Occupy Pine And Strawberry — For Fun


Quilt Angel Thelma Anderson (left) looks on as food bank volunteer Gloria Fohr pulls the winning ticket from a jar at the Sept. 2 quilt raffle drawing. The P/S Food Bank raffled the quilt donated by the Quilt Angels to raise critically needed funds to help feed families in need in our community.

Quilt Angel Thelma Anderson (left) looks on as food bank volunteer Gloria Fohr pulls the winning ticket from a jar at the Sept. 2 quilt raffle drawing. The P/S Food Bank raffled the quilt donated by the Quilt Angels to raise critically needed funds to help feed families in need in our community. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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Daring and professional mountain bikers will overtake our mountain this weekend in a bike race that is taking Arizona by storm. Pine and Strawberry are gaining growing recognition as a premier biking destination with exhilarating trails, breathtaking scenery and views. Many riders will experience it this weekend for the first time.

If you are in Arizona, come occupy Pine and Strawberry Sept. 14, 15 and 16 for the second-ever Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race. The Arizona Mountain Bike Association and Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. are hosting three days of extreme racing, children’s activities, free camping, food wagons, beer garden, live music and a whole lotta fun.

Here’s an agenda of the activities ... On Friday, campsites will open at noon and the beer garden at 4 p.m. A spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. for $5 will be even better when listening to live foot-stomping music of the popular band, Junction 87. For tickets call Mike Brandt at (928) 970-1738.

The 45-, 30- and 15-mile races are on Saturday beginning at 7:30, 7:45 and 8 a.m. at 6000 Bradshaw Drive in Pine. Food wagons open at 8 a.m. and the beer garden at 11 a.m. Come out and cheer on the racers and support the event that raises money to fight fire on the Rim.

There will be a silent auction at the race venue from noon until 2 p.m. Lots of great items have been donated including granite from Payson Concrete and gift certificates from Big O Tires and more. A brand-new bike will look great on top of your car as you head home, so get your raffle tickets. The drawing will be held at the awards ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. AZ Devo Clinic will be held at 3 p.m. and top off the day with the fabulous John Scott Band performing at 5 p.m.

For anyone who was planning to see Gila County District One Supervisor Tommie Martin, I regret to announce that this activity has been canceled due to a conflict in the supervisor’s schedule.

On Sunday, food wagons will open at 6 a.m. and the Kids Race begins at 10 a.m. at the Pine/Strawberry School, located behind the Community Center and Thrift Store. Any child who has enjoyed bike riding this summer has done all the training they need to participate, just bring a bike, register to compete, have fun and a chance to win a Fire on the Rim medal just as the adult racers.

Be part of the action on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FireOnTheRimMountain BikeRace.

Whether you’re a spectator or plan to race, you’re sure to have a good time occupying P/S. After getting to know and appreciate the Rim Country, you’ll never want to leave!

Great shopping

When in Pine and Strawberry, check out the wonderful shops with great antiques and quality handcrafted items.

Please join the community as it welcomes two new businesses on Highway 87 in Pine: Carol’s Country Crafts and Coach House Antiques and Boutique.

The Community Center Thrift Store, operated by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation, asks your support of our seniors by shopping its great deals: Sept. 14 and 15 all items in the book and linen room are half price; Sept. 19 to 22 there will be a summer clothes clearance, shoes and purses will be half price and you can fill a bag with clothes for $2. For donation pickups call (928) 476-4633.

Don’t toss it, give it!

The P/S Food Bank thanks everyone who participated in the Quilt Raffle to raise funds to help those whose incomes put their families at risk for hunger.

Our food bank is totally reliant on the generosity of us all to meet the needs in the community.

As you close up your summer cabin or clean out your cupboards after the holiday, don’t toss those non-perishable items that you never got around to using. Please give them to the food bank.

A new Arizona tax credit called Helping the Working Poor makes donating easier than ever. The Legislature lets donors take up to $400 off their taxes in a tax credit. You can earn dollar-for-dollar credit on state income tax, or your gift qualifies as a charitable deduction on your itemized federal return.

To help, contact the food bank at (928) 476-6469.

Keep it here Sept. 22

No matter what you are doing this month, make sure to be in Pine on Sept. 22.

Start off with the Justice McNeeley Foundation Annual Charity Quad Poker Run for a full day of fun including Texas Hold ’em, a bass boat raffle, auction, 50/50 drawing, horseshoe tournament and live music. For information visit www.justicemcneeleyfoundation.org.

At 4 p.m. attend a Farm Dinner and Market at the second annual farm dinner benefit for P/S Fuel Reduction, Inc. at Fossil Creek Creamery. This is a reservations only event and seating is limited to 100 persons. For information, call (928) 476-5178.

At 6:30 p.m. there will be an Ice Cream Social and Dance hosted by the P/S Historical Society in the Pine Cultural Hall. The Randall Family Band will provide entertainment while guests enjoy all-you-can-eat, make your own sundaes. For information, call Margaret Parker at (928) 970-0658 or Shirley Whitehurst at (928) 970-0057.

New trail for Pine!

After a three-year environmental study, the go-ahead has been given for the Pine Creek Trail construction project. The eight miles of new trail, from Camp Lo Mia to the Strawberry Trailhead, will ease the difficulty the Forest Service has in maintaining portions of the P/S fuel break that are inaccessible.

Volunteers can take part in this exciting project. Trail building workshops will be held at the Pine Community Center in October. If interested, please call Janet Brandt at (928) 595-0204.

Stay tuned! More events are coming to P/S and they’re sure to be good. Send your P/S events to haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call (602) 790-0248. See you at the races!

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