The tremendous success of the Christmas Angels Benefit Auction resulted in many wonderful acts of kindness. This is the fourth year for the event and each year it has grown tremendously.
This year's proceeds paid for a gift certificate for a computer for a local boy who is homebound while undergoing medical treatment.
Six families were given a Christmas that they would not have had and did not expect. Gift certificates allowed them to buy food and gifts as they chose.
In addition, a resident's old jalopy was transformed into running condition, and funds were deposited into a school scholarship fund for glasses, new coats, lunch money or any other need seen as important by the school staff.
The sponsors of the Christmas Angels Auction greatly appreciated the wonderful support of our communities. The more money that is raised, the more that can be given back to the communities.
On the court
Rim Country Kiwanis sponsored a basketball tournament last Saturday. The results were -- drum roll please -- Girls: Pine Strawberry -- 1st place, Young -- 2nd place, Tonto Basin -- 3rd place and West Sedona -- 4th place. Boys: Tonto Basin -- 1st place, Oak Creek -- 2nd, Pine/Strawberry -- 3rd and Young -- 4th place. Congratulations to all teams that participated and thanks to Kiwanis for their sponsorship.
The Pine Strawberry Historical Society is seeking recipes for the second volume of their cookbook. The deadline has been extended.
There is a big jar in the museum for your recipes or you can mail them to P.O. Box 564, Pine, AZ 85544.
What a great way for your name to become permanently fixed in our history. Get your favorite recipes in right away.
Throwin' of the beads
The 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Party, sponsored by Strawberry's Elite, will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. The menu will include Jambalya, Chicken Mamou, and Red Beans and Rice. Trouble in Paradise will entertain.
A $10 donation brings you great food and fun.
All proceeds are used to help children and families in Pine and Strawberry. Mark Feb. 22 on your calendar. Tickets are available at the door.
Take Pride of Pine/Strawberry is seeking nominations for volunteer of the year. We have many unsung heroes in our communities. Send your nomination along with a brief listing of reasons for your nomination to Take Pride, P.O. Box 1204, Pine 85544. Your entries must be postmarked by Jan. 31.
The Strawberry Festival will be June 12 and 13 in Strawberry. The goals of this festival are to have fun, to bring the communities together, to generate business activity, to raise money for 4th of July community party and to celebrate our heritage. Everyone is invited to join a committee or volunteer a few hours of time. Please call with your suggestions and offers to help. Call (928) 476-2239 or (928) 476-2729 for more information.
More than 300 bicyclists will be passing through Pine and Strawberry on April 30 for The Challenge Race. The number of bikers is limited by local accommodations. If you have a bedroom or guest house that you would rent for a night, call (928) 476-2239. These bikers will have ridden 70 miles up hill so all they want is a shower and comfortable bed.
As I begin this column it is snowing -- one of those beautiful, gentle snowfalls where you want to sit in front of the fire and look out and watch the miracle of snow.
It is beautiful. The Valley people would love to be here for this, and if we receive several inches, they will come.
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 cpwrather@ earthlink.net.