By Martha Williams

The maple trees have dumped more colorful leaves in the yard than ever before.

I remember, back in New York, we raked the leaves and burned them in the driveway every year. I wouldn’t do that here, of course. They’ll become part of the mulch pile instead because I surely would not want to chance starting something I shouldn’t.

Among a number of phone calls from my kids yesterday, I was informed one of them just had the first snow of the year. Pretty to look at, but I’d just as soon wait til summer to visit. It has been chilly enough here lately without traveling back to snow country.

And the weather has once again sown disappointment for one of our scheduled activities. Because of expected rain again, the Redwoods Family Worship Center’s Outreach in the Park has been canceled for today. It will be rescheduled again with better weather and we’ll let you know the new date when we get it.

While it’s still a few weeks until Christmas, here is one for you to be thinking about. The Drive-through Live Nativity at Chapel of the Redwoods in Smith River is starting to take shape. It will take place Dec. 16 and Dec.17 from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., rain or shine.

Other churches willing to get involved are welcome to join and the first rehearsal will be 1 p.m. Nov. 12. Dress rehearsal, Dec. 3, takes place at 2 p.m. Anyone interested may contact Barbara Gil at 707-954-5408 or the church office at 707-487-2051.

And it’s almost time. Just writing about this one every year makes me hungry.

The Grace Lutheran Christmas Bazaar will bring you all those wonderful goodies once again Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. There will be loads of pies of so many different varieties and with a twist again this year — a special for folks who live alone — mini frozen pies.

There will again be that famous Grace Cooper seasoning salt and lots of handcrafted items. White elephants — perhaps just what you have been searching for — and again that luncheon of soup, bread, pie and a drink for a $6 donation from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

And it doesn’t stop there. You can do it all over again at the Holiday Bazaar at the United Methodist Church at Smith and Beckstead in Smith River.

Handcrafts, baked goods, assorted treasures and vintage collectibles will be on display for you to choose from and a homemade soup and bread luncheon begins at 11 a.m. both days, featuring at least four kinds of soup.

For questions call 707-487-3301. No one should go hungry these two days. You can go to one the first day and the other the second. And if you don’t find what you’re looking at the one, perhaps it will be at the next.

The next meetings for Temple Beth Shalom will be at the temple, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.

As other years, Pelican Bay EVFree church is the collection point for all out Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. The drop off schedule is as follows:

Nov. 13 through Nov. 20: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 20: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

If you have any questions, call Bill and Wilma Ross, 707-464-2034.

From now on, I will be writing this column on Wednesday evenings instead of Thursdays, so you will need to get info to me by 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

To contact Martha Williams, call 707-460-3000 or email