Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social Saturday

Barbara Summers of Pine unloads abandoned cable and other unsightly items she found littering the forest and roadsides around the community in the Let’s Get Trashed event.

Photo by Joy Hafford. |

Barbara Summers of Pine unloads abandoned cable and other unsightly items she found littering the forest and roadsides around the community in the Let’s Get Trashed event.


A fun and family-friendly event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20 in the Cultural Hall at the P/S Community Center, when the P/S Historical and Archaeological Society hosts an old-fashioned ice cream social.

The community is invited to join the local historical society and the Wooden Nickel band for a great evening of ice cream and entertainment to support the preservation of the history of P/S that brings allure, nostalgia and charm to the area.

The P/S Historical Society has served the community since 1979 and is proud to maintain the museum and historic Strawberry Schoolhouse, the pioneer cemetery and an array of artifacts, historic structures, equipment and sites.

For the third year, the Wooden Nickel band is back to show support for the annual fund-raiser with great country music in the spirit of the frontier. Step into the past and help preserve history for future generations.

After a warm summer day, join your friends and neighbors in the coolest fund-raiser of the season. The ice cream social is a timeless event that has brought families and neighbors together for generations. Enjoy sundaes, floats and other delicious ice cream treats. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for 5 years old and under.

Can’t make it? Your donation can help keep the past alive. Please send your contribution to P/S Historical and Archaeological Society, P.O. Box 564, Pine, AZ 85544.

For information on area history and sights, go to www.pinestraw hs.org.

Riff Raff Club assists P/S School

It is time for the Riff Raff Club’s School Assistance Program.

Sheila Deasey, secretary of the Riff Raff Club, will be at the Ponderosa Market in Pine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in July to collect supplies or cash donations.

Here is a list of items that the school needs: No. 2 pencils, washable markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, wide- or college-ruled paper, three-ring binders that expand to a maximum of two inches; Lysol/Clorox wipes and backpacks.

Needed nurse room supplies: Band-Aids, paper towels for ice packs, plastic snack-size bags for ice packs; socks — any size; underwear sizes 4T-7; hand sanitizer; Lysol/Clorox wipes.

Financial donations may also be mailed to the Riff Raff Club, P.O. Box 1941, Pine, AZ 85544 or by contacting clubriffraff@hotmail.com.

It’s our school, our kids and our community, so let’s all lend a helping hand through this great organization that helps those in need in P/S all year long.

Sheila and the entire Riff Raff Club thank you greatly for your support of their fund-raising efforts.

Pine Public Library

A special Meet the Author event will take place at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library on Aug. 3 with Pine resident, Carena Del Uno, signing copies of her book, “Welcoming Wellness.” The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon inside the library. Refreshments will be served.

A reminder that the Pine library holds pre-school story time for children ages 2-1/2 to 4 from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Age appropriate activities are offered for your child’s social interaction with other children.  If you have any questions, contact the library at (928) 476-3678.

Getting trashed in P/S

Did you see the ATVs running around our neighborhoods, roadsides and forest last weekend and wonder what in the world they were up to?

More than 60 conscientious residents, ATV riders, local businesses and community groups came together for a worthwhile cause — to clean up unsightly debris left by litterbugs with no regard for our beautiful surroundings.

A record number of community volunteers participated in the annual Let’s Get Trashed event sponsored by the Ponderosa Market, Rim Country Riders ATV Club and Waste Matters. The day culminated in a barbecue at the home of Bob and Cindy Maack, owners of the Ponderosa.

For their efforts, the dedicated and diligent workers were treated to keg beer, brats and beans donated by the market and many delicious side dishes contributed by members of the ATV Riders Club.

In addition, Rico, The One Man Band, lent his support to the cause, rewarding the “troops” with great music as they arrived with their garbage bags, cars and trucks filled with all manner of debris, which went into Dumpsters donated by Waste Matters. All cans collected were placed in a separate container for donation to the Humane Society.

Prizes were awarded in categories such as the most amount and uniqueness of trash collected.

Over the years, the Maacks have shown tremendous generosity and support of the P/S community, and the “forest clean up is a matter Cindy takes seriously,” according to first-year ATV club members, Gary Goings, Patti Hirst and her sister, Leigh Pendergraft. The trio, unfamiliar with the requirements of the event, arrived at the party trash-less. “No way, Jose,” declared Cindy, who dispersed them out to do the work before participating in the festivities!

The Let’s Get Trashed event is another example of the community spirit of P/S in action.

Breweries honor fallen firefighters

THAT Brewery and Pub of Pine, along with the AZ Craft Brewers Guild and other Arizona breweries are working on a collaboration beer and donating all the ingredients. All proceeds will go to the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Please join Steve and Tamara in raising a glass to these fallen heroes and help their families by drinking this special brew.

Further information is available on the Web site at www.thatbrewery.com.

Thanks for reading!

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