No matter your interests, in Pine and Strawberry there is a non-profit community group providing opportunities to participate in things you love. It’s a win-win proposition: doing what you enjoy while helping the community.
In April, Governor Brewer presented the 2012 Volunteer Service Awards, the highest honor given for volunteerism in the state.
P/S Fuel Reduction, Inc. was among 11 recipients to earn the prestigious award. The group is known for its innovative work to keep the community safe from wildfires. You can be involved in these heroic efforts by assisting the group in a variety of ways, including the annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race. For information, visit http://psfuel reduction.org or www.fireonthe rim.com.
Do you live to ride? The Rim Country Riders ATV Club members help to expand and preserve our forest trails while having way too much fun! If this group is for you, please e-mail them at rim email@example.com.
Are you a business owner or full- or part-time resident who loves P/S and the community spirit? Be a part of it by joining the P/S Business Community. This group sponsors events all year, including the May Day, Strawberry, August Daze, and Apple festivals and Festival of Lights. It takes diligent planning and hard work, but is a lot of fun and vital to the livelihood of P/S. To help, call (928) 476-9988 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The P/S Arts & Crafts Guild offers opportunities for those interested in arts and crafts to join with like-minded individuals, promote your work, preserve the arts, and participate in three annual arts and crafts festivals and a boutique. Visit http://pine strawberryartscrafts.com.
Local quilting groups — the Strawberry Patchers and Quilt Angels — both provide opportunities for quilt enthusiasts to work together on great projects like comfort quilts or Christmas stockings for food bank recipients. Visit www.strawberrypatchers .com or call Wanda Harp at (928) 476-5332.
The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation helps local seniors in many capacities. Among these are the Meals-On-Wheels program and the Senior Dining Room or volunteering at the Community Center Thrift Store. Use your skills in fashion, flower arranging, customer service and more. Call (928) 476-4633.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library offers exceptional and varied programs for all age groups, made possible by the Library Friends, a group committed to improving and expanding the library’s capabilities. Our library staff and volunteers work hard to meet the needs of the community from providing computer and art classes to assistance for home school parents and children and much more. Call Becky or Ann at (928) 476-3678 to learn more.
Are you fascinated with the early days on the frontier, pioneers, cowboys and Indians? The area is rich with history and you can step into it as a volunteer for the P/S Archeology and Historical Society. Just a few donated hours a week will help preserve our heritage for generations to come. Contact the group at PSAHS, P.O. Box 564, Pine, AZ 85544 or drop by the museum.
If you have a big heart and an appetite for fun, consider joining the local Riff-Raff Club or Strawberry’s Elite. These groups do an invaluable service with fund-raising events to help residents in need. They have a lot of fun while hosting an annual Rifle Raffle, raffles for awesome prizes like ATVs and trucks, a steak fry, yard sale and more. For more information on these groups and the local area, visit www.psaz news.com.
There is no greater service you can give the community than by supporting the food bank. The P/S Food Bank depends on all of us to help struggling individuals, families, children, and the sick and elderly among us. Help is needed now, so please send a donation today to P/S Food Bank, P.O. Box 1534, Pine, AZ 85544.
Find a group that’s right for you. Have fun, make new friends and help others. Catch the spirit of Pine and Strawberry!
Saturday, July 21, Lynn Sankey, contributing photographer for Arizona Highways magazine, will teach you how to take the perfect photograph in a class at the Pine library. The library is located on Randall Place in Pine, just north of Highway 87. Class time is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and cost $55. For more information, visit www.lynn sankeyphotography.com.
Pine Library Friends
Pine Library Friends meet at 10 a.m., Monday, July 23 in the Library Activity Room behind the Pine Cultural Hall. The guest speaker is Michael Anderson, author of “A Place In The Land: The Settlement of Pine, AZ: 1878-1900.” That alone is reason to attend, but you will also want to meet the friendly people who help support our great library. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.
Fire on the Rim
A public meeting will take place to organize volunteers for the 2012 Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 24. The meeting will be in the Senior Dining Hall behind the Community Center Thrift Store. There were nearly 100 volunteers last year and more are needed this year as the event is expanded to cover the weekend of Sept. 14, 15 and 16. The race encourages numerous people to visit our area, learn about our town and boost the local economy. Event includes the race, Kid’s Kamp, vendors, raffles, music, beer garden and more. You will learn about fire prevention efforts and how the Mountain Bike Race has a role in this monumental task. Be part of something spectacular. For further information, go to www.fireontherim.com.
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