Pine's Sicilian Festival Sold Out

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Driving up to Flagstaff along Lake Mary Road over the weekend, I was eager to see if their fall colors were more spectacular than ours. I did not see the hundreds of elk I saw two weeks ago, but it was a gorgeous drive.

My grandchildren visited recently, and it was enlightening to experience fall through the eyes of the very young.

The first-ever Sicilian Cultural Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Rimside Grill in Pine. Everything Sicilian will be featured including art, music, crafts, cooking demonstrations and, best of all, authentic Sicilian Food. The menu includes Arancini, Caponata, Pizza Alla Siciliana, Polpette Di Pollo Con Salsa Di Pomodori All'Arancia, Cotolette Di Pollo and Involtini Di Maiale Ripiene. And then there will be dessert. For a translation of the above items, come to the festival. The food will be authentically prepared by Chef Gerardo Moceri of Cucina Paradiso. All proceeds benefit the Pine Library. Call Mario Belvedere at (928) 476-3678, for more details.

A late word from the Pine Library -- this event is sold out. Isn't that wonderful? Such support our communities show toward our library and, of course, everyone wants to have a good time. If you still want a ticket, check with Becky at the library to see if any have been turned in.

I wish I could be there, but it is also Dog Day in the Park in Payson.

The Pine Library Friends will meet on Monday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. in the Library Activity Room. Newly elected and installed officers are: Beverly Snidecor as president, Beverly James and Sandy Tower will be sharing the vice-presidency, Toni Sorel as secretary and Shirley Manchester as treasurer.

A very special program will reveal the origin of the Pine Library. A Pine schoolteacher by the name of Isabella Hunt believed that even a small community like Pine should have a library. Her vision inspired others and the tiny library opened in 1974.

This original library stands in Randall Park, across from the Pine Community Center. Inside is a display of some original books and memorabilia. Most of those who made Isabella's dream a reality are no longer here, but there are a few and they will be honored at this gathering of Library Friends. Everyone is invited to attend this most interesting and informative meeting.

With the new computer programs, we can find and order books from any library in the county. It is truly amazing.

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets at the Pine Library for the remote control firetruck, which will be raffled on Dec. 9. Any child of any age would love to have it. If you have not seen this shiny firetruck, stop by the library.

Get your flu shot at the Pine Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. Call Bruce at (928) 476-4633 to make an appointment and then there should be very little waiting.

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