Open House Was Cause For Celebration


Several children celebrated with Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat during the opening of the new children’s room at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library.

Several children celebrated with Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat during the opening of the new children’s room at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library.

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Once again winter weather has visited the Rim Country. We go back and forth between thanking God for the moisture and wondering if the snow will ever end! My husband said he’s glad he didn’t buy the tomato plants he saw on sale the other day. Of course we all know what a difference a day can make and spring will come sooner or later.

Spring Fling

Regardless of what the weather may have in store, the Pine-Strawberry business community plans to celebrate anyway during the first annual Spring Fling in Pine tomorrow (Saturday, March 13) beginning at 10 a.m. There will be many fun things to do for your entire family — including several contests, live music, and a classic car show to name just a few. If you are searching for an event that young and old alike can enjoy, be sure to head to the Pine Community Center — there is no admission fee and you’ll be glad you came!

At the library

For the 50-plus folks who attended the open house event celebrating the opening of the new children’s section at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, it was a true cause for celebration. The Cat in the Hat and Clifford the Big Red Dog were on hand to pass out books and prizes for the numerous drawings — (not one kid left empty-handed!). Many adults also came out to see the spacious rearrangements to the library. It was a festive atmosphere for staff, volunteers and library users as we all will benefit from the changes.

As you probably know, 2010 is a census year. You should be receiving a 10-question census form at your home or in some cases it will be mailed out. If you are confused about the questionnaire, or if you would like assistance in completing yours, an authorized Census Bureau representative will be at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library on Wednesdays between 1 and 4 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays between 1 and 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m.

Movie Madness continues at the library on Thursday, March 18. The featured show is PG-rated “Where the Wild Things Are.” The show begins at 2 p.m. and refreshments will be served. All youth are invited to attend.

Registration for the “Really Cool Science” exhibit at the Library’s Activity Room ends on March 16 so be sure to call or stop by the library today. The show takes place on Friday, March 19 at 11 a.m. Youth between grades 4 through high school will find this unique science show relating to matter and extreme temperatures fascinating. To register, call (928) 476-3678 or stop by the library.

Future events

The next Fiddlers Jam will take place on Wednesday, March 17 at 1 p.m. in the Cultural Hall in Pine. If you have spring fever, this is a perfect opportunity to come out and kick up your heels with some good, old-fashioned fiddle music.

The next PSWID meeting will take place on Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m. There is so much happening regarding our water issues it’s hard to keep up, but attending the meetings certainly helps.

Also taking place on March 18 is a meeting for the Pine-Strawberry Kiwanis Club. This organizational meeting takes place at 5 p.m. in the Pine Elementary School library. Come learn about the programs sponsored locally by the Kiwanis, including The Builders Club and the Terrific Kids Program. Light refreshments will be served, so come learn about how you can be a part of these great programs to help children in Pine and Strawberry. If you have questions or would like additional information, call Mike Clark at (928) 476-3283.

The entire community is invited to come celebrate with Noel Struening as he receives his Eagle Scout of Honor Badge. This is the highest achievement a Scout can earn and one that comes only through hard work and dedication. You may remember that Noel organized a team of volunteers to participate in the re-seeding of native grasses along our fuel break as part of his Eagle requirements. Noel will receive his honor during the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts in America. The celebration will take place at the Mormon Church in Pine at 6 p.m. on March 20, and a dinner will be served.

Remember to mark your calendars for March 24 through March 26 so you can be a part of the DPS Quilt Angels upcoming quilt-a-thon. Everyone (whether you sew great or can barely thread a needle) is invited to come help assemble approximately 300 comfort quilts for Arizona DPS officers to use for accident victims and those in distress. The Angels will be working all three days between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. stopping mid-day for a potluck lunch. All are welcome to participate!

So ends another wintery, wet week in Pine and Strawberry.

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