The potluck dinner benefit last Sunday in Strawberry was a huge success. The Black Bear was crowded, as many people stopped by to show their support. Several thousand dollars were raised to help pay medical bills for Jody Johnson. What wonderful communities we live in, where everyone is so willing to help their neighbor -- and often someone they do not even know. It is a very special place. Many thanks to all who attended and supported this event.
Valentine's Day Children's Yoga Class will be held at Looking Glass Books and Gifts in Pine on Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m.. Diane Roeder, longtime yoga practitioner and Strawberry resident, will lead the children in this fun introduction. Dress children in comfortable clothing and bring a towel to use as a mat. Call (928) 476-4771 for information and to register. Class size is limited. There is no charge for the class. Looking Glass Books is located at 4140 North Highway 87.
The Pine/Strawberry PC Users Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Senior Center at the Pine Community Center. Each session begins with questions and answers, so come armed with some good ones. The topic for the evening will cover building filters for your e-mail program. If you need help sorting your e-mail into different folders when it arrives at the PC, attend this session. Folders for holding newsletters, good mail, SPAM and other suspect e-mail will be created in the mail system. Also, they will examine a printed listing of good, bad and questionable e-mail messages and determine which are SPAM or possible virus carriers. Filters will then be built to distribute the mail items to different folders or to immediately delete unwanted mail. These sessions are fun and interesting. Bring a friend or three. A $1 donation is needed to cover expenses of room and equipment.
Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Bring your instrument and join in or just enjoy listening and singing along. If you have never been to this fun event, you are missing out. Give it a try. You will love it. There is no charge.
The Pine Poet's Society will meet at Looking Glass Books on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. for the monthly poetry and prose reading. Bring an original poem or short writing piece to share with the group or just enjoy listening. The Poet's Society meets the third Friday of each month. For more information, call Looking Glass Books, (928) 476-4771.
A Mardi Gras Celebration, sponsored by Strawberry's Elite, will be Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. For a donation of $10, you will receive a wonderful dinner of Chicken Mamou, Jambalaya and Red Beans and Rice. Trouble in Paradise will play some New Orleans tunes and other great music. All proceeds directly benefit children and families of Pine and Strawberry. No reservations are needed. Tickets are available at the door.
Children and their parents are invited to attend story time at Looking Glass Books and Gifts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Two winter stories will be read, followed by a simple craft project. Story time is geared for children ages 3 to 6. Call (928) 476-4771 for information.
There is still time to read "Nectar in a Sieve" by Kamala Markandaya for the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library's quarterly book discussion, led by Kathleen Alexander-Young. Extra copies of the book are available at the library. Call (928) 476- 3678 for more details.
Mogollon Rim Drought Conditions Concerned Citizens group will hike weekly to Dripping Springs for meditation on water needs. Call Billie, (928) 476-4757, to discuss scheduling or for more information.
The Pine library has a good selection of state and federal tax forms. Get what you need while there is a good supply.
And remember, the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine has a weekly story hour for preschool and home-schooled children under the age of eight. Story hour is each Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the library.
Please provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest to residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@ earthlink.net.