It is a wonderful time to walk and hear the gentle, peaceful sound of falling leaves. It is amazing how quickly we go from hot weather to a hard frost. These last mornings, it almost has looked like snow on the ground.
Many people ended up with green tomatoes. Hopefully they got them picked before the frost. The Nov. 4 Payson Roundup had some great sounding recipes for using those green tomatoes.
This is one of those occasional quiet weekends in Pine and Strawberry. However, the shops are all decked out for the holidays with great gift and decorating ideas. Touring the shops can occupy a whole afternoon and will certainly get you into the holiday spirit.
The library reading group meets tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. for a discussion of the book, Things Fall Apart. Even if you have not read the book, why not join the group and see how interesting it is, and then get going on their next book.
There is still space available in the chain saw training class presented by the Citizens Action Committee. Taught by Rob Berry of the Payson Fire Department, there will be some class instruction and then the group will move out to the forest for actual tree cutting. The class will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is no charge, but advance reservations are required. We need to get these dead trees that surround our communities cut down before a deadly fire. Lots of help is needed. No one will be allowed to help with tree cutting in the forest unless they attend this class. Call Dan Mote, 476-3257, to register for this class.
There will be a Holiday Happening at Cyd's and Gallery 87 in Pine on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be refreshments, fun and live music by Trouble in Paradise. All are invited to stop by and see the new gallery, great holiday gift ideas and wonderful artwork. Cyd's even has a line of clothing. Don't miss this fun evening.
The Old Time Fiddlers will be playing at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Cultural Hall in Pine. This is always fun for all.
Telebration, a celebration of story telling, is Saturday evening, Nov. 22 at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Watch for more information. If you have not attended one of these events, you are really missing out. It is a great experience for the whole family. Tickets are available at the door for $5.
Remember that the Pine/ Strawberry Holiday Boutique is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November in the Arts and Crafts Center at the Pine Community Center. New items are constantly being added and many area artists are represented. Take a look.
Every Saturday night is Kiwanis bingo. This is their primary fund raising activity and they do many wonderful things for students and the community with the proceeds. Join them at the Kiwanis building in Pine.
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