Christmas Tree Auction Successful And Fun

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Jodee Smith

Winnie Payne shows off the tree decorated by the preschool group at the 2008 Pine-Strawberry Christmas Tree Auction.

The Christmas Tree Auction to benefit the students at Pine-Strawberry Elementary School turned out to be a big hit while bringing the kids some extra funds for field trips and school supplies.

The children all did a great job of decorating their trees with different themes. One had a Candy Land theme and even came with the board game of the same name. There was a tree decorated with all different types of M&M’s and the fourth-graders used the “5 Cs” of Arizona (cotton, copper, cattle, citrus and climate) to showcase their masterpiece.

The homemade cards were also a big hit. I couldn’t resist purchasing a set from a young man sporting the bold heading, “Mary Christmas.” It was just too precious!

The students worked hard to raise funds for their classrooms and it was a lot of fun to watch the bidders compete for their favorite tree.

Thanks to all who brought Nativity sets to display at the cultural center last week. There was a wide variety including many more miniature sets this year. I hope all who were able to visit the displays enjoyed this very special tribute to the birth of Jesus Christ — the true reason for the season. Thank you to Linda Howard and Barb Davis who put in many hours of their time to make this happen, and to the folks at the Pine-Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society for their support.

If you are a basketball fan, you are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Pine-Strawberry players as they challenge West Sedona at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the school gym.

The Pine-Strawberry School will host its Christmas program on the following evening, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17. The program takes place at the school gymnasium as well. The school band will be performing all of your favorite Christmas carols and each grade level will sing a different Christmas song. There is no charge for the performance and the whole community is welcome.

The school office will be closed for winter break Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. Classes resume Jan. 5.

The movie madness at Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine begins Wednesday, Dec. 17 with a special showing of “The Polar Express.” Children ages 2 to 5 are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a soft pillow so they can get comfy. The show begins at 10:15 a.m. and refreshments will be served.

There will also be movies shown on the two Fridays during Christmas vacation for children who are out of school for the holidays. “Wall-E” will be featured at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 26 followed by “Space Chimps” at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 2. Both shows are Rated G.

The library still has some boxes of See’s Candy if you are in need of a gift-giving idea. There is a nice variety of delicious candies and even individual bars for stocking stuffers. The toffee bar is a big hit with my family, though we haven’t found any that we don’t like yet!

While you’re at the library, don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets for the rocker and colorful homemade quilt. Tickets are $1 each, six for $5 or 15 for $10.

Becky Waer, manager of the library, also happens to be the vice chairman for the North District of the Arizona Elks Association Social Welfare Committee. They recently presented the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank with a generous donation to help out over the holidays. It seems the greater the need, the greater the generosity of our community members.

If you are looking for a worthwhile program in which your kids can participate, the First Baptist Church of Pine hosts AWANA Clubs from August through May each year. AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. The kids learn Bible verses, complete a workbook, sing songs and play games. Kindergarten through second-grade meets from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, and third- through 12th-grade meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday. If you have questions about the program, call the church office at (928) 476-3552.

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Pine Cultural Hall. The water issues facing our communities are always a hot topic for discussion, so attending the meetings is one good way to keep informed.

Speaking of water, we had a nice bit of rain Sunday night. Then on Tuesday morning we awoke to a dusting of snow. Not quite enough to get the sleds out yet, but we’ll take any moisture we can get.

It sure seems like Christmas is approaching quicker than usual this year. Hope that your holiday preparations are going smoothly and you are able to put aside time to attend some of the special events that are taking place throughout our community.

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