Christmas Tree Auction Tonight

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The Second Annual Festival of Lights event in Pine was a huge success. Several hundreds of people milled around the ramada, inside the local business craft display in the Cultural Hall, and at the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique.

Even as we were leaving, more folks were arriving — it was great to see so many families enjoying all of the fun things the Pine-Strawberry Business Community planned to round off the evening. Once again the local businesses have gone all out with lights and decorations throughout the entire town.

We spent that morning up near East Clear Creek cutting our Christmas tree, and it’s a good thing, because a storm moved through on Sunday leaving a fair dusting of snow. Considering the roads back in the designated tree cutting area were already snow-caked and sloppy, I’m sure the trip would have been a lot more eventful on Sunday. As it was, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

The fun continues this week with tonight’s Christmas Tree Auction at the Pine-Elementary School gym. The auction begins at 6 p.m. and will include a chance to buy poinsettias, bid on a lovely quilt donated by the Strawberry Patchers, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, then tell Santa your wish list. All of the money earned from the event helps fund extra-curricular activities for the different grade levels.

If you arrive early, be sure to visit the Nativity Display in the Cultural Hall (the large building just behind the museum). You will find a huge variety of beautifully displayed Nativity sets for your viewing pleasure. The display will be open tonight from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. so be sure to bring your entire family as you take time out from the season’s inevitable busyness to contemplate the greatest gift ever given to all mankind. The Cultural Hall will also be open on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. There will be hot cider and delicious treats to round off your visit. There is no cost to experience this endearing display, so why not start a new tradition this year?

If you are still looking for beautiful gift ideas, be sure to stop by the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild’s Christmas Boutique across from the ramada adjacent to the playground. They will be open each Saturday before Christmas from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Pine-Strawberry Business Community will be holding its last 2nd Saturday Shop Hop of 2010 on Dec. 11. There is no better time to take advantage of Pine’s many wonderful shops than during this special monthly event. You will find unique items like local honeys, one of a kind ornaments, soy and beeswax candles, trendy cards, antiques, mountain décor, metal crafts, herbal teas, and artwork, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere — one of the many reasons why people come to Pine just to shop!

On Tuesday, Dec. 7, you are invited to attend a special concert by the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School Band. The event takes place in the school gym and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The following Tuesday, Dec. 14, the kids at the school will perform their annual Christmas program. There is no surer way to break away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas activities than to attend a children’s play, so join us at the school gym at 6:30 to bring a bit of festive joy into your season.

The kids will be released early on Dec. 8 (11:30 a.m.) and again Dec. 17 (1:30 p.m.) before beginning Christmas break between Dec. 20 and Dec. 31. The office will be closed on Dec. 24 in observance of Christmas.

Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will host Movie Madness on Dec. 8 in conjunction with the first early release date. The featured movie is Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” which is rated G. All kids are welcome to come enjoy fellowship with friends and refreshments provided by the library.

The library is also holding a fun, holiday craft event for parents and kids on Thursday, Dec. 9 and again on Dec. 16 between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the library. Participants will have a chance to make cute reindeer and snowman ornaments. All supplies and instruction will be provided by library staff, so be sure to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity with your children.

Also remember the library will be closed on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday, and again the following week on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

That wraps up another fun and festive week in Pine and Strawberry.

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