Holiday Weekend Packed With Events

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I can hardly believe it is Labor Day weekend! I’m not sure if it’s outright denial or busyness, but it sure did sneak up on me. The last couple of mornings there has been a slight chill in the air, so I’m trying to drink in every second of summer before it slips away.

Judging from the symphony we heard in the wee morning hours on Tuesday, the coyotes are back in full force in Pine, so watch your pets and small animals. I’m sure the cooler weather is compelling them to start thinking of those critterless days ahead and how nice it would be to go in to winter with a few extra pounds. I on the other hand have been thinking just the opposite.

This weekend, come celebrate the 30th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair in Pine. The festival, which is put on by the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild is always a big draw because of the wide variety of quality, handmade gifts available at reasonable prices. Regardless of whom you’re shopping for, you’re guaranteed to find that perfect “one of a kind” item from the 80-plus vendors who set up shop. The vendors aren’t the only reason why this event is worth supporting — the Guild uses the proceeds to benefit many organizations in the area like the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad (they’ve sure had their work cut out for them this year), and the Friends of the Tonto Natural Bridge (they need all the help they can get these days), the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank, and many, many other local groups. In addition to the variety of outdoor vendors, be sure to go into the Guild’s craft room to find even more wonderful items made by local talent.

The festival starts at 8 a.m., but the Pine Strawberry Fire Department will be on hand at 7:30 cooking up their famous pancake breakfast. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee sounds like a great way to prepare yourself for all that calorie-consuming shopping. You’ll probably need reinforcements by midday though, so be sure to check out the Senior Center’s delicious Navajo tacos.

The Pine Library Friends will be in the library activity room on Friday, Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be hundreds of books for sale covering every genre, plus videos, audio books, magazines, and even some Christmas items for you early shoppers. This is the last book sale before winter, so stock up now for those long nights ahead. The Library Friends use proceeds from their book sales to help support programs offered through the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library.

Finally, there will be raffle tickets available for beautiful quilts made by both the DPS Quilt Angels and the Strawberry Patchers (I just know one of these days my ticket will come in!). So head to Pine this weekend and enjoy this great event.

For all the home-schoolers who registered for art classes through the library, they begin this Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. in the library activity room.

The next 2nd Saturday Shop Hop in Pine will be Saturday, Sept. 11. Come enjoy Pine’s many gift, antique, and specialty shops and take advantage of great prices too!

The Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store will mark everything in the linen room (including fabric) down 50 percent between Wednesday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 11, so it’s a great time to stop by and check out their selection. If you are in the market for electronic items, everything in that section will also be 50 percent off that week.

The folks at the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF), who manage the thrift store, are also sponsoring a free CPR/AED class in the senior dining hall on Saturday, Sept. 18 between 9 a.m. and noon. Dave Burkhart, founder of CPR Arizona, will be teaching this class especially for beginners. The class is designed to be an informal introduction to CPR and the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). There will be no tests to pass, thus recipients will not receive certification — just knowledge and peace of mind about what to do in case of an emergency. Dave will also have information available about future classes should any participants desire to go ahead and obtain certification. If you would like more information, you may call Dave at (928) 476-4257, or visit his Web site www.cprarizona.com.

Apple Festival

You’ll want to mark your calendars now for the third annual Fall Apple Festival in Pine. Come enjoy the beautiful fall colors, fun games for the kids (like pie throwing!), and music on Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26. If you have trouble getting your husband to rally for these type of events, tell him about the chili cook-off on Saturday. For $3 you’ll get to sample and vote on your favorite version. My dad and his wife happened to be here for last year’s event and thought it was the best they’d ever attended. One thing is for sure — you don’t want to miss out!

That wraps up another week in Pine and Strawberry. We look forward to seeing you all at the Arts & Crafts Festival tomorrow.

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