The last quarter moon is official at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The last chance to see Jupiter this month is Wednesday. Look southwest for the brightest light after sunset.

Also Wednesday it’s National Kale Day. Celebrate by eating some of this superfood for a long list of health benefits.

The ACRDC Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The same day at 7 p.m. the Volunteer Fire Department meets. For info call 253-6264.

Saturday Regional RallyX auto racing returns to Crabtree. Registration closes at 8:30 a.m. and racing begins shortly afterwards. To register, or for more info, go online at

Also Saturday it’s a Community Center Work Day, 7 a.m. to noon, at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Rupert. For info call 745-5820.

Tuesday, next week, it’s the annual community blood drive in Alread. For info call 745-6304 or 745-5278.

A reader called asking where the the Archey Fork Valley Scenic Loop Drive is located.

If starting in Clinton, go west on Highway 16 to Highway 27 north. This 32 mile section offers views of Archey Fork and South Fork valleys. Take Highway 27 north to Highway 254 east, about 10 miles, views to west are National Forest. Then go on Highway 254 to Highway 65 south, about 21 miles, with vistas to the north of the Little Red River and Archey Fork to the south. Return to your starting point on Highway 65 south. Leaves are starting to change in the high country and it’s a great time to enjoy The Natural State up close and personal. Maybe I’ll see you there Friday or Saturday while I’m hunting for some yard sale deals. I hear a knife sharpener will be set up in the parking lot of the Crabtree Foursquare Church.

Neighbor Johnny Fizjurl reports success with using marigolds to repel insects in his garden, and with pyrethrin, or soapy water, for aphids.

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