Pony Express Rides Into Pine Next Wednesday

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Well it was bound to happen — winter has returned! Some stores have seeds and patio furniture prominently displayed, and I admit I was tempted, but deep down inside I knew it was all too good to be true!

Benefit bake sale and silent auction

This is probably not news to most of you, but Carl, the well-known face who works in the back of the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store and who has delivered Meals on Wheels for the past seven years in Pine and Strawberry, recently had a medical emergency and is in recovery. As is so often the case; his medical insurance doesn’t cover the full amount of the expenses incurred. In order to help alleviate some of the financial burden, there will be a bake sale and silent auction to help raise funds for Carl, on Saturday, Feb. 12 in the Senior Dining Hall behind the Thrift Store. Bidding at the silent auction begins at 10 a.m. with final bidding set for 2 p.m. The bake sale takes place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There is also a beautiful quilt, graciously donated by the DPS Quilt Angels that will be raffled off on March 5. Tickets for the quilt may be purchased at the thrift store during regular hours of operation, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets are just $1 each or six for $5.

Carl is one of those rare folks who has touched so many lives through his incredible generosity and humble demeanor — this is our chance to let him know how much he means to us. Please stop by next weekend and be a part of giving back to someone who has given so much to our community.

Pony Express

The Pine post office is currently collecting letters to be picked up by the Hashknife Pony Express riders. The riders are expected to arrive in Pine sometime in the afternoon on Wednesday, Feb. 9. In past years crowds have gathered and the Pine-Strawberry School band has welcomed the riders as they commemorate this event, which is the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express run in the world.

At the library

Here we are in to February, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching. Why wait until the last minute to buy your sweetie a gift when a quick trip to our local library is sufficient? Pick up your See’s Valentine Chocolates and help the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library raise money for their ongoing programs at the same time.

One such program is a winter book discussion. Beginning Thursday, March 3, Jeannette Sindik will lead a discussion on “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the library and refreshments will be served. Copies of the book are currently available at the library.

Jeannette will also be teaching a class titled, “Drawing in the Manner of Mark Kistler.” The class takes place Thursday, March 24 and students will learn simple techniques on how to draw 3-D likenesses. The class takes place in the Library Activity Room and is broken down into two groups: kindergarten through third-grade which will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and fourth- through eighth-grade which meets from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please register by calling or stopping by the library so they can plan accordingly. The library’s phone number is (928) 476-3678.

The library will hold its next Movie Madness event at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 17 in conjunction with spring break at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. The featured movie is “Scooby Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster” which is rated PG. Refreshments will also be provided.

Talent Show

Students at the Pine-Strawberry school are gearing up for a Talent Show on Wednesday, Feb. 23. There will be two performances, the first at 12:45 p.m. and the next at 6 p.m. at the school gym.

Hope you all have a great week — stay warm and safe.

Anyone who is interested in taking over the P-S Happenings column may contact Tom Brossart at editor@payson.com or call the Payson Roundup at (928) 474-5251.

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