Handmade Holiday Gifts By Library Friends

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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As I was walking this morning, I thought of all those weekenders and summer folks who miss this most beautiful time of the year. It may get a little chilly, but that gives us the beautiful colors and the invigorating air.

The Pine Library is having a craft sale. The Library Friends have been hard at work making all sorts of decorations and holiday gifts. The items are handmade. The wreaths and centerpieces are made with gifts from nature, no glitter.

Ruth Neigh, president of the Library Friends, said they have had work parties to get these items made and they are beautiful. She hopes people will stop by to take a look. If you go into the library and don't see them, be sure to ask. All money goes to help the library.

High-tech help

The PC Users Group will have a very special session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the senior dining center at the Pine Community Center.

All of us store photos in our computer, but what can we do with them? The first part of the class will demonstrate the Photo Album feature that has been added to PowerPoint, beginning with Microsoft's Office 2002. This feature allows us to put photographs into a photo album for showing on our PC. Also, this album can be packaged and sent to any other PC for viewing, even if PowerPoint is not running on that PC.

The second part of the program will demonstrate the many unusual things that can be done with PowerPoint. You do not have to have PowerPoint to benefit from this session, and you will go away with some great ideas for what to do with all those photographs.

Everyone is invited to this class. There is a $1 charge except for your first visit.

There will be no class in December.

Hometown happenings

Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. This is such a popular event. If you have not attended before, you are missing out. Do come for great fun and foot stomping. Bring your instrument and join in or just sit and enjoy.here is no charge.

Tellabration 2004 is just ahead. The Pine-Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society presents this wonderful evening of storytelling 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.

The storytellers featured this year are Don Doyle, Liz Warren, Dennis Freeman, Buckshot Dot, Layne Gneiting and Nancy Wolter. This is always a wonderful entertaining and fun evening.

Holiday spirit

The Christmas Tree Auction and Community Christmas party is at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3 at the Cultural Hall. If you want to sponsor a tree, call Kathe Ketchem at the Pine Strawberry School, (928) 476-3283.

We would like to have a door prize for each child attending. If you would like to donate a simple, inexpensive gift, such as a book, stuffed animal or game, please bring it in a brown paper bag to either Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine or ERA Young Realty in Strawberry before Dec. 3. This is a community-sponsored event.

The Christmas Angels benefit auction is seeking items for the auction Dec. 4. They welcome all household items and accessories, jewelry, art, artifacts, exotic "junque" and those wonderful things stashed away in your closet that you will never use.

To donate items or for more information, call (928) 476-3433. This wonderful and fun fund-raiser benefits those in our own communities who need a little good cheer and assistance over the holidays.

Remember to shop and eat locally. Pine and Strawberry have great places to eat and a wonderful assortment of shops with unique gifts for holiday giving.
Please provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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