Hopefully You Spent Last Weekend At Home With A Good Book And A Warm Fire

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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That was quite a beautiful snowfall. Hopefully, everyone stayed home in front of the fire, read a book and kept warm. The wind was rather nasty, but we survived.

Hopefully, many of you caught the program on public television, Channel 8, titled, "A River Reborn: The Restoration of Fossil Creek." It was on several times and I was able to tape it.

Great news for Pine Strawberry School students. The generous people of our communities contributed over $56,000 through Credit for Kids, which will bring many new opportunities to our students. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

The new Investment Club had to postpone their first meeting due to that wonderful snowfall. The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Mogollon Steak House. Come and see what it is all about. Call Karen Blake, (928) 476-3658, for more information.

The Pine Library Friends had to cancel their meeting last week due to bad roads. The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. in the library activity building. The scheduled speaker, Dave Bollard, has a previous commitment and cannot be there. Jay Martell was scheduled for later in the year, but she will come on Monday and tell all about her trip to Africa.

Lori Chandler is doing a Country Dog Clinic at the home of Annemarie Eveland in Pine on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. Lori studied with a disciple of Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, and has lots of worthwhile information to share. Call (928) 978-0089 or (928) 476-3944 with questions and to reserve your spot. Space is limited. The clinic is free and refreshments will be served. No dogs, please.

The Pine Strawberry Business Community, PSBC, is delighted to host a celebration of Arizona's 95th year of Statehood on Saturday, Feb. 10. A Statehood Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to decorate a wagon, sled, 4-wheeler, pony, or just walk in this parade. Participants should gather at Randall Place by the school, no later than 4 p.m. Bring the children, grandparents, dogs, horses and other pets.

Free hot dogs and drinks will be served right after the parade. A great display of fireworks will begin at 7 p.m. at the school. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for fun, family and fireworks.

Rimside Grill is having a Valentine's Day Dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, featuring a delightful selection of entrée choices. This is reservations only and seating is limited, so call (928) 476-3349. Enjoy your evening with the music of Vyktoria Pratt-Keating.

Youth Activities at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library for February include making valentines. All groups meet in the library. Kids from 2 to 18 are invited to stop by the library between Feb. 1 through Feb. 14, any time that it is open, to make personalized valentines for family and friends.

Pre-school Storytime is every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. and includes stories, rhymes, songs, movement and creative drama.

Pre-Teen Positive Players Drama Group will meet at the library at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, for theatre, games and improvisation. The next meeting will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

Teens will gather on at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, for Open Mic Poetry.

In honor of Valentine's Day, share your poems, stories, essays, articles or thoughts about love, friendship and heartbreak. Bring your original work or your favorites.

Have you read a good book lately? Bring it for discussion.

Teen Writer's Group meets at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, to share original poetry, stories, plays, essays and anything you have written. Or bring a book you've read to discuss.

Drama/Improv Company will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the library.

If we did not know it had been cold, we will know when we pay our gas bills.

-- Provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry by e-mail to cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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