Tonight, Friday, is the Community Christmas party and the Pine Strawberry School Christmas Tree Auction. The party begins at 5:30 p.m.
The Tree auction, with our very own auctioneer, Frank Allen, brings out the best and most generous of our residents. Each of these trees is donated by a local business or individual and then decorated by a classroom. The students make all the decorations.
The proceeds from the auction go directly to the classrooms for needed supplies and equipment.
Kris Levetro and Jennifer Zimmerman have coordinated the event this year. Many local businesses donated money, cookies or other necessities. It should be a great party and the proceeds going to the school should be terrific.
The students have designed Christmas cards and these will be available for purchase. Diane and Ed Enos of Pine and Postnet donated most all the supplies and labor for this first-time-ever card project.
Generous sponsors of this year's party, truly a community Christmas Party, are Arizona Public Service, Blue's Gallery, Carl and Sandy Tower, Clark and Nancy Helkamp, DGB Builders, The Fudge Shop, Fort McDowell Casino, Grace Davie, Home Depot, Kachina Painting, Kad Rad, (Ken and Ruth D'Arcangelo), Ken and Beverly Tozi, Mogollon Steak House, Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques, Myra's Gallery, Nifty Fifty's Restaurant, Payson Concrete, Payson Party Plus, Pine Deli, Pine Service Station, Pine Station Antiques, Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant, Pine Village Bakery, Ponderosa Market, Postnet, Randall House, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Robin's Nest Bed and Breakfast, Rimside Grill, Rose Harper, Sally Randall, The Strawberry Patchers Quilt Guild, Sportsman Chalet, Sunny Mountain Realty, Top Notch Concrete Coatings, Tymeless Antiques and Treasures, Uncle Tom's Qwik Stop and Walt and Willene Smith.
I mention each of these names because of their generosity and their eagerness to help our school and our communities. Thanks to each one of them.
The real Santa Claus, a.k.a. Ed Floyd, will be making an appearance.
Hopefully, home school families, PS school families and many Christmas-loving residents will come to the event. There will be something special for every child attending.
Toys for Tots
Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, sponsor of the Toys for Tots program, has been amazed at the generosity of our neighbors in filling up the toy boxes at the Pine and Strawberry fire stations.
More toys are always welcome, but it promises to be a good Christmas for local children for whom it otherwise might be rather bleak. Remember these children when shopping for the children on your list. Buy an extra gift.
The donations to the food bank also have been most generous.
Do continue to bring your canned and nonperishable food items to the fire station annex in Pine. Everyone should have enough to eat, particularly during the holidays.
The Pine Library Friends will have a Christmas Potluck on Dec. 4 at the home of Beverly Snidecor in Pine. Directions to her home are available at the library. Please bring an unwrapped game or toy for a child at the Time Out Shelter and a canned food item for the PS food bank.
An important note, the Pine Strawberry Fire Board regular meeting has been rescheduled. It will be held on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the Pine Fire Station.
The raffle for the firetruck will take place on Dec. 9. Get your raffle tickets before it is too late. This money all benefits the library.
Mila Phillips is a very sick little girl. The Justice McNeeley Foundation has two fund-raisers set for Saturday, Dec. 9, to help with medical expenses. The first is a trail ride with registration at 9 a.m. at the west end of Fossil Creek Road. Entry fees are a minimum of $15 for adults and $10 for children. Get sponsors now for your ride.
The Cowboy Christmas Dinner and Poetry Show will be at the Mogollon Steak House beginning at 4 p.m. The poetry reading will be followed by a silent auction and live music. Call Katie at (928) 476-2233 for more information about these two events and the Justice McNeeley Foundation.
Remember the preschool story time at the library for children ages 2 through 5, every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.
There will be lots of fun activities and stories during the holidays. Local residents and guests are welcome.
Call Sandy Carver at the library, (928) 476-3678, for more information.
AA meets every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in the Senior Dining Room.
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