I hope everyone had a great weekend at the one year dedication celebration for the ramada, second annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show, and Pine Shop Hop. Also hope that all the moms in our community were blessed to spend time with their families for Mother’s Day.
Congratulations to the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School Student Council who recently won an Honor Council Award during the Arizona State Convention for junior high student councils. The ceremony took place in Fountain Hills on Thursday, May 6. It seems the kids did a great job representing our communities!
The Pine Strawberry Elementary School will be holding its annual Yard Sale Saturday, May 15 beginning at 9 a.m. under the ramada in Pine. The seventh-graders will be hosting this huge sale in order to raise funds for next year’s field trips. Last year, there was something for everyone, so be sure to head to Pine to catch some great deals tomorrow.
While work on Highway 87 between Pine and Payson has resumed, the workers are only present between Monday and Thursday. So don’t worry about heading north to catch some of the many upcoming events.
The first of three big holiday events hosted by the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild takes place over Memorial Day Weekend on May 29 and 30 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. They are expecting over 75 quality crafters to sell their wares, plus food vendors, and a chance to enter to win beautiful quilts by both the DPS Quilt Angels and the Strawberry Patchers. The Pine Strawberry Firefighters will also be hosting their all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast which includes sausage, coffee, and orange juice at a very reasonable price.
The Pine Library Friends are busy gearing up for their big Memorial Day Book Sale to be held in the library activity room over Memorial Day Weekend. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Friday, May 28; from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, May 29; and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Sunday, May 30. They will also be drawing the winner of their Memorial Day Basket Raffle on Sunday afternoon. Tickets for this bountiful basket can still be purchased at the library during their normal business hours.
Time is running out to register your child for the quilting class hosted by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in conjunction with members of the Strawberry Patchers. The deadline to register for the four sessions is June 2. The classes take place on consecutive Mondays and Tuesdays at the end of June and are open to youth in the Pine and Strawberry Community between the ages of 8 to 12. There is no cost for the classes and all of the materials will be provided. You can register your child by stopping by the library or calling (928) 476-3678.
Be sure to mark your calendars for June 10 if you are interested in joining leader, Ruth Neigh, during the discussion of the book, “The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd” by Jana Bommersbach. The discussion will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the library. Copies of the book are currently available at the library should you need one.
Would you like to help the library continue to fund great programs for our children? Your tax deductible donation of just $25 can do just that. For more information about the programs designed to encourage a love of reading and learning for local youth, speak with library director, Becky Waer.
Although it seems we haven’t really had spring yet, it won’t be long before the Strawberry Festival comes to town. This is one of the most well-attended celebrations in Pine, and for good reason. Top quality vendors, delicious strawberry dishes, and the Strawberry Patchers annual Quilt Show are just some of the many reasons you’ll want to set aside June 11, 12 and 13 so you can be sure to enjoy this local tradition.
Also taking place on the same weekend as the Strawberry Festival is the popular Strawberry Valley Blues Festival in — you guessed it — Strawberry!
Lastly, the Riff Raff Club will be holding its annual “Naked” Yard Sale over the weekend of June 11-13. The sale is dubbed “naked” because they do not accept or sell any clothing items. However, the Riff Raffers are gladly accepting other donations up until the time of the sale. If you have good useable items that you would like to donate, they can be dropped off at the Bishop Realty’s Storage Shed space #200 off the Old County Road in Pine each Saturday from noon until 3 p.m.
For unscheduled drop-offs or larger items, simply call Annette Vandenbosch (928-978-3019) or Jim Maclean (928-476-3250) to make arrangements for pick up. Remember, proceeds of this sale are used to benefit families in the Pine and Strawberry communities during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Have a great week!