Toe tappin', beaming smiles and impromptu dancing highlighted the April 16 Fiddlers Jam held at the Pine Cultural Center.
Musicians Barbara and Chuck Casey of "Trouble in Paradise," local Realtor, Frank Allen and Arvid Thompson entertained with some of the best music I've been fortunate enough to listen to.
The group keeps a light banter among themselves while playing a wide range of songs including requests from the crowd.
Among the highlights of the afternoon was a duel of the fiddlers, who played with increasing speed, while the guitars kept the pace. The crowd stood and cheered, loving every minute of it.
Their rendition of "Faded Love" brought goosebumps and dampened the eyes of those in the audience.
Make it a priority to attend one of the sessions -- you won't regret it.
It's a chance to meet old friends, make new ones and enjoy fine musical entertainment.
The Fiddlers Jam is held the third Wednesday of the month at the Pine Cultural Center in Pine beginning at l p.m. Admission is free.
Fun times at the PS Senior Center
It's obvious a myriad of dedicated volunteers make the Pine Strawberry Senior Center an enjoyable place to visit. Following last week's Fiddlers Jam, the volunteers organized a delightful ice cream social for all to enjoy.
Among the other offerings members enjoy are a variety of card games. Poker is played on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Canasta is played on Tuesdays. Pinochle will begin later this summer on Wednesdays.
Also, the dining room is open Monday through Friday serving hot lunches and a salad bar. The cost is $4. For those who need lunch delivered, Meals on Wheels will do so for an additional charge of 50 cents.
Please notify the senior room a day before dining.
Another important part of the Senior Center is the thrift store. New items arrive every day and the volunteers work hard to make sure they are in the store at a fair price and in good condition.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
In addition to the serving of meals, card games and the thrift store, other activities are scheduled for the remainder of the year. Among them will be the sale of delicious Navajo tacos over Memorial Day weekend. Also on sale will be ice cream sundaes and apple pie on a taco with ice cream. Later in the summer, the group will sponsor the Chili Challenge and the Salsa Challenge.
If the Senior Center sounds like "your kind of place," you're invited to check it out. Dues are only $5 per year.
The Pine Senior Center is located at Highway 87 and Randall Place. To contact the dining room Monday through Friday, for Meals on Wheels delivery or to volunteer, call manager Bill Thompson at (928) 476-215. The thrift store can be reached at (928) 476-4633.
Church on Randall Place to offer community service
Church on Randall Place pastor John Lake has a free chores service that will be available April 28 through May 2. It involves Lake and his congregation hosting visitors from "Campers on Mission."
The campers will team up with church members to perform community service projects for those in need of help.
They'll do chores like yard work (fire prevention), light maintenance, painting and other tasks. In addition, they will be available to give caregivers some time off by sitting with loved ones.
Lake says the group's plan is to form teams, which will allow them to take on and accomplish a multitude of tasks.
The work assignments will be put together soon.
If you can use this service, or know of someone who needs help, call Lake at (928) 476-4249.
Lake says he would like to make this opportunity available to as many people as possible. The services are free.
New date for drawing class
The date of the second drawing class for home-schooled children has changed from April 18 to May 2. The class will be held in the Pine library activity room from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The class is free, but enrollment is limited to 25 students. To enroll your home-schooled child, call the library, (928) 476-3678, or stop by the library at 6124 Randall Road in Pine.
Pirates, Dorothy and Alice; what gives?
Mark your calendar May 8 to attend the spring play performance at the Pine Cultural Hall.
The Pine library is partnering with the Pine-Strawberry School to present two plays for our pleasure. Sandy Carver, youth program coordinator at Pine library will direct actors from PS Junior High in a one-act version of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." Artists from grades one through five, under the direction of Patty Lawrence from PS School, will perform a musical titled "When Dorothy Meets Alice." Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" meets Alice from "Alice in Wonderland."
Curtain time is 6 p.m. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.