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Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Fair

Every long holiday weekend in the summer — Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day — the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild holds a party. Actually it is a two-day arts and crafts fair featuring both local and visiting artisans and craftspeople, plus a variety of other vendors.

The next will be Labor Day weekend, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5.

The event is held at the Pine Community Center, which is centrally located — not only in the state, but in the middle of Pine as well — on State Highway 87 (the Beeline Highway), just 13 miles north of Payson.

The fairs generally feature more than 80 booths with all original, handcrafted, juried items. There are booths featuring stained glass, jewelry, wood items, pottery, hand-woven baskets, hand-knitted and crocheted baby items, denim vests, jackets and purses, art work, greeting cards, copper items, seasonal wreaths, pet attire, dolls, candles, and much more. Visitors will not go hungry either. The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department serves and All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast with sausages, orange juice and coffee; while the Senior Center sells Navajo Tacos. There are other food vendors as well.

There is room for bus parking and the members of the guild would love to have groups come out for the event. For more information contact Gail Jones at (928) 476-4480 or (928) 978-0469.

The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild, a non-profit community organization comprised of local artists and crafters. The group sponsors the arts and crafts festivals to benefit the community. The guild has assisted local children and families in need, the local food bank, fire department and the search and rescue squad, school, library and other groups who request assistance.

Beaver Valley Day

Beaver Valley Day will be celebrated from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4.

Open to the public, Beaver Valley Day will have family fun including food, games for children and prizes, exhibits, duck race, silent auction, dinner and music.

The pancake breakfast and Firewise education program is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will include with eggs, sausage, pancakes and drinks; the Firewise program features speakers Robb Beery discussing the lessons from the Water Wheel Fire and Bo Larsen, who will talk about community health services provided by Payson Regional Medical Center.

Children’s games, with a jump house and water slide; plus a rubber duck race, are from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Music and dinner of barbecue beef or chicken with hot dogs for the children; a horseshoe tournament, exhibits and silent auction will will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Beaver Valley Fire Department. The BVFD Auxiliary and the Beaver Valley Improvement Association sponsor the event

Events will take place at Beaver Valley Meadow and the Fire Station area.

Beaver Valley is 6.2 Miles east of Hwy. 87 on the Houston Mesa Rd. Turn east on Houston Mesa Rd. and continue past several communities; turn left at the Beaver Valley Estates sign and continue on Beaver Flat Rd. to the meadow and fire station.

Labor Day fund-raiser

Hellsgate Fire Department Fireflies Auxiliary will be raising funds to help support its fire department at a Labor Day Weekend barbecue. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Tonto Village Fire Station #22, 151 Mathews Ln. Tonto Village (1 mile west of Highway 260 on Control Road).

The Fireflies will be serving a pork barbecue sandwich with coleslaw, beans and fresh corn on the cob for $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Also available will be a hotdog, coleslaw, beans and corn for $5. There will be Bake Sale as well, featuring cakes, fruit pies, cookies, breads, jams, and jellies. Also helping to raise funds a raffle is planned for such things as a queen-size quilt, diamond necklace and earrings, and a chainsaw. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. The raffle drawing will be at 1:30 p.m.

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