Seventh-day Adventist Church putting on vegetarian cooking class

Ghosts and goblins, black cats and bats - we have no difficulty in recognizing the next "holiday" on the calendar.

But this is one fraught with controversy, because some churches put thumbs down on this one, while others have parties to keep the kids off the streets.

Whatever your view on this one, it's sure to be challenged in the next couple of weeks.

We do celebrate that day at my house, but for a different reason - it's my birthday.

It's another of those times, however, that we need to be more cautious driving, and to keep our ears tuned for trouble.

Kids are excited and running from house to house to collect treats. They don't look where they are going, and oftentimes those cute costumes they're wearing obscure their vision - so it's up to us to keep them safe.

The other negative aspect, sadly, is that these days predators are a concern, and events like we see on Halloween can make youngsters more vulnerable. Even if we don't personally have kids out there making the rounds, other people do, and I think we should all want to keep them safe.

Better, following on the heels of Halloween, Thanksgiving brings a time of celebration without disagreement, and oh, what wonderful things there will be to eat! I always make pumpkin rolls regardless of what else is on the menu, and they vanish as if by magic - a feat which I can accomplish quite well on my own.

andbull; Sunday there will be a potluck following the morning worship service at New Life Community Church. Church begins at 10:30 a.m. and lunch at noon or close to it. Bring a dish or dessert to share and join the fellowship.

andbull; With cold weather on the way, the Redwoods Family Worship Center will again be hosting the "Outreach in the Park" event on Saturday, Oct. 19.

It will be providing a free barbecue lunch, coats, blankets, sleeping bags and other items for those in need in our community.

Currently it needs new or used coats, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and tarps. Sadly, in the past we have lost folks who have died from being out in the cold, and this event is one way to try to prevent that happening again.

Drop boxes are located at North Valley Bank, Coast Central Credit Union, Chase Bank, Charter and CC Diner.

Donations need to be in before Friday, Oct. 18. All donations are welcome. For more information, call the church at 465-4685.

I usually crochet some warm hats. They don't take long to make, and since body heat is lost quickly from the head, they are a good thing for them to have. If you'd like to make some but need a pattern, call or email me - I have a quick and easy one that has been well-received in the past.

andbull; If you're interested in vegetarian cooking, there's a class coming up at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, Oct. 20. "Around the World" will feature international dishes. They will be demonstrated, and there will be samples to try.

The class is free, but you are asked to pre-register due to limited space. Call 464-2738 if you'd like to attend.

The next Jewish services and classes will be Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom here in Crescent City, and Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. will be the second class on the 613 laws of halachah at the Pilot conference room in Brookings.

To contact Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email If your church will be having a harvest party to give kids a safe alternative to Halloween, please let me know!