Celebrations Abound Around The Community

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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The gorgeous weather continues. The trees are beautiful but the leaves are falling fast. That rain last week is putting everything to bed for the winter in good shape. We should have a beautiful spring. But for now, the holiday season is just ahead. Seems impossible.

The Pine/Strawberry School Halloween Fest and Fall Festival, is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight, Friday, Oct. 28 in the gymnasium. Everyone from the Pine/Strawberry community is invited to join the fun. There will be a haunted house, dinner, costume contests, moon jump, cake/toy walk, basketball throw and much more. The price of admission is one can of food for the food bank.

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Students gather for the "3-K Walk to Stomp out Drugs" at the Pine/Strawberry School. The event kicked off Red Ribbon Week, a drug awareness and prevention program. A fire truck led the way, and deputies from the sheriff's department kept the children safe. Families were encouraged to join the walk.

Pine/Strawberry School just completed its celebration of Red Ribbon Week, a drug prevention program. Monday morning, students, teachers and some families walked in the third annual "3-K Walk to Stomp out Drugs." There were various activities throughout the week aimed at drug awareness, and all wore red clothing and red ribbons (donated by the Payson Elks), with the anti-drug slogan. The students painted a huge mural titled "Team up against Drugs," and each had a cutout of him/herself represented on the mural. Jane McDonald, first-grade teacher, is the program coordinator for Red Ribbon Week. This is a national program in which "students are taking a stand against drugs," says McDonald.

The Annual Pine Holiday Open House will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 on Hardscrabble Road. Moose Mountain Gifts, Moose Mart Antiques and Tymeless Antiques will feature dealer sales and customer appreciation gifts as well as gifts that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Refreshments will be served at both locations. Donations for the Pine/ Strawberry food bank will be graciously accepted. Kick off the holiday season at these shops, which will be overflowing with great gifts to give and endless items for your holiday decorating and entertaining.

Sweet Charity, the heart of Pine and Strawberry, is a unique gift boutique where 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the annual Christmas Angels fund. The fund provides help for needy families and individuals in our community. Sweet Charity will be stocked with specially selected Christmas merchandise for the Nov. 8 holiday kickoff. There will be a raffle with terrific prizes. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and can be purchased at Sweet Charity Boutique, located next to ERA Realty and across from the Pine Post Office. The drawing will be held Saturday, Nov. 26 at the gift shop, beginning at 3 p.m., and will be followed by a festive open house with refreshments and fun. The gift shop is manned totally by volunteers. If you can work a few hours a week, stop by ERA and talk with Sharon Allen. If you can make a donation, that would be wonderful. But do stop by Sweet Charity and see the wonderful selection of holiday gifts.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will present Tellabration 2005, an Evening of Storytelling, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Don Doyle is your host. Featured storytellers are Dorothy Anderson, Doug Bland, Tony Norris, Ricardo Provencio, Marilyn Torres and Liz Warren.

New this year is Dinner Before Theatre. There will be a reception with the storytellers beginning at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include your admission to Tellabration. Dinner tickets must be purchased by Nov. 9. Stop by the library for more information and to buy your tickets.

Storytelling is an ancient art. If you have never been to a Tellabration, it is a magical experience. Don't miss it. Tickets for Tellabration are only $5 and are available at the library or at the door. Tellabration begins at 7 p.m.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library now has an activity or meeting room. The library has leased the old Kiwanis building at the Pine Community Center across the road from the library. The room is available for small groups for a nominal user fee. Check the library Web site at pinelibrary.inpayson.com and review the meeting room policy along with the application form. Stop by the library, or call (928) 476-3678, for more information about this great new addition to the library's services.

The computer group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Senior Dining Room. Do you have something that you would like to see covered? Is there a special topic that you would like explained? Contact the computer user's group with your thoughts and suggestions as soon as possible. The November meeting has been said to be the final gathering. However, there are many who would like to see it continue. If you have input, contact the group.

I will be traveling for the next few weeks and therefore will not be able to receive telephone calls. E-mail me at the address below with your news. Many thanks.

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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