Pine-Strawberry

School fund-raiser rocks Pine for April Fool's Day

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by Myndi Brogdon
It's no joke. The Pine-Strawberry Class of 2000 is holding a dinner dance fund-raiser April Fool's Day to raise money for a class trip.


Tickets will be available at the door for $8 a person for both the dinner and the dance, or $5 for just the dinner and $5 for just the dance.


Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the rocking sounds of Howling Tommy and his Phoenix Coyote Band will keep the dance hopping from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Every cent raised will help pay for a three-day, eighth-grade trip to San Diego, Calif. through a YMCA educational program.


The class also is selling raffle tickets for a complete home computer system, a VCR and gift certificates from local businesses. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.


The drawing will be conducted at the dinner/dance, but you need not be present to win. Help our eighth-graders reach their goal by purchasing tickets at the Strawberry Market, Uncle Tom's Kwik Stop, Payson Concrete and Cool Pines Cafe, or any P-S eighth-grade student.


Blood Drive Tuesday

Time to roll up your sleeve and help United Blood Services stock up on blood. The group will be holding a community blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center


This blood drive is a sign of success. Our community blood drives have been so successful, that United Blood Services has agreed to come to our tiny town more often.


Volunteers are calling to make appointments with past participants, but you can call them also. Call Leslie Alexander at 476-3624 for your chance to give.


If you are feeling a bit scared, you might want to visit with Pine resident Laverne Furr. At the tender age of 72, Laverne donated blood for the first time last July and she did it again in January. She's also scheduled to donate Tuesday.


"I was volunteering at the museum and Leslie (Alexander) came in to use the phone because people weren't showing up," Laverne said.


"When she asked me if I would give I said, 'Oh no. I've never given blood before,'" But with Leslie's information and encouragement, Laverne ventured across the courtyard to the Cultural Hall.


"I was scared to death," she said. "But it was painless. I was wishing I had done it a long time ago. I knew my sister did it often and I would think certain people do it and not everybody. I enjoy it now. It makes you feel good."

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