Spring Weather Continues To Amaze

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Nectarine blossoms hold on in spite of the wind and cold.

Isn’t this about the craziest weather you’ve seen?

As spring continues to tease us, I go from a fire in the morning to wide open doors in the afternoon. Then the wind keeps threatening to blow the nectarine blossoms right off the tree. Yes, it’s that turbulent time of the year when you start the day with your heavy winter coat and end up in shorts and a T-shirt.

We were hoping for a little rain early in the week to nurture the native grass seeds that are being distributed throughout the defensible zones around our communities, but it just wasn’t to be.

Hopefully, the new seeds will get some moisture soon and be able to take hold to choke out some of the invasive plants that have been cleared but still vie for a foothold. The seeding project continues unabated throughout the month and one of neatest things about participating is not only are you doing something positive for our community, but you get to venture into some areas that surround our towns that you might not otherwise get to see.

It is just so beautiful to experience some of the “off the beaten track” places in our own area. If you would like to volunteer a couple of hours to help with this ongoing project, contact Katie Calderon at 476-4380, or e-mail katieca@qwest.net.

Volunteers needed

The Church on Randall Place will be hosting a group of volunteers called “Campers on Mission” between April 27 and May 1. This is the third year that the group has come to bless the communities of Pine and Strawberry by assisting homeowners with various service projects.

Some of the projects they have accomplished in the past are yard work — including fire prevention measures, weeding, and landscaping; housework; light home maintenance — including painting and various repairs; plus just about any odd job you can imagine.

The services are entirely free, however, due to the limited time that the group is available, the schedule fills up very quickly.

If you have any needs that you feel the Church on Randall Place and Campers on Mission might be of service with, or if you have any questions at all, please contact Pastor John at (928) 476-4249 or (928) 970-4249.

Library events

There are many events scheduled during the month of April at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine.

Pre-school story time takes place each Wednesday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 are invited to come hear stories, play games and create arts and crafts. Some of the themes they’ll be covering are: Spring, New Beginnings, Easter, Earth Day and many more.

Now that the kids are back in class, the library will continue its after-school program each Thursday at the “after-school room” right on campus at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. The program begins at 2:30 and ends at 3:15 p.m.

Time is running out to purchase raffle tickets to win the rocker donated by Jean Vogel and handmade quilt made by Cheryl Olney.

You can view the rocker and quilt near the children’s section of the library. Tickets cost $1 for one, $5 for six, or $10 for 15. The drawing will be held April 18, so if you have been putting this off, be sure to purchase your tickets soon!

On Wednesday, April 15 there will be a brown bag lunch event featuring “Independent Genealogy” instruction at the library activity room computer lab.

The class runs from 12:30 until 4 p.m. and is designed to instruct students on how to utilize the Web site, ancestry.com.

An instructor will be available to take questions and assist you with any help you might need. The class will also be offered from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. May 20.

The homeschool art classes have been extended by popular demand! April classes will be held Thursday, April 9 and Thursday April 23 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. The classes are held in the library activity room and are taught by Robyn Bossert. To register, call the library at 476-3678.

Easter egg hunt

Don’t forget to register your child for the upcoming Easter egg hunt hosted by Pine by Design and Mission Hills Mortgage Bankers. The deadline to register is April 8.

The event takes place Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. and is open to children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old.

In addition to an egg hunt, there will be games and activities planned for all age groups, plus prizes.

So bring your children to Pine by Design at 3494 N. Highway 87 (at the corner of the Old County Road and Highway 87 in Pine) and enjoy a great afternoon together.

Family Fun Day

Speaking of family fun, you won’t want to miss the Family Fun Day sponsored by Take Pride Project and Strawberry’s Elite on Saturday, April 25.

This will be the first “official” community event to take place at the new ramada so be sure to come out and see the collaborative effort of so many in our community.

The festivities will begin with a pet parade, so bring your leashed pet (of any sort real, stuffed, or other) to help celebrate. The organizers have planned silent auctions for both adults and kids. I understand that the kids auction will feature unique items at very special kid-friendly prices. Since all the details are still being formulated, I will keep you posted on time, etc.

An official ramada dedication ceremony is being planned for Saturday, May 16. County and state officials will be present for this special occasion, as well as local fire personnel and members of the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee. There will be food, entertainment and lots of exciting events planned to kick off our upcoming summer festivities. So be sure to mark your calendar now.

As you can see, the longer days and anticipation of spring are sprouting many activities in our communities, so be sure to head up to our beautiful towns and help us celebrate this most wonderful of seasons!

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