Seniors Caring For Family, Friends In Pine/Strawberry

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The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (S.C.A.F.) was set up to run the Pine Community Center more than 20 years ago. The S.C.A.F. also, semi-officially, stands for seniors caring about family & friends.

That semi-official name more aptly reflects what the staff and volunteers of the organization do for the communities of Pine and Strawberry and neighboring areas.

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Dennis Fendler/Roundup

The Pine Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center was hopping with all manner of wonderful things to see and buy over the Memorial Day weekend. The Community Center is overseen by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation, which also has a thrift shop and dining room at the center, for use by all in the communities of Pine and Strawberry and the surrounding area. The S.C.A.F. offers very popular Navajo Tacos at all the summer holiday weekend events at the Community Center — Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

The Pine Community Center includes a thrift shop and dining hall, which benefit all residents of the area. It is also site of the Pine Cultural Hall, where many special events and educational programs are presented, and the Pine Strawberry Museum. The grounds of the community center are also the scene for the popular arts and crafts festivals presented by the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild over long holiday weekends through the summer. The next will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 2 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 3.

The main summer fund-raiser for the S.C.A.F. is selling Navajo tacos during the major holiday weekends in conjunction with the festivals.

The thrift shop, which generates important operating revenue for the S.C.A.F., is regularly open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during special events.

The S.C.A.F. is a member of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pine/Strawberry Business Community. As a member of the P/S BC, the thrift shop also participates in the Second Saturday Shop Hop in Pine, so is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. 

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Shop is known for quality items at great low prices. The dollar can truly go far at the store. The store manager said it has shoppers come from all over to find bargains. 

The S.C.A.F. is dedicated to the enjoyment and well being of the citizens of the Pine/Strawberry community, with a special focus on those 50 and older, but it continues to strive to serve all ages.

Its mission statement further outlines what it does for the community: encourage and provide social activities; provide economical and nutritious meals; provide educational services and activities; consider and help, where possible, the citizens of Pine/Strawberry; operate a thrift store for the good of these citizens and to support the dining room and Meals on Wheels program.

Anyone, 50 and older, can be a member of the S.C.A.F. Dues are just $5 per year and memberships can be purchased throughout the year. General membership meetings are at 5 p.m. the last Friday of January, April, July and October. Members may also attend the meetings of the S.C.A.F. board of directors held at 9 a.m., the first and third Monday of each month.

Members are encouraged to volunteer when and where they can, and to make suggestions for regular and special activities, as well as educational programs.

Through the S.C.A.F., anyone in Pine can get a hot, nutritious meal at the Community Center Dining Room at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Members pay $4 for a full meal and $2.50 for the salad bar; non-members pay $5 for the meal and $3 for the salad bar. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance at (928) 476-2151.

The month’s menu is posted in the dining room, with copies to take home, and in the thrift store.

The Pine/Strawberry Meals on Wheels program is also provided through the S.C.A.F. The program is offered Monday through Friday for $4.50 per meal for members and $5.50 for non-members. Arrangements for delivery must be made a day in advance of the service. It is also possible to arrange for both weekly and monthly service. For details, call (928) 476-2151.

The Pine Library uses the Meals on Wheels program to send books to the homes of residents in need of the service. To find out about the “Books on Wheels” program, call the library at (928) 476-3678.

A variety of regular activities are made possible by the S.C.A.F. Among these: poker, canasta, bridge, Farkel, pinochle, hearts, spades, board games and bingo. Movies and potluck dinners are also hosted.

Anyone interested in getting other activities started is encouraged to contact the S.C.A.F. and it will spread the word and help get a group together.

To contact the S.C.A.F., call either the thrift shop at (928) 476-4633 or the dining room at (928) 476-2151, or write to S.C.A.F., P.O. Box 1281, Pine, AZ 85544.

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