Festival Of Lights Will Take Place Tomorrow

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Don Doyle kicks off the 10th annual Tellabration held Saturday in Pine. Once again, the storytelling event was a huge success.

The 10th annual Tellabration storytelling event was a huge success. The Cultural Hall was packed and the crowd seemed to enjoy listening to the seven tellers spin their yarns.

My favorite this year was Dee Strickland Johnson (Buckshot Dot) with her poetic play on the nativity story, (western-style of course). She certainly gave the crowd a great laugh.

Once again the entertainment value of the evening was unsurpassed and there was a hint that the storytellers are gearing up early to bless the entire state during Arizona’s Centennial Celebration in 2012. One thing is for sure, Tellabration is an established favorite in Pine!

Saturday evening, Nov. 28, the communities of Pine and Strawberry invite our neighbors to join us for a night of fun for the entire family as we celebrate the first Festival of Lights event. Local businesses will open their doors early to offer special deals for holiday shoppers. The Jingle Bell Parade starts at 6 p.m. with a special tribute to our military.

Immediately following the parade will be a community tree lighting ceremony, caroling and entertainment from many of our talented local fiddlers.

Santa is scheduled to make an appearance before the evening ends and folks will have an opportunity for photos.

Anyone who would like to, may bring an unbreakable ornament to help decorate the community tree and organizers will also collect canned food items to help benefit the local food bank.

Admission is free, so head to the Community Center in Pine to help kick off this Christmas season.

Speaking of the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank, these volunteers work hard year-round to ensure that no one in our community ever has to go hungry, yet their job is even more pressing during the holidays. In addition to providing nutritious meals to those who might otherwise go without, the food bank staff makes every effort to bless the local children in our community with toys and stocking stuffers on Christmas morning. If you would like to help out, you may purchase a new toy or bring a donation to either the Pine or Strawberry Fire Station personnel who are working with the food bank volunteers on this endeavor.

This is your last week to purchase items from the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild’s Christmas Boutique. They will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28 (why not come early, then stay for the Festival of Lights?), then again on Sunday, Nov. 29 from noon until 3 p.m. You’ll find many beautiful homemade crafts, original artwork, Christmas ornaments, and decorations, plus other useful items for sale. The boutique is held in the arts and crafts room in the thrift shop/senior building and all proceeds from the sales are donated to local charities.

Don’t forget to take your Nativity sets to the Pine Cultural Hall Wednesday, Dec. 2 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., if you would like to join with many others in making this year’s annual Nativity display the best ever.

What better way to share the true meaning of Christmas, than to be a part of this wonderful Pine tradition? The community is invited to view the Nativity sets from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4; and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. Linda Howard and her helpers will be there to offer refreshments and answer any questions you may have about this unique holiday display.

Admission is absolutely free — the sole purpose is to help folks contemplate the wonderful message of hope and joy which are offered to all mankind through the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas Tree Auction

The Pine Strawberry School will be hosting their annual Christmas Tree Auction at the school gym Friday, Dec. 4 this year. If you’ve never attended the event, you are in for a very special treat.

The kids from each grade level choose a specific theme and then go all out to decorate their tree in hopes of earning top-dollar during the auction. The kids really use their imaginations and go all out to help raise funds for school events throughout the year.

There will also be a quilt donated by the Strawberry Patchers which will be auctioned, and an opportunity to purchase homemade Christmas cards, baked goods and other items.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided, followed by a visit from Santa.

The entire community is invited, so come out and support the kids this season.

Pine By Design is hosting a free holiday card-making party for youth between the ages of 4 and 12 on Saturday, Dec. 12th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Local artist, Amie Claire Doggett, will be on hand to assist the kids and lunch will be provided free of charge.

The shop will also provide a special Santa’s Corner stocked with a wide selection of gift items for $10 and under.

Reservations are required, so call 476-3880 to take advantage of this great opportunity for young people.

I hope that your Thanksgiving was special this year. Whether we have much or little, we are so blessed to live in a country where freedom is still largely prevalent. May we remember to thank those who have sacrificed so much for those freedoms — especially those who currently serve in our nation’s military. May God bless us with knowledge of His great sacrifice for us as well.

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