Christmas Day is rapidly approaching; it seems that the month passes by more quickly each and every year. One minute I feel that I’m in complete control (maybe even a little ahead), and the next I realize that I’ve got way more on my “to do” list than the days left could possibly accommodate. The weather has been crazy too, when people are running around in shorts and T-shirts within two weeks of Christmas, it’s hard to seriously believe it’s just around the corner.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library’s recent Family Fun Night was well attended and both kids and parents enjoyed making reindeer ornaments out of light bulbs, old-fashioned clothespins, and other material, plus adorable snowmen ornaments too. It was a very festive occasion and the crafts were quite manageable for all ages.
This will be the last weekend to take advantage of Pine-Strawberry Arts & Craft Guild’s Christmas Boutique. Be sure to stop by and pick up one of their beautiful handmade items. There is a little something for everyone — from cuddly baby blankets, to aprons, wreaths, paintings, and everything in between — all high quality and at very reasonable prices. The Boutique will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Boutique is located in the Craft Guild Room adjacent to the ramada in the heart of Pine. Look for the sign around the corner from the Thrift Shop.
If you visit the Boutique tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 18), you can have your items wrapped by the children at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary Schools Builders Club. They will be on hand at the Ponderosa Market between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to wrap your Christmas presents for you. The kids are working strictly on donations, so if you have a present or two that still needs to be wrapped, be sure to stop by and help out with this worthy fund-raising opportunity. (By the way, this notification was sent to me by a sixth-grader, so the kids really are responsible for ALL the legwork involved).
The students will begin their two-week Christmas holiday break Dec. 20 then return Monday, Jan. 3. The Pine-Strawberry Elementary School is still looking for tutors, so if you are interested in volunteering as a junior high math tutor, or a reading tutor for grades 3-6, please contact Doris Randall at the school (928-476-3283) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need a valid fingerprint card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety to serve as a volunteer, and the school will cover the cost.
The Church on Randall Place invites you to a Candlelight Christmas Eve service, Friday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. The event will be a time of reverent reflection on the Advent of Jesus Christ. The Church is located at 6338 W. Randall Place (turn left on Randall Place from Highway 87 and proceed up the hill. The church is on the right side of the road). If you have any questions, please call Pastor John at 928-970-4249.
The folks at SCAF (Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation) are busy planning their community Christmas dinner. This free dinner is open to residents of Pine and Strawberry, and will be served at the Senior Dining Hall on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. at 476-4633 if you plan to attend so the organizers can plan adequately.
I hope that you all have a great week and time to reflect on the wonderful hope that we have in Jesus Christ. After all, there really is a reason for the season.