Eighth-Grade Promotion Next Wednesday

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Dry Weather and Cement Trucks

What winds we have been having! Aside from a challenge to keep clothes on the line, those winds have thoroughly dried out our forests, raising the fire danger to beyond “Extreme.” We residents know to be especially careful and many of us have been out raking and cleaning up fire fuel. We residents also have the opportunity to keep our part-time residents informed.

The other day while hanging laundry, I saw a cement truck lumber by. Aha! Someone in the neighborhood is building something, as is often the case beginning this time of the year. It could well be a summer resident. It reminded me of the opportunity to wander over and welcome them to the neighborhood and to remind them of our extreme fire danger. No one wants to lose either new or old construction. Let’s be careful out there, boys and girls.

Fire Safety Service Opportunity

I know of several widows and older folks who could use a hand raking up pine needles and downed branches and mowing taller grasses. The fire department picks them up, but first they have to get out to the road.

These folks are physically challenged in this regard and are also living on limited funds. Sure wish some enterprising civic-minded folks would offer their assistance — maybe for a donation to your favorite community service organization. Good Scout project, too. Let me know what we can organize.

Big Milestone for the Kids

When I was a kid, we called it “graduation.” Today it is called “promotion.” No matter. It is a biggie. Wednesday, May 25 marks the Eighth Grade Promotion at the Pine-Strawberry School. Congratulations, kids. Pine and Strawberry is proud of you all. Have a fun summer!

A Naked Rummage Sale

Tomorrow is the last Saturday to donate things to the Riff Raff Naked Rummage Sale for Memorial Weekend — Bishop Self Storage at Highway 87 and Old County Road, has donated sheds 206 and 207 for storage until the sale. The sheds will be open from noon to 4 p.m. No clothing (the “naked” part), old televisions and computer monitors. For a moment there I was wondering ...

Pine Strawberry School Benefit at the Bear Restaurant in Strawberry

Enjoy a $10 buffet and support the school’s sports department. In addition, 50 cents from each drink served and contribution jars will be out to collect needed funds. Food and drink is not all!

There will be a Texas Hold ’em Tournament with prizes! The first and second prize is a free, one night stay at Cliff Castle Casino. The third prize is a free dinner for two at the Bear. If that is not enough fun for you, the staff is willing to rustle up a pool tournament and/or a bowling tournament as well.

This is one of the events in our slice of paradise that makes Pine-Strawberry a wonderful place to live. Local businesses support the school. Good job, Bear.

The Pine Library Friends and Book Sale

These folks will be having their meeting at 10 a.m., Monday, May 23 in the activity room located right behind the Cultural Hall in Pine. The guest speaker will be a surprise! The community is invited to bring a friend or meet some new ones.

They are gearing up for the book sale which will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 27, 28 and 29 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Plan to be there early for the best selections.

June is the Traditional Wedding Month

The Pine Strawberry Thrift Shop will be featuring several different styles and sizes of gorgeous wedding dresses for a very special wedding day.

There will also be beautiful dresses for the rest of the wedding party and the extras — flowers, toasting glasses, serving pieces, and other very nice accessories, that will make a wedding day, not only special, but affordable. The Thrift Shop proceeds go to support the Senior Dining Center. Stop by Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Senior Dining Center News

Welcome back to Elmer “Stud” Hatfield who just returned from his trip to Kansas. A big “hello” to Tammy Payne, our new cook in the dining room. Many thanks to Mike LaChaix and Roger and Carol Fornoff for stepping in and helping out last week in the kitchen. With summer almost upon us, it is nice to see familiar faces again.

Some of the familiar faces seen in the dining room are Marge, Margaret, Shelia, Skip and Jean, and Les and Norge. If you haven’t been to the dining room in awhile, stop by for some home cooking, card playing, or making new friends.

Library Computer Classes

Ray Baxter will be teaching Computers for Beginners at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. There will be two classes offered. Plan for June 20, 21 and 24 or for July 18-20 from 9 a.m. until noon in the library’s Activity Room.

Learn how to use Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. Classes are limited to 20 students. While there is no “tuition,” a donation to the library’s Computer Maintenance Fund is appreciated. These classes are a result of a grant from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Records Agency.

Keep ’em Coming!

Just when I wonder what I’ll have to write about this week, you fill my e-mail box with news items. I could not do this without you, and you are doing a great job.

I do not have the time to get out as much as I would like, so we need to stay in touch digitally, however, timely invitations are always welcome. If I can come, I will. Thanks, dear friends. E-mail: spcolumnist@yahoo.com.

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