Fall colors are starting to appear between Payson and Pine. It’s a great time to head north, as the 15-minute drive is filled with a variety of color. It’s a great time to visit Pine’s shops and begin planning for the holidays — no crowds, just a nice, relaxing atmosphere to search for that perfect gift.
Along with the changing colors, we are seeing pine needles drop by the thousands. Just a reminder regarding the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department’s brush pick-up program. Needles clump together and can be easily picked up by the bobcat, therefore they do not need to be bagged; however, pine cones have a tendency to fall through the forks and should be place in bags. As the name implies this is strictly a brush pick-up, so please do not leave giant tree stumps and large diameter logs (nothing more than 8 feet long and 6 inches in diameter), and absolutely no lumber, junk wood from household projects, etc.
As I walk my neighborhood it never ceases to amaze me what some folks leave for the brush pick-up crew! The brush removal is really a partnership between residents and the fire department, with the residents cleaning their properties of excess debris which pose a huge fire hazard, and the brush crew hauling it to the brush pit; so please remember to fill out a community worksheet so that we may continue to receive funding for this exceptional program. The worksheet can be obtained at either fire department, or by downloading from the fire departments Web site www.pine-strawberryfire.com, or the PSFR Web site www.psfuelreduction.org. The brush crew will soon be switching to its winter schedule. To see when removal is scheduled for your area, simply check out the above Web site(s).
Holiday Fashion Show
Be sure to attend the Senior Center Thrift Store’s upcoming second annual Holiday Fashion Show tomorrow, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The show will feature beautiful attire suitable for the holidays or special events, including purses, shoes and other accessories for women and girls. You may also purchase delicious baked goods, or bid on quality items like designer purses, quilts, collectibles, and gift certificates during the silent auction. Barbara Ives will emcee this event which promises to be both fun and entertaining for the entire family. The show will be held in the Senior Dining Hall located behind the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Shop.
With the changing weather we also encounter the beginning of the flu season. The Senior Center will be offering flu shots between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Oct. 25. Call (928) 476-4633 to find out more or to make an appointment.
Also taking place on Monday, Oct. 25, is the meeting of the Pine Library Friends, in the Library Activity Room beginning at 10 a.m. The entire community is welcome to attend and offer suggestions about the coming year’s focus and direction. Officers will be elected and committees formed as well, so be sure to mark your calendars now.
The Pine-Strawberry School will hold its annual Fall Festival Celebration from 5 until 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 in the school gym. This is always a lively, event complete with games, treats and lots of safe fun. So bring the entire family.
Have a great week and be sure to get out and see the beautiful fall colors — they won’t last long!