Final Shop Hop Of The Season Promises Fun For Entire Family

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Kay Foster, volunteer Sharon Weir and blood drive co-coordinator Sheri Earp show off the quilt won by Foster at the Pine Blood Drive on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The beautiful quilt was donated by B J Mish from The Quilt Shop in Pine.

The all-night symphonies may have ceased, but the Pine elk population is still very active. If you are an early riser, you’ve probably been treated to a recent visit as the cows and their babies resume their heavy grazing schedule in anticipation of the cooler weather.

No matter how well we reinforce our garden — this is the time of the year they always seem to find a way to get in and help us finish off the last of the harvest.

The mornings may be chilly, but fall events are just warming up in our community.

The Second Saturday Shop Hop takes place Oct. 11 and promises fun for the entire family. The participating shops have several kid-friendly events scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Some of the highlights taking place at Myra’s Gallery include a Charlie Brown Fun Day with mural painting and a “walking through paint” opportunity. As I listened to Myra’s enthusiastic description of the scheduled activities I couldn’t help getting caught up in the excitement. Beverly Bear will be reading her true-life adventure “Strawberry Finds A Home” at 11 a.m. and again at 4 p.m., and then she will be signing books for anyone interested in purchasing this endearing hometown story. There will be artist demonstrations including how to create photo montages and silver-smithing. Silent auctions will include paintings by Bill Ahrendt and Myra Kraemer, as well as a beautiful hand-stitched quilt from Olive Leah Poisall of Winslow. The auctions will benefit the kids with special needs at Pine-Strawberry School and Pine Business Community. Live music by “Trouble in Paradise” begins at 3 p.m.

At Pine by Design you can choose a pumpkin to purchase and decorate, help build a scarecrow (and maybe even win it), participate in games, or have your picture taken with a llama. If you are looking for quality infant and toddler costumes there will be many unique homemade items available for sale.

The Crystal Lotus Gallery will host free games and offer face painting, refreshments, music and prizes.

The Old Settler’s Shops include Carol’s Country Crafts, Visions Speaking Rock Shop & Emporium and The Quilt Shop. In addition to great shopping opportunities, you can watch Dynamite Sports perform gymnastics throughout the day.

Bring your children to Pine Country Antiques between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. so they can learn to knit. Grab bags full of tasty treats will also be available.

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities for you and your family to spend the entire day enjoying the friendly Pine community. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and will last well into the evening.

For the exact time of specific events, feel free to stop by any of the shops listed and pick up a flier or give them a call for more details.

This will be the last Shop Hop of the season, so don’t miss out!

PSWID meeting

For those who are interested in keeping up with the latest news regarding water for our communities, the next scheduled meeting of the PSWID Board of Directors will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct.16 at the Pine Cultural Center. A copy of the legal notice and agenda will be posted at the Pine Post Office, Pine Library, and Strawberry Market several days prior to the meeting.

PSFR news

You may have received a letter recently from Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. (PSFR) seeking donations. This nonprofit group is dedicated to protecting our communities and homes by increasing awareness about the importance of reducing the excess fuels surrounding us.

By partnering with Gila County, the U.S. Forest Service, the Pine Strawberry Fire Department and many others, PSFR seeks to educate our community about the resources available to create a safer, fire-wise environment.

Their current project, set to begin in mid-October, is a new ramada at the Pine Community Center. The ramada will be constructed from small logs thinned from our own forests — a great example of how the program benefits us all.

If you would like to support this effort, you may donate to: PSFR, Inc., P.O. Box 961, Pine, AZ 85544 — 100 percent of your tax-deductible gift goes to the ongoing projects.

Library events

If you enjoy reading as much as my family does, then you already know what a great resource the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library is. It’s amazing how they manage to offer such a great selection of material in so small a space.

One way we can support the library’s efforts is to purchase a box of See’s Candy during their pre-holiday fund-raiser. Just stop in the library before Wednesday, Oct. 15 to place your prepaid order. The candy will arrive Saturday, Nov. 15 just in time for gift giving.

All proceeds will go toward purchasing additional materials for the library.

Future events

Blue’s Gallery will host its 2nd Annual “Blue’s Dog Walk” Saturday, Oct. 18 to benefit the Payson Humane Society. Registration fees are $25 in advance or $35 the day of the event for adults and $15 for children. Entry forms are available at Blues Gallery, Moose Mountain or Massage Therapy and Yoga. Participants should meet at the Pine Trailhead at 8 a.m. — the walk begins at 9 a.m. All registrants will receive a T-shirt, Frisbee, dog bag and other goodies.

The Ranch at Fossil Creek will host many exciting events including tractor-pull hayrides, a petting zoo, spooky llama walks, game booths, music and plenty of tasty food from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. Admission is free and all proceeds from the games and food sales will go to benefit the Pine-Strawberry School band and student council, Strawberry Elite and Payson Community Kids. The Ranch is located located at 10379 W. Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry (about 3-1/2 miles from the Strawberry Lodge).

If you have questions, you can contact Joyce at (928) 476-5178 or e-mail info@ranchatfossilcreek.com.

Be sure to mark your calendars now for the annual Fall Festival at the Pine-Strawberry School. The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 30 at the school gymnasium. As always, it promises to be a fun-filled event for all ages.

Finally, I want to thank Kay Foster for helping me to step in and take over with such ease. She has done a great job and I know I speak for the community in wishing her well in any future endeavors.

I encourage you all to feel free to contact me if you have an up-coming event in Pine or Strawberry that you would like to announce. You can e-mail me at smithster5@msn.com or call (928) 476-3561.

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