Wow, we have finally had some wonderful rain. The trees and plants are soaking it up. My garage is full of water again. Oh well.
Windermere Majestic Rim Properties is celebrating the official opening of its new office in the Old Settler's Cabin in the center of Pine. The open house is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. Everyone is invited to stop by for refreshments, submit a name for their mascot, register for prizes and meet the crew.
The AWANA program, sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Pine, begins Aug. 8 and continues through May of 2006. The kickoff and registration are Monday, Aug. 8. Sparks, for children in kindergarten through second grade, is from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All other groups meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church. Parents are encouraged to bring their children on Aug. 8 to stay and watch the variety of activities and meet the teachers.
The new format for children's story time has begun, and children are welcome to join in on Wednesday morning. Book Buddies, for 3-to 5-year-olds, begins at 9:15 a.m. Reader's Roundup begins at 10:15 a.m., both on Wednesdays at the Pine library.
The library staff and volunteers are very proud of our little library and invite everyone to stop by and check it out. Besides several tons of books, they have a wonderful assortment of videos, books on tape and magazines. And, the library is open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
The Library Friends are sponsoring another book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 2 and 3 in the Kiwanis building. Stop by the library to see the great raffle prizes -- a handmade quilt and a basket full of kitchen goodies. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant has been running a karaoke contest for the past several weeks. The semifinals and finals were last weekend. After a lot of singing from some great talent, the winners were selected by local judges, Linda Snep, Ron Freeze and Bill Porter. (Please forgive incorrect spelling). The winners were, drum roll please: first, Gloria Rich; second, Jeff Bedberry; third, Jessica Patterson; fourth, Bob Fish; fifth, Annie Ayers; and sixth, Regie Clark. Gloria walked away with $500. The place was packed for this event and everyone had a great time.
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