To all my friends and neighbors in Pine, Strawberry, Payson, surrounding area and readers of the P/S Happenings column — Thank you for all the good wishes, prayers, cards and support as my husband, Richard, is recovering in the Arizona State Veterans Home after six weeks in the VA Hospital since a winter-related accident, hip surgery and pneumonia that threatened his life. I have devoted my heart and energy to helping him get through this and will be back on track with the column within the next two weeks. We are blessed to live among the most wonderful folks and in the most beautiful place in all of Arizona and I look forward to continuing to bring you all of the exciting events that are coming to Pine and Strawberry this spring, summer and beyond. Please continue to e-mail me at haffordjoy1@gmail .com about your local happenings so that I can get the word out and let folks know about all the wonderful people, sites and events that make Pine and Strawberry such a special place to live and visit.
Stay safe and take care of yourself and each other.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at THAT Brewery — all day Saturday, March 17. Corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes and carrots and Steve’s Irish Stout will be featured. There will also be $3 pints of THAT beer and $11 pitchers of THAT beer. Wear in your green and get 10 percent off your bill. No green? $2 off any green THAT Brewery hat.
Pine Strawberry community lunches
The dining hall at the Pine Strawberry Community Center remains open and serving wonderful meals Monday through Friday. A full meal consists of a full salad bar, main entree, dessert and drink for only $5. The salad bar and drink is only $3.
Donations for the thrift store are still being accepted; bring them into the dining hall area or put them inside the side gate.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will host a book signing with Barbara Bayless Lacy, author of “Nanisé, A Navajo Herbal,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 20. Copies of the book will be available at the library. Lacy will be accompanied by Maggie Dawes, a Navajo herbalist, who will be showing medicinal herbs that grow in her area of Fuzzy Mountain.
Refreshments will be served.
To learn more, call (928) 476-3578; the library is at 6124 N. Randall Place in Pine.
P/S Trails Day
Last year’s inaugural P/S Trails Day event was a great success. If you missed out last year, there’s plenty of time to get on board for this year. The event promotes the area’s walking, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trail system and promotes the community as a gateway to the 800-mile Arizona Trail. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Pine Ramada at the Community Center. There is no cost to attend. The format of the event will be like that of an informational convention and participants will be providing facts about the area trails and educating the public. The event brings many visitors who enjoy the extensive trails system and also provides a boost to local groups and businesses.
If you would like to participate or learn more about this upcoming event, please e-mail maureen .firstname.lastname@example.org.