Many Festivities As Pine Heads Into Fall


This is a big weekend in Pine. Bring your friends, relatives and visitors to the Pine Community Center for some great fun for everyone.

The Fall Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28.

There will be lots of great activities, games and treats for children and adults, including pumpkin carving, paper craft, face painting, photos taken with a llama or donkey, greased pole, sack races, apple toss contests and carnival games.

There will be a silent auction and a flea market.

Lori Chandler will have a dog training demonstration at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. At noon, the Pine/Strawberry School Band, under the direction of John Carpino, will perform. The Bake-Off begins at noon.

On Sunday, Dennis Newman, of the Gila County Sheriff's department and his K-9 partner, will give a demonstration at 11 a.m. The Zane Grey Twirlers will be square dancing in the Cultural Hall at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. the silent auction in the Cultural Hall will close and the winners will be announced.

"Hot Dog Heaven" will be selling hot dogs and Polish sausage. Strawberry's Elite will have chili and tortillas beginning at 11 a.m.

There is something for everyone. Don't miss it. Admission is free. Tickets will be available for various games.

There will be "Trick or Treating" at local businesses from noon to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Pine Library will have a terrific book sale tomorrow and Sunday during the Fall Festival. The sale is in the library activity building at the rear of the Pine Community Center. Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on great reading, listening and watching for the long, cold winter ahead.

Employees costumed Rimside

Halloween at the Rimside Grill on Saturday, Oct. 27. Come in and vote for your favorite employee costume. Ghoulish drink and food specials. Come in costume and receive 5% off your meal.

Lunch at the Senior Center in Pine is $5.00 and includes salad bar. Salad bar alone is $3.00. Call 928 476-2151 to reserve your spot.

Stuffed shells

The menu for Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 is:

Monday: Pork with mushroom gravy, baked potato and a vegetable. Tuesday: Stuffed shells and vegetable. Wednesday: Fried chicken tenders. Thursday: French dip sandwich, potato and vegetable. Friday: Fried shrimp, potato and vegetable.

Quad run for Justice

The Justice McNeeley foundation is sponsoring a Quad Poker Run on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Rimside Grill in Pine.

Sign in at 9:30 a.m. and the fun begins at 10 a.m. There is a $10.00 entry per person and there will be prizes for best and second best hands.

To add to the fun, there will be a volleyball tournament with a $10.00 entry per team. The winning team receives a prize donated by Hat Creek Electric.

There will also be a Horseshoe tournament with a $10.00 entry per person and prize for the winner.

The breakfast special of $2.99 will run from 7 to 9 a. m. Live music from Rockin Ron who has donated his band for this event. There will be raffles, giveaways and a whole lot of fun throughout the day.

Flu shots will be available at the Senior Center from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Call the Thrift Store, 928 476-4633, to schedule your appointment.

Annual story fest

Tellebration, a celebration of story telling, will be Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. The storytelling begins at 7 p.m. However, if you would like to be part of the Dinner Before Theatre, you had best get your tickets as they are selling out. Buy them at Pioneer Title Agency in Pine for $25.

The DPS Quilt Angels are sponsoring this event and all proceeds will benefit the Payson Humane Society building fund. Tellebration alone is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door.

A neighbor friend of mine, Lorene Hegdahl, who has lived here a lot longer than me, was telling me the interesting story about her little house. We decided that there are many interesting stories to be told about so many of these cabins here in Pine and Strawberry and those stories need to be preserved.

We concluded that we should encourage people with interesting house stories to write them down. We also decided there should be a notebook in the Pine museum to hold these house stories.

If you have an interesting house story, write it down and send it to me, Christy Powers, HC1, Box 210, Strawberry, 85544, or email it to me at Lorene and I will make sure they receive their due attention. Who knows, this might become a best seller. Any proceeds would benefit the museum.

As I announced this week in my pet column, the next Pine Strawberry column, appearing on Nov. 2, will be my last. It is time to turn the job over to someone else. You will soon hear to whom you should submit your information.

Please 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

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