It’s not too late for children and teens to get involved in this year’s Awana Clubs at the First Baptist Church (FBC) in Pine.
For those who are not familiar with Awana, it is a weekly program designed for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade to help them develop physically, mentally and spiritually through many fun and exciting activities. The program was first developed in 1941 to appeal to both church-going and non church-going kids.
The Awana program has generated great enthusiasm around the globe — from Pine, Ariz. to Nairobi Kenya — and even Katmandu.
Every week approximately 102 countries, 2 million children, 400,000 volunteers and 27,000 churches from more than 100 different denominations participate in Awana.
The Awana Clubs had a spectacular kick off at FBC on Aug. 12 with a carnival. The clubs started Monday, Aug. 19. Children arrived at the church with great excitement and anticipation for Sparks, for kindergarten through second grade, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
The church van picks up children for Awana Sparks on Mondays after school on the school grounds.
The clubs for older kids: T & T for third through sixth grade; Trek for seventh through eighth grade; and Journey 24/7 for high school students also got under way on the 19th from 6 to 8 p.m., Awana runs through April 2014.
Approximately 15 adult volunteers will devote their time and energy this year to creating an atmosphere of belonging, acceptance, fun and learning. Some like Candi Paine, an alumnus of Awana, now share life lessons learned in the clubs with a new generation of club members.
The FBC of Pine has sponsored Awana Clubs for 35 or more years. Many church members, such as Kathy Leneberg, attended Awana and now have children and grandchildren participating.
Program director for Sparks, Barbara Ward, was there to welcome the returning young people on Aug. 18.
“We’re looking forward to another great year with the wonderful kids of our community,” she said.
If your child is starting kindergarten, a senior in high school or anywhere in between, and is interested in a club that is really fun and endorsed by some of their role models — such as Kurt Warner, former Arizona Cardinals quarterback — then consider FBC Awana Clubs, where there is a place for everyone.
For more information, visit the church Web site at www.fbcpine.com or call (928) 476-3552.
Arts and crafts, books and tacos
The Arts and Crafts Guild Labor Day Weekend Festival is Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 at the P/S Community Center. Visit the arts and crafts booths, enjoy great food and see the work of local artists and crafters in the Arts and Crafts Guild Boutique.
The ever-popular Pine Library Friends Labor Day Book Sale will be in the Library Activity Room (behind the Pine Cultural Hall) from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
They will have a Bag Sale at $2 for a plastic bag and $5 for a canvas bag of books.
A drawing for the tree raffle, gift cards and certificates will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
While there, treat yourself to an infamous Navajo taco by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation in what may be the last opportunity of the season to indulge in the tasty treat.
Music at the library
The importance of music in early childhood development cannot be understated.
On a personal note, we put our daughter in piano lessons at age 5. This led to band, choir, math excellence and the top 2 percent of her high school class. She performed with choir nationally and internationally and today is a music teacher with over 600 elementary school students and is a member of the Flagstaff Master Chorale.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library knows that programs for young children like art and music have a direct correlation to future success in school and in life. That is why they are bringing a happy music education program to the library for children ages 2-1/2 to 5 years old.
Your child will experience music in a group setting with children their own age. They will learn to move with the rhythm of sound, learn songs and hear stories.
The program kicks off at the library on Sept. 6 and will run on the first and third Friday of each month from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, visit their Web site at www.pinepubliclibrary.com.
Fire on the Rim
The mountain bikers are about to invade Pine and Strawberry in the premier event of the year! Be there or — look out!
The annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race, based at the Mary Ellen Randall Ranch in Pine, is coming Sept. 13 to 15. It is an important fund-raiser for the Fuels Reduction effort in our community.
Pre-ride dates have been set for Aug. 24 and 25, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and Sept. 7 and 8.
Stay tuned to the column for all the details or visit the Web site at www.fireontherim.com.
The Ranch at Fossil Creek Creamery in Strawberry is having its third annual Farm Dinner at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 21.
This is another fund-raiser for the Fuels Reduction program. It is a delicious country style meal. This year, three outstanding chefs will dazzle you using local foods, served outside at the beautiful farm in Strawberry. The coordinating chef is Akos Szabo from M. Culinary Concepts, the company that caters the Phoenix Open. You are in for something special!
Tickets are $75 per person and seats are limited. For tickets call (928) 476-5178 or visit ranchatfossilcreek.com/news-events.
Please join me in upcoming columns for the fascinating history of the LDS church in P/S and how the vision and values of our earliest settlers contributed to present-day life and the landscape of our wonderful community.
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