Head To Pine For Shop Hop

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Don’t forget to head to Pine for the Second Saturday Shop Hop tomorrow, April 10. Several of Pine’s finest gift shops, antique stores, and restaurants will feature special pricing, entertainment, and/or refreshments between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to celebrate the return of this popular monthly event.

With the arrival of spring weather it’s a perfect excuse to take a drive and enjoy some of Pine’s famous hospitality.

Fishing tournament

For all you anglers, the Justice McNeely Foundation is hosting its first fishing tournament along with sponsor, Hat Creek Electric Company.

The Justice McNeely Foundation is an organization that helps kids throughout the Rim Country who are in need of medical supplies and/or procedures. The organization was begun in 2004 by Katie Parks when she found her son in need of a specialized wheelchair that was not covered by their medical insurance. So she did what any dedicated mother would do — she began organizing fund-raisers to help cover the cost. The response was overwhelming, and before she knew it, she had enough to purchase the wheelchair with funds to spare.

The experience showed her just how hard it can be on a family when necessary procedures or equipment fall outside of a person’s medical insurance plan. Consequently, she went on to form the Justice McNeely Foundation in honor of her son, who has spinal muscular atrophy. Since then, the foundation (which is a 503 non-profit organization), has helped numerous kids and their families with everything from hearing aids to wheelchairs, transportation, and even dental work. Anyone in our area who finds themselves in need of a helping hand relating to some type of medical issue that their child is facing, is encouraged to log on to the Web site and submit an application for the board members to consider. The information is strictly confidential and all applications will be considered. To find out more, or to download an application, just type “Justice McNeely” onto your search engine and follow the link.

Now that you know a bit about this worthwhile foundation, you can help out while having a boat load of fun by registering for the upcoming fishing tournament. Registration begins Friday, April 30 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt Lake Cholla boat ramp. Cost is $75 and all entries will receive hats, T-shirts, and a game bag to be used for the weigh-in. The tournament begins at first light on Saturday, May 1 with weigh-in at 1 p.m. There will be guaranteed first-, second- and third-place prizes which will be awarded at the Rimside Grill in Pine around 2 p.m. that afternoon. (Don’t worry if you’re a bit late, organizers expect the fun to last right up until closing!) If you have any questions or would like more information, you can call Mike Greer at (928) 476-4575.

If you’re more of a land person, you may want to come to Pine anyway for the May Day Celebration also taking place on May 1. The event will feature gardening tips and plant sales geared for Rim Country gardeners. There will also be a traditional May Pole dance, food, music and games. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. at the ramada in downtown Pine.

There will be a blood drive at the First Baptist Church in Pine on Tuesday, April 13 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. All donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a quilt donated by the DPS Quilt Angels.

Next week is the last week to get help filling out your Census form at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. A representative from the Census Bureau will be available Tuesday, April 13, Wednesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 15 from noon until 5 p.m.

Friday, April 16 is the last day to sign up for home-school art classes taught by Robyn Bossert. To find out more about this six-week series, stop by the library or call (928) 476-3678.

Beginning Saturday, April 17, the Rimside Grill will be featuring music under the gazebo. The live music will take place each Saturday throughout the spring and summer months between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., weather permitting.

That’s it for another great week in the Pine and Strawberry region. The weather has been great, so be sure to head up and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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