It is hard to believe that January is all but over. I am still behind but I think I am making some progress. The cold weather has brought high heating bills and our wood piles are shrinking. But the days are noticeably longer and that is wonderful. It lets us know that spring is not too far away.
A very important potluck dinner benefit is planned for Jody of Strawberry who has undergone extensive surgery recently. The family's bills are mounting and help from our communities is desperately needed.
The benefit is at the Black Bear on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 2:30 p.m. until the food runs out. Donations of hot and cold dishes are greatly needed to make this potluck a success.
There also will be a raffle. Businesses are urged to donate items or gift certificates for this very worthwhile event. If you are unable to attend the benefit but would like to help, there is a donation jar at the Strawberry Market. This benefit dinner is greatly needed to help Jody, but it also will be lots of fun, a great winter gathering.
For more information, call Sherry at (928) 978-4150 or Annette at (928) 476-3141.
Volunteer of the Year nominations are being requested by Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry. The deadline for entries is Jan. 31, so time is running out.
This is a great opportunity for that hard-working volunteer to get a little recognition.
Get your nomination letter, including reasons for your nomination, in the mail immediately. Send to Take Pride, P.O. Box 1204, Pine, 85544.
Remember the Weekly Children's Story Hour at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Preschool children and home schooled children under the age of 8 are invited. Call (928) 476-3678 for more information.
Bingo is every Saturday night sponsored by Rim Country Kiwanis. There are money prizes for all winners and free popcorn. What a great way to keep in touch with friends and meet new ones during the long winter. Kiwanis does great things for our communities and especially for our children. This is their major way of making the money they so generously give back to the community. Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Kiwanis building at the Pine Community Center.
Do submit your favorite recipes to the Pine Strawberry Historical Society for volume two of their cookbook.
Bring your favorite recipe into the museum or mail it with your name and address to P.O. Box 564, Pine, 85544.
Mardi Gras coming soon
The Third Annual Mardi Gras Party, sponsored by Strawberry's Elite, will be from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Black Bear Restaurant. Jambalaya, Chicken Mamou and Red Beans and Rice are on the menu and Trouble in Paradise will entertain.
Tickets, available at the door, are $10 and all proceeds are used to help children and families in Pine and Strawberry.
The Quarterly book discussion at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. at the library. The book is "Nectar in a Sieve" by Kamala Markandaya and several copies are available at the library. Kathleen Alexander-Young will lead the discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend these most interesting discussions.
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.