Don't Miss The Weekend Festivities

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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The fall festivities in Pine are this weekend. Don't miss them. A good time will be had by all. Lots of work and planning goes into any big event like this. Let's get out there and support them and have fun.

The first ever Family Fun Fall Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. There will be fun and games including a greased pole climbing event (on which I hear there are some wagers), apple passing and skillet throwing. There will be sack races with divisions for children and adults. A $10 bill will be waiting at the top of the greased pole. The skillet toss, three-legged races and apple passing will be running throughout both days.

Ribbons will be awarded.

KRIM radio will be broadcasting live between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. I wonder who Suzanne Michaels will find to interview. It could be you.

Vote for your favorite Prince or Princess for a dime a vote. Bring lots of dimes. The winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Lively Fall Festival music will be provided by Trouble in Paradise and some great drummers. Raf will man the karaoke fun. The flea market spaces are sold out and great treasures are certain to be there for the looking.

All proceeds from this event will be used for community events and promotion. Watch for upcoming events.

Rimside Grill is hosting an Oktoberfest from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. There will be music, games and all sorts of German fun.

Ed and Berta Gower celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary recently surrounded by neighbors and friends. This couple is an inspiration to many and it has been noted that they still hold hands when they walk. Sheri Earp, one of the event organizers, asked Berta what "love" meant to her. She responded, "Him," pointing to Ed. The Gowers spend their summers in Cool Pines.

Congratulations to Ed and Berta.

The Quad/Motorcycle Poker Run was a great success and money was raised for the Justice McNeeley Foundation. The organizers want to thank all the participants and the merchants who helped make it a success. Supporting businesses were Payson Concrete, Blue's Gallery, Mogollon Steakhouse, Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques, Nifty ‘50s Diner, Pine Deli, Pine Service Station, Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant, Ponderosa Market and Sidewinder's Saloon.

Any child with special medical needs can get financial help from the Justice McNeeley foundation. Contact Sandy at (928) 476-2406 or Linda at (928) 476-4525, for all the details. All requests are kept confidential.

SCAF will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 at the Senior Dining Room. All members are urged to attend. SCAF runs the thrift store, the Senior Dining Room and Senior Activities.

Flu shots will be available at the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center on Monday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. Call Bruce at (928) 476-4633 to make an appointment. Drop-ins are welcome, but you might have to wait.

There will be a blood drive in Pine on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Watch for more details or call Sheri Earp for an appointment at (928) 476-3655. There will be a sign up booth at the Fall Festival.

Reminders: Movie Madness continues with a showing of "Brother Bear" at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Preschool Story Time at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library begins on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10:15 a.m. for children 2 through 5.

The Sicilian Cultural Festival is from noon to 4 p.m. at Rimside Grill on Saturday, Oct. 21. Food will be catered by Chef Gerardo Moceri from Cucina Paradiso. All proceeds will benefit the Pine Library.

Buy your tickets now for the Tellabration 2006, an evening of storytelling. Start with Dinner Before Theatre at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Storytelling begins at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Hall.

Dan Doyle is the host.

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