August has arrived, and though summer is winding down, there still are several attractions, including the Union County West End Fair, to get you out and enjoying Valley communities.
1. Sunbury Crime Watch President Connie Beegle said Cameron Park and downtown Sunbury are gearing up for Tuesday’s National Night Out festivities.
Numerous vendors and activities are planned, including a dunk tank with several participants, including members of the U.S. military and The Daily Item reporter Francis Scarcella. Proceeds will go toward cancer research.
Beegle also is asking Sunbury residents to turn on their porch lights from 5 to 9 p.m.
“I’m asking for this because we want to inform the city that we are here to throw a party,” she said. “Tuesday night will be a going-away party for drugs and crime.”
2. Tuesday night also will be the first Shikellamy school board meeting since a special vote was held two weeks ago to sort out the controversial high school wrestling coaching position amid allegations of hazing dating to two years ago. Coach Brett Michaels was voted out of the position.
Board members have been scrutinized by several residents of the district for changing votes and avoiding giving an explanation about the alleged hazing incident at a wrestling camp.
The controversy has prompted residents to begin circulating three petitions seeking to place James Garman and former Superintendent James Hartman on the November ballot for school board.
3. The Lewisburg Arts Council’s Music in the Park concert series will present the Tri-Fi Jazz Trio at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hufnagle Park.
The musicians are Matthew Fries, Phil Palombi and Keith Hall.
4. August blood pressure clinics, courtesy of Evangelical Community Hospital, will begin Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mifflinburg Bank and Trust’s Lewisburg branch at 1110 Fairground Road. The clinics are the hospital’s way of helping community members stay healthy.
Can’t make Wednesday? Other clinics will be held Aug. 9 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, Hummels Wharf, where blood sugar screenings also will be offered courtesy of the Agency on Aging; Aug. 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the West End Senior Center, near Laurelton; and Aug. 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Milton YMCA.
Also Evangelical’s Community Health Education Center does blood pressure checks Mondays from 9 to noon, Wednesdays from noon to 4 and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call Community Health Education at 768-3200.
5. The seventh annual Lemonade Day celebration will be held Saturday at the Second Street Community Center playground at Second and Orange streets, Northumberland.
The event begins at 11 a.m. and includes food, games and a variety of contests, watermelon seed spitting at 1:45 p.m., bubble-gum blowing at 2 p.m., hula hooping at 2:15 p.m., water balloon toss at 2:30 p.m. and pie-eating at 3 p.m.
The young lemonade vendors and their homemade lemonade stands are the main attraction. The fledgling entrepreneurs get to keep all proceeds from their sales, and prizes will be awarded for best theme, best-decorated stand and best-tasting lemonade.
There is a $2 fee to participate in the contest. Call 473-7563 for information and to reserve space.