Plenty To Do – But Be Careful

This quilt by Brenda Dickinson won the top awards at last weekend’s Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show.

This quilt by Brenda Dickinson won the top awards at last weekend’s Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show. Photo by Dennis Fendler. |

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The P/S Fire District and CERT are sponsoring an annual Wildfire Preparation Community Meeting at 6 p.m., Friday, June 15 in the P/S Cultural Hall.

Learn about changes to our siren system and alternatives, evacuation, how to prepare, what you need, what to do, what is expected, and where to go. Also learn current restrictions and condition in our forest and more about our CERT team, community shelter and how to get involved. Everyone is urged to attend this very important and informative meeting.

Saturday Block Party

In Pine and Strawberry there are always fun-filled activities for children and families for every season. It’s time for the annual summer block party sponsored by the Church on Randall Place. Every year the church holds a block party at the Community Center and everyone is invited to attend. Everything is free; you just have to show up! There will be live music with Covenant 31, games, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, food and more.

This year the lively and inspirational event will be held noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 16. It is always a lot of fun and a blessing to the community. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Pastor Lake at (928) 970-4249. He would love to have you and your family join in the fun.

The school year ended with the traditional Field Day at Pine Strawberry School. Field Day is a fun way many students across the country cut loose at the end of the academic year, celebrate summer’s arrival, and participate in games often modeled after the Olympics.

Superintendent Mike Clark reports the event was a great success. The kids and staff had a great time participating in a variety of events including tug of war, sack races, three-legged races, relays, egg toss, and the infamous shark tank. The day concluded at noon with a Hot Dog Barbecue cooked by Superintendent Clark.

Many activities take place in the great outdoors of Pine and Strawberry. Come summertime, the population swells as seasonal residents return and lowlanders ascend to our scenic mountains and fishing streams for relief from the heat. There are more cars, more ATVs... and more children enjoying their summer vacation.

Now that the school break is under way, recognizing that our children are out and about in our community, I am asking all of us to be especially safe drivers. And always in Pine and Strawberry, watch out for pets, squirrels, deer, elk and other wildlife that frequently catch motorists by surprise on our rural roads and highways.

May all our children and our families have a safe, fun and happy summer.

PSBC: Keeping the spirit alive

The Pine Strawberry Business Community members are to be commended for the success of the Strawberry Festival last weekend and all they do to bring great events to our little town. Our top-notch business leaders worked hard and volunteered many hours to bring more great family fun and activities for kids to this year’s event with the addition of pony rides and the ongoing success and expansion of the Kid’s Kraft Korner. More than 90 kids participated in the Kraft Korner last weekend coordinated by Shara Weiss of Mommy Perks who does a phenomenal job.

Bobbie Tullo, secretary of the P/S Business Community and owner of Visions Speaking Rock Shop and Emporium in Pine, said, “I know that the people that came through the store during the weekend were having fun and enjoying themselves. I saw lots of people with smiles on their faces!”

The P/S Business Community is a non-profit group comprised of local business owners and community-minded residents. The small group of dedicated members work tirelessly — literally — to bring events that benefit the community. The festivals bring increased revenues to our shops, restaurants, and businesses and keep the spirit alive that makes Pine and Strawberry such a great place to live and visit. All businesses and full-time and seasonal residents reap the benefits and owe our support and gratitude to this small handful of individuals who make big things happen. Without their efforts in coordinating the Strawberry Festival, Mountain Daze, Apple Festival, Festival of Lights and more we would not have the influx of visitors to boost the local economy.

I encourage more of the local business owners and residents with a heart for the community to lend a helping hand to the Pine Strawberry Business Community organization and help to make a difference in the community. For more information, visit the Web site at www.pinestrawberrybusiness communityaz.com.

Quilt Show winners

The complete list of Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show winners from last weekend’s event are far too numerous to list here. Here are just a few of the talented quilters whose extraordinary work and vision earned them an award in this year’s quilting competition: Best of Show and the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Award went to Brenda Dickinson for “Maddie’s Flower Garden;” The Strawberry Patchers Choice Award went to Sandy Salmans for her entry “A Little Splash of Lime;” awards were also given in 13 other categories with a total of 40 winners. Sponsorship ribbons were also awarded to six groups. For a complete list of winners or questions, contact Strawberry Patchers chair, Elaine Putnam at (928) 978-3464. Congratulations to all the entrants and winners.

If you’re looking for something to do while in the area, check out this column each Friday for all the happenings in our neck of the woods and exciting upcoming events you don’t want to miss. Please send your happenings to haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call (602) 790-0248.

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