The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library operates on a shoestring budget but manages to keep doors open by hosting several fundraisers throughout the year.
The benefits include See’s Candy sales, basket raffles, a library materials fundraiser, Library Friends holiday book sales and this year, for the first time ever, a “Wine Around the Library” benefit to be held from 3:30 p.m. to sunset, Saturday, Oct. 11.
“We are hoping that the fundraiser will become an annual social event in our community,” said library manager Becky Waer. “A selection of wines, both red and white, along with chocolates, light refreshments and music are planned.”
In preparing for the event, the library board of trustees is seeking event sponsors.
Gold Level – $100 Donation: Two complimentary tickets to “Wine Around the Library” ($40 value); prominent sponsorship recognition on signage at event; prominent sponsorship recognition in press releases; prominent sponsorship on the library website.
Silver Level – $50 Donation: Prominent sponsorship recognition on signage at event; prominent sponsorship recognition in press releases; prominent sponsorship on the library website.
Tickets to “Wine Around the Library” are $20 each and are available at the library or from any board of trustees member. A limited number will be sold.
Fundraisers became doubly important this year because a Gila County Library District grant annually awarded to the Pine library was reduced 5 percent, but costs of operating the facility continue to increase.
The local library offers a myriad of services including six public computers, 24-hour Wi-Fi service, children’s programs, new releases of books and movies, three current newspapers, a cozy reading center, coffee station, fax services and more.
Although the library is staffed by only two full-time and two part-time employees, a cadre of helpful and friendly volunteers are always available to lend a helping hand.
The library is a nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status. All donations are tax-deductible.
For more information or to become a sponsor, call (928) 476-3678.
ICE in the dome?
Believe it or not, there were some Rim Country residents who last week were absolutely convinced they had witnessed vans hauling illegal immigrant boys into the Wilson Dome parking lot where, they believed, ICE officers escorted the teens into the dome. One of the eyewitnesses reasoned the dome was being used as a holding cell for the South American immigrant youths.
What those residents actually saw were high school football players from around the state entering the dome where they lived during the weeklong PHS football camp.
As for the ICE agents, we can only figure they were camp coaches.
During my high school coaching career I was called a lot of things, but never an ICE agent.
Friends’ book sale
The Library Friends’ Labor Day Book Sale will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 29, 30 and 31 in the library activity room located behind the community center.
For the sale, plastic bags will be $2 each and customers may fill them with as many books as they will hold.
This year, Friends are also sponsoring a raffle for a wine basket. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 31.
The holiday book sales are traditionally well attended and lucrative. During the three-day 4th of July sale, Library Friends raised $1,443.67.
The Fire on the Rim mountain bike race is in need of volunteers to sell raffle tickets under the covered patio in front of the Ponderosa Market in Pine. The raffle is for one of three bikes this year, which include trail and BMX bikes. It’s easy, you’ll meet many nice people and the proceeds benefit the Fire on the Rim bike race. Fire on the Rim committee member Katie Calderon will help you set up and will be on hand at the conclusion to put things away.
The dates and times volunteers are needed are:
Sunday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16, noon to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30, noon to 3 p.m.
For more information, go to: www.fire ontherim.com/contact-us/.
The fourth annual Mountain Daze in Pine will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the community center ramada. The event will feature vendors, food booths, entertainment, a 50/50 raffle and the Pine Strawberry Business Community booth.
Also on Aug. 9 at the community center, the Friends of Strawberry Patchers will host the sixth annual “A Beautiful Quilt Auction.”
The event opens at 11 a.m. for both registration and preview. The auction starts at 1 p.m.
Admission is free, but those who donate a can or package of non-perishable food for the local food bank will be entered into a drawing for a quilt.
For more information and forms, call Kris Lovetro at (602) 390-2046.
The Church on Randall Place is hosting a “Christian Music Concert” at 6 p.m. Aug. 7. The music will include several genres including, bluegrass, country, gospel and some contemporary.
A Pine Strawberry Community Blood Drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19 in the First Baptist Church gym.
The drive is being hosted by United Blood Services.
Those who donate blood with UBS in June, July and August will be entered in a drawing to win a 2014 Volkswagen Passat.
For more information, call Sheri Earp at (602) 399-7267 or (928) 476-3655.
Hot diggity dog!
The Pine-Strawberry Senior Citizen Affairs Foundation (SCAF) is hosting a “Bingo and Hot Dog Night” at 5 p.m., Friday. Aug. 15 in the senior dining room.
SCAF is an organization open to full- or part-time residents of Pine, Strawberry and surrounding communities who are 50 years of age or older.
Throughout the year, SCAF members enjoy a variety of regular activities including movies, potluck dinners, board games, bingo, a variety of card games and road trips such as a fun filled bus ride to Diamondbacks baseball games. Members are urged to volunteer when opportunities arise and to make suggestions for special activities and educational programs.
For more information, go to scaf@ PineStrawberrySCAF.com.