Well we pretty much saw it all this past week, warm lazy days, frosty mornings, gentle breezes, gusts that scattered fruit tree blossoms, snow, hail, rain, sunshine — a little bit of everything. It seems that everyone I talk to is sooooo ready for spring to come and hopefully stay this time around!
If you’re looking for something to do tonight, head to the Cultural Hall (the big building next to and just slightly behind the museum), to see the production of “The Big Snooze,” performed by the youth at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. The kids have worked hard learning their lines and songs and everyone is invited to attend. The play begins at 6:30 p.m., so gather your friends and head to Pine.
Perhaps the May Day Celebration will be just the thing to usher in the spring turning point. For all you gardeners chomping at the bit to get planting, this is the perfect opportunity to come learn about gardening in the Rim Country. Plant cuttings, gardening tips, food, games and music are just some of the reasons you’ll want to be in Pine tomorrow. The fun begins at 10 a.m. under the ramada in the center of Pine. Admission is free and the whole family will find something fun to do, so we hope to see you there!
It should be a great day at Roosevelt Lake for all the folks participating in the first Justice McNeely Fishing Tournament tomorrow. Don’t forget to head to the Rimside Grill after the tournament to claim your prizes and enter special drawings to win even more great items. The proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Justice McNeely Foundation which is a nonprofit entity that helps local children and their families with medical items and expenses not covered by insurance. Good luck to all the participants!
There are two events taking place in Pine Thursday, May 6, for the National Day of Prayer. The first for students, teachers and parents, will be held at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School flagpole from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The second takes place at the Pine Community Center ramada from 11 a.m. until noon. Everyone is welcome to join in intercessory prayer on behalf of our nation.
The PSWID Board will be holding a special meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 at the Cultural Hall in Pine. The board members encourage all residents to attend in order to stay aware of the ongoing plans to tackle our water issues.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will be switching to its summer schedule beginning June 1. The new hours are as follows: Sunday and Monday, closed; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please continue to collect the following items for the library’s summer reading program — plastic water bottles with lids, quart jars, yarn, large Cool Whip or butter containers, and egg cartons. Items may be brought to the library during regular business hours.
Registration for the upcoming youth quilting class at the library activity room ends June 2. The class is sponsored by the library in partnership with the Pine-Strawberry Quilters and is open to Pine and Strawberry youth between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age. The four classes take place on Monday and Tuesday, June 21 and 22, and the following week on June 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. All supplies are provided by the Patchers and class size is limited to 10 students so that the kids will receive one to one attention. This is a very popular class, so be sure to register soon.
For all of you guys who like tinkering with engines and machinery, you won’t want to miss the upcoming second annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show in Pine on Saturday, May 8. Even the ladies will enjoy the variety of tractors and simple engines — some dating back into the 1920s. The machinery will be on display beginning at 8:30 a.m. right up until 3 p.m., so be sure to come enjoy this unique tribute to the past. Admission is free, but the organizers will gladly accept donations of non-perishable food items for the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.
The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee (PSFR) along with the Community Educational, Recreational & Civic Association (CERCA) will also be hosting a celebration commemorating the one year anniversary of the new ramada on May 8, beginning around 11 a.m. The PSFR Board was instrumental in working with county officials, private businesses, and several local entities to replace the old ramada using small diameter logs from our forest. The ramada project shows how everyone benefits when we practice healthy forest thinning techniques. Since being built, the ramada has served as a meeting place for many groups and events in our communities. Come out and enjoy free ice cream, cake and punch along with music by Trouble in Paradise, while learning more about Firewise protection methods and fuel mitigation projects taking place in our area. There will be information and folks available to answer your questions about how we can keep our communities safe from catastrophic wildfires. There is much that we can do, both as individuals and as a community, so be sure to come out and be a part of this important event.
Jim Pipkin will be playing an evening of Americana music at the Rimside Grill Saturday, May 22. Jim is a very talented musician with a laid-back style that appeals to folks of all ages. Be sure to mark your calendars for this very special evening of entertainment.
The Friends of the Library in Pine are collecting books for their giant Memorial Day Book Sale. If you are a book lover, you’ll want to mark your calendars for May 28-30. The entire library activity room is filled with hundreds of selections for all tastes. The Friends are also in the process of selling raffle tickets for a generously supplied gift basket. Tickets can be purchased at the library during normal business hours and the drawing will take place May 30.
Excuse our dust
It is that time of year again. The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department is starting its mandatory, yearly drivers training course around the two towns. This is where all of the members of the department are required to do a designated course in each vehicle for documentation of hours and mileage in our employee records for our insurance. So if you see the same truck cruising through your neighborhood several times in one day, please do not be alarmed. We will do our best to keep the dust down. Thanks so much for understanding. We look forward to waving at you as we’re out there cruising the course. If you have any questions, feel free to call the station at (928) 476-4272.
Have a great week and we’ll see you in Pine!