Saddle up, buckle up and hold on. The upcoming weekend has all the makings of becoming one of the busiest of all Memorial Day holidays.
Weekend events include art and crafts, a book sale, yard sale, a pancake breakfast, raffles and great food and drink opportunities.
And of course there's plenty of time for hikes, picnics, sightseeing and possibly ATV or horseback rides in the cool mountain pines. Most importantly, the atmosphere in Pine-Strawberry is inviting because it is always one of good, old-fashioned smalltown camaraderie.
So, kick back and enjoy the holiday festivities and possibly make a new friend or two.
Naked sale to spice up holiday
Among the events taking place this weekend is the annual yard sale sponsored by the Riff Raff Club of Pine Strawberry.
The sale will be held at the Ponderosa Market parking lot on Highway 87 in Pine. The hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 24 and on May 25 it will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early birds are welcome.
Riff Raff is tagging the yard sale a provocative "naked" one because there will be no clothes offered for sale, just good, useable items. Proceeds from the sale benefit both our communities. Raffle tickets will be available at the yard sale for a Char-broil Bar-B-Q outdoor cooker.
Tickets are $5 each or buy two for $10 and get a third one free.
If you have items you would like to donate, they can be dropped off at the Ponderosa Market parking lot the morning of the yard sale. For pick-up of larger items, call Jerry Nader at (928) 476-2195, or Jim MacLean at (928) 476-3250.
While you are out-and-about this weekend, stop by and browse through the items -- you never know what gem you might come across.
Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival
The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild will host the Annual P-S Arts and Crafts Festival May 24 to 26 at the Pine Community Center.
Vendors from Arizona and out of state will be offering wares to tempt the most discriminating of tastes. Stop by the arts and crafts boutique for that special item you've always been looking for.
I mistakenly wrote last week the arts and crafts was a new offering. However, that was a faux pas -- the boutique has been a part of the festival for quite some time.
Good food and drinks will be available to keep the body running full tilt for the two days of walking, browsing and buying.
Profits from vendor rental fees are contributed to local organizations and charities.
Book sale and raffle
Pine Library Friends is sponsoring a book sale and raffle May 23 to 25 in the Library Activity Room located behind the Community Center in Pine.
The raffle, to be held May 25, includes quilts and a hand-quilted wall hanging.
Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10 and may be purchased at the library or from a Library Friends member.
Stop by and support our local library.
School board tables two purchases
The Pine-Strawberry school board, at its May 13 meeting, tabled the purchase of a new school bus and the awarding of a flooring installation contract until the June 9 meeting.
The board also approved a revision of the 2007-2008 budget and was told by superintendent/principal Mike Clark that the proposed budget for the next school year will be presented at the July 14 meeting.
In light of Arizona's budget shortfall and expected 10-percent cuts in school funding, Clark faces the daunting challenge of trying to maintain programs and staff with possibly less money.
Until the legislature makes children and public education a priority, uncovering enough funds to successfully run schools is a problem Clark and administrators from around the state will always face.
The board also approved the hiring of Vicki West as a food service employee and okayed Holly Heintz to be a middle school language arts teacher.
The Strawberry Patchers 12th Annual Quilt Show is June 6 to 8 at Pine Strawberry Community Center (PSCC).
The annual Strawberry Festival is June 7 and 8 at PSCC.
The Justice McNeeley Foundation 2008 Annual Quad Run happens June 14 starting at the Rimside Grill in Pine.
June 18 is the monthly Fiddlers Jam at PSCC.
Becky Waer will deliver the Library Community Survey results at 5 p.m., June 26 in the Library Activity Room.