Pine's hopping with holiday happenings

The Church on Randall Place is hosting a family fun night tonight (Friday), beginning at 6 p.m. with pizza. Following the feast, participants will help decorate the Christmas tree, and I'm sure caroling and music will be a part of the fun.

The church is west of Highway 87 on Randall Drive just turn left at the Gingerbread House. For more information, call 476-4273 or 472-8178.

And to make sure your social calendar is full this weekend, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority is holding a Christmas auction at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center.

More than 70 homespun and handcrafted items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. A light luncheon will be served for free. The sorority gals plan to use the proceeds of the auction to benefit the Pine-Strawberry community.

Tree auction and lighting

Following the sorority auction, Pine-Strawberry School students, teachers and administrators will prepare the cultural hall for the Seventh Annual Christmas Tree Auction and Community Tree Lighting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Members of each class and department at the school will decorate a live Christmas tree and auction it off to raise money for their respective classrooms and departments.

The auction can be fast, furious and an absolute riot when the children get into the act.

After the auction, the community Christmas tree in front of the Pine Museum will be lighted. Santa may even make an appearance.

Open book

Next weekend, A Book for All Seasons bookstore on Hardscrabble Road in Pine will host a holiday open house from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Local storyteller Richard Wentz will read "Stories of Christmas" and other local authors will be on hand to sign their books. Live music and hot cider and refreshments will be provided.

Llama lighting

The Fossil Creek Llama Ranch will unveil a lighted Christmas display Dec. 8 that will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Admission is just one nonperishable food item for the food bank. Visitors can bring cameras to capture shots of themselves and their families with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Snow Family, singing bears, reindeers and other displays.

To get to the Fossil Creek Ranch, take Highway 87 to Strawberry and turn west on Fossil Creek Road. The ranch is about 3.5 miles down on the left.

Holiday concerts

Finally, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Pine-Strawberry School band director Daria Mason and her second- through eighth-grade band students will perform a holiday concert at the school.

The school's annual holiday concerts tap into the true spirit of Christmas with performances that normally range from cute to exceptional.

The following week, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, the little ones will present their Christmas program, complete with songs and skits. Also directed by Mason, the Christmas program promises to be a special one.

Both events, which normally pack the house, will be held in the school gym. Get there early to get a good seat.

If your organization is holding a Christmas event that you'd like to let the community know about, e-mail the information to: or call 476-2500.

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