I hope you all had a pleasant and restful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Now we are heading full speed into Christmas. Will we have a white Christmas?
There are many activities planned in Pine and Strawberry in preparation for the holidays. Check out all the local shops in Pine and then, stop for lunch or dinner in one of Pine and Strawberry's great restaurants. Then head down to Payson for more great shopping experiences. The advantage to country living is country crafts and unique gift ideas. Avoid all the traffic and parking headaches in the Valley. Shop and eat in the Rim Country.
The Pine Library has crafts made by the Library Friends. These decorations and gifts are all made from things found in nature. Also, there is a book sale -- great deals on books of many subjects. These books make great stocking stuffers.
The Arts and Crafts Guild is having its annual Christmas Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 26, 27 and 28 in the craft room at the Pine Community Center. Lots of one-of-a-kind items for gift giving and decorating will be found here.
The children's story hour at the Pine Library Wednesday, Dec. 1 will celebrate the coming of winter with "Let it Snow," followed by some creative crafting. The Pine Library offers a children's story hour each Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the library. For more information, please call (928) 476-2678.
Don't miss the opportunity to participate in the Fit-Weigh program from 6:30 to 7:30 Wednesday, Dec. 1 in the gym at the Pine-Strawberry School. What a perfect time of the year for such a program when we are all eating too much and exercising too little. For information, call Sue Thompson at (928) 476-2925.
Buy a tree
The Community Christmas Party and Christmas Tree Auction will be 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3 in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center. All children, including home-schooled, Pine-Strawberry school, pre-school and visiting children and grandchildren, are invited to attend with their families. There will be lots of door prizes, good things to eat, music, the tree auction and Santa Claus. He will visit with all willing children. This is a great way to begin the holiday season. The trees to be auctioned are decorated by students and proceeds from each tree benefit the their classrooms. Trees are sponsored by local businesses.
The Christmas Angels will once again have their wonderful evening of raising funds and having fun beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 in the parking area behind ERA Realty in Pine, next to Nifty Fifty Diner.
The evening begins with the silent auction, which closes at 7:30 p.m., followed by the live auction. In the meantime, there are refreshments and opportunities to visit with neighbors and friends. Donations of auction items are welcomed.
Something new has been added this year -- Sweet Charity boutique. This shop will be open year-round and all funds will go into the Christmas Angel fund. These funds are distributed to individuals and families in Pine and Strawberry who might have urgent and special needs during the year. weet Charity will be staffed by volunteers. If you would like to help or donate items for the auction, call the Angel Hotline, (928) 476-3433.
Pine Elementary School will have the winter music concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. The pre-kindergarten though fourth-grade Christmas program will be 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14.
You can help
It is that time of year again to think about Credit for Kids tax credits. This program supports field trips, music programs, technology, athletics, character education and more. You can choose which program your contribution will benefit. Call the school for more information, (928) 476-3283. The deadline for this program is Dec. 31.
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.