All who participated June 14 in the Justice McNeeley Foundation benefit at Rimside Grill enjoyed a day of old-fashioned, small-town camaraderie.
The day tipped off at 10 a.m. with an ATV poker ride that drew 76 riders.
After a long, dusty ride to near Twin Buttes, the riders returned to the restaurant for a peek at their poker hands. With a full house, Cindy Didomenico took the first prize of $100, which she graciously donated back to the McNeeley Foundation.
In the afternoon at Rimside, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, live auctions, raffles and music by Rockin' Ron Gibson kept everyone entertained.
Of course, the boy who the event is named for was on hand most of the afternoon meeting and greeting visitors.
Preliminary estimates are that the benefit earned more than $8,100 for the foundation.
Event organizer Katie Parks called the benefit an overwhelming success thanks to the many volunteers who helped out and to the businesspersons who donated prizes.
Bob and Cindy Maack are hosting a "Let's Get Trashed" party from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., July 12 at their home located at 6519 Crestview Drive.
The party is to pick up the litter that is an eyesore in the forests. A prize will be awarded for most litter brought back to the Dumpster. A barbecue lunch, complete with a keg of beer, will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants must present littler to eat, drink and be merry.
If you own an ATV, bring it along for forest transportation. The Ponderosa Market sponsors the event.
Busy week in Pine
Busy summer weekends are just a part oflife in the Rim Country, but check out the calendar and look what's coming up during the week.
Singing in the Pines begins at 6 p.m., June 21 at the Pine Cultural Hall.
The monthly Pine Strawberry Fire Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., June 25 at the Pine fire station. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Results of the Library Community Survey will be made public at 5 p.m., June 26 at the library activity room. It should be interesting to learn what friends and neighbors think about our library and what direction should be taken.
The Northern Arizona University Traveling Arthropod Bug Show presented by NAU entomologist Robert Delph will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, June 27 in the Pine library activity room.
The presentation is part of the summer reading program, "Catch the Reading Bug."
Sandy Carver, Pine library youth program coordinator, touts this as the "biggest event of the summer reading program."
Remember the food bank
Remember, we need to support the food bank. Lisa Sieracki of the Pine Strawberry Fire Department tells us the stock is running low and many people in our area rely on this aid. So, please, grab a can or two of food and drop it off at either the Pine Fire Station administration building or the Strawberry Fire Station. Help out our neighbors. It's a good thing.
Summer program at Pine library
Thanks to generous donations, and the dedication of the Pine library staff, local children will be able to participate in a summer program that rivals those offered by many larger libraries.
The summer reading program "Catch the Reading Bug" begins today from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and continues June 27, July 11 and 18, in the Pine library activity room. The fun and educational activities will include the NAU Traveling Arthropod Bug Show, the Creepy Crawly Bug Café, jitterbug lessons and more.
Pre-school story time, for children between 2 and 5 years old, will be every Wednesday morning beginning at 10:15 a.m.
Movie Madness will feature a great family movie every Thursday morning at 11.
Drama workshops will be held at the library activity room every Thursday. The workshop for grades 6 to 8 is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m., and the workshop for grades K to 5, is from 3 to 4 p.m.
Wii gaming will be available at the Pine library from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays.
A summer strings program will also be offered. Children ages 5 to 7 can receive violin instruction and check out a junior violin for the summer free. Enroll your child at the Pine library.
Donate to the Pine-Strawberry Clinic
We are fortunate to have a medical facility close and available to us in our small community. Now is the time to show our appreciation by helping out.
The Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic Board is also seeking donations, to assist with clinic maintenance and renovations. A full new flooring system was recently installed.
The board is also looking to purchaseew computers for the facility. Some interior modifications are needed,o allow foretter patient confidentiality.
Any donations are fully tax-deductible, as the clinic board is a 501-C3 tax-exempt organization. Donations can be sent toine-Strawberry Health Services, Inc., P.O. Box 270, Pine, AZ 85544.
Library Summer Children's Program coming in July
- 28th Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Show: July 4-6, Pine-Strawberry Community Center
- Pine Library Friends Book Sale: July 4-6, library activity room
- Fiddlers Jam: July 16, Pine-Strawberry Community Center
- Pine Library Summer Reading Program Reward Luncheon and Creepy Crawly Bug Café: 10:30 a.m. to noon in the library activity room
- Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic Board of Directors annual meeting, 10 a.m., July 19, Pine Fire Station board room.