If you don’t already have plans for tonight, head over to the First Baptist Church in Pine to hear the Pearce Family Bluegrass Band. They will be playing their special Christian bluegrass music beginning at 7 p.m. This lively event is co-sponsored by the Church on Randall Place, the First Baptist Church of Pine and Strawberry Chapel in the Pines. You can call any of the three church offices for more information.
Are you interested in eating healthier, saving money by buying bulk, and/or storing foods for emergency situations? Then you’ll be happy to know about a newly organized food co-op. The co-op is open to anyone in the Rim Country and there are no fees or special requirements to join or order. The Oregon-based company Azure Standard has added Payson as a drop site after several local families requested being included in their Arizona route. If you would like to learn more about the Rim Country Co-op call Lynn Johns at (928) 468-4022.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library has many upcoming activities scheduled for February including the weekly pre-school story time. This month the children will be learning about famous presidents including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Valentine’s, friendship and Arizona statehood. The story time takes place each Wednesday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
The home-school art classes scheduled for February will take place Thursday, Feb. 12 and again on Feb. 26 in the Pine activity room. These free classes are taught by Robyn Bossert, and are held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. To register, call (928)476-3678.
Don’t forget to go to the library at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 to hear Roberta “Punk” Madaras read her new book “Piney V’s Discoveries at the Bark Park.” Parents, that is an early release day from the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School, so be sure to bring your children in to hear this endearing story. Refreshments will be served.
Alice Natale, the “Rim Country Storyteller,” will be treating kids and adults alike to her specially chosen selections at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Alice is the president of the Rim Country Literacy group and is associated with the East Valley Storytellers. If you have never had the privilege of listening to a master storyteller, I encourage you to make a point to attend. This is an opportunity that so many in our modern society have missed out on, yet even tech-savvy youth will enjoy this rare and unique art form.
Science Fair winners
As stated last week, the Science Fair at the Pine Strawberry Elementary School had many interesting projects available for viewing.
Stacy Flanagan, middle school science teacher, did a great job of organizing the event as evidenced by the numerous participants and great exhibits.
After careful judging, the following students were pronounced winners: Third-grade: first place, Brittany Fleming. Second-grade: first place, Foxx Tanner; second place, Benny Abney; third place, Nathan Roeder; fourth place, Linda Lombardi. Fifth-grade: first place, Abby Greenleaf; second place, Cody Wintrich; third place, Chelsea Kempf. Sixth-grade: first place, Michael Uhlig; second place, Nick Schneider; third place, Adam Jergens. Seventh-grade: first place, Sarah Sprinkle; second place, Rachel Davis; third place, Haydn Jergens. Eighth-grade: first place, Kalynn Roggenstein; second place, Xheli Marquis; third place, Joe Davis. Congratulations to the winners and the many participants!