Ahhh ... Summer On The Rim

Luanne Funk will stay warm this winter at home in Berlin, Wis., with the beautiful antique quilt she won for the highest bid at the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Auction on Aug. 11.

Photo by Joy Hafford. |

Luanne Funk will stay warm this winter at home in Berlin, Wis., with the beautiful antique quilt she won for the highest bid at the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Auction on Aug. 11.


Wasn’t it beautiful at the Mountain Daze Festival last weekend? I find beauty in the coldest or rainiest day, but there’s something about browsing artwork or hiking the Arizona Trail or fishing the Verde River in sandals on a warm summer day that is unbeatable.

ATV Scavenger Hunt

ATV riders, get ready for fun this Saturday, Aug. 18. at the inaugural ATV Scavenger Hunt presented by the Rim Country Riders ATV Club. All 4x4s and their owners are invited to participate for an entry fee of $10.

The hunt starts between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at 6519 Crest Drive in Pine and continues on Forest Road 428 (via Hardscrabble Road) to the Chalet and Flying Grizzly in Strawberry, then returns to 6519 Crest Drive for a barbecue lunch and keg beer (please bring a side dish). The hunt ends between noon to 1 p.m.

You will need a digital or phone camera to participate for the prizes, which are: $150 for first; $75 for second; and $25 for third.

For more information, contact Linda at (928) 476-2626 or Cindy at (928) 978-1187.

Shoe drive

The local charity foundation, Strawberry’s Elite, is hosting a shoe drive to help needy children in P/S. They are collecting “new or like new” shoes in any size and all colors. If you have shoes to donate, please visit www.psaznews.com for details.

Labor Day weekend Arts & Crafts Festival

The Labor Day weekend Arts & Crafts Festival sponsored by the P/S Arts & Crafts Guild is Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. The work of many of Arizona’s and the Southwest’s most talented artists will be on display at the Pine Community Center ramada, along with the works of top-notch crafters who create all original, hand-crafted, top-quality items — all made in the U.S.A.

Start the day with a pancake breakfast with all the trimmings, served by our local heroes, the P/S Fire Department.

Throughout the day, the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation will be making their ever-popular Navajo tacos in the Senior Dining Room, adjacent to the Pine Thrift Store.

For 32 years, the P/S Arts and Crafts Guild has promoted the work of home-grown artists and American-made craftsmanship and cultivated an appreciation of fine arts and crafts within the community. The festivals enable local artists and crafters to give back to the community by donating festival proceeds to local charities.

Guild members meet in the Craft Room at the Pine Community Center on the last Friday of each month at 9 a.m. All Rim Country artists and crafters are invited to attend or to join the group. For more information see their Web site at http://psartscrafts.com.

Library Friends Book Sale

The highly anticipated annual Pine Library Friends Labor Day Book Sale and Raffle is Aug. 30, and Sept. 1 and 2 in the Library Activity Room at the Pine Community Center. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Books available include adult fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, large print books, reference books and rare books. Videos, DVD movies, music cassettes, CDs and magazines will also be available. You can purchase raffle tickets for a Party Basket at the library or at the Book Sale. The drawing for the basket will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2.

At 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 the library presents Movie Madness in the library with the showing of “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” Kids can bring their pillows and get comfortable on the floor and enjoy refreshments.

For more information, contact the library at (928) 476-3678.

Rifle Raffle

On Sept. 2, the Riff-Raff Club’s Rifle Raffle drawing will take place at the Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry at 6 p.m. There’s still time to get tickets for the fabulous raffle items including rifles, a big screen TV, curio cabinet and more. Look for members selling tickets at the Ponderosa Market and other local businesses including Pine Hardware. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The raffle funds the club’s Christmas project and other area charities.

Fire on the Rim

Cycling was one of the biggest sporting events in the 2012 Olympics with an immense crowd demonstrating the growing popularity of the sport. Get in on the fun at the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race just four weeks away!

On Sept. 14, 15 and 16, mountain bikers will push their endurance and technical skills to the max when they ride the Rim in the annual race presented by the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona and P/S Fuel Reduction. The excitement is already growing among race participants. The mountain bikers come from all over the state and many have not previously been to the P/S area. Many will bring their family and friends.

The event features food (including a spaghetti dinner); vendors; live music, including Junction 87; free camping; kids events; a beer garden and more. You can also take part in a raffle for two totally awesome bikes. You’ll want to buy as many tickets as you can because these bikes are so worth it! The event and raffle are important to our community as every penny earned goes directly into trail building and wildfire prevention in the P/S fuel break.

Catch the excitement at http://www.facebook.com/FireOnTheRimMountainBikeRace or www.fireontherim.com.

Please send your events to haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call (602) 790-0248.


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