This column will appear in the Payson Roundup on Christmas Eve so I do not imagine that too many will be reading it looking for things to do over the weekend. That is a good thing because there is not much going on.
Hopefully, everyone will be home with family and friends enjoying good company, good food and great memories of all those Christmases past. It is a great time to watch one of those wonderful Christmas movies, like "It's a Wonderful Life," "A Christmas Carol," "Miracle on 34th Street," or "The Christmas Box." One of my very favorites is an old Hallmark Hall of Fame special, "Christmas on Division Street." They all bring out the true meaning of Christmas in one way or another.
There is still time to see the Llama Lights. Bring family and friends to Fossil Creek Llama Ranch in Strawberry to see the lighted Christmas displays.
Don't forget the camera for photos with Sir Charles Barkley and all his wooly llama buddies. The friendly goats will be looking for some extra attention as well.
There is no admission charge, but all are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.
Hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 26 through 28. Drive approximately three miles west on Fossil Creek Road, off of Highway 87, past the old schoolhouse. The llama ranch is on the left at 10379 W. Fossil Creek Rd. You can't miss it.
‘The Silver Skates'
A wonderful children's classic, "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates," will be shown at the Pine Library at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. Popcorn will be provided.
Children are encouraged to bring a comfortable pillow. All pre-school and school age children, including visiting grandchildren, are invited.
Support our schools
Credit for Kids is an easy way to support education in our very own Pine/Strawberry communities. But this is your last opportunity for 2004 as the deadline is Dec. 31.
You and your spouse can donate up to $250 and it costs you nothing. It is a dollar-for-dollar tax credit off of your state income tax. These extra dollars are used to support extracurricular activities, and you can choose which area you want to support. Music, art, field trips, and sports are some of the areas that need these extra funds.
Last year, $47,760 was collected for support of these programs. Every dollar helps.
Make your checks out to Credit for Kids and send to Pine Strawberry Elementary School, P.O. Box 1150, Pine, AZ 85544.
If you choose to designate an area for your donation, mention it on your check. The choices are: field project, fine arts, Hands Across the Border, student leadership, technology, character education, athletic department, other. It is easy and you will feel good about doing it.
Books for Bicycles
New bicycles will be given away to two lucky children who have had a great time reading books. The "Books for Bicycles" program is sponsored by the Payson Masonic Lodge. This semester's presentation will be at the Pine Strawberry School at 8 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7. All children in grades one through five can participate.
The program is tracked on special computer software. Children voluntarily read selected books and then take a short test on the computer. Scoring 70 percent or higher earns them a ticket for the bicycle drawing. The more books they read, the more chances they have to win a bicycle.
May you all have a most wonderful and meaningful Christmas. Remember that the true gifts of Christmas are not wrapped.