Friday it’s “Hot Summer Favorites” at Crabtree’s Senior Night Potluck in the Foursquare Church at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited.

Eunice Lemings explain the potluck theme’s meaning. She said, “I’m bringing ice cream! My number one favorite when it’s hot.” She was also considering something with tomatoes, as husband Leon had successfully grown many varieties including some low acid orange and yellow ones she liked. And his beans, purple and wax, are prolific so she also considered a cold bean salad. She went on to say longtime Crabtree correspondent Opal Tester, who has moved to Conway, had planned to come a week too early and was unsure she could make the changed date. Note: Crabtree’s Senior Night Potluck is always the last Friday of the month. Except next month when it is cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

Saturday a dinner and bingo fundraiser will be held, 5:30-8 p.m. in the EHC Building, Alread. The public is invited.

The moon pairs with Saturn Tuesday night and Mars Friday night, when there will also be a total eclipse of the moon, which is often called a “blood moon” due to a reddish tint. This eclipse will be an hour and 43 minutes long. Mars is closer than it’s been in 15 years and brighter than even Jupiter until September. A family telescope could show surface features, if it weren’t for a planet-wide dust storm raging now.

The Ninth Annual Crabtree Reunion is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4 at Clinton’s Western Sizzlin. Old photos and musical instruments welcomed.

The thunderstorm front that blasted through last Friday night brought down limbs and even trees up this way. Neighbors reported a power outage that lasted several hours.

If you haven’t added extra mulch to your garden yet, do it soon. High temperatures accelerate evaporation and a thick mulch, 2 inch for fine or 4 inch for coarse, will slow that down. More can smother, which is good if you’re only controlling weeds.

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