Pine-Strawberry Happenings Writer Bids Farewell With Final Column

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I had an opportunity to meet with the new Pine-Strawberry Happenings columnist Carol Reed, and I’m convinced that you will all be thrilled with the energy and fresh ideas that she hopes to bring to the column.

Carol is a semi-retired custom furniture builder and a part-time minister who has lived in Strawberry since 2004. One of her primary reasons for writing the column is that she wants to get to know her neighbors in Pine and Strawberry better. Since this will be my last weekly column, please send information you may have for future submissions to Carol at spcolumnist@yahoo.com. Even if you do not have a specific item to report, I encourage you to send Carol your contact information including organization name, email and phone number.

The Pine Library Friends will hold their next meeting on Monday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. in the Library Activity Room, located just behind the Cultural Hall in Pine. The guest speaker will be Diane Roeder who will give a presentation on the benefits of Yoga and Massage Therapy. The meeting is open to the entire community, so it is a perfect opportunity to meet new friends.

Jeannette Sindik will begin a book discussion on Erica Bauermeister’s “The School of Essential Ingredients” Thursday, March 3 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library. The discussion begins at 10:30 a.m. and refreshments will be served.

It’s almost time for the Annual Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, March 5 beginning at noon in the children’s section at the library. The party includes a special Cat in the Hat craft, a showing of the movie Lorax, a puppet show, games and, of course, a delicious birthday cake and lemonade.

The next Movie Madness event at the library will be on Thursday, March 17 at 1 p.m. The featured movie is “Scooby Doo, Curse of the Lake Monster” and all are welcome to come.

If you haven’t registered for the “Drawing in the Manner of Mark Kistler” class yet, be sure to do so soon. Jeannette Sindik will be teaching students how to draw in 3-D using the techniques that Mark has made so popular. The class will take place on Thursday, March, 24 in the Library Activity Room behind the Cultural Hall. Students from Kindergarten through the third-grade will meet from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Students in the fourth- through eighth-grades will meet from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. All students will receive a sketch book and handouts so they can continue to practice what they’ve learned at home.

The staff at Pine-Strawberry Elementary School will hold parent teacher conferences on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 so the kids will be dismissed early both days. Then the kids begin their two week Spring Break the following Monday, March 14.

The Pine-Strawberry Business Community will resume their popular Second Saturday Shop Hop for the 2011 season beginning April 9. This year’s Shop Hops will also include a Swap Meet at the Community Center most Saturdays, which should be a very popular feature. The Shop Hops already boast great prices and “in shop” specials, so with the addition of the swap meet, bargain hunters and those with a sense for the unique should find their niche in Pine.

As I stated earlier, this is the last regular column I will be writing. I want to thank all the great folks in Pine and Strawberry who have encouraged me throughout the time I have written P/S Happenings. It has been a truly wonderful experience and I have enjoyed getting to know so many of my neighbors during the past year-and-a-half. I know that many of you make a tremendous difference in the lives of those around you and for the benefit of our community, and it has been a real pleasure to be able to share some of those events, through this column. I look forward to seeing you around town. God Bless!

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