The election is finally over. Now we can go back to life as usual, or kind of. The weeks ahead will be busy with holiday activities. It seems there is no time to just relax and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
Our trees are so beautiful; there is no need to go back east to appreciate the fall colors. And now we have had some significant rainfall. We are truly fortunate.
Kicking off the holiday season
The annual Holiday Open House of merchants in Pine will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. The shops to visit are Moose Mountain Gifts and Moose Mart Antiques, Tymeless Antiques and Treasures, Myra's Gallery, Pick It Fence and The Gingerbread House. There will be a flea market at Apple Annie's.
These shops are located either on Hardscrabble Road or Highway 87.
Food donations for the Pine Strawberry Food Bank will be accepted and appreciated at all locations. Refreshments and customer appreciation gifts will be at all locations.
We have all recently received the annual newsletter from the Community Educational, Recreational and Civic Association of Strawberry and Pine. CERCA is a public, nonprofit membership corporation that operates the Pine-Strawberry Community Center. We all benefit from this community center which houses the museum and chamber of commerce, thrift store, senior dining room and the arts and craft guild. Kiwanis rents a building on the property.
The Cultural Hall hosts many wonderful educational, cultural and fun events throughout the year as well as being available for rent. We all need to support CERCA. They are asking for our membership which is only $20 per year. This community center makes all the difference in our communities. Let us all support it. Send in your check today.
It's time to ‘Tellabrate'
The sixth annual Tellabration! is at 7 p.m, Saturday, Nov. 20 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Pine Museum or at the door. Come early for a good seat.
This event is held in conjunction with a celebration of storytelling around the world. If you have never been to a Tellabration!, you must reserve the date now. It is truly an amazing experience.
On the program this year are Don Doyle, Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson), and Valley storytellers Liz Warren, Nancy Wolter, Dennis Freeman and Layne Gneiting.
This is not an event for small children, but older children and adults of all ages will enjoy this very special evening.
The Community Christmas Party and the Pine Strawberry School Christmas Tree Auction is Friday evening, Dec. 3 in the Cultural Hall. Any business or individual wishing to sponsor a Christmas tree, please call Kathe Ketchem at the school, (928) 476-3283.
All children and families from Pine and Strawberry, and visiting children and grandchildren, are invited to this community celebration. There will be refreshments, caroling, door prizes, fun and Santa.
If you can help with decorating, refreshments, setup, clean-up or door prizes, call Linda, (928) 476-2154, Karen, (928) 476-6571 or myself at (928) 476-2239.
The planning committee is striving to make this a community celebration hosted by the community.
Christmas Angels benefit
The 5th Annual Christmas Angels Benefit Auction is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in Pine. Auction items, including household items and accessories, jewelry, art, artifacts, exotic junque and those impractical items you have tucked away in your closet, are being sought.
To donate or for more information, call (928) 476-3433. This event is great fun but also provides funds to help families in Pine and Strawberry that could use a little Christmas cheer and assistance.
Some new businesses have opened up in Pine. The Pine Deli on Hardscrabble Road has a great assortment of take-home foods including rotisserie chicken. I hear their salads and soups are terrific.
The new owners of the Rim Grill are working hard to provide some great food, festivities and fun.
The Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant on Highway 87 in Pine has great food and friendly service.
Stop by and give them all a try and then tell your friends about them. We need them.
Soul Search Sculptor's Studio is a working art studio that has recently opened in Pine and is offering classes to explore your creative interests. The Kid's Corner offers children the opportunity to work with clay and have some fun. Ann Hunter invites people to stop by and take a look. For more information, call her at (928) 476-4557.
Books, books, books
The Pine Library is having a great book sale and craft sale of homemade items through December. An assortment of books is selling at unbelievable prices. This is a great opportunity to pick up some stocking stuffers.
Volunteers are needed to help at the library. Computer skills are appreciated but book-loving, friendly faces are the most important qualifications.
Winter days can be long and lonely for those living alone, and neighbors might be few and far between. The Guardian Angel program pendants can summon help in case of emergency. Call the Pine Strawberry Fire Department, (928) 476-4272, for more information about this great program.
Please provide information for this column regarding future events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.