Cori Richman of Blue’s Gallery would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in the Second Annual Blue’s Dog Walk. The walk and subsequent events were a giant success — topping last year’s efforts to raise money for the Payson Humane Society. It’s nice to know that even the current economic uncertainty isn’t keeping folks from supporting this worthwhile cause.
This is your last chance to get up close and personal with a llama while helping raise funds for some very worthy causes. The Ranch at Fossil Creek is hosting many exciting activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Tractor-pull hayrides, a petting zoo, spooky llama walks, game booths, music and plenty of tasty food are some of the things you can enjoy. Admission is free, with all proceeds from the games and food sales going to benefit the Pine-Strawberry School band and student council, Strawberry Elite and Payson Community Kids. The Ranch is located at 10379 W. Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry (about 3 1/2 miles from the Strawberry Lodge). Questions? Contact Joyce at (928) 476-5178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s less than a week to go until the annual Fall Festival at the Pine Strawberry School gymnasium. This year’s event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 so you can still attend your favorite Halloween activity on Friday!
There will be plenty of good food available at great prices, so come early and feed the entire family. Highlights include numerous carnival games, face painting, petting zoo and cake walks. Don’t miss the costume contest at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the games and activities are only 50 cents each — you can pick them up in advance at the office or at the entrance to the gymnasium on the night of the festival. Most games can be played for 2-3 tickets, so the event is very reasonably priced and kids of all ages are assured plenty of fun.
This annual festival is put on by the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders to benefit the end of the year trip for the outgoing students. It gives the kids an opportunity to learn about working in committees, organizing and implementing their ideas, while giving them a chance to develop leadership skills. This is a safe, inexpensive and, most of all, fun tradition for many families in our community, so if you’ve never attended before, why not start a new tradition with your family!
Lisa Seracki of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department has begun accepting donations for the Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Dinner. While all donations are welcome, they could really use some turkeys. You can drop your turkey off at either the Strawberry or Pine Fire Station at your convenience. The food bank blesses so many people in our community, we are grateful for their presence. So if you have been blessed this season with enough for your own family, please consider those who are less fortunate.
Speaking of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department — they provide many wonderful community services to our residents. After the recent strong winds, we spent the weekend raking huge piles of pine needles that blanketed our property. The needles are especially dangerous because they burn easily and can allow a small spark to ignite, then jump to shrubs and trees. The fire department’s Web site recommends that you keep at least 30 feet of defensible space around your home. So what do you do with all those pine needles? Did you know that the fire department will pick them up free of charge? All you need to do is rake them into a pile near the roadside where the bobcat can get to them. Leaves and pinecones should be bagged, but the needles can be piled loose along with branches and small-sized logs. The pick-up occurs Monday through Wednesday on an eight-zone rotating schedule — there is no need to call and notify them unless you live off the beaten track. Be sure to fill out the community worksheet they leave, or call Lisa at (928) 476-4272 so that they are able to verify the hours which justify the grants necessary to support this effort.
This service is for private citizens only, not contractors, and there are a few limitations, so be sure to go their Web site — www.pine-strawberryfire.com —to learn more. We have taken advantage of this worthwhile program and recommend it highly.
If you would rather not wait for the rotating pick-up to come to your area, you can take advantage of the RPAP (Regional Payson Area Project) brush pit on the Control Road by hauling debris yourself. The brush pit is open most Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Because our property was quite run over with trees, shrubs and debris when we bought it, we have hauled many truckloads to the pit and found the volunteers there to be very helpful and accommodating.
The brush pit cannot accept garbage of any kind, so anything that is bagged will have to be dumped out at the location. If you have questions about this program, contact Regional Coordinator Chuck Jacobs at (928) 468-8694.
Last, another service offered by the PSFD is a fire hazard property assessment. The department will send trained personnel to come to your house and assess your surroundings to determine any potential fire risks. They then discuss possible solutions so that you are able to resolve the issues. To schedule your assessment, call Lisa and she will direct you to the proper personnel.
Walt Smith reports that, although much work has been done on the ramada, they are still looking for volunteers to assist in the continuing construction. You can call Walt at 476-3587 if you are interested in helping.
The DPS Quilt Angels Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild is again sponsoring the Tellabration event this year. It will be held Nov. 22 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. The storytellers are fantastic and the dinner before the storytelling is wonderful. The proceeds will benefit our local food bank. Tickets go on sale at Sunny Mountain Realty Nov. 1. Dinner tickets are limited and can be purchased for $25 — the tickets for the performance of the eight storytellers are only $5 each! Tickets for the performance will also be sold at the door and the organizers are asking people to bring a can of food for the food bank. I will be posting times and more details for the event as they become available, but I know that many of you have been anxiously waiting to hear about this very special performance.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will be selling a variety of See’s candy bars at the front counter starting Tuesday, Oct. 28. Each bar sells for $1.50 and all proceeds will go toward purchasing needed library materials.