In taking over for Christy Powers, this scribe has big shoes to fill.
For many years, Christy expertly authored this column, providing residents of Pine and Strawberry a voice in the pages of the Payson Roundup.
My goal is to continue that tradition and, with your help, expand on it.
If you have any news tips, column ideas or announcements to be made, don't hesitate to contact me. I'd be more than happy to hear your suggestions and comments.
Thanksgiving Benefit Yard Sale
We don't know why the Pine Strawberry organization is called the "Riff Raff Club" but we do know it sponsors many worthwhile projects in the Rim Country.
Next up for the club is a Turkey Day yard sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 10 in the Sportsman's Chalet parking lot.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase food for Thanksgiving dinner baskets for deserving families in the Pine-Strawberry area.
Those shopping the yard sale are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items that will be included in the food baskets.
Get into the holiday spirit by taking part in the yard sale and contributing to the much-needed food baskets.
Liberty Wildlife Presentation
A highlight on the Pine Library agenda will be the upcoming Liberty Wildlife Presentation for home-schooled students.
It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14 in the Pine Library Activity Room. LWP presenters, which are based in Scottsdale, teach children how animals connect to the natural world and how each came to be at Liberty Wildlife. The presenters will also teach the place the animals hold in the natural ecosystem and how they adapt to their environment. Some non-releasable wildlife will be on display.
As children gaze in the glowing yellow eyes of a horned owl or get upclose and personal with any of the other animals it will be hard to forget this strong conservation message.
This will be a great presentation; don't let your home-schooled students miss it.
Don't forget the eighth annual Tellabration, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall.
Although tickets for the dinner are sold out, come listen to storytelling from returning tellers and newcomers.ickets for Tellabration are $5 each.
Book Fair Pine Strawberry School
Do you have a "bookworm" on your Christmas List?If so, a Scholastic Book Fair will be held Nov. 13 to 16 at Pine-Strawberry School.
During the four days, students and teachers will have the opportunity to preview books that also will be available for purchase.
Parents may attend on Family Night which is set for 5 to 7 p.m. November 14th. This is a great opportunity to get a jump start on Christmas gift purchases.
Christmas Tree Auction
The much-anticipated Christmas Tree Auction is on the calendar for Nov. 30 in the Pine-Strawberry School gym.
The festivities begin with a barbecue pork dinner, to be served from 4:30 to 6 pm.
The meal will be followed by the Christmas tree auction, an appearance by Santa, cookies and Christmas card sales.emember to mark your calendar for this fun and festive event.
Box Tops for Education
Remember when we clipped cereal box tops to earn special prizes?
Once again, we can give our school a financial boost by clipping box tops on many products and sending them to the school's Box Tops Education Coordin-ator. The list of box tops acceptable is available at PS elementary and the post office.
There are three ways to help.
The first is the Original Box Tops for Education fund. To participate, clip box tops on hundreds of your favorite products, each is worth 10 cents to our school.
Then, send them to our school or drop them off in a collection envelope at the Pine Post Office.Twice each year, the school will receive a check worth 10 cents for each box top redeemed, up to $20,000.The second way to help is at the Box Tops for Education Marketplace Web site at boxtops4education.com.
Participating merchants include J.C. Penney, Lands' End and others.
PS Elementary will receive a donation of up to 8% from your qualifying purchase, up to $20,000.The third option is to participate in the Box Tops for Education Book Club.
Simply, select books from award-winning authors each month during the school year. Then, turn in student order forms and checks to your school's Box Top for Education Coordinator.
Every dollar spent on books earns one box top for our school, up to $20,000.
Remember, participation in the program is free and you can earn much-needed financial help for PS Elementary. Sign up today.
Kay Foster is the Pine Strawberry Happenings columnist. Items of interest for Pine Strawberry residents may be e-mailed to her at fosterkay
@msn.com or call (928) 476-2788.