Could it be possible that spring has finally arrived? It sure feels that way as we are finally getting warmer weather. It was bound to happen sooner or later, but I think everyone is hoping it sticks around this time.
Help with Eagle Scout project
Two weekends ago Eagle Scout Cole Egnew and his crew tore down the old, deteriorating fence at the Pine Cemetery as part of his Eagle Scout project. Tomorrow morning (Saturday, May 22), Cole will be back at the cemetery to put up the new fencing and he could sure use a helping hand. If you would like to be a part of the work detail, you can meet Cole and his crew at the cemetery at 8 a.m. If you have any questions, give him a call at (928) 951-7786.
Jim Pipkin to perform
Don’t forget to be at the Rimside Grill tomorrow night to see Jim Pipkin perform his special brand of “Americana” folk music. Jim will be releasing his CD “Fireline” that evening. The title track was written to memorialize the firefighters who were killed during the Dude Fire.
Memorial Day events
Memorial Day is just around the corner and the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be holding its first big event of the summer. Join the folks of Pine and Strawberry at the Community Center in Pine on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 starting at 8 a.m. to find a unique variety of high quality items from over 75 craft vendors. Pottery, stained glass, woven baskets, wood carvings, greeting cards, and homemade gift items for all ages are just some of the many beautiful things you’ll find.
There will also be many food vendors — including the senior center volunteers who will be on hand selling their famous Navajo tacos.
There will also be fun activities geared for children such as face painting and clowns to interact with.
This is the last week the Friends of the Pine Library will be collecting books for their Memorial Day Book Sale. The sale will take place in the library’s activity room on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 28 through May 30. There is still time to purchase raffle tickets for the gift basket drawing as well. Just stop by the library to pick up yours. Proceeds from the gift basket drawing help the library fund many worthwhile programs.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library is introducing a new program to help foster greater unity in families. Beginning Thursday, June 3 and each Thursday through August 26, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. library staff will be on hand with games, puppets, stories, art projects, and other fun activities for parents and children to do together.
Remember, beginning June 1, the library will be implementing summer hours. Be sure to stop by the library for the new schedule.
Lastly, the library will begin its Summer Reading and Art Program on Wednesday, June 16. The program is open to all youth between pre-school and the eighth-grade. Pre-schoolers meet on Wednesday mornings from 10:15 until 11:15 a.m., grades 7-8 meet Wednesday afternoons from 1 until 2:30 p.m., grades K-3 meet Friday mornings from 10 until 11:15 a.m., and grades 4-6 meet on Friday afternoons from 1 until 2 p.m. It is not necessary to pre-register, just come during your scheduled time. This is a great way to beat summer boredom and have lots of fun in the process.
The Pine-Strawberry Riff Raff Club is still accepting donations for its annual “Naked” Yard Sale. If you have good, usable items that you would like to donate, you may drop them off at the Bishop Realty’s Storage Shed space #200, located on the Old County Road in Pine between noon and 3 p.m. each Saturday until the sale takes place in June. You may also call Annette Vandenbosch (928-978-3019) or Jim Maclean (928-476-3250) to make arrangements for pick up. Please, no clothing items. Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase items for families in need in our community over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
The Church at Randall Place will be hosting the movie “Mary Magdalene” from 4 until 8 p.m., Saturday, June 5 at the Cultural Hall in Pine. In addition to the movie, there will be refreshments, a time of sharing and prayer. This is a perfect event for all women, including moms and daughters, or those who minister to women. The event is free and babysitting will be provided.
The Strawberry Festival is just around the corner. This year’s event takes place on June 12 and 13. Folks come from miles around to enjoy the craft and food booths, and many wonderful strawberry delights available. Mark your calendars now for this upcoming popular event.
The Strawberry Patchers will also be hosting their 14th annual Quilt Show beginning Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13 at the Cultural Hall in Pine. There are many beautiful quilts and wearables for viewing and for sale, plus a vendor mall and quilt appraisals available. Viewers will also have an opportunity to vote on their favorite quilts in several different categories. Since Pine is typically 15 to 20 degrees cooler than the Valley, it’s a great opportunity to escape the summer heat — although the show attracts a large local crowd as well.
Have a great spring week!