Fund-Raisers Set To Help Buy Hearing Aid For Child

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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I sit here looking out over Buzzard's Bay in Massachusetts. A sailboat is making its way through the endless water like a floating feather. It is beautiful, peaceful and mesmerizing. You never tire of looking at the water. As the sun and the wind change, the water changes. I love the water -- but I miss my trees and drier air; my deck where I can look up at the Mogollon Rim as the sun sets and fades and, eventually, it is all dark. And then the night sky is so crowded with stars. Our skies are amazingly beautiful. I will be glad to be home.

The visiting nurse will be at the senior dining room in the Pine Community Center this month only on the fifth Thursday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Her normal visit will be on the fourth Thursday, but there was a conflict this month. She will do blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing.

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Mercedes loves wearing her hearing aids because she then can hear the world around her. She is excited about the new F.M. Trainer Hearing System, which will help her to better hear her teachers at school, church and at her dancing lessons.

Oktoberfest

The second annual Oktoberfest in the Pines at the Rimside Grill is from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. There will be many activities throughout the day, including volleyball, horseshoes and a stein-holding contest. A DJ will entertain from noon until 5 p.m. along with karaoke, and "The Bank" will provide live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Naturally, authentic German food will be the specialty of the day. Dance, eat and play all day and win great prizes. For more information, visit the website: www.rimsidegrill.com.

Fund-raisers to benefit child

Two fund-raisers are coming up for a very special little girl who lives in Strawberry. Mercedes Miranda, 4, was born with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. A F.M. Trainer Hearing System will allow her to hear the voice of one person speaking to her while eliminating much of the surrounding sound that is so distracting. The device will be used at school, home, church, her dance lessons or any place where she needs to hear one voice.

The fund-raisers are sponsored by the Justin McNeeley Foundation. The Quad Poker Run will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant. The $10 entry ticket includes a buffet breakfast. A Poker Run will be held at Nifty "50" Diner beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The entry fee for this is $10, and 25 percent of proceeds will go to the foundation. Help Mercedes get the special equipment she needs. Even if you do not enter, stop by and buy a ticket. Mercedes is a very bright and charming little girl. Her parents have raised her as a normal child, although her hearing loss is profound. She is amazing. The people of Pine and Strawberry always rally around those in need, particularly children. Support these two events.

Library activities

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library features special activities for all children during the school break. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Don Doyle will present a special story-telling adventure especially for children in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. What an opportunity this is for the children to hear a professional storyteller. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, the movie "Lilo and Stitch 2" will be shown at the library. And a reminder that Book Buddies is at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the library for ages 3 to 5.

Stop by the library and find out about the special "Dinner before Theatre." This is dinner with the storytellers at the senior dining room on Nov. 19. The Tellebration follows the dinner at the Cultural Hall. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to promote special children's programming.

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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