Still More Holiday Events Planned

PINE/STRAWBERRY

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The holiday season is upon us. Are we ready? Are we ever ready? I believe the secret is to do less and enjoy it more.

Looking Glass Books and Gifts in Pine is having its first holiday party in conjunction with a special poetry reading. It is at 6 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 19). You are invited to bring your own original work to read or bring one of your favorites from your past or present. Join the fun and enjoy some refreshments and holiday cheer. Call 476-4771 for more details.

In last week's column, I thanked many who helped with the Community Christmas Party and Tree Auction. However, I forgot to thank one important group -- those who helped put up the outdoor lights on the trees and buildings and the decorations around the Community Center. Many people were involved and it looks very festive. Also thanks to the school children and their teachers who worked so very hard in preparing all the decorations for those wonderful trees and the extras ornaments to sell.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, The Rim Country Kiwanis made 70 flannel blankets for Phoenix Children's Hospital. These are double sided with different designs on each side and sized for incubators and cribs. They also are working on a project for local people who will be alone this Christmas. More about that next week.

The Rim Country Kiwanis has bingo every Saturday night, even during the holidays. This is a fun way to be with other people during the holiday season.

Make sure to take the children into the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library where a wonderful selection of Christmas and holiday books are on display. You are sure to find several to take home and enjoy. Remember that there is no Wednesday morning story hour on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31.

There are a few shopping days left before Christmas. Check out the local shops and galleries for that special gift.

Hanukkah begins tonight at sunset. There are many in the area who celebrate this simple religious holiday where family gathers to share a meal filled with tradition and meaning. My wish is that you have family gathered around as you light the candles of the Hanukkah Menorah.

This is the last column before Christmas. I extend to each of you my greetings and wishes for a very peaceful and joy-filled holiday. It is the time to enjoy family and friends. We all need to remember to slow down, listen and share that most important gift of Christmas -- Love.

Please let me know of any upcoming events in Pine and Strawberry by calling or faxing (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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