Until Monsoon Rains Begin, Rim Country Still At Risk Of Fire



The busy Memorial Day weekend is behind us once again. We made it through the weekend without a fire and yet lots of people passed through our communities and enjoyed our festivities. We certainly appreciate everyone's caution. However, until we get rain, we are at a huge risk of fire. We must all be careful.

The Strawberry Patchers' 11th Annual Quilt Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 8, 9 and 10, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. On display will be more than 100 quilts and wearable art.

The Berry Patch Boutique will be filled with handmade items, quilts to purchase, a quilt appraiser and vendors selling fabric, gifts and jewelry. Admission is $2.

These quilts are works of art. Don't miss the opportunity to see them.

The all-new Strawberry Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, at Hunt's field on Fossil Creek Road. There will be a Wild West Town with gunfighter shows, live music, inflatable play land for kids, games for adults and kids and art and craft booths. A wide assortment of food items will be available in the food court. There will also be a flea market. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 3 to 12.

Those who signed up with Mike Brandt for a property assessment at the Arts and Crafts Festival last weekend need to contact him again. The wind came up and blew over the tent and the paper was lost. Leave a message for him at the fire department. Call (928) 476-4272.

The greatest potential for loss of life will come from a fire beginning within our communities. A lot of work is being done to create barriers so that a fire can be stopped before reaching us, but our own fuels reduction projects on our properties are what will save us and our communities from within. If you want an assessment done on the fire-wise condition of your property, call Mike at the number above. Call that number also to find out when the fuels pick up trailer will be in your neighborhood. They will pickup all brush and tree trimmings that a homeowner does on his own property. Be sure to fill out the form telling the number of hours you put into fuels reduction as this is the basis for grant money for our fuels reduction, program.

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District meetings are the third Thursday of each month. The agenda for these meeting is posted at the library, the post office and the thrift store bulletin board. There will be an open meeting to address questions and concerns on Wednesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. This is a meeting we should all attend. Watch for more information.

Sign up today for a CPR Class for seniors at the Pine Fire Station on Monday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. Mike Ward will teach the class. Chief Dekker has agreed to pay for the class. The only cost to participants is a $2 fee for the certification card. Call Sara Rittenhouse at (928) 476-3568, to register.

Attention all students: Enter the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" sweepstakes, in honor of the new Harry Potter book coming out soon. You could win a three-day trip to London, England. Fill out an entry form at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library anytime before June 15.

There are lots of great youth activities during the month of June at the Pine Library. Pre-school story time is every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. June Movie Madness will be each Thursday at 11 a.m. Stop by the library to get the listing of movies.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Youth Theatre is looking for actors and actresses, teens and adults, for a one-act children's play titled, "How Reading Came Back to Nowhere." This fun play will be performed during the July Summer Reading Program. Stop by the library and talk with Sandy Carver for more information or call (928) 476-3678.

June is teen month at the Pine Library. Win Diamondbacks tickets in the Teen Trivia Contest every week in June. Pick up important contest guidelines. Teens are invited to exhibit their artwork at the library during June. All participants will be entered in a drawing for a great prize. Also, check out the new young adult novels and nonfiction books. There is also a whole new series for juniors, "Pirates of the Caribbean."

The July Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Pine Library, is for ages 5 through 12. This year's theme is "Get A Clue at your Library." The "Get A Clue about Pirates kick-off" is Tuesday, July 10, at 10 a.m. Register for this great program during June at the library.

-- 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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