Arts, Crafts, Books And Pancakes In Pine

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Just when we think that spring has finally arrived, we have two nights with temperatures in the 30s! And the wind has been relentless. Oh well, we certainly can’t change it, so it doesn’t make much sense to complain does it? Just pull out that box of winter clothes you packed away when you thought spring was here and hang on a little longer!

Folks along Whispering Pines Road have been seeing a lot of coyote lately, so be careful with your pets. As the afternoons heat up, many people begin walking their pets in the early morning or late afternoons, the exact time the coyotes are out and about. A friend recently told me he’s been seeing more activity than usual in the past couple of weeks.

This morning my husband spotted a large coyote standing on the road in front of our house, staring toward some brush. I looked out and saw our puppy (who at 45 pounds isn’t exactly easy prey), staring back at the intruder.

Since the same puppy had chased after an elk less than a half hour earlier, I knew she sensed danger and that she’d better stay quietly close to home. Mayhem reigned as our big dog, Nani, began frantically trying to bust out of the house, my husband grabbed the .22, and I tried to call the pup to the porch without opening the door (the screen door is not capable of stopping Nani and I knew she’d go after the coyote). The pup ran to the porch and the deafening commotion coming from inside the house caused the coyote to run a few steps, but apparently the thought of a couple days’ dinner was too compelling as he stopped again and stared longingly at the pup.

By this time my husband was dressed and armed, and the coyote continued on his way — or so we thought. We got the pup in, and after about 15 minutes (with both dogs frantically trying to get outside the entire time), we decided the coyote had had ample time to clear the area. The minute the door was opened, the dogs took off racing toward the dense brush across the way. A moment later my husband realized the coyote hadn’t left at all, but had merely retreated to the field where he apparently thought he would lie in wait for an opportune moment. The chase was on, coyote, Nani, Gracie, and hubby. By the time they returned (quite out of breath), my husband reported that at one point Nani was right on the coyote’s heels, nipping at his tail so to speak.

We can only hope that the fear of getting attacked will outweigh the coyote’s desire for a prime dog dinner in the future. None the less, the critter’s boldness was enough to compel me to put out the warning to my friends and neighbors in Pine.

If you didn’t visit the Pine Library Friends’ annual Memorial Day Book Sale today, then be sure to head to the activity room tomorrow between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or Sunday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., to find an amazing selection of books in a variety of genres categorized to make shopping easy. You can still purchase raffle tickets to win the Memorial Day gift basket at the sale. The gift basket is chock-full of summer fun items and the drawing will be held on Sunday afternoon.

Don’t miss the Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Guild event taking place this Saturday (May 29) from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday (May 30) from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The crafters expect up to 75 vendor booths with high quality items ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry, to kitchen wares, wood carvings, metal crafts, and everything in between. There will be several food vendors as well. Come early and enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast hosted by the Pine-Strawberry firefighters for a very reasonable price. They will be serving hotcakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice beginning at 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday right next to the Cultural Hall. The various events are a great way to spend quality time with your family, so be sure to head to Pine for the day.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library begins its Family Time at the Library on Thursday, June 3. This program can help you learn ways to enrich the time you spend with your loved ones reading, playing games, and just having fun together!

June 2 is the final day to sign up for the quilting classes hosted by the library in conjunction with the Strawberry Patchers. There are only four spots left, so call or stop by the library to register today!

Lastly, don’t forget that the library will be switching to summer hours beginning June 1. Be sure to call or stop by the library to get the new schedule. The library’s number is (928) 476-3678.

Are you longing for some “girl” time? On Saturday, June 5 at 4 p.m., The Church on Randall Place is hosting a showing of “Mary Magdalena” at the Cultural Hall in Pine. In addition to the movie, there will be refreshments, door prizes, prayer, fellowship and babysitting — all free. So ladies, come out and treat yourselves to a time of spiritual refreshment.

Remember to mark your calendars now for the Strawberry Patchers’ 14th Annual Quilt Show taking place June 11, 12 and 13, in conjunction with the popular Strawberry Festival which takes place on the 12th and 13th, the June Shop Hop on the June 12, and the 2010 Strawberry Valley Blues Festival which takes place the same weekend. Four great reasons to visit our communities this summer!

The Pine-Strawberry Health Resource Fair will be taking place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, June 26. The event is sponsored by Payson Care Center, Hospice Compassus, Dr. York from the Pine-Strawberry Medical Center, Senior Center Affairs Foundation, and the Pine-Strawberry Fire District and Firefighters Association. There will be health education resources, a variety of lab screenings, and health care experts available to assist you and answer questions.

Hope to see you in Pine this weekend!

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