Pine and Strawberry are definitely the places to be next weekend. The Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show, Strawberry Festival and Strawberry Valley Blues Festival are all taking place, promising a fun-filled time for the whole family.
The Patchers are hosting their famous Quilt Extravaganza Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 12-14, in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center. Beginning at 10 a.m. each day there will be over a hundred quilts for viewing and several wonderful items for sale both at the hall and in the library activity room where you’ll find everything you need relating to quilting, plus some special vendors too.
Do you have a quilt you’d like to know more about? Karen Hausner will be available all three days to provide information about the history and value of your items.
Meanwhile, the Strawberry Festival will be taking place on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Many folks look forward to this event every year and it’s no wonder why.
The festival is held at the community center in the heart of Pine and includes 76 vendors providing crafts, food and several other special products, plus pony rides and a jump castle for the kids. If you like strawberries, you’ll love the amazing variety of tasty treats available.
If you like to listen to the blues, you won’t want to miss the Strawberry Valley Blues Festival taking place down Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry.
Camping and workshops begin Friday, and the live performances will take place Saturday, June 13 beginning at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday there will be local praise bands playing from 9 a.m. until noon, followed by many talented performers. Tickets are $15 for adults or $25 for both days, and $10 for children up to 18 years old. Children 12 and under are admitted free. To view a list of the performers or for more information, visit the Web site at www.strawberryvalleyblues.com.
I’ve noticed many weekend visitors are up working on their properties lately. That’s a good thing, because it means the word is getting out regarding the brush removal program and property owners are taking the initiative to clear their personal zones.
The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee oversees the brush removal program in the area and they are doing everything possible to ensure that our communities remain as safe as possible from fire danger.
Promoting historic roots
Have you been wondering how you can help promote Pine and Strawberry’s historic roots? Well one very good way is to become an annual member of the Pine-Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society.
During the current membership drive, PSAHS has reduced its family memberships to only $15 and its business memberships to $25.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day and your membership helps to cover the cost of keeping our towns’ heritage accessible to the public.
Another way that you can support the museum is to become a volunteer. Volunteers are needed at the museum, the Strawberry schoolhouse and for special events. If you would like to find out more about what that entails, please contact Karen Kelly. Two additional ways that you can support the museum are by purchasing a 2009 PSAHS calendar for $6 — although the year is half gone, the pictures are worth at least that much and/or by buying raffle tickets for a beautiful queen size quilt currently on display at the museum. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
The Pine Strawberry Food Bank just received a very pleasant surprise from the folks at Portals IV Homeowners Association. The HOA recently held a silent auction that allowed them to make a substantial food donation in addition to a very generous cash contribution. P/S Food Bank president, Sharon Balentine, wants to express her gratitude to the members of the Portals IV HOA for their generosity during these tough times.
Summer block party June 20
The Church on Randall Place is hosting a huge summer block party at the Pine Community Center from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday, June 20.
There will be plenty to do, including a bounce house for the kids, games, food and music by the band Covenant 31. Everything is free and everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, you can call Pastor John Lake at (928) 970-4249.
The Pine Senior Center Thrift Shop is having a special sale in honor of Father’s Day. The store will feature all types of gift items for men at great, low prices.
Men’s suits and suit jackets will be 50 percent off as are all items in the linen room. The store’s new summer hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
The Thrift Shop helps support the Senior Dining Room where folks who are 50 or older can join and get a nutritious, inexpensive midday meal Monday through Friday (they also provide a Meals on Wheels program for those who cannot make it to the dining hall).
In fact, if you join S.C.A.F. (membership costs only $5 per year), you’ll receive $1 off each meal purchased. If you have any questions, you can call the dining room at 476-2151 or the thrift store at 476-4633.
Dr. Lisa York of the Pine Strawberry Medical Center is sponsoring a Health Fair at the Pine Community Center ramada from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Friday, June 26.
There will be a variety of health screening services, resources and health management tools available including mammograms, colon cancer screening, thyroid and cholesterol checks, plus much more, all for a minimal fee. To pre-register for a mammogram or Pneumovax vaccine, please contact Sam or Nancy at 476-3258.