Storytellers take stage in Pine Saturday


This Saturday, Pine will be the first small community in Arizona to host a Tellabration -- a celebration of storytellers that takes place every year around the world.

Seven professional storytellers will spin their favorite tales Saturday for audiences in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center off Highway 87.

"Tellabration will give people an idea of what storytelling is like," professional storyteller Don Doyle said. "A story reminds us of what we know already. We all need to tell our personal stories to our children -- stories of our parents and grandparents. (We need to tell our stories) to other people of other cultures and other countries. You can't hate other people whose stories you know."

Doyle, who has been a professional storyteller for 15 years, said he wants to inspire others to learn the craft.

"I taught storytelling at Arizona State University as a part of my work in the theater department," he said. Now he wants to help younger children appreciate the qualities of a good storyteller.

"These tellers are donating all of their time with the hope that next summer we can do a festival," Doyle said. "(We would) do workshops for teachers, kids and parents on storytelling.

"If it goes well, and there seems to be an interest, I would like to get a group of young people together and form a club. That would be really exciting to me. I believe the youth are the future of storytelling. It's exciting to interest them in the art form."

To get the children started, Doyle said he helps them pick a story to share, preferably a story from their own lives.

"They pick out their own story, and we do a lot of talking about what makes a good story," he said. "I encourage them to tell their own story from their life and tell those stories to each other."

Two junior high students from Pine-Strawberry School, Rebecca Ross and Billy Chester, also will perform during the show.

The first performance, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., is for children in kindergarten through third grade, who are accompanied by adults. Tickets are $2.

The second performance, which is for children in fourth through eighth grade, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Tickets for this performance are also $2.

The third and final performance, which is for high school students, adults and seniors, will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for this performance are $3 for students, $4 for seniors over 55 years of age and $5 for adults.

Seating is limited to 200 people per performance.

The trouble with mice

No doubt you have heard of, or seen for yourself, the rise in the mice population in Pine and Strawberry. Beyond being creepy, the little rodents have become a threat to our automobiles. Mice have taken to making their homes in vehicles, and it's causing quite a stink.

Mechanics from Chapman Auto Center have removed at least 20 mice from as many cars and trucks. And the folks at Tonto Rim Pest Control say they have had a lot of calls for mice removal in homes.

Traps and poison are reportedly the best solutions for eliminating mice from homes. But to protect your auto, check under your hood, along the fenders in or near the blower-motor and heater areas regularly. The little critters like to get up next to the firewalls too, and it can take less than an hour for a cold mouse to make a warm home in your vehicle.

If your blower-motor is making noise or not blowing air, chances are a mouse has gotten into the blower-motor and built a nest, the mechanics told me.

One neighbor had a mouse in their truck's engine every day. The solution was a trap. If a mouse dies in your engine, the smell can be -- well horrible. Some of the local mechanics now have a product that can help rid your vehicle of the smell.

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