It is impossible to believe that next week is Thanksgiving. And then it is December. I wish time could just slow down for a little while. There is so much going on around our communities and so little time.
Tellabration, that wonderful night of storytelling, will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Pine Museum or at the door.
This year's event features Don Doyle, Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson) from Payson, and Valley storytellers Liz Warren, Nancy Wolter, Dennis Freeman and Layne Gneiting. Tellabration is not an event for young children, but older children and adults of all ages will be wonderfully entertained.
The Arts and Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21 and Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26, 27 and 28 at the Pine Community Center Craft Room. You will be sure to find some wonderful handcrafted items for holiday giving and decorating.
The Pine Library is having a craft sale and all items have been made from things found in nature. The Library Friends have been working hard on these decorations and gifts. Be sure to take a look.
The library has a huge selection of books in its book sale. Wonderful books at unbelievable prices are available to help with your holiday gift list.
The next Fit Weigh seminar will be from 6:30 to 7:30 Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Pine-Strawberry School Gymnasium. There will be a short bit of information and encouragement followed by some free weight exercises for muscle strength and stronger bones. Everyone should be doing these in conjunction with their cardiovascular workouts such as walking and biking.
This is a great opportunity for us all to start getting into better shape before the holidaysThis health awareness program is provided by Sue Thompson who has an amazing background in health and fitness and is willing to share her expertise with all of us. If you have any questions, call Sue at (928) 476-2925.
The library is looking for a few smiling volunteers who enjoy the public, are not afraid of working on the computer and who want to have a great time surrounded by books. Contact Becky Waer at (928) 476-3678.
Plans are under way for this year's super Community Christmas Party and Christmas Tree Auction which will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. There will be music, refreshments, door prizes, fun and Santa, as well as the tree auction.
All Pine and Strawberry families are invited to this event including home-schooled students, Pine Strawberry School students, pre-schoolers and visiting children. If you would like to provide a door prize or two, simple gifts such as books and stuffed animals would be most welcomed. Drop them off at Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine or ERA Young Realty in Strawberry on or before Dec. 3. Please place them in a bag with a note about the appropriate age and whether for a boy or girl.
Businesses and individuals are invited to sponsor a tree for the tree auction. The cost is minimal. All proceeds from the tree auction go to the school. all Kathe Ketchem at the school, (928) 476-3283, for more information. This event is co-sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Strawberry's Elite and The Take Pride Project of Pine and Strawberry.
The Christmas Angel Benefit Auction is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the parking lot behind the ERA Young Realty in Pine. The silent auction runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is followed by the live auction. Auction items are most welcomed. Call the Angel Hotline, (928) 476-3433, for more information.
Incidentally, I just had my woodstove checked and found that the stack is to the point of being dangerous. Do make sure your heating systems, whatever they might be, are serviced and ready for the cold days and nights ahead. There is nothing better than a toasty fire, but it must be a safe fire.
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