Just a week before Christmas, and I am not ready. Oh, well. The First Baptist Church of Pine always has wonderful, thought-provoking messages on their marquee. The present one is very appropriate during the season's hustle and bustle. It says, "The most important part of Christmas is the first six letters." These are words to mull over.
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 Pine Post Office or the Senior Thrift Shop in the Pine Community Center. Items needed most are canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, tuna, stews, soups and other healthful canned or dried food. Information and contact numbers, in the event of emergency, are posted on the window of the Cultural Hall where distribution takes place the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Those in need can come at that time. An extra distribution will take place before Christmas. The group coordinating the program meets the last Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Cultural Hall. Volunteers are most welcome and greatly needed.
For a little relaxation amid these busy times, stop by the Rimside Grill for "Nothin' but Jack," who will be entertaining from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.
The Pine Library Friends have been busy making holiday decorations and other festive items and they are on display and for sale at the Pine Library. Stop by and take a look.
The Old Time Fiddlers will play at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. This should be a great program, and I bet the musicians will be dressed for the occasion. There is no charge. Come and sing along or bring your instrument and play along with them.
Remember, there is no computer group during December.
The restaurants of Pine and Strawberry certainly are all having wonderful celebrations on New Year's Eve. I have not received any particulars, but you can always find good food and fun right here. New Year's Eve is a good time to stay close to home.
For that last minute Christmas shopping, check out the shops in Pine for a great selection of unique gifts. And don't forget the Christmas Angel Shop, where all proceeds go to help local families in need.
Don't forget Credit for Kids. The forms must be completed before Jan. 1. That will be here before we know it. Forms were mailed to you, were in the Payson Roundup and can be picked up at the school.
AA meets in the Senior Dining room each Sunday at 6 p.m.
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