It is amazing how fast the holidays get behind us and almost forgotten as we so quickly get caught up in the activities of the New Year. I like to hang on to that freshness and newness of the New Year and get my resolutions in order and my finances organized. But already I am behind. Fortunately it is still January.
I must start out with a correction. The Kiwanis group called to let me know that I gave them credit for something they did not do. They did help out 20 families and 39 children with toys, games, dolls, quilts and other wonderful things and they did provide food for 40 Christmas breakfasts and they did remember five seniors.
But let it be known that the Pine-Strawberry Food Pantry provided food for Christmas dinner for 40 families. The food bank is one of those silent servers in our community. It does so much with so little for so many and we do not hear much about it. Many volunteers work countless hours at the Food Pantry. We thank them all.
Speaking of Kiwanis ...
The Rim Country Kiwanis is sponsoring a basketball tournament from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Pine-Strawberry School. There will be teams from other districts, and trophies will be awarded.
The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation will hold a business meeting at 12:30 p.m., Jan. 19, at the Pine-Strawberry dining room. Plan to attend; it's time to elect board members.
The Pine Strawberry Computer Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20 in the senior dining room at the Pine Community Center.
After a question-and-answer time, the presentation will feature Photoshop. The programs for the rest of the year are being planned and input from the computer group members is encouraged. Everyone is invited to attend these monthly sessions and bring a friend or two.
There is a $1 donation to cover the cost of the room and equipment. There is always more to learn about the computer and we all have questions. This is a great group and a great way to learn.
Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. These sessions are lots of fun.
Bring an instrument and join in or just relax and listen. There is no charge. These musicians are all volunteers who love getting together to make wonderful music.
Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library has scheduled its next quarterly book discussion at 1 p.m., Feb. 28 at the library. The book is "Nectar in a Sieve" by Kamala Markandaya.
Kathleen Alexander-Young will lead the discussion. Everyone is invited and extra copies of this book are available at the library.
Doing the can-can
The Payson Humane Society needs all our aluminum cans. The funds from this recycling program provide a nice little income for the care of dogs and cats at the shelter.
The Dalmatian-like spotted collection containers are located at the fire stations in Pine and Strawberry and also at Looking Glass Books in Pine. Save your aluminum cans for this important program.
Send in your nomination
Take Pride of Pine-Strawberry is looking for nominations for Volunteer of the Year. Please write your nomination and some reasons why this person should be honored and mail to: Take Pride of Pine-Strawberry P.O. Box 1204, Pine, Arizona 85544. Nominations must be postmarked by Jan. 31.
There are many people in our communities who do so much and we often do not hear about all that they do. Please give this some thought.
Please provide information 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.