Holidays And The Events That Come With Them Right Around The Corner

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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October is heading out the door and November is coming in full speed ahead.

Can you believe it? Christmas will soon be here.

The Holiday Open House, featuring Pine's businesses, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the weekend of Nov. 4 and 5. Shops participating are: Blues Gallery, Gingerbread House, Herb Stop, Moose Mountain, Myra's Gallery, Our House, Pine Country Antiques, Pine Station and Tymeless Antiques. These shops will be all dressed up for the holidays and offer a terrific selection of gifts and ideas to get your holiday shopping off to a great start. Some shops will offer discounts and customer appreciation gifts, while most will have cookies, goodies and drinks.

Support our local shops and have a great time. Don't miss this event.

The Pine Library is planning a new program for teens. There will be a brainstorming session on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at the library to visit, enjoy snacks and plan an exciting program for teenagers in the area. Sandy Carver will lead this program. Call her at (928) 476-3678 with any questions or comments. Bring your great ideas.

Tellabration 2006: An Evening of Storytelling will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. The Dinner Before Theater is sold out, but don't miss the opportunity to hear these wonderful storytellers. Tickets are $5 and available in the Pine Library or at the door.

"Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini is the book for discussion at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Annetta Follmer will lead the discussion on this most interesting book. Extra copies of "Kite Runner" are available at the library.

The Children's Community Christmas Party and Christmas Tree Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Any business wishing to donate a tree or in other ways support this community event, please call Betsy at the Pine Strawberry school at (928) 476-3283.

Home-school and preschool children and there families are invited to this community Christmas party. If the home school group would like to decorate a tree to be auctioned, call me, Christy, at (928) 476-2239. Besides the auction, there will be refreshments, entertainment, lots of door prizes and a visit from Santa. Mark your calendars now for this fun event. This is truly a community party.

As you begin your holiday gift shopping, buy an extra toy for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by Tonto Rim Search and Rescue. Boxes for the unwrapped new toys are located at both fire stations. These toys will be distributed to those children who might otherwise receive nothing for Christmas. That should not happen to a child. We can make a difference.

Donate a can or two for the food bank. This is the time of year when the shelves can be a bit bare. We can all help. The boxes for donations of canned food items and other staples for the food bank are at the fire stations.

The Pine Fire Station will also be accepting donations to help fill a shoebox for the missionaries. Each box costs $20, but anything you can give will help and will be greatly appreciated.

Talk with Sue about the shoeboxes.

Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry has received an Honorable Mention Award in Environmental Leadership for its part in the fund-raising effort, sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Fuels Reduction Advisory Committee. The Arizona Clean and Beautiful Organization sponsors the Governor's Pride in Arizona Award. The presentation will be on Oct. 30 in Scottsdale.

Take Pride thanks all who donated to this great project.

Stop by the library and buy your raffle tickets for the great remote control firetruck. This is a vintage toy in mint condition, and a wonderful gift for a child of any age. See it at the library and buy a bunch of tickets. All proceeds benefit the Pine Library.

The Pine Library now has a color copy machine available -- the only one in Pine or Strawberry for public use. It costs 30 cents for an 8.5-by-11 full-color copy.

Pine/Strawberry School's third- and fourth-graders will be celebrating the culmination of a study project with a Native American Feast on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The third grade has been studying Arizona tribes and had a field trip to Montezuma's Castle and Tuzigoot. The fourth-graders have been studying prehistoric natives. Each child will bring a food item from the tribe they studied.

Have you noticed that the Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic on Hardscrabble Road has received a new coat of paint? Thanks to the generosity of Burt Diepstraten, owner of Master's Touch Painting, the paint and the painting crew were donated. Many thanks to Burt and company.

This medical facility provides a wonderful service to residents of Pine and Strawberry. It is managed by a board of directors. Meetings are on the third Monday of the month at 5 p.m.

-- Provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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