If you love the Rim Country, and you love riding ATVs, the Rim Country Riders ATV Club is for you. The group welcomes residents, weekend visitors and out-of-towners to join them for riding, fun, friendship and promoting safety awareness and respect for our forest.
The members are ATV enthusiasts from all walks of life who enjoy the great outdoors. Many of the founding members have been riding together for years, including acting club president Cindy Mack and her husband, Bob, owners of the Ponderosa Market. Other riders include a former warden and other retired law enforcement professionals, a former mayor, a senior librarian, teachers, business owners and even a dog named Jack.
The dedicated and conscientious riders are coordinating with the Forest Service and other government and environmental agencies to raise public safety awareness and create and expand ATV trails around our Rim Country communities in a responsible manner conducive with the environment.
Members also pick up discarded trash in and around our national forest. They have picked up many beer cans, water bottles and other refuse left in our forest along the roads and trails. Last year’s “Let’s Get Trashed” event in Pine brought together many of the riders and other Pine and Strawberry residents to clean up debris from our roadsides and wooded areas. The event, sponsored by the Ponderosa Market, was complete with a barbeque, beer and the blues music of Arizona musician Hans Olsen.
If you live to ride, this is the right place to find new people to hit the trails with. ATVing in Pine and Strawberry is a unique wilderness experience with varied mountain terrain that includes mud holes, logs, ravines, ridgelines, climbs, descents, rocks and more. By joining a local ATV club, you can have fun and help make sure trails stay clean and safe for all riders.
If interested, email rimcountryridersatv @hotmail.com or attend the first meeting in Strawberry at the Windmill Inn at 5079 Highway 87 on Sunday, June 3 at 10 a.m.
Strawberry Festival next weekend
A strawberry is delicious. A strawberry dipped in chocolate is even better. An entire festival dedicated to strawberries is strawberry heaven.
The Strawberry Festival on June 9 and 10 is a weekend of family fun at the Pine Strawberry Community Center where you can enjoy strawberry delights of all varieties.
There is something everyone will enjoy from fiddling to hands-on fun. Chuck, Barb and Arvid (the fiddlers) will be serving up tunes throughout the weekend. Kids rule with fun arts and crafts activities at the Kids Kraft Korner in the Senior Dining Room. There will also be a carnival in the school yard with pony rides, a bounce house and climbing walls.
Get the summer started strolling through arts and crafts booths, food vendors and local non-profit group information booths. Meet local artists and crafters in the P/S Arts and Crafts Guild Boutique.
Visitors to Pine and Strawberry will enjoy the many unique restaurants, charming antique and specialty shops, a museum and historical structures that are the signature of this beautiful Arizona Rim community.
The festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival, sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Business Community, is the number-one place to be next weekend for great family fun.
Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show
Pine is a mecca for quilters and quilt enthusiasts in June. This year’s 16th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show will be held in the Cultural Hall in Pine on June 8, 9 and 10 in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival.
Raffle tickets will be available for the Opportunity Quilt. A beautiful Opportunity Quilt is created each year by the talented group members and raffled to help the community.
There will be a Berry Patch Boutique, Vendor Mall, Quilt Appraiser and Viewers’ Choice voting.
The show will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. For each non-perishable food item brought in, you will receive a ticket to win a quilt in a drawing on June 10.
For more information on the group, visit their Web site at www.strawberrypatchers .com.
Naked Yard Sale
The Riff-Raff Club is a great local group of volunteers who assist needy individuals, children and families in the Pine Strawberry community. Their annual Naked Yard Sale funds the club’s Thanksgiving community outreach.
Generous residents donate new and quality items for the sale, but no clothing is accepted — which is why it is called the Naked Yard Sale!
Please support the Riff-Raff Club by attending the yard sale on June 9 next to Payson Concrete at 3971 N. Highway 87.
While there, you can purchase tickets for the September Rifle Raffle that includes many other fabulous items donated by area businesses and individuals. The Rifle Raffle funds the club’s Christmas project and other community charities.
Pine resident and author Candy Marie Bridges, who also established the Breath of Life Retreat Center in Pine, would love to meet you at a book signing for her memoir, “Meet Me In The Mountains,” on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oasis Christian Books and Gifts in Payson. She will also be signing her book during the Rim Area Garden Tour on June 16, as the retreat house is one of the properties on the tour.
Candy’s inspirational book is available from local merchants including Moose Mountain and Pine Country Antiques, in Payson at Oasis Christian Books, and on Amazon.com.
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