Get To Know Your Local Kiwanians

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Can you believe this gorgeous weather? The nights are a bit cold but the dark sky is bursting with stars. The days are unbelievable. It is hard to stay inside.

Kiwanis wants you

If you are looking for new and exciting challenges, flexible hours, rewards without measure and friends and fun, Rim Country Kiwanis wants you. You are invited to the February Friendship Month luncheon to learn more about this exciting opportunity. This event is Tuesday, Feb. 1, noon at the Kiwanis Building in the Pine Community Center. You will be served a nice lunch but you must RSVP to Becky Waer, (929) 476-3678 by Jan. 29. The Rim country Kiwanis Club of Pine is a member of Kiwanis International.

There is bingo at 6 p.m. every Saturday night in the Kiwanis Building sponsored by Rim Country Kiwanis.

Library Friends host local jewelers

I must correct an error I made in last week's column. I feel bad because it concerns a great program planned by Pine Library Friends. Fortunately, there is still time to make the meeting.

Melissa and Robert Higginbotham from Payson Jewelry are presenting a program on Arizona gem stones at 1 p.m, Monday, Jan. 24 at the Pine Library. The speakers will answer questions and also are willing to identify any stones you might have questions about, although they will not give any suggestion of value.ring your gems and come for a most informative program.

Nominations sought

Nominations are still being accepted for Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Take Pride Project of Pine and Strawberry. There are many worthy folks around here. Send in your nominations, before the end of January, with a listing of their activities, organizations and contributions. Send your nominations to Take Pride, P.O. Box 1204, Pine, 85544.

Story hour

"The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb," a Mexican folk fable, will be the featured story for The Children's Story hour at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Pine Library. A fun project accompanies this story.

Keyboard komandos

Those who missed the gathering of the PC User's group this week missed a great program on how to download free software to organize photos and put together amazing photo displays and albums. Most people use computers these days and many are using digital cameras.

Les Hulse, the leader of this group, is extremely knowledgeable and also puts a lot of time into preparing for these classes. My brother was visiting and went to the class with me. He could not understand why the room was not packed with people.

He said, "It is so informative and interesting and the price is right, ($1.00 for regulars but free for first timers or visitors)."

This group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Dining Room. February's topic will be how to work with your photos to improve them, size them or add special effects.

Book discussion

One Book Arizona, sponsored by the Pine Library, will have the next book discussion in April, date to be announced. ONEBOOKAZ 2005 celebrates reading in Arizona by encouraging the reading and exploration of two very different books, one fiction and the other nonfiction, both of which address fascinating and compelling historical events.
"Sunk Without a Sound, The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde," was written by Brad Dimock, who spent two years searching for the truth behind the Hyde mystery. The book, which is riveting, often humorous and profusely illustrated, won the National Outdoor Book Award and the Arizona Highways Nonfiction Book Award.

The second book, "Grand Ambition" is based on the few known facts of Bessie and Glen Hyde's story. It is an account of the young lovers' journey, with Glen's father's desperate efforts to find them woven into the story. Written in lean and elegant prose, "Grand Ambition" is a tale of riveting suspense. For more information about these books, visit http://www.onebookaz.org/events.htm.

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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