The fair is in full swing, so we're all finished getting entries ready. I didn't do very much this year, and I'll be interested to see how my entries fared - though most of all, I want to see the quilts - the one thing I haven't tried. There is so much work in them, and they are always so beautiful.

I did enter that stubborn Dwarf Banana, though mostly to help fill a space. There just wasn't a lot there this year. Sometimes it's nature andndash; like with my African Violets. Out of a couple dozen plants that we had babied along, only one had bloomed, and that not one of the best specimens. One never knows.

I wonder if maybe interest in the fair is waning - though I hope not. The fair is a big part of any community, bringing together friends and neighbors, as well as folks from out of town to see all the various projects and animals.

Maybe, like with church recently as activities slow down, people are traveling while school is out and they can take the kids to see other interesting places. We have a mighty big country and lots of differing terrain to see. I remember driving through Wyoming and thinking, "My gosh, some of this looks like it could be another planet."

I have to admit I am a creationist. All that different land, plants, animals - to me, it just has to be the hand of God.

andbull; The Smith River United Methodist Church has been alive with young people from the Sierra Service Project all summer, and they will be here until Aug. 11. They've done a lot of things to help and in various ways have been a big blessing. They will surely be missed as they return to their homes!

Sunday, the church will be welcoming its new pastor and his family. Pastor Paul Joseph Yang, his wife Melody, and their eight children have moved here from Lincoln, Calif.

There will be a reception with cake following the 11 a.m. worship service.

The church's annual Summer Rummage and Bake Sale will take place Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Smith River Day festival.

And the church's new community garden is producing very well, and anyone is invited to participate and partake.

andbull; It's time for Ladies' Christian Fellowship on Thursday.

This multi-denominational group of women meet once a month, on the second Thursday, at the Trinity Center of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes a special speaker and music, reports on the group's selected missions, and concludes with lunch catered by Northwoods. Lunch is $10 per person, or $3 if you just want coffee.

The missions selected by the ladies this year are Team Redwood, and Reach Out Ministries.

Non-perishable foodstuffs are brought each meeting and given to Reach Out. Cash donations are split, given to Reach Out the first six months, and to Team Redwood the last six.

Items are being collected for Team Redwood's November trip to Haiti. Children's vitamins and pre-natal vitamins are high on the list of needs. Both medical and infrastructure needs are met each time they go, and when they return, it is always very interesting to see the slides of what they have done once again. Some of their accomplishments are truly amazing

All women are welcome to attend - it doesn't matter what church you go to, or even if you do. It's a great time of fellowship, meeting old friends, and making new ones.

We do have to make reservations, so they can order sufficient foodfor those planning to attend. To make reservations, or for information, call Liz at 464-3539.

I do apologize to Redwoods Family Worship Center for missing its event last week. Despite several searches through my email, I missed its message. I found it later, when it was too late - while looking for something else. I guess my search was too frantic, thinking on each pass through, "But there'sgotto be something!"

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