Writing About Pine/Strawberry From My Place In California



My dogs and I are in California this week for a major RV event. Hopefully, I will learn a lot. And, hopefully, all local significant events are included in this column.

"Shining A Light in Pine" is a ten-day art event encompassing the communities of Pine, Strawberry, Payson, Star Valley and Tonto Basin. Adults will have opportunities to become more aware of the challenges for those with dyslexia.

One of the speakers will be John Corcoran, author of "The Teacher Who Couldn't Read."

Terri Bowersock, owner of Terri's Design and Consign, will have her art on display as well as many local artists.

There will be an art contest for children with learning challenges, and the winning entries will be on display at Myra's Gallery. A children's reception is planned, at which children will have the opportunity to try their hand with a variety of art mediums. Members of the Payson Art League will provide assistance and encouragement.

By seeing the work of Dyslexic artists and learning how they overcame their challenges, children can move toward realizing their dreams and using their talent.

Myra's Gallery is hosting "Shining A Light in Pine," but this is a community event and lots of help is needed to make it a success. Whether you can make a financial contribution or volunteer some time, you are needed. Stop by and talk with Myra.

Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, March 27 in the library activity building at the back of the Pine Community Center. Wynn Wojcik, Administrative Assistant at the Payson Time Out Shelter, will present the program.

Wynn will talk about the services offered through the shelter and talk about domestic violence -- its causes and dynamics. Everyone is invited to attend this most interesting program.

There will be a Paper Shower for the Time Out Shelter in conjunction with this program. If you can, bring anything paper. Paper towels, paper plates, toilet paper, napkins and other such things would be most appreciated and put to good use.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine is having a used book sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8 in the library activity room at the back of the Pine Community Center. Books, books on tape and videos will be available at terrific prices. Stock up now for your summer reading.

OneBOOKArizona is a program in which libraries throughout the state are promoting the same book and featuring discussion groups. These books are carefully chosen to appeal to a wide range of readers. The featured book for the upcoming discussion is "An Unfinished Life" by Mark Spragg.

The discussion will take place at the library at 10 a.m. April 26. The library has a limited number of copies of this book. To be sure to get the book read in time for the discussion, reserve your copy today.

The Senior Thrift Store in Pine is having a "fill a bag for a dollar" sale. The sale runs through April 1.

The Take Pride Volunteer of the Year award will be presented at an afternoon reception on Wednesday, April 5, at the Rimside Grill in Pine.

Watch for more information.

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