Important Dates And Events To Remember


Jessica Barnett, recruit (left), and Tommy Cordova, firefighter (right), of Pine-Strawberry Fire Department pass out important fire safety information to customers at the Ponderosa Market in Pine.

Jessica Barnett, recruit (left), and Tommy Cordova, firefighter (right), of Pine-Strawberry Fire Department pass out important fire safety information to customers at the Ponderosa Market in Pine. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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A reminder that today is the final day to register for the oil painting class at the Pine Library. You will love this class! Call (928) 476-3678 to register.

The Strawberry Patchers are having a “Community Sew Day” Oct. 21 and 22 in the Pine Library Annex to work on comfort quilts that go to charitable organizations and members of the community during times of crisis. Way to go, Patchers!

Oct. 26 is the deadline to register entries for the Rim Country Quilt Roundup. Call Maureen at (928) 476-2443 or see the Web site at www.quiltroundup.com.

Pine Library Friends meet Monday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. In next week’s column, learn why the library needs friends, what they do and how to join. It could be the best thing you ever do!

The 2011 Out of the Darkness Walk takes place Saturday, Oct. 22 at Green Valley Park in Payson. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Local residents, Marty and Elaine Putnam, have established a “Team Stephanie” for the walk. Please join them to lend your support, or if you wish, you can make a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to “Team Stephanie.” Marty and Elaine would like to thank the community for all their support during these troubled times.

Pine- Strawberry Fire Department

The forest that we live and play in is a beautiful, magical place and the town full of history and treasures of the past.

We owe a dept of gratitude to our fire department who work hard all year protecting our history, community, homes, families and businesses. They not only work to save lives and property but the environment as well.

Their work includes fire drills at the school, teaching lifesaving skills, training to rescue trapped and injured people from vehicles, home inspections, emergency response, and even teach us what to do if attacked by bees!

October is Fire Prevention Month, which has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 9, 1871. We all know the devastation fire can bring to our forest communities. There are steps we, as individuals, can take to safeguard our homes and property.

This month, the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department have been out focusing on fire prevention in the community.

They visited the market, library and other locations handing out materials to help families create a fire escape plan and protect their property from wildfires, and distributing Medical Information for Emergency Responders cards to residents.

To learn ways to protect your home or obtain an Information Card for Emergency Responders, stop by one of the Fire Stations at 6198 W. Hardscrabble Road in Pine or at 8543 W Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry. You can also visit their Web site for more about our local fire district and emergency preparedness at www.pinestrawberryfire.com.

While you are there, be sure to thank our hometown heroes for the great job they are doing here in Pine and Strawberry.

Holiday Happenings

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat will take place Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Rimside Grill in Pine. For anyone not familiar with Trunk-or-Treat, it is a great alternative to door-to-door Trick-or-Treat, as Rim Country folks deck out their vehicles in a spooky manner and children go from vehicle to vehicle to collect treats. The event includes a children’s and adults’ Halloween costume contest.

If you would like more information on this fun annual event, contact the Rimside Grill at (928) 476-3349.

The Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique starts just two weeks from tomorrow at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Craft Room at the Pine Community Center.

Founded in 1981, the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild’s focus on excellence helped them attain recognition for their quality arts and crafts festivals. Proceeds are donated to nonprofit groups to help meet community needs. In addition, the group also sponsors the annual Christmas Boutique.

Each weekend in November, the Arts & Crafts Guild members present their finest quality, handmade holiday creations and have just what you need, starting with the perfect wreath for the front door.

I am going to fill one of artist Bob Gleason’s handwoven baskets with unique, one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments made by local crafters to have something special for each of my holiday guests.

It’s time to start Christmas cards, and the Boutique offers a wide variety of original, handcrafted greeting cards created by local artists like Ruthellen Mason, Debra Price and Pat Randall.

Among the unique items available are jewelry, clothing, holiday decorations and household accents, original art and much more.

Fans of artist Curt Harp will discover many beautiful, handcrafted wooden bowls in all shapes and sizes, while winter attire such as the hand-knitted gloves and scarfs by Lida Shemetewa will also be available.

There are miniature holiday trees and wreaths decorated by some of the artists in their unique craft and style, and beautiful, lighted pine cone baskets created by Renay Janisch.

It is the Guild’s mission to raise appreciation of handcrafted artistry and you can meet the actual artists and discover what goes into the making of some of these treasures. There is something for every taste, style and budget from functional to whimsical, decorative to fun, conservative to funky.

The best presents are handmade and from the heart — and that is what you will find at the Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique. If you’ve never been, they hope you will give them a chance to show you a great shopping experience. If you have been, they thank you and look forward to seeing you again.

Strawberry and Pine may be small in population, but there is no shortage of friendly, kind, generous and talented, creative people who live here.

Do you know someone with a unique craft or talent that deserves recognition? Please contact me with this or other Strawberry and Pine happenings at email haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call me at (602) 790-0248.

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