What a gorgeous summer in the Rim Country. I am trying to drink in every moment since the older I get the faster the days seem to blur by.
We spent the last weekend camping near Bear Canyon Lake. I don’t think a person could ask for a more perfect setting. We are truly blessed to live in such a soul satisfying place.
People often ask me how we could possibly have moved here after living on the island of Kauai for 13 years, but I have found that there is pleasure and beauty to be found most everywhere if only we would seek them out. While Kauai and Pine are about as opposite as you might expect in many aspects, they both offer their own unique opportunities to experience the stunning magnificence of God’s creation.
4th of July events
Well we are coming up to the 4th of July weekend and Pine should be bursting with visitors escaping the Valley heat and taking advantage of the huge Arts and Craft Fair that is taking place Saturday, July 3 and Sunday July 4. The event begins Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and then on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
I know those of you who have attended one of these popular shows will make a point of dropping by, but if you’ve never ventured down to the Community Center in Pine during the Arts and Crafts Fair, then you are truly missing out! The variety of items, ranging from garden plaques and iron work, to household goods, gift items, unique jewelry, handbags, wooden bowls, paintings, pottery, and everything in between is a fun way to shop for something unique either for yourself or to give as a gift. I have found the prices to be reasonable and the vendors are very accommodating.
If you arrive early enough, you will be able to help support the Pine Strawberry Firefighters while enjoying an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast complete with sausage, orange juice and coffee.
The Pine Library Friends will be in the library’s activity room today, tomorrow and Sunday holding a book sale to raise funds to support programs for the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library.
As you know, the library holds many year-round community activities for folks of all ages and the book sale is one way that you can help support their efforts while picking up some great reading material in the process. The sale takes place until 4 p.m. tonight, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, July 3, and then from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Sunday, July 4.
Lastly, if possible you might try to attend the PSWID board meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 3 at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. This is a special meeting to discuss the new fiscal year budget and water rates. Like most residents of our communities I hear (and read) constant rumors and sometimes it’s easy to get drug into the negative tidbits.
As is usually the case, things are not always as they appear and often one side of an issue shouts louder than another. The best way that we can keep up with the complex issues that affect our community is to attend meetings, ask questions, and try to discern truth from rumor. I have found various board members to be quite candid in answering my sometimes pointed questions, which helps me to better understand the various aspects of our water/personnel issues.
One thing I especially appreciate is the regular reports I have received recently
showing the current daily tank levels. In spite of the current persistently dry conditions, the improvements and repairs that have been made to the infrastructure have kept our tank levels sitting at capacity and thus we continue to stay at Stage 1 coming up to the 4th of July weekend.
So as we hit the occasional bumps in the road, let’s remember that we can be a part of the problem, or we can be a part of the solution to better our communities.
Summer reading program
Kids, don’t forget to stop by the library and pick up a schedule for the summer reading program. This is a fun way to keep your reading skills fresh while gathering with your friends.
Second Saturday Shop Hop
If you enjoy shopping Pine’s unique array of antique and gift stores but prefer avoiding the holiday crowds, you’ll want to schedule a visit on Saturday, July 10. The Second Saturday Shop Hops are a great time to visit your favorite boutiques or those you’ve yet to explore. The various shop owners often offer refreshments, entertainment, and special pricing starting around 4 p.m. as they welcome visitors to explore the hidden treasures of Pine.
Awakening Earth Expo
Mark your calendar for Aug. 7 and 8 to attend the Awakening Earth Expo. This is the second year that the event has been held in Pine and you will find a variety of booths and information related to making better health choices and learning ecologically sound practices you can apply to many areas of your life.
That’s it for this week’s happenings in Pine and Strawberry. I hope you all have a great time celebrating Independence Day in the Rim Country.