I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a friend, and that’s what happened Monday as the Friends of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library gathered for their monthly meeting.
The Friends are a group of dedicated volunteers who work to enhance the services of the local library. The monthly meetings are a great time to share in a love of books, socialize, plan fund-raising events, discuss various goals and projects and enjoy special guest speakers and authors.
The meeting did not disappoint as guest speaker, Michael Anderson, author of “A Place in the Land the Settlement of Pine, Arizona: 1878 - 1900,” shared insight into the origins of Pine.
It was fascinating to envision the remoteness of the area in the early 1900s and the difficulty of getting in to or out of Pine during the winter. It was an all-day trip by dirt roads that followed along the old cavalry and freight trails. It was not until the completion of the Beeline Highway in the 1950s that it became just a two-hour excursion and the area opened up as developers began to take notice of the region.
Anderson spoke about the early settlers and the pioneer homes that remain in the area and how the Library Activity Room was once a classroom and the Pine Museum was the Pine School Library (it was also the meeting room for the school board and administrative offices for the little school district).
If you are new to Pine or Strawberry and are looking for something to do, the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library loves to make new Friends. You will have a lot of fun while contributing to the enrichment of our community. For further information visit www.pinepubliclibrary.com or call Becky or Ann at (928) 476-3678.
Take Pride Volunteer of Year nominations
The Take Pride Project proudly presents the Volunteer of the Year Award to celebrate the dedication and service of truly outstanding volunteers. It recognizes the inspiring work of volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and energy to the environmental quality, protection and beautification of our forest. Take Pride has thinned the forests, graveled dirt roads, built shelters and placed aluminum picnic benches around Pine and Strawberry, as well as keeping the forest clean of debris. The second-to-none, hard-working volunteers share a common goal of making the forest around Pine and Strawberry beautiful for everyone’s enjoyment.
It’s time to submit nominations for those special volunteers with the Take Pride Project who have made a difference. Please send your recommendation letters for the 2011 Volunteer of the Year to Ira Gibel, P.O. Box 1536, Pine, AZ 85544.
Strawberry Patchers Quilt Auction
On Saturday, Aug. 11, Friends of the Strawberry Patchers are presenting the 4th Annual Quilt Auction in Pine’s Cultural Hall located at the Pine Community Center on Highway 87. Doors open at 11 a.m. for registration and preview. The auction will start at 1 p.m. and admission is free. Bring a non-perishable food item to be entered into the drawing for a quilt held after the auction.
Do you have a quilt you would like to put in the auction? Forms are available online.
Opportunity Quilt tickets will be available, along with “buy it now” and “make me an offer” quilts. Additional information is available at www.strawberrypatchers.com or call Elaine at (928) 978-3464.
It’s time for Mountain Daze again! This great family festival is coming the weekend of Aug. 11 and 12 to the Pine Strawberry Community Center. Come enjoy the Kids Korner and great activities for children with Shara Weiss of Mommy Perks. Shara’s craft projects are always a big hit with the kids at the P/S Business Community sponsored events.
You will also enjoy the antique cars and tractors, crafts festival and food vendors.
DJ Craig will provide music. You name it; he has it — from great oldies and country to heavy rock and roll and all the greatest hits of yesterday and today. His tunes will have you dancing around the ramada as you peruse the arts and crafts booths and enjoy another beautiful Pine day.
If you would like to lend a hand to the P/S Business Community group at this or other festivals, please e-mail them at psbcaz @gmail.com or call (928) 476-9988.
The AWANA Club at First Baptist Church of Pine will be starting up again after the summer break. This is a great time for fun and learning, handbook time, game time and council time — a weekly adventure. AWANA kick-off night is at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13 on the church grounds where you will enjoy hotdogs, chips, cotton candy and other goodies, and carnival games. Parents can register their children during that time. Come learn more about AWANA. The clubs will start Aug. 20, with Sparks for kindergarten through second-grade students from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; T&T for youngsters in the third through sixth grades; Trek for those in the seventh and eighth grades and Journey 24/7 for high school students from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The church van picks up children at the school when school is over.
Box Tops for Education
Do you use Betty Crocker baking mixes? What about Cheerios, Lucky Charms or Wheaties? Perhaps your family likes toaster pastries or Tostinos pizza rolls. All in all there are hundreds of items that display the Box Tops symbol, many that we use in our homes on a daily basis. Keep an eye on your purchases and the products you use at home. Each Box Top coupon is worth 10 cents to our local school. Think of the impact we could have if we all took the time to clip the coupons and collect them in an envelope for our P/S School. Collection boxes can be found at the school, post office and library. You can also earn box tops by shopping online at the Box Top Marketplace. For more information on the Box Tops program at the school, you can contact Diane Bowman at (9280 476-3579.
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