Congratulations to the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Pine-Strawberry School who hosted another successful Fall Festival.
They did a great job and numerous reports indicate that a good time was had by all!
Although I’ll be submitting this article before anyone knows the outcome of our presidential elections, the students at the Pine-Strawberry School had an opportunity to get in the swing of things Wednesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 30, by participating in “Kids Vote Arizona.”
The students use voter ID cards and ballots similar to the ballots used in the 2008 elections and cast votes for president, district one congress and Proposition 300.
Members of the student council helped organize the voting, assembled the voting booths, and also assisted by checking the students’ voter ID cards, signing in prospective voters, and explaining the procedure for marking the ballots.
Students in third- through eighth-grade participated and the final results were: John McCain and Sarah Palin for president/vice president; Sydney Hay for district one; and yes on Proposition 300.
Data was then faxed to the Kids Voting Arizona headquarters where the statewide data will be tabulated and released.
I checked out the Web site, www.kidsvoteaz.org, but the final result had yet to be posted. Still, I found many useful links to games, activities and fun facts for kids relating to local, state and national government for all you parents and grandparents who want to help your kids become more civic minded.
Many thanks to Jan Clark, the student council adviser and junior high social studies teacher, who helped spearhead this very important event.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine is currently selling raffle tickets for a beautiful rocker donated by Jean Vogel and a precious handmaid child’s quilt, which was donated by Cheryl Olney.
Tickets are $1 each, six for $5, or 15 for $10.
The drawing will take place Saturday, April 18, 2009 and the lucky winner will receive both prizes.
All proceeds will benefit the children’s programs at the library.
The PSWID will host its monthly board meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Cultural Center in Pine.
Attending the meetings is a great way to keep informed about the water issues facing our communities.
Don’t forget to pick up your tickets for the Tellebration event which will take place Saturday, Nov. 22 in Pine.
This popular event is sponsored by the DPS Quilt Angels Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild.
Folks can enjoy a wonderful evening out, starting with dinner 5 p.m. at the Senior Dining Room. The Tellebration performance will feature eight different storytellers and begins at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center.
Tickets for the dinner and performance are $25 each. Space is limited, so you’ll want to get your tickets soon.
If you are unable to make the dinner, you can still attend the performance. Performance-only tickets are just $5 each.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Sunny Mountain Realty or at the entrance to the Cultural Hall on the night of the performance.
Willene Smith of the DPS Quilt Angels reports that some lucky individual will receive one of their beautiful quilts as a door prize.
All proceeds from the event benefit the local food bank, so the sponsors are asking each person who attends to bring a can of food.
I have heard so many wonderful reports about this event I can hardly wait to attend.
If you enjoy listening to lively music, you won’t want to miss the Fiddlers Jam Nov. 19 at the Pine Cultural Center. The event begins at 1 p.m. and there are always several talented artists ready to entertain the crowd.
There is no cost and all are welcome.
Please remember those who are going through hard times as you shop for your own family’s holiday needs. The Pine-Strawberry Food Bank is currently collecting items for Thanksgiving and Christmas boxes in addition to the regular monthly food boxes they already distribute.
The food bank tries to send each family home with everything they need to have a really nice holiday meal. As you can imagine, this is a huge task.
This year, they also hope to purchase a Christmas gift for each child that they are serving.
If you are able to donate food, money or gifts, call Marti Heinert at (928) 476-6469 to make arrangements.
If it is more convenient, you may also drop your donations off at either the Pine or Strawberry fire stations. Lisa Sieracki says the department is accepting food items and new unwrapped toys for kids of all ages (sometimes the older kids are forgotten).
We are grateful that Chief Lashua and his crew have joined forces with the folks at the food bank to try to make the holidays more enjoyable for everyone in our community.
Books on Wheels
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library offers a program called Books on Wheels. It is a service that brings the library to you when you are unable to get to the library yourself due to illness, disability, or if you’re a caretaker who is unable to get to the library.
Either a volunteer from the library or the delivery person for the Pine/Strawberry Senior Dining Room (Meals on Wheels program) will deliver items to you.
Arranging for this service is very simple. You can either call the library where staff from the library will ask you some questions regarding your likes and/or dislikes in reading, your favorite author, type of genre, your style of movies and maybe what type of magazines you would like to read. This should not take more than a few minutes to complete. Or, you can request and fill out a Books on Wheels registration form and have the Meals on Wheel driver return it to the library and a library staff person will contact you.
There is no cost for patrons of the Pine/Strawberry community.
You can modify your reading or listening choices at any time or discontinue this service by contacting the library at (928) 476-3678.