Fall A Good Time For Fuels Reduction

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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This fall season is beautiful as the trees turn, the wildflowers are everywhere and the days are glorious. What a great time to get out and work on fuels reduction on our properties.

The Family Fun Fall Festival was indeed a family event. I was away, but have heard that everyone had a great time. The greased pole seems to have been a highlight as folks scrambled to reach the $10 bill at the top. A big thank you to all who worked on, contributed to and attended this first-ever Fall Festival. This was the first event for the newly formed Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC).

The Pine Library will be selling raffle tickets for the remote control firetruck at the Fire Safety Day at Ace Hardware in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Bring the kids to this fire safety event and meet real firefighters, see the big firetrucks and get lots of information about fire safety.

Smoke detectors will be given to the first 100 people who attend this worthwhile event. This wonderful firetruck will be on display, but otherwise it can be seen at the Pine library. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing is Dec. 9.

Flu shots will be available at the Senior Center in the Pine Community Center from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 30. Call Bruce at (928) 476-4633, to make an appointment.

You can come by without an appointment, but you will have to wait your turn. Appointments get priority.

Drink and eat foods high in iron to prepare yourself for the blood drive in Pine on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87. Hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Call Sheri Earp at (928) 476-3655 to make an appointment to give blood and/or to volunteer to help with the drive.

What better gift can you give than the gift of life?

Preschool Storytime at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library begins at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, for children 2 to 5 years old. Sandy Carver is the Children's Program Coordinator. Being a retired drama teacher, she will bring fun and creativity into the story hour. Sandy also will be introducing several new programs for junior and high school students at the library. Watch for more details.

The Old Time Fiddlers will be playing at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. This is always great fun and you can join in or sing along or just sit back and enjoy the wonderful entertainment.

The Sicilian Cultural Festival is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Rimside Grill in Pine.

There will be Sicilian food, cooking demonstrations, rare traditional folk music and arts and crafts. The authentic Sicilian meal will be prepared by an authentic Sicilian, Chef Gerardo Moceri from Cucina Paradiso of Payson. Tickets are $20. Children 5 to 12 are $7.50, and those under five are free. Tickets are available at the Pine Library.

For more information, call Mario Belvedere at (928) 476-3678. All proceeds benefit the Pine Library.

Tellabration 2006 is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center.

Tickets for this fantastic event are $5 and available at the library or at the door.

"Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini, will be the book for discussion at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Library Activity Room. Annetta Follmer will lead the discussion on this wonderful book. Copies are available at the library.

Toys for Tots boxes are located at both the Pine and Strawberry fire stations and new toys for children in need are being graciously accepted.

This event is sponsored by Tonto Rim Search and Rescue who reminds us all that by working together, we can provide for those who otherwise would go without. Jim Duffy is coordinating this worthwhile project for TRS&R. Call him at (928) 476-4645.

The library is once again seeking a few good volunteers. This is a great place to spend a few hours a week as the group is fun and you get to know lots of new people from your community. Becky and Ann treat their volunteers very well. Stop by and ask about being a volunteer. Computer skills are a help but not essential.

-- Provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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