2nd Saturday Shop Hop Tomorrow In Pine

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Joyce Bittner from the Ranch at Fossil Creek sells goat cheese and fudge at the recent Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival in Pine.

We may not have gotten a lot of rain so far this summer, but it sure came through when we needed it most. The folks fighting the Water Wheel Fire got the break they desperately needed —when they needed it the most. Although Pine didn’t get any that night we got a good dousing just in time for Labor Day weekend.

Folks streamed into Pine and Strawberry non-stop to enjoy the Arts and Crafts Show, Pancake Breakfast, Book Sale, Riff Raff Rifle Raffle, and many other events taking place. Rumor has it that both towns had a great weekend. It sure seemed that there were more people up staying in their summer homes than usual — which was a great boost for all the local businesses.

Best of all no one burned the forest down!

It’s that time of the year again when the elk begin to congregate in our neighborhood and start to eat anything that isn’t securely fastened down. The dogs have been going crazy at night when they hear (or smell) them passing through. I’m starting to see them most days during my morning walks, too. Coupled with the cooler nights I guess that’s a sign that fall is just around the corner.

Several of Pine’s finest shops will offer outstanding entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, and unique shopping experiences as they continue their 2nd Saturday Shop Hop throughout the upcoming fall months. The next event takes place tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 12, from 2 until 6 p.m. If you are looking for a wide variety of special gifts at reasonable prices, be sure to attend this event and meet our friendly local merchants.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will host their next “movie madness” show Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Since that is an early dismissal day for the school the kids will be able to enjoy Walt Disney’s G-rated “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” As always, the library provides refreshments with the movie.

If you didn’t make it to the school gym to see the Science Fair projects this week, the library will be displaying a few of those exhibits during regular business hours between Sept. 14 and Sept. 21. Be sure to check out the innovative projects put together by some of our local kids.

Fall art classes for home-schooled children begin Thursday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. The classes are held in the library activity room and all supplies are provided. To register, just stop by the library or call 476-3678.

The Pine-Strawberry Thrift Shop is holding a huge “garage sale” for the next few weeks in order to make room for their fall/winter stock. Most items in the store will be marked down and you can fill an entire bag of clothing (including shoes!) for only $1. Small appliances are priced at $2 or less. There are deals galore, so be sure to stop by the Thrift Shop soon — they are open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Dr. York’s staff will be administering flu and pneumonia shots at the Senior Center dining room Monday, Sept. 21 and again on Oct. 5 between 9 and 11 a.m. Those who wish to receive a shot should call the clinic at 476-4633 to make an appointment.

The Rimside Grill is planning their annual Octoberfest Celebration for Saturday, Sept. 26 this year. There will be games, food, bands, and of course, lots of German beer to celebrate this seasonal tradition. Mark your calendars now for this festive event.

Have a great week enjoying the lovely cooler weather in the Rim Country!

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