Not only was the Octoberfest at the Rimside Grill a lot of fun for those attending, but the event raised $800 for the Pine-Strawberry School and $200 for the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank. With the budget cuts and poor economy, that is a tremendous boost to both organizations.
The Great Pine Cleanup also proved to be a huge success and an incredible blessing for nine elderly Pine residents. Twenty-four volunteers cleared over five-and-a-half acres of land just in time for the winter season. Organizer Judy Koslosky wishes to thank everyone who came out to lend a hand.
She hopes this is the first of many such projects, and judging from the wonderful turn out and outstanding results, I would say that is very likely.
Folks in Pine invite you to come enjoy the Great Chili Cook-Off Challenge at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Pine Ramada.
For a mere $3 you can taste the many delicious varieties of chili available. If you are one of those people who has a killer chili recipe, this is your chance to show it off — no excuses, there is absolutely no fee to enter!
If you have any questions you can call Sheri Earp at (928) 476-3655, Judy Mueller at (928) 476-6512, or The Pine Thrift Store at (928) 476-4633.
The event is sponsored by SCAF (Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation), which is a resource that ministers to so many in our community by providing fellowship and nutritious meals.
Also on Saturday, Oct. 24, the owners of Pine by Design are sponsoring a pre-Halloween Tie Dye Party for kids starting at 1 p.m. They’re asking participants to bring a pre-washed T-shirt (white works best, but you are welcome to use your creativity), and they will supply everything else.
They will also provide some decorating items and goodie bags for the participants.
If you attended the homemade ice cream making event last month, then you already know that the De Costas really love putting on family friendly events for our community.
Reservations are recommended to help them determine the amount of supplies needed. To reserve your spot call (928) 476-3880.
Pumpkin patch for kids
Pine by Design will also be having a pumpkin patch set up through Halloween. For just $5 you can pick out a prize pumpkin. Just stop by anytime you see the pumpkins out in the big field surrounding the shop.
Several local gift and antique shops are joining together once again to usher in the holiday season with their 11th annual Holiday Open House event. I know I’m always bragging about the shops in Pine, but once you’ve seen the unique array of items available, you won’t want to go anywhere else for your gifts.
But that’s only the half of it, shopping in the Pine shops is so laid back it’s actually fun (and believe me, I am not one who normally enjoys shopping for anything!).
So don’t miss this exciting holiday kick-off event taking place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to find the perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list.
Please come out to honor our vets on Veterans Day, Wednesday Nov. 11 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library between 2 and 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet a local hero, talk with them, and of course, thank them for defending our freedoms.
Crafters hold Christmas Boutique
The Pine-Strawberry Crafters will be holding a special Christmas Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 from noon until 3 p.m.
They will also feature their items on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving week.
There will be many quality items for sale, so be sure to stop in if you are looking for that special something.
The boutique will be held at the Community Center Craft Room in Pine. If you would like more information, you may call Gail Jones at (928) 476-0469.
As you can see, our towns are gearing up for the holidays and we welcome you to come up, check out the beautiful fall colors, and enjoy our friendly communities.