Fall is in the air. The rainy season is said to be over and depending on which source you believe, it could be a long, snowy or cold winter. Some say the winter will be severe because the squirrels have extra bushy tails. Others say it will be snowy because of the abundance of spiders and others say so many pine cones falling is a sign.
We shall see.
Fiddler's Jam Session is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. This is great fun. Don't miss it. Bring your instrument and join the group or just sit back, sing, clap, stomp your feet and enjoy the great music.
Please attend the Fire Board Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Pine Fire Station. The board is going through some tough times and we need to show that we are interested.
The Quad/Motorcycle Poker Run is Saturday, Sept. 30. Those participating in the Motorcycle Poker Run will gather at Nifty ‘50s Restaurant at 9 a.m. The Quad Poker Run group will meet at Sidewinders Saloon at 10 a.m. Both runs are $10 per hand donation. This is a fund-raiser for the Justice McNeeley Foundation, which helps area children with special medical needs. Everyone will meet back at Sidewinders at 3 p.m. for the awarding of prizes and the raffle drawing for a load of gravel donated by Payson Concrete. This event will be lots of fun and there will be lots of prizes.
Rimside Grill will have their third annual Oktoberfest from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, featuring authentic German food and beer. There will also be volleyball, horseshoes and stein holding contests. Win great souvenirs and enjoy karaoke and music by DJ Josh from noon to five and live music from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Pine Strawberry Business Community is hosting their first ever Fall Fest Family Fun event on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8 at the Pine Community Center. Plans are in the works for all sorts of fun games and events. There will be a jumping house for the kids, pumpkin and apple games and contests, and lots more. Applications are being taken for the Prince and Princess Contest. Pick these up at most local businesses. There will also be a Scarecrow Costume contest. More games will be announced soon.
Don't forget The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Flea Market. Clean out your closets and storage buildings and sell all this unused stuff to make enough money to pay your winter utility bill. Call Sandy (not Cindy -- I had it wrong before, sorry) Human at (928) 476-2406 to arrange for a space. Save the date for this fun family event.
A Sicilian Cultural Festival will be held at the Rimside Grill in Pine from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. There will be Sicilian food, a cooking demonstration, Sicilian music and traditional arts and crafts. Catered by Chef Gerardo Moceri from Cucina Paradiso in Payson. This is the first ever Sicilian celebration in Pine. It promises to be lots of fun. All proceeds benefit the Pine Public Library. Tickets are $20 for adults and $7.50 for children under 12. Children under five are free. For tickets or more information, call Mario Belvedere at (928) 476-3932 or stop by the Pine Library.
Tellabration 2006, An Evening of Storytelling, will be Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. Again this year, Dinner Before Theatre includes a storyteller's reception and dinner. Buy your tickets at the library. A $20 ticket includes dinner and the Tellabration event. This is always a great evening. Don't miss it. All proceeds benefit the library. Tellabration tickets are $5.
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