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Scouts celebrate the holidays

“We’re pleased once again to have a float in the Bernalillo Christmas Parade,” says Pack Master David Gardner. Pack 708’s cub scouts will march and ride on December 5.

Later in the month, the cub scouts will serenade those living in a nearby assisted living home. At that December 16 pack meeting, Pinewood Derby kits will be distributed and awards will be given for individual scout achievements. The Pinewood Derby race will be held in January.

 “For quite some time, we’ve been working on, and planning, this historic hike in Bernalillo, which is finally going to happen at the end of the month,” Mr. Gardner reports.

The cub scout pack also will go through its annual rechartering process with the Coronado Optimist Club. The club’s Scout Liaison Snow Watson describes this as “a time to reaffirm our relationship, review our year, and plan our goals.”

Pack 708’s meetings are held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. The weekly cub scout meetings are from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. New scout members always are welcome in the Pack. Pack meetings with the parents are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

For more information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson at 867-2047.


Mitten Tree donations and canned food drive

—Annemarie L. García

In support of National Mitten Tree Day celebrated on December 6, Rio Rancho Public Libraries will offer a Mitten Tree this holiday season. Rio Rancho residents and library patrons are invited to donate mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the holiday trees in the library. In conjunction with Mitten Tree, a canned food drive, for people and pets, will also be offered. All items will be donated to Storehouse West Food Pantry.

Donations will be accepted at both Loma Colorado Library and Esther Bone Library from November 28 through December 21 during regular library hours. Esther Bone Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE and is open Tuesday, from noon to 8:00 p.m., and Wednesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Loma Colorado Library is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The origin of Mitten Tree Day seems to be unknown; however, some believe it was started by a schoolteacher, based on the book, The Mitten Tree, by Candace Christiansen. In the book, a lady knits mittens for children who have none. Unfortunately, she runs out of yarn, but one morning a basket full of yarn appears on her doorstep. She happily knits mittens and hangs them on an evergreen tree for all the children in her town

 
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