Summer PLAINTALK is here!

The summer 2020 PLAINTALK is here! Click here for all the exciting news in and around Pine Lake. News includes: Food Pantry update, Rockbridge report, Message from the Mayor, the Census, the Lounge update, the new cafe (The 5 Bistro), recipe, Toe Jam Contest, a Pine Lake community app, and more! Thanks to Jennifer Bridges for putting it all together. If you have a story you want to see in the PLAINTALK, email

If you would like to join or renew your membership to PLAIN click on the join or renew links at the top of the page. If you would like to donate to PLAIN click the Donate link at the top. All donations to PLAIN are going to the Food Pantry. Thanks to everyone for their generous support. And a special shout out to Deborah Tawil who collected donations for the Pantry on Facebook for her birthday. We received $1100 from her (and y’all)! Grazi!
You can also support PLAIN by using and selecting PLAIN as your charity. Thank you.


This Thursday 7pm Zoom PLAIN meeting. Join Zoom Meeting…

Meeting ID: 753 7217 8800
Password: 039182



  • Approval of January 2020 Minutes
  • Treasurer report
  • member update
  • Election of officers
  • Caring & Sharing/Food Pantry update
  • Budgeting/planning (Tom)
  • Eran’s ideas: swimming lessons for rockbridge elementary, Phone booth libraries, community app (what would pine lake like to see in an app?)
  • online store at square up to sell plain stuff (?) to make money
  • Revenue and Promotion Update- This is a perfect time to promote use of Amazon Smile to our membership, we have  a similar program available through Kroger (Tracey)
  • Community computers-collect soon to be discarded computers for community use
  • grant update?
  • plaintalk

Mardi Gras Pot Luck & Parade!

Break out your costumes, boas, masks, second line umbrellas and kazoos!    P.L.A.I.N. will be hosting a potluck Mardi Gras Brunch on Saturday March 7th at the Beach House from 10 am til noon and a post-brunch parade, leaving from the beach house at noon sharp!  No vehicles allowed, but you can decorate wagons, bikes, or strollers or just yourself.  Brunch will be a potluck – with beverages provided by P.L.A.I.N.  Menu will feature beignets, king cake, cafe au lait and more.  
Please RSVP for the brunch by March 1st to Lynn Callery at or (404)539-7219 regarding what dish and how many people you are bringing.  Advance responses are not required, but are very important so that we can make sure we have adequate food and beverages for the crowd.  Folks can participate in the parade without attending the brunch or attend the brunch without parade participation.  Please also contact me if you are interested in helping with the event.

Please help PLAIN help Pine Lake by donating and/or joining. See links above. Also select PLAIN (Pine Lake Association of Involved Neighbors) as your charity of choice at

You can also help us at Kroger! Here is the deal:

To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program: Visit Once logged into your Kroger account search for PLAIN – Pine Lake Assoc of Involved Neighbors either by name or ID456 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.

Special PLAIN breakfast this Saturday, February 1

You are cordially invited to the monthly PLAIN breakfast this Saturday, February 1, 9:30am to 11:30am at the Beach House.
The breakfast special this month? Free if you are a new resident! Everyone else is $3.00, $1.00 for kids. How do we do it? Volume!! We really do hope you can make it and join us in a wonderful community event.

And if that weren’t enough we are pleased to have retired attorney Katrina Shoemaker (mother of former Pine Laker Kate Reese) meet with us at the Beach House at 10:30 to talk and take questions about wills. Katrina Shoemaker was a Family attorney who has been licensed for 26 years.
A surprising 55% of Americans don’t have a will, but they are critical documents because they allow you to establish how your assets are handled after you die. If you don’t have one, state laws will determine who gets your assets and your heirs may face delays and expenses in trying to get their inheritance. So come and meet Katrina find out key facts that you need to know. The session is free of charge and thanks Ellen Mintzmeyer for making this happen!

PLAIN Meeting, Thursday, January 23

Our monthly meeting will be held Thursday, January 23, 7pm at the Beach House. We hope you will come. Also join or donate to PLAIN by clicking on the “Join” or “Donate” buttons above. If you use Amazon set PLAIN as your charitable organization at and we will get a small portion of each purchase. Thanks for support our mission: Fostering the spirit of community within Pine Lake, and contributing that spirit to the broader community around us.

Santa at the Cookie Exchange (after the Makers’ Market)

After the Makers’ Market:
Starting at 6:00pm is the annual Cookie Exchange, Lighting of the Lake, and Santa Claus is coming to town at 6:30pm!!! Bring the Kids!

For the cookie exchange piece, bring 2-3 dozen homemade cookies to the beach house kitchen, and give them directly to a volunteer there (if you just set them down and walk away, we don’t know who to give a plate of cookies to at the end!). We’ll put some of them out for general consumption, and the rest will be distributed among all of those who also brought cookies. At the end of the evening, retrieve your cookie platter and a bag of assorted homemade cookies!

If baking is not your thing, no worries. Come be with your neighbors and eat some cookies set out for all to enjoy. Hot drinks will be available as well.

Volunteer by contacting Tracey Brantley if you can help with setup and cleanup, or anything in between.

Hope to see you there with cookies in hand!