Who would have guessed that Pine would get rain over the weekend? On Friday with a scant 20 percent chance predicted, we got enough to thoroughly wet the ground.
Then Saturday’s 10 percent chance turned into several mini showers which finally culminated in rolling thunder, an onslaught of hail, and a decent half hour downpour. Of course, across the highway toward the west it looked sunny and nice, so it may be that we just got lucky in our neck of the woods. At any rate, although we were forced to take cover in the horse barn, it was great to get the moisture.
I had just finished commenting to my husband that we haven’t seen many elk lately when our dog started leaping up and down and trying to bust the front door down. Sure enough there was a fair-sized elk on the edge of the grassy meadow.
As we watched him slowly meander across the lawn, several others followed until a total of nine had passed through. I’ve been seeing a lot of deer traveling through the area lately too. I think the animals are as ready for spring as we are.
Easter egg hunt
Pine By Design and Mission Hills Mortgage Bankers are sponsoring an Easter egg hunt for children ages 2 through 12 on Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. The hunt will take place in the big field area adjacent to the shops (just off of Highway 87 at the corner of the old County Road in Pine). There will be games and activities planned for all age groups and prizes will be awarded. The sponsors ask that all children be accompanied by an adult and advance registration is required so that they can plan accordingly. Please call (928) 476-3880 by April 8 to register or if you have any questions.
Mark your calendars now for a special Community Family Fun Day taking place Saturday, April 25. The event is sponsored by Take Pride Project and Strawberry’s Elite and will take place at the Pine Community Center’s new ramada. Festivities will kick off with a pet parade. All pets, (real, imaginary, stuffed, large, small, etc.) are welcome.
There will also be food and a silent auction for both adults and kids, featuring special items at special prices.
Rhonda Bossert from the Senior Thrift Store in Pine reports they are currently in the process of spring cleaning. For the next two weeks, you can fill a bag for $2 or less. Every few days the prices get a little better.
The Rimside Grill is the latest restaurant to join in the Restaurant Family Night fund-raiser. They will donate a portion of all proceeds from each lunch special sold on Thursdays to the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School to help supplement next year’s budget cut shortfalls.
Grass seeding project
Don’t forget the ongoing natural grass seeding project will continue each weekend throughout the month of March. If you have some extra time and would like to help scatter seeds, please give Katie Calderon a call and she will direct you to one of the many groups who will be participating. You can contact Katie by calling (928) 476-4380 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alice Natale will be at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library again on Friday, March 27 at 2 p.m. to share more of her wonderful stories with library patrons. Alice is a gifted storyteller who shared many colorful books, as well as some of her own favorites, with those who were able to come for her first presentation.
Senior computer classes
Registration for the next series of the highly popular senior computer classes continues at the library. The classes are for folks who are 55 or older and class size is limited to 20 participants. The focus is Windows Vista and the dates of the classes are Tuesday, May 5 and 8, and Friday, May 12 and 15 from 10 a.m. until noon. If you have questions or would like to register, call the library at 476-3678.
The last homeschool art class of the current session will be held at the library activity center at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 26.
For those wishing to make donations to the Louise Anslow Memorial Fund mail your contribution to Take Pride Project at P.O. Box 1204, Pine, AZ 85544. Since Louise loved music and dedicated her life to sharing that love with members of our community, both young and old, all donations will be used to purchase a piano for the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. Include your e-mail with the donation so the Take Pride Project leaders can keep you apprised of the fund-raising progress. If you have any questions, please contact Christy Powers at (928) 476-2239, e-mail email@example.com or Pat Burke at (928) 476-2099.