The weather is gorgeous. We have no excuse for not getting out and raking up leaves and pine needles? Don't forget the roof and gutters. The fuels pickup truck and trailer just passed by loaded with brush. Some are out there working to make our communities safer.
Tellabration is at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Dan Doyle and his talented crew of storytellers will entertain you with a wide array of comedy, history, drama and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the great art of storytelling. Tickets are $5 at the library or at the door. Come early for a good seat.
Scott is the new chef at the Senior Center and the food is excellent. All seniors are urged to try one of these delicious lunches and pick up a copy of the monthly menu. Meals for members are $3.50 and $5 for non-members. Membership dues are only $5 for the year. All lunches include a trip through the great salad bar or you can pay $2 and just eat salad. Stop by for a meal and a menu. You'll be surprised.
The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild will have its final Holiday Boutique on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24, 25 and 26 in the craft room at the Pine Community Center. All items are handmade. There will be lots of unique items for great holiday gifts.
"Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini, will be discussed at the library at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. You still have time to pick up your copy of this great book and be ready for the discussion which will be led by Annetta Follmer. Extra copies are available at the library.
The Pine Strawberry School Christmas Tree Auction and Community Christmas party is at 5:30 p.m. in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. New this year, the school children have each made a Christmas drawing and these will be transformed into Christmas cards. These cards will be sold during the party. All proceeds from the cards and from the sale of the decorated trees go directly for programs and supplies for the classrooms. If you would like to donate a tree to be decorated or in some other way, contribute to this community event, please call Betsy at the school, (928) 476-3283. Do plan to bring the whole family for fun, caroling, refreshments, door prizes and, of course, Santa Claus.
Mila Phillips, age 2, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
Your help is needed. Two events are planned by the Justice McNeeley Foundation to raise funds to help Mila and her family. Both events are on Dec. 9.
There will be a Trail Ride in Strawberry with check-in at 9 a.m. and the ride beginning at 10 a.m. Riders will meet at the west end of Fossil Creek Road. A prize will be awarded to the highest sponsored rider. A minimum donation of $15 per adult rider and $10 per child will be collected. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
A Cowboy Christmas Dinner and Poetry Show will be held at the Mogollon Steak House on Saturday, Dec. 9. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m., followed by the poetry readings.
There will be a silent auction and music by Junction 87 following the show. Cowboy poets will be Rolf Flake and Mike Dunn. Both of these poets have deep roots in Arizona and both have published books. Flake's "Cloud Watchers" won the Will Rogers Medallion award and the Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year Award for 2005.
"Somewhere Between Earth and Heaven" by Mike Dunn, received the Will Rogers Medallion Award from the Academy of Western Artists. The book is also available on CD. Tickets for this special evening are $25.
Plan to attend one of both of these events to help Mila. If you would like to make a contribution or want more information about the Justice McNeeley Foundation, call Katie at (928) 476-2233
The drawing for that wonderful remote control firetruck will be Saturday, Dec. 9, at the library. Stop by and get your raffle tickets. This firetruck is a collector's item.
Pick up a "Medical Information for Emergency Responders" card at the administration building at the Pine Fire Station. Fill out the card with all medical information and attach it to the refrigerator. In case of emergency, time will not be lost in trying to gather all this information on current medications, allergies and other health conditions. The bright yellow card is easily seen.
Drop off unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue. Collection boxes are at fire stations in both Pine and Strawberry. Your donated toy will make a huge difference for a local child.
This is the time of year when the food bank is desperately in need of canned and nonperishable food for local families. Drop off canned goods at the Pine and Strawberry Fire stations to help insure that everyone will have enough to eat this holiday season.
Bring your preschool children to Story Hour at 10:15 a.m. each Wednesday at the library. All children ages 3 through 5 are invited to take part in stories, drama, puppet shows, crafts and games. Stop by the library in Pine for more information.
AA meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday evening in the Senior Dining Room.
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