The atmosphere Sept. 7 at Sidewinders Saloon should be one of small town camaraderie, fellowship and good will.
The air of beneficence will be due to the presence of Pine-Strawberry Riff Raff Club members who will be hosting a raffle and potluck to benefit a local man in need of wheelchair equipment.
The benefit raffle will kick off at 3 p.m. with plenty of quality merchandise as prizes.
Riff Raff Club co-chairman Jim Maclean says raffle items include a Winchester Model 12 pump shotgun, Winchester Model 50 automatic shotgun and a Henry .22 caliber level action carbine.
My husband, an avid quail hunter, says the Model 12 is the most popular hammerless shotgun made by Winchester and the Model 50 is as good an autoloader as has ever been made.
He calls the Henry .22 -- a classic, Western-style rifle -- one of the most popular on the market.
Also, there will be camping equipment including a tent, sleeping bags, stove, table, ice chest and gift certificates.
If enough money is raised, some funds could be used for other community services, Maclean said.
Raffle tickets, priced at $1 each or six for $5, may be purchased from any Riff Raff Club member. They also will be on sale the day of the raffle. Winners need not be present.
Rendering the event even more worthwhile will be the potluck lunch that will be served.
If you are not familiar with Riff Raff, they are an informal crew of good guys and gals with only one membership requirement, buy a ball cap or T-shirt from another member. They hold meetings only when necessary and can be counted on to always help neighbors in need.
In past years, the club has supplied Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families, once helped pay the medical expenses of a stricken Rim Country resident and purchased a wheelchair for a man in need.
For more information, call raffle chairman Joe Duffy at (928) 476-2927.
Rural schools often face daunting problems that their city cousins never have to deal with.
Money for classroom supplies can be hard to come by, offering advanced courses is a problem because of too few students, textbooks are often antiquated and teachers struggle to stay up while preparing lessons for several grade levels. Also, finding quality teachers in the sciences, math and special education can be a problem.
Thankfully, our school has met and overcome most all those challenges. In Pine-Strawberry School most classes are smaller and more intimate than those in city schools, teachers understand the lives of the students and principal Mike Clark has proven he is open and accountable to parents.
We should all be thankful for the quality school we have in our tiny mountain hamlets.
A good way for parents to stay updated on what is going on at the school is the Edline link. It is an online tool for those who want to stay current.
Edline will guide users to the school calendar, breakfast/lunch menus and specific grade level sites that will allow parents and students to review grades and homework assignments. The sites are password protected.
Proponents of Edline-like services say they help parents and teachers stay in touch by giving parents a simple way of maintaining communication with their children's teachers.
On the school's Edline calendar of upcoming events is a governing board meeting at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8 and volleyball and football games against Camp Verde (Sept. 9) and Oak Creek (Sept. 11).
Also on the calendar is an early release day on Sept. 24 and the end of the first quarter is Sept. 26. No lunches will be served on the early release day.
For more information, call the school at (928) 476-3283.
Pine post office box holders should have received by now a Community Educational, Recreational and Civic Association (CERCA) of Pine-Strawberry membership application.
CERCA is responsible for the Cultural Hall, which was in 2005 placed on the National Historic Site.
Dues enable CERCA to maintain and operate the historic community property. Dues are $20 per year.
Currently CERCA is wrapping up plans to build a new 32-by-64-foot ramada at the Cultural Hall. The ramada will be made of round wood logs and have a metal roof.
CERCA has received grants of $47,000 to build the facility, but volunteers of labor, materials and equipment are needed.
Former full-time teacher to head art class
Former Payson district teacher Robyn Bossert will teach a series of six art classes for home-schooled students.
The classes will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Nov. 25 in the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Activity Room.
The classes are free, but enrollment is limited to 20 students on a first-come, first-served basis. When registering, students must sign up for all six classes.
Although Robyn has stepped away from teaching in favor of a real estate career, she continues to teach part time at schools in both Payson and Pine.
She is known for her creativity and art expertise, which should result in the upcoming classes, being both meaningful and worthwhile.
Registration may be completed at the library or by calling (928) 476-3678.
Library to grow?
A library expansion exploratory committee is now being formed.
Although our library does a tremendous job of providing a collection of broadly based materials of stimulus, interest and benefit to all ages and abilities, including the students of the Pine-Strawberry School, it is obvious the facility needs to expand in order to increase the resources available
Anyone interested in serving on the committee should call (928) 474-3678 or e-mail Becky Waer at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food bank, library help at Bashas'
Link your Bashas' Thank You card to a pair of five-digit numbers and you'll be lending a helping hand to the local food bank and the Pine-Strawberry library.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library's ID number is 23302 and the P/S Food Bank is 28855.
All shoppers need do is give the recipient ID number to the clerk upon checkout and it will be linked to the card. It is only necessary to do it once and you may have up to three groups designated on the card.
Even if you participated last year, it is necessary to re-link the group IDs to your Bashas' card this year or purchases will not count.
After March 31, when the program ends, Bashas' will donate 1 percent of the total sales linked to each group's ID number. Participating groups can earn up to a $5,000 donation.
If you choose to have more than one group on your card, the donations will be equally divided.
The important part of the program is to write the donation numbers down and be sure to link them to your card.
Giving doesn't cost and it will swell your chest with pride knowing you helped out.
Pine-Strawberry writer needed
If you would like to write the Pine Strawberry Around the Rim column lets us know.
Kay Foster, who has been writing the column, will be giving it up in the near future and the Roundup needs a new columnist.
If you are interested in writing the column, contact Tom Brossart, editor, at (928) 474-5251, ext 115, or by e-mail at email@example.com.