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We're seeing hazy skies and red sun this week due to smoke from the West Coast fires.  Photo of sunrise by Jay Burt.
This Wednesday from 10am - 4pm, the Arts & Crafts Fair is back!  
Here's everything you need to know:
Cottage Treasures Sale - Consistent with the COVID guidelines from the Michigan Governor, the Cottage Treasures pre-sale and sale will be open as normal. There are no COVID capacity limits and masks are not required. Everyone should make their own decision about whether they feel safe attending in the current COVID environment and whether to wear a mask. We will be respectful of those who choose to wear a mask and those who do not. The pre-sale, open for CSA families to shop from 5-6 pm on Tuesday the 27th, is typically very crowded, so we ask for everyone to be patient and kind. If you don't get one treasure, you're sure to find another.
     Donation drop off hours are Friday 7/23  from 9am-4pm, Saturday 7/24 from 2-4pm, Sunday 7/25 from 12-4pm, and Monday  7/26 from 9am-4pm. Use the exterior door of the Kitchen on the west side of the Assembly Building to donate items. Please do not walk through the building to get to the Kitchen. Furniture should be dropped off in the northeast corner of the Assembly Building, using only that door to enter. Please place items along the walls of the room to avoid blocking traffic. Outdoor items should be placed behind the Kitchen outside the northwest part of the building.

Volunteer - Workers are still needed to help at the fair, especially at Cottage Treasures on Wednesday.  Please see the sign up sheets on the front porch or have someone go there for you.  Remember - the proceeds benefit the Assembly's programs and the local community so a few hours of your time will go a long way!
Silent Auction - Featuring new theme baskets and items, the Silent Auction will be held in the Lounge area of the Assembly Building.  This popular attraction, which features area restaurant and retailer gift cards and activities available by bid, opens at 9:00am.  Final Bids must be placed by 1:30 p.m. and be picked up in the Lounge by 2:00 p.m.  
Drop off your Silent Auction donations on Friday 7/23 - Sunday 7/25 (no later) at Laura Millar's house at 607 South Shore Rd.  Contact Laura with questions at or (678) 640-3638.
Shop: Come find that unique holiday, birthday or other occasion gift.  Purchase something special just for yourself too.  This is a great CSA tradition so stop by and join the fun!
On Sunday, July 18th we awarded the 2021 Citation for Long and Valued Service to the Assembly to Gary and Julie Dawley. Open the link to read the full citation speech.
Benzie area photographer Noah Sorensen will lead a sunset photography walk on Monday evening, July 26th for all interested in photography with any type of camera, phone etc. Please meet Noah at 8pm by the lifeguard stand on Assembly Crystal Lake beach.
Everything at the CSA has a story, whether it’s the streets we walk on or the sand we dig our toes into. The tolling of the Meeting House bell is such a constant that we almost don’t think to ask about it; but as with everything, behind that strong, musical ringing lies a fascinating history. Open the link to learn more in this great story about the Journey of the Meeting House Bell by our Communications/Archives Intern Loren Weiss.
Join Carol and Frank Allbright for a
on Thursday, July 29, from 10:00 A.M. – noon. Meet at the Doghouse with your shovel, gloves, and water.
RAIN DATE: Friday, July 30, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - Noon 
    The Spiritual Life Committee is sponsoring a Book Study/Discussion group based on the theme of "love thy neighbor," aimed at promoting inclusiveness, understanding and dialogue around various current event topics.  This summer's book will be Michael Eric Dyson's novel "Tears We Cannot Stop," and the discussion will be held in the Lounge of the Assembly Building over three consecutive Thursdays: from 2-3:30pm on July 29, August 5 and August 12. You can purchase the book at Frankfort Book Store, but call them first to order.
     All ages, backgrounds and viewpoints welcome! Please join us even if you haven't read the book, as we will be reading passages aloud. For more information contact Chris Sturgis at (415) 699-1220.
Join Forest Care Fellow Evan Hammon on Tuesdays —
July 27th- August 16th 
10:00 -11:00am — Open guided Forest Walks to observe, learn, and discuss more about the CSA lands.  Dress appropriate for the weather and come join the community to connect with nature! Meet at the Assembly Building.
11:00am -1:00pm — Evan will be around CSA property (probably the South Room of the Meeting House) to consult with land owners about best forest health options moving forward.  He will be present to answer any questions about the Forest Care Committee, their tree planting project, eco concerns, and whatever other conversations may arise!  
Save the dates for the 2021 Gibson Lecture Series: August 2nd - 6th from Noon - 1:00 p.m. at the Meeting House.  Carrie Hessler-Radelet will share her experiences on how to work together to address humanity's greatest challenges. Carrie is currently the President of Global Communities and President & CEO of Project Concerns International, and a past director of the Peace Corps.
More Events Coming Soon:
Saturday, July 31 -
* The CSA Annual Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Assembly Building
* The Burrows-Getz Concert will feature T.J. Lymenstull playing beautiful music on the Steinway Grand Piano at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting House

Saturday, August 7

* The Armstrong Concert will be a unique program of 3 cellists playing music through the ages at 7:30 pm. in the Meeting House
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