Pine Students Make Music With Their Mexican Counterparts

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The Hands Across the Border program at the Pine Strawberry School was a huge success. The trip to the Grand Canyon on the train was a highlight. The banditos stopped the train and came on board to the delight of the whole group. Twelve students and three adults from the Pine Strawberry School will be going to Hermosillo, Mexico from March 7 to 14. They will stay with the family of their partners and go to school with them. Needless to say, this group is very excited to make the trip.

Throwin' of the beads

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Sounding a note from the French horn is just one of many new experiences for 11-year-old Ivan Uriegas of Hermosillo, Mexico. Uriegas is part of Hands Across the Border, a week-long cultural exchange program for children of the same age. Eleven-year-old Kit Buskirk of the Pine Strawberry School band helps Uriegas during a shared band class last week.

The Mardi Gras Celebration, sponsored by Strawberry's Elite, will be from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. You can also buy them at the Strawberry Market and from Strawberry's Elite members.

The menu for this slightly late Mardi Gras festivity will be the traditional New Orleans favorites: red beans and rice, chicken mamou, shrimp jambalaya, corn bread and dinner rolls. There will be pecan pie bars and Pineapple Impossible Pie for dessert. Hurricanes will be served at the bar. Mardi Gras beads will be provided for all. Trouble in Paradise will entertain with a great variety of New Orleans-style music and much more.

Report from Sri Lanka

Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28 at the library. The guest speaker will be Randy Roberson, of KRIM radio. Randy just returned from a two-week humanitarian mission to Sri Lanka and Thailand, helping to provide aid to victims of the recent tsunami disaster. He will talk about the experience. We know Randy is a great speaker so this should be a fascinating program. Everyone is invited to attend this event. All Library Friends' meetings are open to everyone in the community.

The Library Friends have put together a fabulous gourmet food basket which is on display at the Pine library. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. This is just one more way this group is hard at work raising money for our great little library. Stop by and buy some raffle tickets.

School news

There will be a school board meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1 at the school. Residents who wish to address the school board can sign up at the beginning of the meeting. This should be a most interesting meeting.

Spring break at the school will be March 14 through March 25. The school will be closed during this time.

There will be a book sale March 18 and 19 at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center, sponsored by the Pine Library Friends. Lots of excellent books will be available for your spring reading.

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