Tellabration Was Better Than Ever

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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I am home, sitting in my sunny window. It is gorgeous. It is good to be home.

Tellabration entertained a standing room only crowd on Saturday evening. This was the seventh annual and seemed to be the best ever. All the storytellers were terrific. The "Dinner before Tellabration" was delicious. What a delightful evening for our little community. Melissa Vaillancourt, age 14, entertained on her violin during dinner. Grace Schoerner, with help from many, coordinated this event and it was a smashing success. The proceeds will all go toward wonderful new children's programs at the library.

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Colorful storyteller Marilyn Omifunke Torres, whose vision is to promote tolerance for diversity among all cultures, entertained a packed house at the seventh annual Pine Tellabration! on Saturday night.

Santa Claus will be at Moose Mountain from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. He will then move to the Blues Gallery from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your children, grandchildren, grandparents or your pets for photos with Santa. There is no charge for the pictures. Any donations will be split between the food bank and the historical society.

The Pine Senior Thrift Shop is hosting a "Food Exchange" for the Pine Strawberry Food Bank. Bring a nonperishable food item to the thrift shop and exchange it for a book or Christmas item of your choice (priced under $2). This clever program will run through Nov. 30. The thrift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Pine Library Friends will not meet during November. However, the members have been busy making holiday gift items and decorations that are on display in the audio/video room of the library. New items will be arriving until Christmas. Come take a look, and help support the library.

There will be no PC User's Group gathering during the month of December. The plan was to discontinue further meetings of this group, but many do not want to see that happen. If you have some thoughts on the subject, contact the pcgroup@mypayson.com. Many have benefited tremendously from these meetings and besides, it is fun to get together and talk computers.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is hosting a sale of Mexican silver jewelry and copper wares from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. This is a fund-raiser and all proceeds will benefit the library. The sale is at the library activity center, the old Kiwanis building, at the back of Pine Community Center. There will be a nice assortment of bracelets, earrings necklaces, barrettes and hairclips and much more. Stop by and take a look.

It is time to make out the checks for Credit for Kids. This costs you nothing since it is a straight off the top deduction from your state income taxes. Our Pine Strawberry School will put these funds to great use. You can specify how you want your contribution to be used -- such as music programs, field trips, athletic programs, or you can specify books. The school library has not been able to buy new books for a while, so your contribution would be put to great use.

Credit for Kids cannot be used to pay salaries. It is used for enrichment and special programs. This funding goes a long way toward making our school a better place for learning and growing. We all received a packet in the mail concerning Credit for Kids. Read it over carefully. If you cannot find it, stop by the school and pick up another. It must be turned in before the end of the year.

Remember to shop locally for a terrific and unique assortment of holiday gifts and decorating ideas. You will be amazed at the wonderful selection.

The Christmas Angel shop, located across from the Pine Post Office, is packed with clever, beautiful and original items for gift giving and decorating. All funds from this shop go to help people in our communities.

This is the last weekend to shop at the Christmas Boutique in the arts and craft room of the Pine Community Center. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

An AA group meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday evening in the senior dining room at the Pine Community Center.

Please provide information for this column regarding coming 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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