Things Are Warming Up In Pine And Strawberry

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Pear blossoms in bloom.

The Pine Strawberry Thrift Shop is currently featuring “Aloha Wear,” home décor items, kitchen appliances and vacuums at 50 percent off until May 24. Between April 28 and May 1 they will feature gifts specially suited for moms and grandmothers.

Also, during the entire month of May, they will be selling clothing items for just 50 cents on Thursdays only — can’t beat that price! Also don’t forget it’s not too late to purchase a raffle ticket for the western-themed quilt to benefit Scott Fredrick. You can view the quilt and purchase your tickets during normal business hours.

Students at the Pine Strawberry Elementary School are gearing up for their upcoming play titled “The Big Snooze.” This is a whimsical tale based on “Sleeping Beauty” and should be a lot of fun. The play takes place at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 30 in the Cultural Center in Pine and all are welcome to attend.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is joining with members of the Strawberry Patchers to offer free quilting classes to students living in Pine or Strawberry who are between the ages of 8 and 12. The session involves a total of four classes taking place on Monday and Tuesday, June 21, 22, 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The class is limited to 10 students, so there will be lots of one-on-one attention and the students will work together to complete a quilt. The registration deadline is June 2, but due to the popularity of the class, be sure to register at the library or by calling (928) 476-3678 as soon as possible.

The Pine Library Friends are hosting an event featuring Mr. Bill Enlund from the Humane Society of Central Arizona at 1 p.m., April 26 in the library’s Activity Room. The event is open to the community and refreshments will be served, so come out and meet your neighbors and learn how you can help the local humane society meet its goals.

The Friends of the Library are gearing up for their huge book sale over the Memorial Day Weekend. In the meantime, you can stop by the library and purchase a raffle ticket for a cooler filled with nifty items geared for the upcoming summer months. Raffle tickets are $1 for one, $5 for six, or $10 for 15. The Friends of the Library will gladly accept donated books from community members up until the weekend of the sale. Just bring your items by the library and let them know they are for the sale.

I know it’s hard to believe, but summer will be here before we know it and the library is busy getting ready for their summer reading program. They are in the process of collecting the following items for some of their projects: plastic water bottles with lids, quart jars, yarn, egg cartons, and large Cool Whip or butter containers.

May 1 is fast approaching and whether you love land or sea you can find something fun happening in our community. Gardeners can enjoy the May Day Celebration complete with plants and gardening tips, food, games, music, a traditional May Pole dance, and much more. The celebration takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the ramada in Pine and admission is free.

Anglers can head to Roosevelt Lake to catch the first Justice McNeely Fishing Tournament sponsored by Hat Creek Electric. Pre-registration can be completed at the Rimside Grill during normal business hours, or you can register between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., April 30 at the Cholla Boat Ramp. There are lots of prizes and fun to be had by participants, and all cash proceeds will be donated to the Justice McNeely Foundation — an organization that helps pay for medical items and expenses for local children.

The following weekend, May 8, you won’t want to miss the second annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show. Last year’s event boasted a large array of tractors and ancient engines that were enjoyed by enthusiasts of all ages. Organizers expect another successful endeavor, so mark your calendars now. There is no admission price, but canned or non-perishable food items will be collected and donated to the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.

In conjunction with the Antique Tractor Show, the folks in Pine will also host a celebration to recognize the one year anniversary of the ramada dedication.

As you can see things in Pine and Strawberry are warming up (regardless of the weather) so grab your friends and family and head north this weekend.

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