June 19 is the 2nd Annual Community Garage Sale at the Landmark parking lot. It is $5 a table and portions of that money will go to the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department. It will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you need to call Kevin or Liana at the Landmark to reserve a space, (928) 478-4472.
The Firebelles will be setting up a table at 9 a.m. with lots of good stuff. I heard they had two satellite dishes, some Christmas items and some good clothes. If you have something to donate, you can call Sandy Kalmar at (928) 478-4774, or just come out and spend some money. All proceeds go to the Firebelles.
Over the years, the Firebelles have sent a lot of the fire personnel to school. They do a lot of good things for the department.
The 4th of July is closer than you think and with all the fire restrictions in order, the Landmark is trying to do a fire-friendly 4th for adults and children.
July 2 and 3, they will have live music by Deek, and then on July 4, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. they will have an American Tribute Light Show. The light system dances to the music, featuring Mark Marksbury at the helm. There will be water-based fog inside with the light show and it starts at 6 p.m.
Vacation Bible School will be Monday, July 5 through Friday July 9 at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church. This is a fun time for children and a break for moms.
If you are interested in helping out or you have kids who would like to attend, you can call Teresa Purtee at (928) 478-4337.
At Monday's fire board meeting, the board approved Fire Chief Ray Larsen's contract to be full-time as of July 1. A resolution was adopted to accept the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2004-05. Thanks to John Zaleska and Rick Schantz for programming and working with the medical alerts that go out to people in the district who need them.
Saturday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to noon, someone from the University of Arizona will be at the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department to talk to the public about being firewise, bark beetle problems and grants that may be available for homeowners for cleanup.
The Red Cross also will be talking about how we would get in or out if there ever is an evacuation. Pretty important. Please plan to attend.
I see people walking outside. I hope everyone knows that you cannot go into the forest. It is closed and the fines are very steep. That also means you cannot walk along Hunter Creek Drive -- it is also closed except for ingress and egress to your home or to the businesses by vehicle.
For those of you coming up to the Rim country, there is still a lot to do. You can go up to Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake and you can hike on the designated trails up there. That forest is Sitgreaves and it is still open; it's the Tonto that is closed.