Volunteer actors bring holiday traditions to life


by Myndi Brogdon
The Tonto Natural Bridge may not pop into your mind as a Christmas tradition, but volunteers Larry and Linda Johnson are hoping to change your mind.

The pair has planned holiday activities for the next two weekends. The fun takes place in the dining hall of the Tonto Natural Bridge Hotel. At 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 11, the Shepherd of the Pines Church Choir will travel the winding road to the lodge to perform for visitors.

At 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 12, the Johnsons will re-enact the lives of David and Lillias Goodfellow, the couple who built the lodge and created a life amidst the wilds of Pine Creek. Audience members will learn the history and legends of the bridge as the "Goodfellows" reminisce about days gone by. It's likely to become a new tradition born of our very own history.

Holiday concert

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, students from fourth- through eighth-grade will take center stage in the school gym for their annual Christmas concert. Youngsters will sing, dance and play their instruments.

If you haven't found your holiday spirit, these children can help, and a strong show of support can encourage these little hams to continue their musical endeavors.

Christmas puppies

Need a puppy for Christmas? A homeless black lab wandered into Dorothy's Strawberry home and had pups. The five puppies are about 6 weeks old and are ready to find permanent homes. The very timid mom even needs a home.

If you are interested or can help, call 476-4854.

Student toy drive

The Pine-Strawberry Student Council and the Pine-Strawberry Builders Club pooled their resources this year and bought $300 worth of toys for needy children in Pine-Strawberry.

They presented their gifts to the Rim Country Kiwanis Club Tuesday and were bubbling with excited tales of shopping for those in need.

I watched them grow that day. Their hearts grew and their minds grew with the simple act of giving.

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