Chair-Ish Auction Benefits Pine Library

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A huge turnout for the Chair-ish Auction would be a strapping show of support for the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library and its mission to supply our residents with access to intellectual, cultural and recreational resources.

The annual auction, which is sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Take Pride Project, begins at 4 p.m., Aug. 2 at the Pine Community Center.

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Gloria Fohr and Katie Calderon show one of the quilts and chairs that will be auctioned at Take Pride's upcoming Chair-ish benefit.

For those not familiar with the benefit, it is actually a live auction featuring chairs cleverly and expertly designed by local artists.

Each chair traditionally has a theme, many of which are unique.

One available this year is themed Wizard of Oz and another is a John Deere set. Also, there is a red hat theme and a child's rocker that is a replica of one in Thomas Jefferson's home.

Katie Calderon, who chairs the benefit, says many of the restored chairs are rescue furniture that have been found at yard sales, in basements and attics.

Local Realtor Frank Allen will handle auctioneer duties.

The ever-popular Chuck and Barbara Casey of "Trouble in Paradise" are primed to entertain the crowd with their variety of toe-tapping tunes.

Also on the event agenda is a silent auction featuring beautiful stained glass art pieces from local artisans.

The DPS Quilt Angels have donated one of their gorgeous quilts to raffle off.

Rendering the evening even more festive are the delicious hors d'oeuvres, finger foods and desserts that will be served.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 and are available at the Pine library, ERA Young Realty in Pine, Sunny Mountain Realty, Bishop Realty and Ponderosa Market or from any Take Pride member. For those latecomers who wait to purchase tickets at the door, they are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

So, swell up your chest with pride and take a few hours to enjoy this community benefit.

And when you're there, don't forget to thank Calderon and her fellow Take Pride members for their unwavering commitment to our communities.

Summer vacation movie madness

The library is offering weekly movies to assure that area youngsters enjoy a great summer and possibly give mom a breather. The movies are shown Thursday morning's beginning at 11 a.m. Seating is on the floor, so children are asked to bring a pillow to make themselves comfortable. The library provides refreshments. Only two more movies are scheduled for July: Disney's "Cory in the House," July 17, rated TV G and Janette Oke's "Love's Abiding Joy," July 24, Rated PG.

Parents are responsible for judging the suitability of these movies for their child.

You've done it again

Residents have come through again. After I wrote recently in my column that the food bank shelves were running low, locals responded with an outpouring of generosity.

Lisa Sieracki of the Pine Strawberry Fire Department would like to thank everyone for their donations.

Sieracki said, "We have had a great response. It is great to know our neighbors and friends come to our aid when needed."

So give yourself a pat on the back for your generosity and caring. Remember, the food bank can always use donations. Take a few minutes to look in the pantry --here are probably a couple of extra cans of food you can spare.

Pine has paper recycling

It really doesn't take much to make me happy. When I learned we could recycle paper in Pine it made my day. I'm sure it made by husband happy, too. One of his pet peeves is getting ready to load something in the back of my Explorer only to find it is filled with newspapers to take to Payson for the recycle bin.

Now there is a paper-recycling container, provided by Gila County, located at the southeast end of the Pine-Strawberry school ground. The container is along the outside of the fence east of the basketball court and pavilion.

The container may be used by anyone to dispose of paper or cardboard, etc., for recycling.

Remember, this is a recycling bin, not a trash container.

Creepy Crawly Bug Cafe

We have a new cafe in Pine. True, it will only be open for one meal, but what a special lunch that will be.

The July 18 meal will be served as a reward luncheon at the Creepy Crawly Bug Cafe in the library activity room. It coincides with the conclusion of the summer reading program, "Catch the Reading Bug." The chefs will be the participants in the summer reading program and their menu will feature delectable culinary delights including Caterpillar Cocoons, Ants on a Log, Ritzy Spiders, Dirt Worm Farms and Mosquito Juice. Wonder if Food Network is ready for this?

Join Heroes for Life

Heroes for Life members donate blood at least three times a year. By donating three times in a 12-month period, you are helping to greatly increase the blood supply and improve patient care.

The next Pine-Strawberry blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 15 at the First Baptist Church gym on Highway 87 in Pine.

You can pre-register by visiting the Web site, www.BloodHero.com sponsor code "pinest" or call Sheri Earp, (928) 476-3655.

All donors will be entered to win a new 2008 Saturn of their choice. Donors must be 18 years of age to participate.

School gears up for new year

Seems it was only a few days ago we were planning for children's summer break from school.

But time has flown by and the first day of school is just over the horizon for Pine Strawberry Elementary students. Classes begin July 28 for kindergarten through eighth grade. Pre-kindergarten will begin Aug. 12.

During the summer months, crews were kept busy installing new carpet and vinyl tile throughout the school and painting interior walls.

Also, all the lighting fixtures and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls have been upgraded which should result in an estimated savings of $14,615 per year in utility costs. Those upgrades were made possible by a School Facilities Board grant the school received last spring.

Most importantly on the school scene is the trio of new teachers who will join the faculty this year. Holly Heintz will teach middle school language arts, David Crane is set to teach fifth grade and Candi Paine will take over pre-kindergarten classes.

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