Storytellers To Take Part In Annual Tellabration

Cyndle Ballestero, cashier at the Ponderosa Market in Pine, places a customer’s bag of donated groceries in the food bank donation bin. You too can get that “being part of something special” feeling by donating to the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank Holiday Food and Turkey Drive.

Photo by Joy Hafford. |

Cyndle Ballestero, cashier at the Ponderosa Market in Pine, places a customer’s bag of donated groceries in the food bank donation bin. You too can get that “being part of something special” feeling by donating to the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank Holiday Food and Turkey Drive.


The seasons have been changing so fast, it feels like someone hit fast forward. It was a beautiful summer day, then suddenly, cold. The golden trees with highlights of red splashed brilliant color across the Rim, reminiscent of local artist Ruthellen Mason’s oil paintings, and then the snow came.

Although the patches of snow are gone, the surrounding mountain tops are capped with snow and are a spectacular sight. This time I think the winter-coat weather is here to stay, and just in time for Thanksgiving.

It’s pretty hard not to be thankful in such a beautiful place. I look out my window and see four playful, happy little squirrels stealing birdseed from the feeder.

I am thankful for all the wonderful things in life; family, friends, health, pets, nature. I am grateful for the turkey, stuffing, anything with whipped cream, the smell of coffee in the morning, and a wonderful community with hospitable people, small-town values and old-fashioned, fun, family events.

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Tomorrow, Nov. 19, the country’s greatest storytellers will captivate us for Tellabration at the Pine Community Cultural Hall at 7 p.m.

You can still get a ticket for $5 at the door (age 10 and under free). Some lucky residents will enjoy dinner with the storytellers before attending the show.

It’s sure to be a great night of fun family entertainment.

Free Thanksgiving dinner in Pine

There’s no need to be alone on Thanksgiving. Everyone is invited as the Thrift Store in Pine offers a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, at 2 p.m. in the Bruce Thompson Memorial Dining Room (behind the Thrift Store).

The Senior Center Affairs Foundation (SCAF), who operate the Community Center Thrift Store and Dining Hall, do many wonderful things for seniors and the community throughout the year.

Their activities include weekday lunches and games in the dining hall, movies, Meals-on-Wheels, and much more.

The great SCAF volunteers are bringing us this community Thanksgiving dinner, and they can always use more help. If you would like to join this band of angels in our community, contact Rhonda at 928-476-4633.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

The Pine-Strawberry Business Community (PSBC) has been working hard to bring us an event that is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Small-town Christmas will come to life with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Jingle Bell Parade, Christmas tree lighting, Christmas carols, refreshments, holiday craft show and children’s crafts, and much more at the annual Festival of Lights.

Starting on Friday, Nov. 25, there will be a Christmas Craft Fair in the Community Center Cultural Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 26 from noon to 8 p.m. Kids will enjoy the children’s craft booth with who better than, Pine’s own Shara Weiss of Mommy Perks, helping them to create great holiday crafts they are sure to be proud of.

Then bring your flashlight and bells and join in the Jingle Bell Parade, led by Santa and Mrs. Claus, on Saturday, Nov. 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. You can also get your picture with Santa.

While there, the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild invite you to visit their Christmas Boutique, behind the Thrift Store, to see their many handmade creations. Find beautiful and unique wreaths, ornaments, lighted pine cone jars and baskets, decorated miniature Christmas trees, holiday linens and jewelry, greeting cards and more. Sign the guest book to receive future mailings on 2012 Arts and Crafts Guild events.

For more information on the Festival of Lights and the activities of PSBC in helping the local businesses and community, go to

Holiday ornament making

Calling all kids. Creating your own Christmas ornaments makes holiday memories that will last forever. The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library knows what memories are made of and has planned another super fun activity for you — to teach you how to make your own very cool holiday ornaments.

On Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. there will be holiday ornament making in the library for kids ages 6 to 9. Then, holiday ornament making for the older kids (ages 10 to 13) will be on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 6. You don’t want to miss this, so ask Mom or Dad to please mark the calendar!

To register, call 928-476-3678 or log on to

Pine Strawberry School

On Friday, Nov. 18 I’m looking forward to being at the school to congratulate our students on their achievements and honor our great veterans. I’ll share highlights of the ceremony with you next week.

The school in Pine will have early release for students at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 23, and no school on Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving recess. After the break, the basketball team will be ready to take on Mayer on Nov. 29 in a home basketball game. Tip-off is at 4 p.m. in the gym. Go Buffalos.

Invite someone to Thanksgiving dinner

I’m thankful to those who have sent me your Pine-Strawberry happenings for the column. I’d love to hear from more of you. Feel free to share with me what you too are grateful for about life or about this community, and also please send along some tales of your Thanksgiving celebrations this week to You may also call me at 602-790-0248.

If you think someone might be alone over Thanksgiving, invite him or her to join you for Thanksgiving dinner.

Remember, the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank Holiday Food and Turkey Drive is still on through Dec. 15. Drop off frozen turkeys at the Ponderosa Market, or put some non-perishables in the donation box at the Ponderosa Market, post office or library. Remember that after thanks, comes giving.

Have a great week and enjoy the holiday.


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