The Memorial Day weekend in upon us, traditionally the official beginning of summer. The summer calendar is rapidly filling with lots of fun things to do. The beautiful weather has arrived, though we pause, remember, and donate to the other areas of the country severely damaged by horrid weather, with many lives lost and many more irrevocably changed. I know the kind and generous hearts of the residents of our Rim towns will reach out and help.
Pine and Strawberry will be hopping this weekend and next with many events. Check out the following:
Book Sale and Quilt Raffle at Library
The Pine Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Book Sale at the Library Activities Room this weekend, May 27-29. In addition to the books, buy a raffle ticket or six for Pat’s FANtastic Queen Quilt to be raffled on Sept. 4. This gorgeous quilt was donated by the family of Pat Sogan. It was appraised by AQS certified Nora Mohn at $1,975! It is not only beautiful, it is also valuable! More information is at www.pinepubliclibrary.com.
Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Festival
This weekend we can also enjoy the Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Festival, sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild, at the Cultural Hall in the Community Center in Pine. They have been doing this since 1980. You will find more than 80 booths inside and out with beautiful art and crafts for sale. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Come early to enjoy a Pancake Breakfast provided by our intrepid firefighters and Strawberry’s Elite. Profits go to local charities to meet community needs. More information is at www.pinestrawberryartscrafts.com.
A ‘Naked” Rummage Sale!
That email got my attention, too! The Riff Raff Club is holding a rummage sale in the parking lot of the Pine Market this Memorial weekend. The ‘naked’ part means you won’t find clothing at this sale. Nor will you find old TVs or computer monitors. Anything else is possible! The proceeds go to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to those in our communities with bare pantry shelves. For more information, contact Sheila Deasey at deasey2@ msn.com or call her at 476-2202.
One World, Many Stories
The Pine Library’s summer reading program begins on Wednesday, June 4 and continues each Wednesday throughout June. No registration is need for your 2-1/2-year-olds through teens to participate. Show up at the Library’s Activity Room at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. There will reading prizes at the Hot Dog Festival on the last Wednesday, June 29. Check in at the Library for more information, or call 476-3678.
Justice McNeeley Foundation Motorcycle Charity Run
This Poker Run motorcycle ride, in conjunction with the Rim District of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona, is on Saturday, June 4. It begins at the Spur in Star Valley, journeying up the Rim, and returning to the Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry. You can enjoy a $5 breakfast and special drink prices (these after the ride, dear ones!).
There will be cash prizes for the Best and Worst Hand, an auction, raffle, and live music by Brian Higgens. The ultimate prize is a special walker for blind 2-year-old, Laytin Matthews. I have a prior commitment, but I plan to wash my bike and show up at the end of the run. Ride safe, friends. More information is at www.justicemcneeleyfoundation.org.
Yeah, school just got out, but for some a special treat awaits. Summer school runs from June 6 through June 17. Check with the school for more information. The rest of you will have to wait until fall!
You folks did a wonderful job last month! Some more folks are still needed to help out. On Monday, June 6, the big truck arrives from the Valley with food stuffs. We need some younger backs and willing hands to help unload it in preparation for distribution on Tuesday. Helping hands are always welcome.
While some food stuffs come from the Valley, most comes from you fine folks. Cash and food contributions are always needed and always appreciated. Last month, more than 80 families were served. Each month in these tough times, the number goes up. Call Marti Heinert at 476-6469 to get involved.
Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show
The 15th Annual Strawberry Patcher’s Quilt Show will be June10-12 at the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. There is a $20 admission charge, with children under 12 admitted free. Enter the drawing for a quilt with a can/package of nonperishable food. Participate in the Viewer’s Choice voting on quilts and wearable items.
See the winners on Sunday. The Berry Patch Boutique will be filled with quality, handmade items. There also will be a vendors mall and quilt appraisals. Tickets will be available for the beautiful opportunity quilt drawing on Dec. 1, 2011. More information is available at www.strawberrypatchers.com.
Shop Hop and Strawberry Festival
June 11 is a second Saturday, so you will have an opportunity to shop ’til you drop at all of our fine vendors in Pine and Strawberry. Look for specials, both in prices and items. And don’t overlook the special friends you can meet along the way.
Well, of course! We are all about strawberries here on the Rim. And we have a festival to celebrate. There is free admission on June 11-12 right in the middle of Pine’s Community Center. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. there will be arts and crafts vendors and food and music. This year, there will be a new Kid’s Booth featuring appropriate crafts and activities. It would not be complete without strawberry treats! Good, clean, family fun. And delicious, too.
To everyone who keeps me informed, a great big thank-you. Keep it coming at firstname.lastname@example.org.