-long exhibit, May 11 through 21, at Myra's Gallery as well as special events at the Cultural Hall in the Pine Community Center. A kickoff event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, with special speakers and a video presentation.
Terri Bowersock of Terri's Consign and Design, and John Corcoran, author of the book, "The Teacher who Couldn't Read," along with Patricia Polacco, producer of the video, "The Heroes in my Life," will be featured. There will also be representatives from The Dyslexic Foundation and the Arizona Literacy and Learning Center.
Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a day for kids and parents. Children will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of artists in all media while the parents will hear from the experts how to motivate, encourage and guide their children. All children are invited to attend this free day of art exposure. Bring a picnic lunch.
"Get Ready to Read," screening for 4- and 5-year-old children, will be provided at no cost by the Arizona Literacy and Learning Center from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Cultural Hall. For more information, call (602) 212-1089.
A "meet the artists" reception will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Myra's Gallery. Refreshments will be served.
A schedule of these events is posted at the post office and at Myra's Gallery.
The Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts show will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 27 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at the Pine Community Center. The P/S fire department will serve breakfast each morning and the seniors will be serving Navajo tacos. There will also be snow cones, roasted nuts, kettle corn and the KC Weenie Wagon. Tonto Rim Search and Rescue will be selling raffle tickets for a 4x4 quad and trailer. The Strawberry Patchers will display and sell raffle tickets for their beautiful quilt. 86 vendors will be participating.
Pine Library Friends is having a Memorial weekend book sale and raffle from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28. There will be a large selection of junior and children's books. Buy your raffle tickets for a specialty tea basket. The drawing will be at the Labor Day book sale so you have time to buy lots of tickets. Buy your tickets at the book sale or at the library. The book sale will be in the new library activity room.
The Shriners of North America each year raise funds by selling Vidalia onions. These funds help support their 22 hospitals which provide orthopedic, burn and spinal cord care for children. More than 800,000 children from throughout the world have been treated at no cost since 1922. Support this worthy cause by picking up a 10-pound bag of onions for $10 at the Mogollon Steak House in Strawberry or call John Wallen at (928) 476-5188 or any Shriner.
Michelle Powers, my pretend sister, called with an alert. She is president of the Pine Strawberry Firefighters Association. Phone solicitations are being made in the name of firefighters and law enforcement officers asking for money. Michelle says this is a scam. The fire department always welcomes donations but does not solicit over the phone.
Some residents have been asking for an update on the fuel reduction programs. There will be a report on the fuel break project in this column next week. The brush pickup project is extremely backlogged and unsafe fuel piles are sitting on our roads. If residents hire a private company or individual to clear their brush, those private contractors are responsible for removing the debris from the property. The brush pickup service is to be used only by individual property owners whose "sweat equity" entitles them to this service. No new requests will be accepted until the backlog gets caught up. When new pickups will be accepted, it will be announced in this column and on KMOG Radio.
There are a couple of new businesses and new business names in Pine and Strawberry. Pine Station has antiques of all varieties and an amazing collection of old trains and accessories. Cozy Corner, in the cornflower blue building, has crafts, used books, gifts and things. The Mogollon Steak House, formerly the Black Bear, is under new ownership. Pine Creek Antiques has changed its name to "Our House" because too many businesses were popping up with the Pine Creek name. Support all our local businesses. They depend on us.
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