Mountain Daze Are Here Again

Don Ballentine and other members of the Pine Strawberry Antique Tractor Club participated in Pine’s Centennial Day Parade on July 7. You can see antique cars and tractors on display this weekend at the Mountain Daze Festival at the Pine Community Center.

Photo by Joy Hafford. |

Don Ballentine and other members of the Pine Strawberry Antique Tractor Club participated in Pine’s Centennial Day Parade on July 7. You can see antique cars and tractors on display this weekend at the Mountain Daze Festival at the Pine Community Center.


This weekend, Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12, come enjoy crafts, an antique car and tractor show, food booths and kids’ activities at the third annual Mountain Daze festival in Pine. More than 50 crafters will show their wares while music guru DJ Craig provides great music for festival guests to enjoy. The event will take place at the Pine Strawberry Community Center, 15 miles north of Payson on Highway 87 in downtown Pine. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy a mouthwatering treat from the food booths and that special feeling that is found as you wander around Pine enjoying the ponderosa forest and clean, mountain air. No purchase is necessary to sign up for a drawing to win some great outdoor sports gear donated by the local merchants of the Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC).

The PSBC, which sponsors the Mountain Daze festival, is a not-for-profit organization that works all year to bring revenue to Pine and Strawberry by sponsoring events that bring people to our little towns. The PSBC is made up of volunteers from the community, both business owners and residents. By joining the business community group or attending the festivals we can all contribute to the prosperity of the community. If you are a full- or part-time resident and are interested in getting involved, please visit http://pine

Strawberry Patchers Quilt Auction

What’s better than an old-fashioned, fun-filled, family festival in the mountains? An old-fashioned, fun-filled, family festival in the mountains with a Quilt Auction!

The Strawberry Patchers are the Pine/Strawberry branch of the Arizona Quilters Association and are known for their amazing talent and creativity in designing beautiful quilts and for their many charitable projects to help those in need.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Friends of the Strawberry Patchers Quilting Group will present the 4th annual Quilt Auction at the Cultural Hall in Pine. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the auction is at 1 p.m.

Admission is free, but for each non-perishable food item that you bring in for the food bank you will be entered into a drawing to win a quilt. Opportunity Quilt tickets will also be available along with “buy it now” and “make me an offer” quilts.

For more information on the Strawberry Patchers Quilting Group, visit its Web site at


The AWANA Club at First Baptist Church of Pine is starting up again after summer. This is a great weekly adventure for kids.

It kicks off at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13 on the church grounds on Highway 87 in Pine. You and your kids will enjoy great food and carnival games. Parents can register their children at this time.

The clubs will start meeting Monday, Aug. 20 with Sparks for kindergarten through second grade, T&T for third- to sixth-grade students, Trek for those in the seventh and eighth grades, and Journey 24/7 for high school students. The church van picks up children at school when school is out.

Please come out and learn more about AWANA and how participation can provide a spiritual foundation that will help your child through life’s many challenges.

Medicare and Social Security seminar

Attend a free and important presentation on your rights regarding Medicare and Social Security. The presentation will be made by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens at the Pine Library from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21. Registration is required, but there is no cost to attend. Contact the library at (928) 476-3678 to sign up by Friday, Aug. 17.

Rifle Raffle

It’s time to get your tickets for the raffle everyone has been waiting for. It’s the Riff-Raff Rifle Raffle.

The Riff-Raff Club is a charitable group who sponsor the annual raffle to provide support to the P/S Food Bank, the local library, the Justice McNeeley Foundation and other groups in need of assistance to provide services in the community. The raffle also funds food baskets for local churches at Thanksgiving to help residents in need.

The 2012 raffle is the 5th and biggest Rifle Raffle to date and includes everything from a Remington Model 710 with a Bushnell Scope to a Winchester 12 Gauge Pump Shotgun, a Ruger 22 Mag Rifle, a gun case, a 32-inch flat screen TV, curio cabinet and gift certificates for camping gear, art work, restaurants and much more.

Look for members selling tickets at the Ponderosa Market on the weekends. You can also get tickets at the Chalet in Strawberry, the Pine Creek Smokehouse, the Flying Grizzly, Karen’s Hairlooms and Pine Hardware or by calling Jim MacLean at (928) 476-3250. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The drawing will be held at the Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry at 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2.

Senior Dining Room job opportunity

I’m pleased to announce a part-time position is available at the Senior Dining Room in Pine. The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF), which operates the Pine Strawberry Thrift Shop and dining hall, is hiring a Kitchen Aid. They are in need of an individual to serve as the cook’s assistant and do kitchen cleanup. No previous experience is necessary; applicant must be willing to be trained; must be at least 18 years of age; and physically capable of performing the job responsibilities. Starting pay is minimum wage. If interested, please pick up an application at the register in the thrift store.

While there, you can celebrate the Wild West with a Western Days sale going on at the Pine Thrift Store. From now until Aug. 18, all western wear and home décor is specially priced. It’s a great opportunity to get those western items you’ve been looking for at the lowest prices of the season.

Happy Trails to you. Please send your events to or call (602) 790-0248.


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