Pine-Strawberry Community Caring, Generous

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Once again, Pine-Strawberry people have shown that they are wonderfully generous. The two benefits sponsored by the Justice McNeeley Foundation to help little Mila Phillips were resounding successes.

Twenty-four people appeared for the trail ride on Saturday morning, even though it was cold. The evening Cowboy Christmas Dinner and Poetry Reading at the Mogollon Steak House was attended by about 100 people.

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Third- and fourth-graders have been studying prehistoric and current Native American tribes of Arizona and North America. They visited Tuzigoot and Montezuma's Castle. A Native American Feast was held as a culmination activity and each student brought a food item from the culture group they studied.

The most amazing part was that people who just stopped by for dinner, knowing nothing about the fund-raiser, were touched by the story of Mila and made generous donations to the fund.

Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this all possible, and thanks again for the generosity of our community.

Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library presents Children's Holiday Movie Madness. On Thursday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m., "Prancer" will be the featured film. On Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m., the new movie, "Air Buddies," will be shown.

All children, including visiting grandchildren, cousins and friends, are invited to attend these movies. Refreshments will be provided by the library. The children should bring a pillow to be comfortable on the floor.

It is Credit For Kids time again. What a wonderful way to help our local kids at our very own Pine Strawberry School.

We all received a form in the mail, but if you lost it, do not despair. Forms are available at the school and can be found at the Payson Roundup. Or call the school, (928) 476-3283, and a form will be sent to you.

Be sure to specify the Pine Strawberry School on the form.

Betsy Porter at the school says, "It helps the school tremendously when budgets are continually being cut and allows us to purchase things for the students that we otherwise could not purchase." Credit For Kids does not cost you a dime.

In 1997, the Arizona State Legislature passed the law allowing residents to donate to schools and then claim that amount, dollar for dollar, as a tax credit on their state tax return. You can even designate a special program for your donation.

These funds cannot be used for salaries, but only for supplies and equipment to enhance school programs.

You must send in your check and form by Dec. 31. Mail to Pine Strawberry School, Credit for Kids. P.O. Box 1150, Pine, AZ 85544.

A new Investment Club is being formed in Pine and Strawberry and will have their first meeting in January.

The startup fee for each member is $50 and $25 is deposited by each member monthly as part of the group's investment package.

Members investigate and suggest a variety of investments.

It sounds like fun. The group meets the third Saturday of each month at (928) 476-3658.

Chef Scott is turning out some great lunches at the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center. Stop by and get a copy of the menu.

You will be surprised and delighted. Lunch is $5 for non-members and $3.50 for members. Membership is only $5 per year. If you just want a light lunch, a trip through the salad bar is $2. Give it a try.

Pine Strawberry School students will be released at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, and there will be no school from Monday, Dec. 25, through Friday, Jan. 5. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 8.

Rimside Grill will host a New Year's Eve dinner on Sunday, Dec. 31. Dinner will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. with music by "Nothin But Jack."

Call (928) 476-3349 to hear the wonderful meal choices and make your reservations.

AA meets at 6 p.m. each Sunday evening in the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center.

-- 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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