The Christmas Tree Auction and Community Christmas Party was enjoyed by all who attended. Santa and his helper stepped off the fire truck into an enthusiastic group of children.
Many thanks to all who provided the trees, toys for door prizes and cookies. The door prizes were a great hit and more than 20 of the children received a gift. Thanks also to those who set up and took down all the chairs.
Special thanks to Santa.
The choir from the school did a great job of entertaining us with animated carols. They performed at the Capital building the day before. They are terrific. All proceeds from this event go directly to the school.
The Angel Auction was a wonderful success with more than 200 people attending. It was fun and festive, but also raised considerably more money than in previous years. All money is returned to the communities of Pine and Strawberry to help provide Christmas cheer where otherwise there would not be any. Many thanks to those who sponsored the event, those who contributed items for auction and those who supported it.
The Residential Christmas Lighting Contest is undergoing some changes and many are disappointed that judging will not be done in person this year. The committee apologizes and asks that you submit photos of your decorated home. Drop off your photos and/or directions to your home at either Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine or ERA Young Realty in Strawberry no later than Dec. 17. We will publicize these directions so that people can drive by and admire your hard work.
Also, if you were a winner last year and have not gotten your plaque, stop by Sunny Mountain Realty and ask for it.
Hopefully by next year, this program will be back on track. It is wonderful to see the beautiful displays.
The Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. This will be a fun session with Christmas caroling and other festive music. Come join in with your instrument or your voice, or just sit and enjoy.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library folks want to remind everyone that they have a wonderful selection of books and videos for the holiday season. There is something for everyone.
Also, there will be no Wednesday morning story hour on Dec. 24 or 31 at the library.
Looking Glass Books and Gifts in Pine has many activities going on through the holidays. A walking meditation class will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Learn how to relax just in time for the busy holiday season.
Children and their parents who believe in the magic of Christmas are invited to attend a very special Polar Express Party at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, enjoy hot chocolate and warm cookies and hear the story about a boy who rides a magical train to the North Pole. A parent or guardian must remain with the children during this special story time at Looking Glass Books. RSVPs would be appreciated by calling (928) 476-4771.
Also at Looking Glass, the first annual holiday party will be held in conjunction with a special poetry reading at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19.
With all your holiday shopping and decorating, do remember to wander through our wonderful shops and galleries in Pine and Strawberry for unique gifts that you will not find in the Valley. And you will avoid parking problems, crowds and frustration. For an enjoyable shopping experience, shop in Pine and Strawberry.
Let me know of upcoming events in the area by calling or faxing (928) 476-2239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.