Greetings and wishes for a happy spring and Easter to you all.
Remember the Easter egg hunt takes place tomorrow at the Cabins on Strawberry Hill. The event is at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 30 and is sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Business Community and coordinated by the amazing Shara Weiss of “Mommy Perks” and “the Pine Strawberry News” Web sites. It promises to be a fun day that is sure to instill happy memories to last a lifetime in the excited children who attend.
It is free for all and includes pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts, special golden eggs, prize baskets, cash prizes and more. Parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended. You may also contact Shara Weiss for a ride at (928) 978-6293.
Thrift store to reopen
Now for the news you have all been waiting for — our very own Pine Mall (the P/S Community Center Thrift Store) will re-open its doors on April 6. The shop has been closed since Jan. 16, after sustaining extensive weather-inflicted damage and flooding.
Thrift shop manager Rhonda invites anyone interested to stop in and see the remodeling since the store was gutted from top to bottom.
A special re-opening party is in the works for April 13 and will include live music and refreshments.
The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) operates the P/S Community Center Thrift Store and the proceeds from sales at the store support many programs for seniors in the area.
Store hours will remain the same: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
Please come out and support the April 6 opening or the celebration on April 13 — the store is the heart of the community.
Get ready for Arizona Trails Day
Stay tuned to the column for news on the upcoming Arizona Trails Day event on April 27. I encourage locals and visitors to mark your calendars for the second annual event celebrating the great outdoors and our wonderful walking, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trail system and gateway community to the 800-mile Arizona Trail.
In closing, thank you for your continued prayers for my husband, Richard, recovering from a fall on the ice on Jan. 21. For you wonderful people whose cards were returned from the VA Hospital due to his relocation to the Arizona State Veterans Home, you are welcome to resend to our home address and I will get them to him. The mailing address is: Richard Hafford, P.O. Box 2362, Pine, AZ 85544.
We look forward to being back home in Pine after our extended, sudden and lengthy time in Phoenix and hope to see you all again soon at the many exciting events coming to our community.
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