Moving Into The Celebration Season

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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It is feeling pretty close to winter today as I write this column. Snow is in the air or at least it feels as though it could be. A fire in the woodstove would sure feel wonderful.

Two quick reminders. "Ten Little Indians" is the book for the Quarterly Book Discussion to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct 23 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. Even if you have not read the book, come by for the discussion and you will see what a wonderful experience this is. athleen Alexander-Young, the discussion leader, will make you want to read the book.

The Oktoberfest, sponsored by Strawberry's Elite, is from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door. The menu includes Charlie's brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad and your choice of fall desserts. Whitewater will be performing on stage. This fund-raiser helps children and families in need in the Pine and Strawberry communities.

Join your neighbors at Saturday night bingo sponsored by Kiwanis. This is their way of raising money to support local projects and children. Come to the Kiwanis Hall in the Pine Community Center.

Hopefully, we will all be in shape for this coming winter and holiday season. Sue Thompson is providing "The Fit Weigh" in Pine, a new health awareness program. She will conduct a one-hour seminar each month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the school gym in Pine. The first session is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. Wear your walking shoes.

Speaking of winter and snow, plans are under way for the Community Christmas Party and Christmas Tree Auction. The event will be Friday, Dec. 3 in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center.

Last year the event was on the same night as Payson's APS/ Electric Light Parade so this year, we are having our party on Friday night. We want everyone to come. This year we hope to have several community organizations hosting the event.

The committee is committed to truly having a wonderful celebration for the whole community. Naturally, it is geared for the children, and that includes home schooled, pre-school, Pine Strawberry School, visiting grandchildren and whomever I might have missed. Santa has confirmed his appearance.

The Christmas Tree Auction is part of the celebration and is a fund-raiser for the Pine Strawberry School. If you or your business would like to sponsor a tree, contact Kathe Ketchem at the school, (928) 476-3283. The cost is minimal and your name will appear with the tree. Each class decorates a small live tree.

Once again this year, we will be having door prizes. We are asking people who would like to contribute to this event to bring a gift in a brown paper bag and mark on it whether it is for a boy or girl and appropriate age group. We want simple things that most any child would like, such as books or stuffed animals. Check this column for updated information, but keep your eyes open for nice simple door prize gifts. These should cost no more than a few dollars. We would love to have a gift for every child.

Mark Dec. 3 on your calendar. We want it to be a fun event for the whole family and the entire community. Someone even suggested that we have a dance following the party. Wow. Is anyone game for that?

Halloween is just around the corner. Make it a safe one for all the kiddies.

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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