The fire near Prescott reminds us that the fire season is beginning early this year and could be very frightening unless we get some needed spring rains.
This is the time to be raking up those pine needles and making our properties more fire-safe. If you have any questions about what you should be doing to prepare your property, call the Pine/Strawberry fire department and they will come and do an assessment.
Also remember that the fuels pickup truck is still working. If you rake up and trim your bushes and trees, they will pick up the brush. There is no charge for this service. Call the PS Fire Department at (928) 476-4272, to find out when the pickup service will be in your neighborhood.
Pine Library Friends
Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, March 26, in the Library Activity Building at the rear of the Community Center. Marlene Bonney and Nancy Miller, both quilters and members of the new group, The Frill Seekers, will present a program on the history of quilts and the special role quilts played in the underground railroad as slaves were escaping from the South. It is a fascinating story. Don't miss it. Everyone is invited and refreshments will be served.
Riff Raff Club
The Pine Strawberry Riff Raff Club is sponsoring a raffle and potluck lunch to help one of its members with medical expenses. The potluck will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry. Raffle tickets are being sold for a 1988 Chevrolet Suburban, which is on display at the Ponderosa Market. Raffle tickets for this and other great prizes will be available at the lunch as well as at various businesses around town.
‘He Said, She Said ...'
The Rimside Grill will host "He Said, She Said ... Beer/Wine Dinner" at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16. A variety of beers and wines will be paired with this five-course dinner. Seating is limited and tickets are required. Sounds like fun. Call for your reservation, (928) 476-3349.
New at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is a children's computer with terrific sound and lots of new computer games. Also, there is a new Teens and Tweens section with more than 100 new young adult and junior books, including fiction, nonfiction and biographies. Check it out.
Actors and actresses, age 12 through 17, are needed for the play, "How Reading Came Back to Nowhere." Call Sandy Carver at the library or come in to see her. Everyone will get a part. Carver is determined to establish an Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Youth Theater.
Clifford's Spring Fling will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the library. Children, ages 2 through 10, should come meet Clifford, hear stories, play games and win prizes.
New hours at the Pine Library, effective May 1, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The OneBook AZ book discussion will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the library activity room. The book to be discussed is "Going Back to Bisbee" and copies are available at the library.
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