Plenty Of Plans Afoot In Mountain Communities



Christmas is in the air. Beautiful light displays are shining brightly in the night. Take a little extra time and be very careful when behind the wheel this holiday season.

The Pine-Strawberry School Christmas tree auction and children's party seems to have been a success. The bids for the trees were once again most generous. The money will be put to good use for our school children.

The Pine Library Friends' Christmas potluck luncheon is noon Monday, Dec. 12 at the home of president, Barbara Grillo. Bring a dish to share, a nonperishable donation for the Pine Food Bank and an unwrapped child's Christmas gift for the Time Out Shelter. Call or stop by the library for directions.

When you stop by the library, you will see the wonderful decorations and gifts that the Library Friends have made and are selling as a fund-raiser. All proceeds go directly to the library for new programs and materials.

"Nothin' But Jack" will be at the Rimside Grill entertaining on his electronic keyboard from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The restaurant is offering orders "to go" for Christmas dinner. The meals are all made fresh and all you do is heat and serve. For details, telephone Tamara at (928) 476-3349.

Old Time Fiddlers will be playing all your favorite Christmas music at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.

"Shining a Light in Pine" is an art exhibit featuring the work of dyslexic artists from throughout the country. It will be presented at Myra's Art Gallery in Pine during 2006. An event will be held in February to raise the needed funds to host this prominent national exhibit. Donations of pieces of art from local artists would be greatly appreciated for the raffle portion of the fund-raiser. Businesses looking for additional tax deductions for 2005 can donate before the end of this year. A major portion of the proceeds from "Shining a Light in Pine" will provide resources for Pine-Strawberry School children with special needs. To make a donation, or for more information, contact Nancy Kane at the school, (928) 476-3283.

Credit for Kids is another way to help the school and its students. If you have lost the information packet sent to you, stop by the school for another one. This is an easy way to help our school.

The Pine-Strawberry Food Bank is always in need of nonperishable food items, but this time of year, the need is greater than ever. Drop your donations off at the Senior Thrift Shop at the Pine Community Center.

AA meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday in the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center.

Remember to shop locally for wonderful gifts this holiday season. Restaurants in Pine and Strawberry are planning special menus for the holidays. Check them out.

Please provide information for this column regarding future events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail

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