I thought the recent Arts and Crafts Show was well attended, but there is no doubt that the Strawberry Festival, the Strawberry Patchers’ Quilt Show, the second Saturday Shop Hop and the Strawberry Valley Blues Festival, drew heavy crowds to our towns last weekend. The crowds seemed well satisfied and most everyone appeared to have bought something along the way, so hopefully the shop owners around our two towns were able to pull in some much-needed revenue.
Of course, the locals had to resort to taking back roads to get around and waiting until late afternoon to run our errands — but hey, it was a small price to pay to see people supporting the local merchants.
The Church on Randall Place will hold its annual block party tomorrow (Saturday, June 19) beginning at 1 p.m. at the Community Center in Pine. The whole family is invited to attend the event with music by Covenant 31, food, games, a bounce house and much more — all for free. This is a great way to meet new friends in our community, so gather your family and stop by the ramada between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to join the fun.
Vacation Bible School
The First Baptist Church in Pine begins its Vacation Bible School program, “Sonquest Rainforest,” from noon until 3 p.m., Monday, June 21 at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School gymnasium. Kids ranging from pre-school age up through the sixth-grade are welcome to come enjoy songs, skits, games and lessons focusing on God’s great love. The event will run each day through Friday, June 25 — but, be sure to set aside Thursday evening as well. That’s when they’ll host parent night — where you’ll have a chance to see and hear what your kids have been learning, enjoy fellowship and a barbecue beginning at 5 p.m. If you have any questions, you can call the church office at (928) 476-3552.
Health Resource Fair
The Pine-Strawberry Health Resource Fair takes place on Saturday, June 26 under the ramada at the Pine Community Center. The event is hosted by Dr. Lisa York, Senior Citizens Affair Foundation (SCAF), the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, Hospice Compassus and Payson Care Center.
There will be experts available to answer questions, provide resources, and administer various diagnostic tests (such as blood pressure and oxygen level (both are free), plus diabetes screening, cholesterol level, kidney, liver and cardiac function; and many more for a small fee. The event takes place between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
At the library
All the kids who signed up for quilting classes through the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine, remember the class starts Monday, June 21 at 9 a.m. at the library’s activity room next to the Cultural Hall. Several Strawberry Patchers will be there to show you how to make a beautiful quilt, much like the ones that were recently on display at their 14th Annual Quilt Show.
Also, even if you missed the kick-off for the summer reading program, it’s not too late to join the fun. There’s lots of fun for kids ranging from pre-school through the eighth-grade.
Each group meets at a different time, so stop by the library or call (928) 476-3678 to find out when your age group is scheduled.
July 4th weekend
The Pine Library Friends will hold a book sale over the 4th of July weekend. The sale takes place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Friday, July 2, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, July 3, and 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Sunday, July 4 in the library’s activity room.
The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be holding its second big event of 2010 over the July 4th weekend as well. If you weren’t able to make the first one, you’ll want to be sure to head to Pine for this round.
More than 75 high quality craft vendors will be available to help you find the perfect items for home or garden.
There will be many food vendors, and the Pine-Strawberry firefighters will be on hand to offer their delicious all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for just $5.
The PSWID board will be holding a meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 3 at the Pine Elementary School. Included in the agenda for this meeting are the proposed budget and 2011 rate changes. To review the proposals you can go to their Web site at www.pswid.org.
Coyotes, javelina in the area
Just a side note, the coyotes have been back in the area, howling in the middle of the night and getting all the dogs in the neighborhood worked up. Many people are reporting them cruising the neighborhood at all hours of the day, so be alert when out and about. Javelinas have also been in our neighborhood, so please watch your pets and stay safe!
See you at the block party tomorrow!