My grandson just discovered we have some new neighbors.

Not welcome ones, either.

As he was mowing the lawn a couple days ago, he bumped the red rhododendron bush and was immediately introduced - to the tune of lots of buzzing wings - to little folks with striped black and yellow coats.

Closer observation revealed a huge gray papery construction in the top of the bush.

Closeup pictures and an Internet search told us they were yellow jackets. Not the kind of neighbors you want when some family members have allergies to the stings of such critters. (Luckily, my son who has the worst allergies lives in New York state and has no imminent plans to visit the North Coast.) I do, however, worry about my little neighbor girls - at least once a week, they knock on my door to deliver bouquets of dandelions, clover, and other wild flowers. I'm thankful that they live in the opposite side of the area from the nest.

According to the info Stephen found, it seems they will fly away this winter, and once they do, we'll declare a "no vacancy zone," and take down their construction. A rather amazing bit of work it is, though. It continually amazes me to see the things God's creatures are capable of.

For example, there's some work going on in Smith River, based at the Smith River United Methodist Church. A big bunch of young people are helping out with lots of projects.

We do have some activities going on this coming week- music, food, and shopping opportunities, as some annual events are coming up.

andbull; Thursday, the women of the Crescent City United Methodist Church will be holding their 27th annual Salad Luncheon and Summer Bazaar.

The Bazaar will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and will present many handmade items. As in other years, there will be many, many clever and useful things available for sale.

The luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a suggested donation of $8 for the lunch. There is no cost for the bazaar. And, I believe that this event usually presents some special pies.

So, go work up an appetite shopping, and then have lunch! I'll bet you will find lots of nifty things to tuck away for birthdays or Christmas gifts. For questions, you may call the church at 464-3710. Proceeds of the event will go toward mission projects.

andbull;At First Baptist Church on Wednesday at 6 p.m., California Baptist University's small ensemble, "Hope," will present a concert. This group has been here before, and it bring a very enjoyable program, declared by many as an absolute blessing. There is no charge, but a freewill offering will be taken.

andbull; Cornerstone Church has a big day Sunday. It's the sixth annual Prayer Conference, from 7:14 a.m. to 7:14 p.m. There will be prayer and worship all day.

There will be a live concert with Leon Patillo at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. He was formerly a keyboard player for Santana. This sounds like an enjoyable and uplifting day!

andbull; Vacation Bible School programs still to come are:

July 15-19, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Foursquare/Cornerstone at Foursquare.

July 22-26, 9 a.m. to noon, Smith River Baptist.

July 22-26, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Bible-based day camp in the Arts and Crafts building at the Fairgrounds.

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