As I write this, (on Thursday), it's a bit earlier than usual today due to the holiday. I look out my window and see a breezy but sunny day and think it looks like we just might be going to have nice weather for the Fourth for a change. It seems like so many of them since I've returned to Crescent City have been less than desirable, weather-wise, with many of our visitors voicing disappointment it in the past.

Traffic, of course, has picked up big time, so once again, as is my habit, I remind us all about being more alert and courteous than usual. People come from all over for our Fourth, and we should make them feel welcome. We need to remember that out of that number, there will be some "newbies" who will be confused by our streets, and may well ask for directions to this or that.

As we are in conversations with our visitors, when we've answered their questions, why not ask them about church? Some will be present through the weekend, and they just might like to attend a service. With all our wonderful churches, we are sure to have one that will suit them just fine.

Vacation Bible schools

Most upcoming activities now will be Vacation Bible School programs. They are, at this time, as follows:

andbull; Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church: July 7andndash;10, 9 a.m. to noon. The program, "Weird Animals VBS," is designed for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Kids will be learning about some of God's most creative creations as they participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs and play team-building games. They'll make and dig into yummy treats.

When the program winds down each day at 11:40 a.m., "The Tail End" gets everyone involved in what has been learned for the day, and family and friends are encouraged to join in. For more information, call 464-9184.

andbull; At Foursquare Church, the program will be "By Royal Proclamation by Order of the King." There will be fun, games, snacks and more. "The King's Kids, Standing Strong for God," July 14andndash;18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for kids kindergarten through fifth grade. Then on Friday, from 6andndash;7:30 p.m., the program is for the whole family.

andbull; The program at Fort Dick Bible will be in the evening from 5andndash;8 p.m. Aug. 17andndash;21 for kids ages 4andndash;13.Their program, "Western Roundup," will be taught by Timothy Silcott, evangelist/ventriloquist from Altoona, Iowa. Dinner will be provided. On Thursday night, "Parents Night," root beer floats will be featured. For more information, call 951-9662.

Other events

andbull; In addition to VBS, Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church is having a special speaker on July 20 at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Chuck Neighbors, a professional actor and storyteller, has a unique repertoire of comedic and dramatic presentations. The church is located on Blueberry Lane, just off Blueberry.

andbull; The Ladies Christian Fellowship will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Trinity Center of St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Macken. There will be a special speaker and music, and a status report from Redwood Teen Challenge, the group's mission project for this year.

All ladies are welcome. The group is non-denominational, and meetings are a time of good fellowship, with members from just about every local church. Lunch is catered by Northwoods at a cost of $10 per person. You do need to make reservations so Northwoods will know how much food to bring. For more information and reservations, call Liz at 464-3539.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email