Spring Fling Filled With Food, Fun, Friendship

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I was visiting some Kauai friends down in the Valley over the weekend so I wasn’t able to attend the Spring Fling, but from what I’ve heard, it was a great time filled with food, fun and friendships galore. The weather was perfect and judging from the crowd, folks are more than ready for spring. Thanks to the Pine-Strawberry Business Community for hosting another successful event. We are blessed to have such an active group who are constantly thinking of ways to bring friends and family together.

So many of you have contributed in some way to the various fund-raisers to help Scott Fredrick with his medical bills, I wanted to share a note that Scott wrote recently:

“For all your prayers and support and by the grace of God, I am truly humbled. I have never been so blessed by so many before. Because of all of you and what you have done for me, I am able to get back on my feet and continue with my life. With True Gratitude, Scott Frederick.”

What an amazing testimony bearing witness that when many come together to help in whatever way they are able, BIG things can happen. I am sure that God must be smiling down from heaven.

The Pine-Strawberry Thrift Shop is getting ready for the annual Spring Sale. Beginning Wednesday, March 17 through Saturday, March 20, come fill an entire bag of clothes for only $2 with new clothes added daily. Purses are on sale and for $1 each and adult shoes are only 50 cents a pair. There will be great prices on home decor items and Easter holiday items will also be featured. Beginning Wednesday, March 24 through Saturday, March 27, an entire bag of clothing will be reduced to only $1 to make room for the arrival of spring and summer fashions.

If you’ve been longing for those wonderful days shopping Pine’s many unique gift shops, you’ll be happy to hear that the 2010 Shop Hop Extravaganza will begin on Saturday, April 10. Yes, the second Saturday Shop Hops will again take place throughout the entire spring and summer. If you’ve attended previously, then you already know that individual shops provide various refreshments, entertainment, and/or sale specials above and beyond their normal charming atmosphere. What a wonderful way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon — walking through Pine enjoying the hospitality of our business community and making new friends.

The Census questionnaire is currently being distributed in Pine and Strawberry. If you have any questions and would like to speak to someone about the form or requirements, you may stop by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library on Wednesdays from 1 until 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 1 until 5 p.m., or on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. An authorized representative from the Census Bureau will be there to assist you.

The library will feature their next Movie Madness events on March 25 and March 26 in conjunction with early dismissal for the kids at the Pine-Strawberry School for parent/teacher conferences. Thursday’s movie will be Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” and on Friday they will show “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Both movies are rated PG and begin at 1 p.m.

The library will begin a new session of art classes for home-schooled children beginning Wednesday, April 21. The classes are available for students between the ages of 5 and 13 and run from 2 until 3 p.m. The classes are taught by Robin Bossert and there is no charge. The registration deadline is Friday, April 16, and you must sign up for all six sessions. If you would like to register or receive more information, you can stop in the library or call (928) 476-3678.

The DPS Quilt Angels three-day Quilt-a-Thon is fast approaching. The dates are set for Wednesday, March 24, Thursday, March 25, and Friday, March 26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. All are welcome to come be a part of this very special event constructing approximately 300 quilts for the DPS patrol officers to give as comfort quilts for those they encounter in distress. Come enjoy the fun and fellowship while being part of an outreach that affects hundreds of lives in a positive way each year. The Quilt-a-Thon takes place at the Baptist Church on Highway 87 in Pine. If you have questions or would like to know how you can help, call Willene Smith at 476-3587.

Well it’s happened. The Forest Service has begun prohibiting camping at Fossil Creek due to the carelessness of many of the visitors to the area. Camping will now be allowed in designated areas away from the creek only. Campfires will also be prohibited after the Forest Service counted over 200 abandoned campfires left burning in the region. Actually this comes as no surprise as I’ve reported the absolute disregard for the care of the region by numerous visitors. The trash that is left virtually everywhere you go, the illegal parking, and the above mentioned problems have once again caused responsible folks to incur penalties because of the negligence of some. It’s an absolute shame, but somehow not unexpected.

Spring time always gets me thinking of a visit to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. While the future of all state parks remains in a perpetual state of limbo, many local entities are working continuously to ensure that the bridge remains open as much as possible. We can all support this natural wonder by bringing guests to the park and visiting it ourselves. Beginning March 1 the fees at the Tonto Natural Bridge changed slightly. Ages 0-6 remain free, those between the ages of 7 and 13 will be charged $2, and for those aged 14 and over the fee is now $5. This is still an incredible deal when you consider that it is very easy to spend an entire afternoon exploring this amazing area.

The recent rain and snow have turned the entire region various shades of green, a bit to the south the wildflowers are in full bloom, spring is in the air and it’s a perfect time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful region. There are just some things no one can take from us — such as a grateful heart — and for that I am thankful!

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