Special Flag Ceremony Will Honor Veterans

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On Wednesday, Nov. 3, members of the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild met at the ramada in Pine, where they distributed a total of $8,600 among several local community groups. The money comes from booth rentals at the three large craft fairs the guild sponsors each summer (Labor Day, the 4th of July and Memorial Day weekends).

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Photos courtesy of Jodee Smith

The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild’s Christmas Boutique is open each weekend until Dec. 19.

The popularity of the craft fairs grows each year as the PS Arts and Craft Guild works hard to ensure quality workmanship that is highly appealing to buyers. So next time you have a little trouble getting to the post office on one of our busy summer week-ends, remember what a great service these events are to our community members when the crowds all leave.

Benefactors included Senior Citizens Affair Foundation (SCAF), Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, Pine-Strawberry Elementary School, Community Educational Recreational and Civic Association (CERCA), Pine-Strawberry Historical and Archaeological Society, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, Pine-Strawberry Food Bank and Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge. We are fortunate to have the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild’s dedicated members in our towns.

Kids, don’t forget the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library is hosting a Movie Madness event at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17. That is an early dismissal day for the students at Pine-Strawberry Elementary School so be sure to take advantage of this free showing. The featured movie will be G-rated “Ramona and Beezus,” and refreshments will be served.

The Pine-Strawberry Elementary School is holding a special flag ceremony to honor our veterans at 8:15 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19 in the school gym. Everyone is welcome to attend this special ceremony.

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Recipients of proceeds from the summer craft shows receive their checks from the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild.

The annual Christmas Tree Auction is quickly approaching too. This year’s event takes place at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3. The entire community is invited to this spirited event, which always includes a lot of laughter and fun. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend, I encourage you to mark your calendars. Each year, the different grade levels decorate a tree (often with a specific theme), then auction them to the highest bidder. This year there will also be poinsettias and a quilt auction as well. Hot cocoa, cookies and a visit from Santa round out the evening. The Christmas Tree Auction will be held in the school gym as well.

If you haven’t picked up your Tellabration dinner tickets for the evening of Saturday, Nov. 20, you might want to hurry to Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine before they are all gone. The cost of the dinner is $25 and will be served in the senior dining hall beginning at 5 p.m., prior to the performance.

The 11th annual Tellabration Celebration at the Cultural Hall in Pine, follows at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30; I advise you to get there early to get a good spot. If you’ve never attended this wonderful event, I can honestly say that it’s the best $5 you’re likely to spend this year.

The Tellabration is all about the art of storytelling with a variety of passionate tellers who specialize in sharing history, entertaining, and bringing laughter, through a variety of tales both real and imagined. This year will feature six professional tellers — including two who are new to the Pine event. I believe that most folks who attend find themselves hooked, as the art of holding an audience captive through this medium is quickly becoming obsolete. We are so fortunate that the DPS Quilt Angels Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild work hard each year to bring this unique event to our community.

All of the profits are donated to the school to help fund programs for special needs students. The Cancer Quilt will be on display again this year for anyone who wishes to place a loved one’s name on it. You may also purchase a ticket for a chance to win this year’s Opportunity Quilt. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six, and the drawing will be held on Dec. 2.

The Senior Center is sponsoring a free Thanksgiving dinner for folks in our community on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 2 p.m. All are welcome to join friends and neighbors as we pause and remember our many blessings.

The following weekend, Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28, the town of Pine will host their annual Festival of Lights Celebration. The fun begins at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, with the Salsa Challenge. Categories for both professional and non-professional divisions will be available. Enter by 5 p.m. Nov. 23 by calling one of the following people: Sheri at 928-476-3655, Bobbie at 928-476-6437, or Lynne at 928-476-3880.

Take time between the Salsa Challenge and the lighting of the Christmas tree, to visit Pine’s many shops. Pine may be small, but you will find the best variety of antiques, specialty stores and art studios.

In addition to the many shops, there will be a huge craft show in the Cultural Hall in Pine and a special Christmas Boutique sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Craft Guild in their meeting room adjacent to the playground. I got a preview of the beautiful homemade gifts available at the boutique, and admit I wasn’t able to leave without purchasing a gorgeous wreath. The prices are so reasonable; you will be surprised and delighted!

Gather back at the ramada by 6 p.m. for the Jingle Bell Parade (bring a flashlight or some type of illumination), entertainment, the lighting of the tree, free refreshments, caroling, and of course, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Most amazing of all, is the fact that all this fun is absolutely free. For anyone who would like to teach their children about the joy of giving — there will be donation boxes for canned food items to be donated to the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank, as well as a place to donate used blankets and/or pet items to be donated to the Humane Society.

As you can see there are many family-friendly activities taking place in our community this month. Since I am accompanying my daughter to Chicago as she competes in the National Bible Bee this week, I will not be writing a column on Nov. 19. I look forward to re-joining you the following week. I hope you all have a blessed week and a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

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