If among your enjoyments are sweet fruits, desserts and small-town atmosphere, the Rim Country is the place to be next weekend. That's because, the 18th Annual Strawberry Festival will take place at the Pine-Strawberry Community Center on Highway 87 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 and 8. The admission is free.
The Strawberry Festival has long been a highlight of the summer season with its arts and crafts, food vendors, music, food and games.
Also, Pine and Strawberry restaurants will feature strawberry creations. Fans of antique tractors and classic cars will not want to miss Saturday when the vintage vehicles will be on display at the community center.
Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show
The 12th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilts Show will be June 6 to 8 at the Pine-Strawberry Community Center.
The show attracts top-notch quilters from the Rim Country and around the state. Each year, the show "hangs" over 100 quilts. Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults. Also, there will be a raffle quilt and a marketplace to purchase gifts.
The Strawberry Patchers are a member chapter of the Arizona Quilter Guild.
Blood Drive an overwhelming success
Local Red Cross blood drive coordinator Sheri Earp is extending a heartfelt thank-you to all the donors, volunteers and contributors who participated in the year's second successful drive. Earp says 48 pints of blood were received.
Barb Grill, Bev Snidecor, Los Chevowski, John Wallen and Sharon Weir pitched in by registering donors and serving snacks and drinks. DJ Craig contributed to the relaxed atmosphere by spinning some of his well chosen tunes. Contributors included Safeway, Ponderosa Market, Sunny Mountain Realty, Pine Deli, Uncle Tom's Kwik Stop, Brooke Utilities and Gerry Amavisca. Drive participants were entered in a raffle that had as a prize a beautiful quilt donated by the DPS Quilt Angels. The lucky recipient was Bob Maack.
Library summer children's program
The much-anticipated summer break is upon us and it will be only a few days before the inevitable, "Mom I'm bored syndrome" will rear its ugly head. There's relief, however. Thanks to your generous donations, area youngsters will be able to alleviate their doldrums by taking advantage of an outstanding summer program sponsored by the Pine Library.
The summer reading program "Catch the Reading Bug" will be 10:30 a.m. to noon, June 20, 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 2 to 5 years, will be every Wednesday morning beginning at 10:15 a.m.
Movie Madness will feature a great family movie every Thursday morning at 11 a.m.
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 for grades K to 5, the workshop is 3 to 4 p.m.
Wii gaming will be available at the Pine Library 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
A Summer Strings program will also be offered. Children ages 5 to 7 years can receive violin instruction and check out a junior violin for the summer free. Enroll your child at the Pine Library.
Ira Gibel, safety officer of our local Search and Rescue Squad and a Red Cross Certified Instructor in first aid and CPR says openings are available in the next CPR class.
The class will be held 5 to 9 p.m. June 18 in Gibel's home in Portals III. The class will be geared to beginners or for those needing recertification. The cost is $20 which includes a copy of American Red Cross manual for CPR, breathing barriers, gloves, certified American Red Cross Card and the use of fire department manikins. Call Gibel at 476-5109 for more information.
Justice McNeely Foundation Quad Run
Mark June 14 as a day of Rim Country fun. The annual Justice McNeely Foundation quad/poker run will be held at the Rimside Grill, 3270 N. Highway 87 in Pine.
In addition to the poker run, a volleyball tournament, horseshoe tournament, 50/50 drawing and a live auction are on the agenda.
Begin your day with a $3.25 breakfast to be served from 7 to 9 a.m. Contestants in the poker run may sign in at 9:30 for the 10 a.m. departure. Prizes will be awarded for the best and second best poker hands.
A volleyball tournament featuring four players to a team will be held from 3-6 p.m. A cash prize for the winning team has been donated by Hat Creek Electric.
If horseshoes are your game, take part in the tournament from 3 to 6 p.m. A live auction is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. with great items generously donated by local merchants and residents.
To add to the festive atmosphere, live music will be provided by the Rockin' Ron Gibson Band. The Justice McNeely Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance to local area children with medical needs or expenses. Call (928) 476-4416 for more information.
Take Pride apology
Recently, I received a communication from Ira Gibel, president of the Take Pride Project in Pine and Strawberry and am passing it on to our readers.
We have all enjoyed endeavors of the group. Projects have included the park in Strawberry, welcome signs in Pine and Strawberry, the bus shelter at Pine Strawberry School, electrical upgrades at the senior center ramada, outdoor Christmas lights in Pine and members are seen directing traffic and lending a helping hand at other local charitable functions.
It seems a mistake was made by our local Take Pride Project which has created some ill feelings. In an effort to rectify the problems, Gibel writes:
"The Take Pride Project in Pine and Strawberry had to, unfortunately, revoke a donation to another community charitable group because the funding did not meet the mission statement of Take Pride which is, "To maintain and improve the public buildings, monuments and works or to add to the beauty of the towns of Pine and Strawberry, Arizona." As president of Take Pride, I take full responsibility and am sorry for the ill feelings that were fostered by our blunder."