This Year Will Be Different

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The New Year is upon us. There is not much time to finish up our list of resolutions. Every year, I take great pains in making my list. Every so often, I run across a list from a previous year, maybe many years past, and, amazingly enough, the items are pretty much the same.

This year, I am determined to make the necessary changes so that I will not again need to put these same things on my list.

If you have not made your donation for Credit for Kids, you still have a little time. Get it in the mailbox early tomorrow, Saturday, and you will make the deadline.

The school can really put these funds to good use and it comes straight across as a deduction from your state taxes. Do it now. You will be very glad that you did.

There will be a blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Pine. Call Sheri Earp with any questions or to schedule a time to donate.

Blood is always needed but the need is particularly great at this time of the year. Give blood. What better gift can you give? If you cannot donate, call Sheri to help in other ways. People are needed at the registration table and to serve refreshments.

Sandra Carver is the new director for teen and children's programs at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. She has great programs lined up for tots to teens. Come see what all she has planned. Some of the new scheduling is listed.

Children's Holiday Movie Madness continues at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, with "Air Buddies." Bring a pillow. Refreshments will be served.

The first meeting of the Teen Poet's Society is Thursday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Do you like Shakespeare or is Edgar Allen Poe more your style? Bring work of your favorite poet or bring your own work. If you play the guitar, bring it along to provide some background music. Come help shape this program into just what you want. Refreshments will be served.

The Junior High "Lemony Snicket" Book Discussion and Writer's Group will meet for the first time on Friday, Jan. 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The discussion will focus on the last book in the series titled, "The End." If you haven't read it, come anyway and if you have a book you have read recently or something you have written, bring it to this first-ever gathering of the writer's group. Bring a friend.

The second meeting of the Junior High Writer's Group will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. Bring your writing to share.

Jr. Hi Positive Players will meet for the first time from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at the Pine Library. If acting and make-believe is your passion, don't miss this meeting. Drama games, improvisation, play reading and snacks await you. What more could you want? Bring a friend.

A library enrichment hour begins in January for the students in the after-school program at the Pine/Strawberry School. Each Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. these students will come to the Pine Library for library enrichment activities.

The Teen Drama/Improvisation Company will hold its first gathering from 5 to 6:30 on Thursday, Jan. 18. For teens who love the thrill of drama, this is for you.

The goal will be to have fun reading and performing plays for the community and for children. Opportunities are there for those who like behind-the-scenes work as well. Don't miss this first meeting on the Jan. 18. Bring a friend and "break a leg."

AA meets every Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Senior Dining Room.

Bring in the New Year safely and joyfully. Happy New Year.

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