You all have really started to come through with news for our two communities. Thanks so much! So hang on, here goes:
The Bear re-opens Wednesday through Sunday, on May 4 at 11 a.m. Lisa’s Hoop and Tommy Bryant have a bowling competition going on the 36-year-old bowling machine on Fridays. Check out happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m.
The 2011 Shop Hop is on June 11 — a corrected date — beginning at 1 p.m. It is sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Business Community.
The Pine Yarn Shop knits for the Food Bank from 2:30 to 6 p.m., Thursdays.
Sarah, the Goose, is my hairdresser’s 12-year-old feathered friend who has laid 10 eggs already this year. She didn’t lay any last year. I don’t know how goose years equate to human years, but it seemed to me the Sarah was a good name for her. Want to know why? Check your Bible!
Mea Culpa! I mangled the name of the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race. Follow along on the Web site www.fireontherim.com.
Also the Web site for the Fuel Reduction Committee is www.psfuelreduction.org. This is an important event for an important cause. Check it out and help out.
National Day of Prayer
Sue Montgomery wrote that the congregation of First Baptist Church on Highway 87 invites all to share in a continental breakfast and join with our nation in the National Day of Prayer at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, May 5. Pine Strawberry School Superintendent Mike Clark will be speaking on prayer in the schools and we will be lifting up our schools and nation in prayer during the service.
’Neath the Rim event
The Payson Art League is sponsoring the 10th annual self-guided free to the public open artists’ studio tour May 13, 14 and 15.
This will be the second year that artists from Pine will be opening their studios to the public, and in fact, we have 10 different artists showing at six studios. Many of the town businesses have helped sponsor this event. The Pine Yarn Shop, The Randall House, Pine Country Antiques and H.B.’s Place are very supportive! Brochures with maps to the different studios can be picked up at these sponsors’ place of business.
Diane Roeder, Jen Cushman, Lynn and Mark Gardner, Evelyn Christian, April Bower, George Lewis, Kerry Thompson, Larry Trotter and Pat Sessions are the participating artists. There will be raffle tickets for purchase, for artwork at each studio and the proceeds go to the Payson Art League to buy art supplies for a long list of recipients in our area.
Each of the 29 artists showing donates a piece of artwork, so there are lots of winners. Tickets are $1 each or $10 for 15 tickets. Sunday evening, May 15, the winners are drawn and notified.
Maps are available at all the sponsors, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson and Pine libraries, and from all of the artists, and will be inserted in the Roundup the week before the tour. There are 29 artists, in 18 studios in the Payson/Pine area over three days, as one is mightily challenged to properly visit them all in one day.
Welcome back, Di! Terry Burkhart from the Senior Dining Room would like us to welcome back Di from her recent illness. And, a big welcome to Mike LeChaix, new salad bar master and chief dishwasher. He has been a tremendous asset to the kitchen staff. Keep up the great work, Mike.
The Riff Raff Memorial Weekend Yard Sale will be at the Pine Market. Funds stay in Strawberry and Pine and are used for Thanksgiving and Christmas food for local families in need. Donations are accepted every Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. at Bishop Self Storage units 206 and 207, except for clothing, old TVs, or computer monitors.
Strawberry Patchers News
Maureen Pastika reminded me to remind you of their Web site, www.strawberrypatchers.com for quilt entry forms and additional information. Do go to their Web site and see a picture of the lovely “Cabin in the Woods” and enter to win it. It is gorgeous! Tickets for the opportunity quilt are one for $1 or six for $5 and are available at various local community events. You can also order tickets by mail. Send a check to: Strawberry Patchers, P.O. Box 594, Pine, AZ 85544-0594.
Please include your name and phone number with area code. Buy six tickets and you will be entered in the first of four comfort quilts for 2011. The drawing for Cinco de Mayo will be held on May 5. Hurry to get your tickets! You can also call Monika Hancock at 928-476-0980 for more information.
Next week Tuesday, May 3, is the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank distribution, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. They could use some helping hands, especially on the Monday preceding the first Tuesday of the month to help unload the big truck that brings food to be distributed. Check in at the Pine Community Center at 1:30 p.m. to lend a hand. Call Marti Heinert at 476-6469 for more information.
The Pine Strawberry School Book Fair scheduled for next week has been canceled.
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