Be Careful With Flames During Dry Summer



The Valley is supposed to reach 100 degrees this weekend. If I did not want to spend the day with my mother and my son, I would certainly not go down there, but at least we can come back home to this cool, quiet, peaceful place.

I saw a man riding a bicycle on Fossil Creek Road, smoking a cigarette. That is very frightening. Seeing smokers driving along holding their cigarette out the window is also scary. They must know how dry it is. During the busy summer days ahead, everyone needs to be especially careful about fire.

May 16 is a busy day in Pine. The Fiddler's Jam Session is at 1 p.m. in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the great music. You are welcome to bring your musical instrument and join in or just sit back and relax.

The Ice Cream Social will be in the Senior Dining Room at 2 p.m., immediately following the Fiddlers. Everyone is invited to this fun event, where you can visit with neighbors and meet new friends. The Ice Cream Social is sponsored by the Senior Center. Besides ice cream and all the topping, there will be cookies, brownies and cake. This is your chance to find out all that goes on at the Senior Center. Don't miss it.

The Volunteer of the Year, Sheri Earp, will be crowned or knighted or tapped, or, well, she will be given a plaque during the Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, May 16. Take Pride Project honors a person from our communities each year who has been nominated by the residents for her/his outstanding contributions to the people and organizations or Pine and Strawberry. Hopefully, there will be a big crowd on hand to express our appreciation to Sheri for all she does for us.

Ponderosa Market in Pine is having a Grand Opening on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the artistry of authentic Native American Dancers, featuring Mountain Spiral Dancers, Butterfly Dancers and Buffalo Dancers. There will be free hot dogs and drinks both days. This market provides a great service to those in Pine and Strawberry who cannot, should not or do not want to be driving to Payson for groceries. This grand opening is a great opportunity for you to stop by and see all that they provide: Excellent meat, a great bakery and everything you might need for dinner or for a party.

Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Festival is on the Memorial Weekend, May 26 and 27, at the Pine Community Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. They are working to bring in some interesting new craft booths so don't miss this great event. For an application for booth space, call Gail Jones at (928) 476-4480, or e-mail Join the Arts and Crafts Guild. They meet the last Friday of the month, except December, in the craft room at the Pine Community Center.

The Pine Strawberry Fire Fighters Association is having a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday to start off the craft festival. Bring the family and all those visiting friends and relatives to enjoy some great food and fun.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is having a big Memorial weekend book sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in their activity building at the rear of the Community Center. Beyond tons of books, there will be a great raffle for a Pine Strawberry throw and a watercolor print of the original library by local artist, Ruth Rand. The raffle drawing will be Sunday afternoon, but you do not need to be present to win. Buy your raffle tickets, $1 each or six for $5, at the library or during the sale.

The Strawberry Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be booths, a Wild West show, live music, games, flea market, lots of food and fun at the end of Fossil Creek Road. Activities at the Pine Community Center include antique cars and the quilt show.

The Strawberry Patchers will hold their 11th annual quilt show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 8, 9 and 10, in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will be more than 100 quilts and some wearable art on display. The Berry Patch Boutique will have quality handmade items and quilts for sale. There will also be a number of vendors selling fabrics, gifts and jewelry, as well as a quilt appraiser. Admission is $2. For more information, call Kathy MacCleary at (928) 472-4410 or Mary Mitchell at (928) 273-7104.

Sign up the kids for the Summer Reading Program. This year's theme, "Get a Clue at your Library." The kick off is Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. Sandy Carver has all sorts of fun, exciting activities planned.

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