Thursday The Volunteer Fire Department meets, 7 to 8:30 pm. in the Alread Firehouse. For info call 745-7729.

Saturday’s Back To School Bash” is 9 to 11 a.m., at the Crabtree Foursquare Church. Games, food, haircuts, backpacks and school supplies will be available to returning school kids.

The 8th Annual Crabtree Community Reunion Potluck is Saturday in the Crabtree Foursquare Fellowship Hall, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have ever lived the the Crabtree area you are invited.

The ACCDA board meeting is Monday, 4 to 5 p.m., in the Alread EHC building.

Sitting in the ER last night holding the hand of my dear friend Lalla Ostergren I had a renewed appreciation for friendship. Some of you know Lalla from her two books and gardening columns in the newspaper for years. I know her because 20 years ago we had an instant connection at our first meeting. Since then I’ve come to admire her unshakeable faith in humanity, willingness to help anyone who needs it, and her commitment to our deepening and long lasting friendship. Mencius said, “Friends are the siblings God never gave us.” So while there is no blood relation between us there is a kinship that has blessed me a multitude of times. Let your friends know how much you appreciate them today because we don’t know what will happen tomorrow.

If you have info about the greater Crabtree and 16 West community, call Jeff Burgess, 745-1249.