There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children this year after all. The Take Pride Project of Pine and Strawberry invite all Pine and Strawberry families to join the fun. Bring a picnic lunch along with a blanket or chairs to the Pine Trailhead at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26.
There will be eggs to be found and fun to be enjoyed by all. Hopefully, it will be a sunny day. If it rains, the event will be canceled.
Felix Fruehling of Hamburg, Germany, is an exchange student through the Foundation for Foreign Study program. He was the guest speaker at Rim Country Kiwanis in Pine this week and talked about the differences and similarities between life here and in Germany.
He said the schools are much more difficult at home as he takes 14 classes at a time rather than the six here. One must be 18 years old to drive in Germany and the requirements are very stringent. One violation and your license is suspended for two years.
He plays saxophone in the band and has helped the Payson High School soccer team achieve a most successful year.
Felix's brother, Benjamin, age 19, is here visiting during his school break. Since Felix was a bit nervous about giving this talk, his brother provided moral support. Both young men speak English beautifully.
Felix said that although he is looking forward to going home to see his family and friends at the end of the school year, he will greatly miss his new friends in Arizona.
Marvin and Charlotte Mortensen of Pine are Felix's host family. They have grandchildren his age and are greatly enjoying the experience.
Edie Miller is the coordinator of the program for this area. Host families are needed for next year --0,000 students apply to be exchange students each year from around the world; only 3,000 are chosen.
The Pine Library Friends will meet at noon, Monday, March 28 at the library. This will be a potluck. Please bring your own table service and a dish to share. Drinks will be provided.
Following lunch, Carol Scott will talk about the two books which will be featured in the April "One Book Arizona" discussion. She will lead the discussion at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16. These two books are excellent. Pick up your copies today.
Story hour at the Pine library will feature Grace Schoerner reading "Coyote Raid in Cactus Canyon" by Jim Arnosky at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 30.re-school and home-schooled elementary level children are invited to attend. A craft project will follow the story. Schoerner was the author/editor of the book "Under One Roof, a traveler's guide to America's one room schoolhouse museums."
The initial meeting of the Pine Strawberry Writers Club is at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 31 at the Rimside Grill. All those interested in any aspect of writing are invited. Help set the guidelines for this new group.
What would you like this group to be? Mostly, there will be lots of talk about writing. Bring a short piece to read if you wish or just come and meet others who share a common interest. Whether you eat or don't eat, drink or don't drink is up to you. Just come, have a good time and talk to other writers about writing.
The Take Pride Project is hosting a "meet and greet" reception for Tommie Cline Martin, our newly elected Gila County supervisor, at 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 8 at the Rimside Grill. The winners of Take Pride's Volunteer of the Year Award will be announced at this reception. The plaques will be awarded by Ms. Martin. Everyone is invited to come meet the new county supervisor. This is a wonderful opportunity to congratulate and say "thank you" to the volunteers who have given so much to their communities for many years. Be thinking of who would be deserving of this award for next year.
The Senior Thrift Store needs a few more models for the spring fashion show to be held on April 30. This is going to be one great, fun event. There will be music, goodies and all sorts of surprises. Write this date on your calendar and watch for more details. And don't forget to talk to Becky at the thrift store about your modeling debut.
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