Tomorrow morning the people of Pine and Strawberry invite our neighboring towns and communities to come join us for several fun activities.
Starting around 8 a.m. you can view dozens of older model tractors during the first Antique Tractor Show. The tractors will be available to view all along Highway 87 throughout the entire day.
At 11 a.m. the ramada dedication ceremony kicks off. Gila County District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin will be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a special “fire update,” safety demonstrations, information relating to fire-wise practices, food, music, and much, much more — all free of charge.
Considering the extremely dry spring we’ve had and the two human-caused fires we experienced recently, organizers are hoping that lots of folks come out and take advantage of this opportunity to learn ways to keep our communities as safe as possible.
Library gift shop opening
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Gift Shop will also be celebrating its grand opening from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 16. There will be many special items for sale, as well as a chance to enter a raffle for a deluxe summer gift basket. The gift shop is located in the original library building next to the Randall House Restaurant.
Alice Natale will be sharing stories with the children at the playground between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be visiting the library activity room around 1 p.m.
Many shops in Pine will be open with enticing specials, so it is a perfect time to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring-like conditions with your friends and family.
The Hidden Pines Homeowners Association is a small community with only around 30 homes, but they recently accomplished a huge feat. During one of their meetings, board members Jane and Jean Lee, and Joanie Farnum began pondering how they might help the Pine Community Senior Center.
Monika Hancock offered to donate a homemade quilt for a raffle and the group began notifying their members. Tony and Carol, owners of Sidewinders, joined in and offered to sell raffle tickets at their business.
By the time the group met for its annual picnic, they had collected an amazing $1,055. According to Judy Mueller, president of SCAF (Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation), the donation couldn’t have come at a better time. With the current state of the economy, they have been hard-pressed to continue to offer services to the elderly folks in our community, however, the generosity of the Hidden Pines Homeowners Association has given them a bit of breathing room.
Campers on Mission
Another group that has greatly blessed our community recently is Campers On Mission. During the week of April 27 through May 1, a group of about 20 folks from COM joined with members of the Church on Randall Place to accomplish a variety of tasks for folks in our community that included brush clearing, reading and crafts with children at the library, washing windows, cleaning garages, painting porches, and much more.
One especially touching opportunity that they had was to plumb a sink for a lady who had not had running water in her kitchen for three years. In addition to the practical helps that they supply, the group offers prayer and comfort to those they serve — all for absolutely free. This is truly a labor of love for this caring group of Christians.
The first National Day of Prayer events that were held in Pine on May 7 brought many faithful believers with the goal of lifting up our communities and nation.
Students gathered at the school flagpole prior to classes to pray for their school, teachers and peers. Later on, numerous folks from many different churches met for prayer and songs at the ramada as they interceded on behalf of our military, business leaders, families, government, media, and churches.
The Pine Strawberry School recently hosted a luncheon to recognize several staff members who will be leaving the school next season. Those staff members are Holly Heintz, middle school language arts teacher; David Crane, fifth-grade teacher; Michael Wiles, special education teacher; Carol Watts, after-school program coordinator; and John Carpino, music/band teacher. While each is leaving for various reasons, they will be greatly missed.
The school will host an eighth-grade promotion ceremony at the gym at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 27. The following day there will be a kindergarten promotion ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the gym.
Finally, the day the kids have been anxiously awaiting — the last day of school field day and barbecue will be Friday, May 29. The kids will get out of school at 1:30 p.m. to begin their summer vacation.
On Wednesday, May 20 the monthly Fiddlers Jam will take place at 1 p.m. at the Community Center. This is always a great deal of lively fun, so if you enjoy listening to talented musicians, make sure to head to Pine for the afternoon.
Also on Wednesday, May 20, the First Baptist Church of Pine will host a free community supper between the hours of 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to come enjoy a nice dinner while getting to meet some of your neighbors. The church hopes to make this a monthly event. If you would like more information, you can call the church office at 476-3552.
The PSWID will hold its regular board meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 21 at the Cultural Hall in Pine. The meeting is open to the public and is a great way to keep up on the latest news relating to water for both Pine and Strawberry.
Finally, this is the last week to make a donation to the Riff Raff Club’s Naked Garage Sale which takes place between Friday, May 22 and Sunday, May 24 in the Ponderosa Market parking lot.
If you would like to donate items (they’ll accept anything in good condition except clothing), please call Bruce Wicks at (928) 476-2411 or Jerry Nader at (928) 476-2195.