Is there any season greater than springtime? Having lived in a place with no discernable seasons for many years I find myself barely able to contain the desire to be outside doing something — in fact, anything at all.
I find myself buying beautiful plants and flowers, even though I know they will eventually be eaten by deer, elk, javelina or rabbits. I guess this is spring fever and just about everyone seems to have it. We are all anxiously awaiting the end of the month so we can get our gardens planted, the perennials are starting to reappear and it is just a wonderful time to be living in the Rim Country.
The First Baptist Church in Pine will be sponsoring a free dinner open to all members of the community on the third Wednesday of each month beginning April 21. This is a great opportunity for folks to get to know their neighbors in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The dinner will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., so stop in and enjoy wonderful food and fellowship.
For all the home-schoolers who signed up for art classes at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library Activity Center, classes begin at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 21. The six-week session is taught by Robyn Bossert.
Don’t forget two great events happening on May 1. The first is the Justice McNeely Fishing Tournament sponsored by the folks at Hat Creek Electric. Registration takes place on Friday, April 30 at the Roosevelt Lake Cholla Boat Ramp between 1 and 5 p.m.
The fishing starts at daylight the following morning, Saturday, May 1 with weigh-in at 1 p.m. Afterward, everyone is invited to the Rimside Grill in Pine where awards, prizes and lots of fun will be served up.
Entry fee is $75 per boat and proceeds will be donated to the Justice McNeely Foundation.
For more information, call Mike Greer at (928) 476-4575.
The second event taking place in Pine on May 1 is the May Day Celebration at the ramada in the heart of town. The theme is all about gardening in the Rim Country and there will be plants and loads of information available plus lots of food, music and games. Even children will be thrilled to participate in the traditional May Pole dance. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.
The second annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, May 8 in Pine. If you attended last year’s event, then you already know that they had over 50 entries and this year should be just as grand. Admission is free, but organizers are asking visitors to bring a can of food to donate to the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.
For more information, call Dave Fohr at (928) 476-3623, or Randy Aherns at (928) 476-4151.
Also taking place on Saturday, May 8, is the next second Saturday Shop Hop. Mark your calendars now and plan to spend the day in Pine.
That’s it for this week in Pine-Strawberry. Hope you’re enjoying the great weather.