P/S Packed With Events In September

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Blood, Sweat & Gears Occupy P/S

Blood, sweat and gears will occupy Pine and Strawberry next weekend when one of the most challenging up-and-coming mountain bike races on the planet, the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race, blazes in Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept.16.

P/S Fuel Reduction, Inc. is proud to partner with the Arizona Mountain Bike Association to bring the second annual race for a worthy cause — to fight fire on the Rim.

Come join the exciting pre- and post-race events! Junction 87 will play from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at a spaghetti dinner and beer garden. Get tickets for $5 from Mike Brandt at 928-970-1738.

On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Tommie Martin, county supervisor, will meet the public to discuss local issues, the John Scott Band will perform, and food vendors and beer garden will be open.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., a kids race will be held at P/S School. Local kids are encouraged to come out with their bikes to race and have the chance of winning a Fire on the Rim medal, just as the adult racers.

For all the details on the event visit www.fireontherim.com.

Movie Madness

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library invites kids to bring their pillow and get comfortable on the floor to enjoy refreshments and movies. On Sept. 12 see “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” and Sept. 27 see Disney’s “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 Viva La Fiesta!” The fun begins at 1 p.m. in the library.

Raffle winners

Now we know where the party is! Maggie McKnight of Strawberry won the Library Friends Party Basket Raffle in a drawing on Sept. 2.

A donation turned into a beautiful quilt for Rosemary Haas of Scottsdale in the P/S Food Bank fund-raiser. The quilt was donated by the Quilt Angels and raffled to bring in critically needed funds.

Congratulations to all 46 winners of the 2012 Riff-Raff Rifle Raffle that helps with medical needs of local children.

You don’t need a winning ticket to be a winner. When you participate in a raffle to help your community, everybody wins!

Neighbors help neighbors

The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation, who run the Thrift Store, Senior Dining Room and more are helping a neighbor. Longtime residents, Dave and Sheri Earp, have acquired unexpected medical expenses. They have given much to the community and now we can repay them in their time of need.

There will be a quilt raffle for a quilt called “Community” in the Thrift Shop. It was generously donated by the Strawberry Patchers. Tickets are $1. The drawing is Sept. 29 at noon.

Tomorrow, Sept. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. they will have a “Build your own Sundae” in the Senior Dining Room, with proceeds to help the Earps.

A donation jar has been placed in the store for anyone who can contribute.

Stop in and shop where all proceeds benefit local seniors. Sept. 5 to 8 small kitchen appliances are 50 percent off and the 5th to 15th all books are 50 percent off.

Charity Quad Poker Run

The Justice McNeeley Foundation, who raise money for area children with medical needs, will have the annual Charity Quad Poker Run on Sept. 22.

The Run starts at 8 a.m. with breakfast at Sidewinders Saloon. Register at 9 a.m. for $10 fee and leave at 10 a.m.

Sign up for Texas Hold ’em at 12:30 p.m. Event starts at 1 p.m. with $15 Buy-in.

It concludes at THAT Brewery and Pub with a Bass Boat Raffle, Auction, 50/50 Drawing and Horseshoe Tournament from 1 to 5 p.m, for $10 entry fee. Party down with the Strawbillies Blues Band from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit justicemcneeleyfoundation.org or contact Katie Parks at 928-238-0155 or Chuck Collins at 928-476-3479.

Farm Dinner and Market

The second annual Farmers Market Dinner at Fossil Creek Creamery in Strawberry will be Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. to raise funds for P/S Fuel Reduction, the non-profit, award-winning group who work to protect us from wildfires.

John and Joyce Bittner invite you to join them at the goat and llama ranch for a delicious country style meal where local farmers, dairies, winemakers and artists donate their time and fantastic products. Culinary experts will dazzle guests with a farm dinner feast using local produce. You will have a chance to meet growers and sample or purchase their products. Reservations are required with seating limited to 100. For information or reservations, call 928-476-5178.

Ice Cream Social

You are in for a treat when the P/S Historical Society hosts a FUNdraising event Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Re-live the days of the frontier at an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social and Community Dance in the Pine Cultural Hall. The All-You-Can-Eat, Make-Your-Own Sundaes are sure to make you happy, but not as much as the entertainment dished up by descendants of one of Pine’s founding families, the Randall Family Band.

For $10 for adults and $5 for children, you can enjoy all the ice cream you can possibly eat and dance the night away, while helping preserve our local history. For information, contact Margaret Parker at 928-970-0658 or Shirley Whitehurst at 928-970-0057.

The Mogollon Monster 100

A Trail Race for runners, the Mogollon Monster 100, will take place in Pine on Sept. 29. This is a first year event for one of the most challenging endurance events in the country with four climbs up the Rim totaling 106 miles in all! About 100 runners are expected and guests will include runners, pacers, families, crews and volunteers, bringing around 300 visitors or more to the community.

Keep it right here on Friday’s for all the events coming to our neck of the woods. Send your P/S events to haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call 602-790-0248.

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