Santa Claus is making appearances around Pine and Strawberry. People are decorating their homes and their businesses and enjoying seasonal activities.
The home of Rick and Marlene Kubiac was illuminated with 100,000 lights Nov. 22. “This is our contribution to the neighborhood to remind everyone of the reason for the season,” said Marlene.
Rick, age 70, loves creating the annual display and hopes he will be able to continue for a few more years. “My favorite part is watching the joy on the children’s faces,” he said. You can see it at 8720 W. Tonto Rim Rd. in Strawberry. Rick doesn’t accept donations for electricity costs, but invites visitors to bring a non-perishable food item to put in a donation box for the P/S Food Bank.
Santa Claus told the P/S kids that they had been good this year during the Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting on Saturday at the P/S Community Center. The annual event kicked off with a Jingle Bell Parade, Christmas carols and tree lighting. Holiday spirit was aglow in the Cultural Hall with music, beverages and snacks, a craft fair and kids craft corner — all with a neighborly, small-town atmosphere.
The local businesses are dressed up for the holidays and add character and charm to the community. I try to do some of my holiday shopping locally each year. The merchants are friendly, many support local artists and all work to make our community a better place to live. Because I value that, I want to support them. Our shops are a winter wonderland of beautiful holiday displays, decorated wreaths, Christmas trees and themed ornaments. I urge everyone to visit the local shops this season and make a purchase. You’re sure to find something special.
Christmas Tree Auction tonight
On Friday, Nov. 30, P/S School invites you to bring your family and friends for an exciting night at the annual Christmas Tree Auction. There will be free cookies and hot chocolate. Student-decorated Christmas trees will be sold to the highest bidder. A beautiful holiday quilt will also be auctioned. At the end of the evening, there will be a visit from Santa Claus. Please come out and support our students and school. The fun begins at 5 p.m. in the gym and the auction starts at 6 p.m. The P/S School is located on 3868 N. Pine Creek Dr., behind the Community Center.
Senior Angel Tree
With the holiday season under way, the Edward Jones office is again sponsoring the Senior Christmas Angel Tree. The tree has more than 60 names of seniors who are in need of a little extra cheer this holiday season. To participate in this worthwhile effort, please drop by the office at 4010 N. Hwy. 87 in Pine and choose a name or names from the tree. Then bring in your wrapped gift(s) by Dec. 17.
Some gift ideas are gift cards, gloves, hats, jackets, scarves, socks, slippers, blankets, throws, quilts, kitchen items, bed and bath linens, stationery, stamps, unscented lotions, toiletries, puzzles, crossword books, non-perishable food items and sweets and baked goods.
The response to the effort the last three years has been wonderful in our thoughtful and generous community. Please help to provide for our local seniors. For more information, e-mail Maureen Walsh at www.edward jones.com or call (928) 476-6427. The staff at Edward Jones thanks you for your support and wishes you a wonderful holiday season!
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is having their See’s Candy holiday fund-raiser. A variety of the favorite chocolates are available for sale right here in Pine, with proceeds going toward the purchase of needed library materials. The chocolate Santas are great stocking stuffers and the boxes of assorted chocolates are a great gift for the chocoholics in your life.
The library has also placed their “Tree of Giving” in the foyer. If you would like to donate to the library through this program, just select a title to purchase for the library. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with your community by giving a book to the library that will reach many hands.
There’s always something special happening at the library. During Christmas break, it’s Holiday Movie Madness. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 22 to see “Santa Paws 2, the Santa Pups,” and on Thursday, Jan. 3 see “Thunderstruck.” Movies start at 1:30 p.m.
Christmas time is fun time for kids at the library. Pre-school story hour is every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 12 kids will decorate gingerbread men. On Wednesday, Dec. 19 it’s “Polar Express” time with a surprise at the end of the story. Please support the local library.
The Christmas potluck luncheon for Pine Library Friends will be held on Monday, Dec. 3 at noon in the Library Activity Room — located behind the Pine Cultural Hall. No guest speaker is scheduled in order to concentrate on good friends, good food and happy conversation. You don’t have to be a member to attend. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to share, a friend and come have a good time.
Community Center Thrift Store
A Mix & Match Sale for ladies tops and jeans is planned for Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. Regular cost is $1 each, sale price is three for $1.
December is Book Month at the library. Buy one book at half off and get the next book free. This is a great way to try new authors and stock up for winter reading.
For more information visit the Web site at www.pinestrawberryscaf.com.
Each Friday this column features the happenings in the area. Make your holiday season unforgettable with a P/S getaway. Visit our quaint shops or cozy up in one of our unique restaurants and start a new holiday tradition.
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