These cool days and nights are wonderful, are they not? Temps were recorded in the high 30s this week. Wow. This long hot summer might finally be winding down.
SCAF will host a Summer Visitors Farewell Potluck at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, (that's tomorrow) in the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center.
Coffee and punch will be provided. Bring your table service and a dish to share. Last names beginning with A through M, please bring a main dish. Last names N through Z, please bring a salad or vegetable and desert. Everyone is invited.
The menu at the Senior Center Dining Room for the week of Sept. 24 to 28: Monday -- Pork chops, creamy noodles and vegetable. Tuesday -- chef's choice. Wednesday -- Meat and spinach quiche, vegetable and fruit. Thursday -- Chicken cheese chimichangas with sour cream, avocado and refried beans. Friday -- Seafood, potatoes and vegetable. Full meals are $5 and include salad bar. Salad bar only is $3.00. Call the day before for reservations, 928 476-2151.
Past presidents speak to Friends
Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m., Monday, September 24, in the Library Activity Building. New officers will be elected and installed. Bev Snidecor, the much loved, admired and hard-working outgoing president, will pass the gavel to a new president.
Several past presidents of Pine Library Friends will reflect on memorable events from their terms of office.
Old-timers and newcomers are most welcome to attend this meeting. Refreshments will be served.
There will be a benefit barbecue for Tina O'Neil, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Pine Strawberry School cafeteria. Tina was injured in a car accident near Payson over Labor Day weekend.
Parents of Pine Strawberry School students are sponsoring this event.
Bring your family and friends to a smoked barbecue dinner with all the chuck wagon trimmings. The dinner is being donated by Susie's Q Barbecue of Strawberry.
There will be a silent auction of items and services donated by local businesses. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to help the O'Neil family. Tina is a fairly new resident of Pine and has an 8-year-old son who attends Pine Strawberry School. Tina is also recovering from cancer treatments. Come enjoy a great dinner and help out a neighbor.
Rim Country Writers meeting
The Rim Country Writer's Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m., on the last Wednesday of each month at the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center. The first gathering will be Sept. 26.
Rim Country Writers meet in Payson at Fireside Espresso on the second Wednesday of the month.
This group is for anyone who writes, has written or wants to write. Everyone is welcome.
Bring writing to share and get feedback from the group or you can listen and learn from the discussions within the group. Carol Osman Brown is the group leader. Come regularly or whenever you can.
There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the First Baptist Church in Pine.
The DPS Quilt Angels have donated a Halloween quilt, which will be given, through a drawing, to someone who donates blood, tries to donate or who volunteers for the blood drive.
This is a beautiful quilt. Come give blood and you just might be able to take this quilt home.
Health care directives
A presentation of the Arizona Health Care Directives Registry will be 12:30, Friday, Oct. 5 in the Senior Dining Room. Liz Atkinson will present the program.
This is a new program available for everyone of any age, whereby they can register their health care power of attorney, living will and mental health power of attorney.
There is no charge to register these documents and they are secure. This program is funded totally by private donations.
Acting much like a safety deposit box, the registry provides safe, secure, tamper-proof storage for these important records but it is accessible to you from your computer. There is no charge for the presentation and there will be nothing to buy. Do call Sara Rittenhouse, 928 476-3568, to reserve your place.
The First Chili Challenge will begin at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center.
Everyone is invited to bring a crock-pot full of their very best chili to this first-ever event. There will be prizes and trophies. Everyone will buy a sample cup for $3.00 and taste all these great recipes until the chili is gone. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center. If you want to enter this Chili Challenge, sign up at the Senior Dining Room or call (928) 476-2151.
Student writing contest
The Pine Library is sponsoring a writing contest for students ages 10 through 17.
Write an original short story using the characters and setting from the hit movie, "High School Musical" and you could win $50.00.
Entries will be between 500 and 2,000 words and must be turned in to the library by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The winner must be present at the High School Musical Theme Party to receive the $50.00 prize.
The High School Musical Theme Party is from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Pine Library Activity Room. (This is during fall break). There will be lip sync singing, karaoke, games and activities. Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie. There will be snacks and fun. Check with Sandy Carver at the Pine Library, 928 476-3678, for more details.
Dog walk benefits humane society on Oct. 13
The Blue's Dog Walk will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at the Pine Trailhead. Pick up your entry form at Blue's Gallery in Pine or through the Payson Humane Society. Early registration is $25. You can register at 8 a.m. the day of the walk, but the fee is $30. Children are $15.
Money raised will benefit the Pine Strawberry School and the Payson Humane Society. A registration form is available at this website: http://www.paysonhumanesociety.com/events.htm.
Flu shots will be available at the Senior Center on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. both days. Please call the Thrift Store, (928) 476-4633 to make an appointment.
Business community sponsors festival Oct. 27 and 28
The Fall Festival, sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Business Community, will be at the Pine Community Center on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28.
Fun, games, entertainment, food, a flea market, music, a silent auction and trick and treat for the kids are some of the activities.
Please provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. E-mail email@example.com or call/fax (928) 476-2236.