Saturday Is Last Chance To View Nativity Display

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Despite windy conditions, massive lightning strikes and fair-sized hail, the first Festival of Lights event in Pine was a great success.

Although the weather threatened to dampen the evening, an enthusiastic crowd turned out for the first Festival of Lights event in Pine.

As the wind picked up, bringing massive lightning strikes all around and fair-sized hail, the crowd moved into the Stage Coach Stop for hot cocoa and refreshments.

We opted to head home at that point, but considering the weather, I’d say the newest tradition to grace our community was a great success.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 5 is the last day to view the Nativity display at the Pine Cultural Hall. The display will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for viewing.

While in town, be sure to stop by Ye Olde Library Gift Shoppe, located in the original Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library building which now sets next to The Randall House Restaurant.

The shop has many unique gift items for sale and all proceeds benefit ongoing library programs.

The Gift Shoppe will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Speaking of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, there are several upcoming activities taking place in December. The next Movie Madness will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9. The featured movie is the G-rated “Santa Buddies.” Refreshments are served and this is a great way for kids to hang out in a safe setting with their friends.

There will be two additional Movie Madness events in December coinciding with the Pine-Strawberry School’s Christmas break, which begins Monday, Dec. 21. The school’s classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the library will host a sterling silver jewelry sale. There will be a large variety of pieces to choose from including Native American inlay designs. What a perfect way to top off your holiday shopping list!

Another great gift idea offered by the library is delicious See’s Candy. There is a wide variety of items to choose from ranging from full boxes to individual bars (which would make perfect stocking stuffers).

Simply stop by the library anytime during normal operating hours to pick up your candy today.

Not only does See’s Candy make a perfect gift for just about anyone, the sales help fund library programs.

Pine By Design will be hosting a free holiday card-making party for youth between the ages of 4 and 12 on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1 until 3 p.m. Local artist, Amie Claire Doggett will be assisting the kids as they create their own uniquely designed cards. Lunch will be provided free of charge as well, but you’ll need to RSVP so that they can plan accordingly. To reserve a space for your children, call 476-3880.

Christmas program

The Pine-Strawberry Elementary School kids will be holding their annual Christmas program on Tuesday, Dec. 15 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the school gym.

The kids have been working hard rehearsing their songs and practicing their instruments and look forward to performing for the community.

Everyone is invited to this free event, so be sure to come down to the school to catch this spirited performance.

Credit For Kids

One very successful program that has benefited the Pine Strawberry School is the “Credit For Kids” tax credit. Single persons can donate up to $200 and married couples can donate up to $400 this year.

Checks can be made to the Pine Strawberry School and must be received by Dec. 31 2009. You can even choose what category you would like your donation to go toward, including fine arts, playground equipment, student leadership, athletics, and much, much more.

All donations are greatly appreciated, especially in the current economic situation.

If you have any questions regarding the tax credit program, please contact Principal Mike Clark.

Food bank

It’s not too late to drop off a donation or a newly purchased toy at the Pine or Strawberry fire stations to help our local food bank make Christmas a little nicer for local kids. Every bit helps, so be sure to drop off your donation today!

Only three more weeks until Christmas! Yikes — where does the time go to? Hope you are not finding yourself too busy to enjoy this very special time of the year.

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