We have been blessed with a reprieve from the incessant heat with some very nice rain and cloud cover this past week. It may not be in the amount that we could use, but it certainly helped!
This Sunday, Aug. 30, Pine by Design invites the surrounding communities to a special ice cream party. You and your family will have an opportunity to make ice cream in a coffee can which is something everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. The main purpose of the party though, is to name the beautifully carved wooden bear that now adorns the entrance to their shop. The party begins at 2 p.m. until approximately 4 p.m. and the winner who chooses the best name will receive a small wooden bear as a prize. If you haven’t seen these adorable carved bears you will definitely want to make an effort to come join the fun — those who have seen them will already be there hoping to be the grand prize winner. Pine by Design is located on Highway 87 at the corner of the Old Country Road.
Labor Day weekend
All of Pine and Strawberry are busy gearing up for the big Labor Day weekend festivities that will be taking place. In Pine there will be a huge Arts and Crafts Festival featuring more than 85 vendors with all types of unique items and yummy food. The Arts and Crafts Show takes place in the heart of Pine at the Community Center from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. If you’ve attended one of these events in the past, then you already know that this is a gathering of one of the most diverse, talented groups of artists and craftsmen around.
Also available those two days is the much-anticipated Pine-Strawberry Fire Department/Strawberry Elites Annual Pancake Breakfast. For $5 you can treat yourself to a delicious “all you can eat” breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Breakfast will be served from 7 until 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday over the Labor Day weekend right in front of the Cultural Hall.
Once you’ve recovered from the all you can eat breakfast, be sure to stop by the Senior Center’s booth where you can get some of their famous Navajo tacos. It sounds like there’s no need to stay home and cook next weekend with all the wonderful foods and entertainment taking place.
The Friends of the Library invite you to their huge Labor Day Book Sale in the library’s activity room on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The book sale always includes a generous supply of books covering all genres, so if you love reading, you won’t want to miss this huge event. The activity room is located right next to the Cultural Hall, so be sure to visit after enjoying your pancake breakfast.
The Friends of the Library also plan to open the Historic Isabelle Hunt Library Gift Shoppe during the Labor Day weekend. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6. The Gift Shoppe features many unique items including beautiful copper or glass Christmas ornaments and all types of games, books and plush toys for children. If you are looking for that special gift item for someone in your family, be sure to stop by the store which is located right next to the Randall House Restaurant in Pine. The building may be small, but you’ll be surprised to see how many beautiful items they have hand selected to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones.
If you visit either the book sale or the gift shop you’ll want to be sure to purchase a raffle ticket to win the special “Book Nook” gift basket. The basket is chock-full of fun items that any dedicated reader will relish. Raffle tickets cost $1 for one ticket or $5 for six.
If reading isn’t your thing, then you may find the Riff Raff Club’s Rifle Raffle more to your taste. In addition to raffling three nice firearms, they will have other items like an electric trolling motor, a load of gravel, and camping gear to name just a few. There are so many prizes you have a great chance of winning something and tickets cost only $1 for one or $5 for six. To purchase tickets talk to any member of the Riff Raff Club or call Jim at (928) 476-3250, Jerry at (928) 476-2195, or Joe at (928) 978-5507. The raffle will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry. The band Junction 87 will be performing at the Chalet from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. that afternoon as well.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library has resumed its after-school program each Thursday from 2:30 until 3:15 p.m. The program takes place at the after-school room and gives kids an opportunity to read stories, play games, participate in arts and crafts and much more.
This month’s theme for the preschool story time at the library is “Apples.” The children will learn about the many different types of apples, how to make applesauce, and all about Johnny Appleseed. The story time takes place at the library each Wednesday between 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. for children 2-1/2 to 5 years of age.
Another session of art classes for home-schooled students begins Thursday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. The classes are held at the library activity room and all materials are provided. Registration is limited to 20 students so sign up soon by stopping by the library or calling (928) 476-3678.
Students at the Pine Strawberry School will bring home progress reports Friday, Sept. 4. There will be no school on the following Monday (Sept. 7) in observance of Labor Day.
The annual Science Fair takes place Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 11 at the school gym. If you haven’t made it down to see the wonderful exhibits the kids do, I encourage you to make it a priority this year. The ideas and displays are quite imaginative.
Student picture taking will take place at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14 in the conference room, so mark your calendars now.
That wraps up a long list of fun things to do in Pine and Strawberry in the following weeks.