Happy Halloween & Beware!

Little goblins will be out, lurking here and there.

Hiding in the bushes and running everywhere.

Doorbells ringing, the patter of tiny feet

Open the door, don't be scared,

Tonight is TRICK or TREAT

Enjoy your weekend.

2017 Grant Recipients
Presentation at May General Meeting

         Apples and Cinnamon
       True Fragrances of Autumn

Tom and I picked two apple trees yesterday.                     
Time to make apple sauce, apple pie, apple cake, and hard cider.

Once again my coat closet will turn into my fermentation room.
When you see me and my coats smells a little odd, that's moonshine in the making.

Special Message
“Sandpoint’s 4th of July Parade"

Dear Members,

The following is a special message from our Past President Barbee Buchanan on the significance of the 4th of July Parade and the importance of CAL's participation

Thank you
Linda Zinn

I would like to put a call out to all of the extraordinary ladies in CAL! Sandpoint’s Annual 4th of July Parade is one of the finest Norman Rockwell moments of the year!

Literally thousands of people line the streets to watch one of the greatest small town parades that can be created! So, as we honor our outstanding country, we can also show our wonderful town who “CAL” is! With flags flying and music playing, wouldn’t it be amazing to have all 249 members walking for CAL? What an impression that would make!!! People don’t realize just how many women it takes to give over $100,000.00 a year to our community!

We all have lots to do on the 4th, but it only takes an hour to meet and walk the parade…and it’s stop & go. As we carry our flags, imagine a field of blue tee shirts…That would definitely be a show stopper!

One year my husband heard a man standing in a crowd ask, “Who are those ladies?”  Another man said, “That’s the Community Assistance League. They are one of the greatest organizations in this town!”

Please join in this year and show Sandpoint who we are.

Barbee Buchanan


5th Annual 
Paws with a Cause"
Was a Success!


2017 Grant Recipients
Presentation at May General Meeting

Get Ready for  

                      Paws For a Cause  



Happy Saint Patrick's Day

I'm a little Leprechaun
dressed in green
The tiniest man
that you ever will see
If you ever catch me
so it's said,
I'll give you my biggest pot of gold.

Sung to the Tune 
"I'm A Little Teapot"

With the Appropriate Brogue




The Skeleton Parade


The skeletons are out tonight,
they march about the street,
With bony bodies, bony heads
and bony hands and feet.
Bony, bony, bony bones
with nothing in between,
Up and down and all around
they march on Halloween.



"Stein, Wine and Dine"
Get Ready For FALL Fun!
Get Ready For FALL Fun!
"In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.—
Maya Angelou
Presentation to the Sandpoint Senior Center
May General Meeting
2016 Spring Luncheon
Live and Silent Auction Proceeds!

This was sent to me on the internet so I have no way to credit the author. It is great advice, but easier said than done.

If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. 

Doug Larson
Get Ready For CAL's
Fabulous Spring Luncheon!!


Tour de Thrift SUPER SALES!

Wonderful news! 

Our sales on Saturday were over $1,900!!!!



Get Ready For CAL's
Fabulous Spring Luncheon!!

And on a lighter note, I’d like to thank Mary Daubersmith for sending this giggle to me. I decided to pass it on to you.


 An elderly couple were at home
watching TV. 

Phil had the remote and was switching back and forth between a fishing channel
and the porn channel.
Sally became more and more annoyed
and finally said,
"For God's sake, Phil...



“Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a row boat
and taking the tartar sauce with you.”

(Thanks Dixie for passing this along.)




Love is friendship that has caught fire.
It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence,
sharing and forgiving.
It is loyalty through good and bad times.

It settles for less than perfection and makes
allowances for human weaknesses. — Ann Landers


Here is a problem: swans choose their partner for life. A Black Australian swan nicknamed Petra has fallen in love with a pedal boat, which looks like a swan. When winter came Petra stayed with boat rather than flying south. This could have been fatal for Petra when the cold weather arrived.

In the end though local zoo chiefs took pity on the swan and gave her and her boat boyfriend a place to spend the winter, and this week the pair were once again on the lake together. According to biologists in Muenster, northwestern Germany, Petra has been circling its plastic lover, staring endlessly at it and making crooning noises, all the typical signs of a swan in love.

If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.
If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.
If you want to touch the future, touch a life. 

- Anonymous


Upcoming CAL Events 

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

                         Sandpoint Community Cancer Services
Get Ready For CAL's
Fabulous Spring Luncheon!!



This little story reminded me of what “Underground Kindness” is trying to teach our children.




Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things that you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.



“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that

simplest things - not the great occasions -

 give off the greatest glow of happiness.”― Bob Hope

CAL's Luncheon at the 
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
Our Fabulous 2015 Christmas Luncheon!!
Photos now Available!


“The question is not, 'Can they reason?'
nor 'Can they talk?'
but 'Can they suffer?'" ― Jeremy Bentham

CAL's Beautiful
Kinderhaven Tree 




Happy Thanksgiving Day


“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.
No Americans have been more impoverished than these who,
nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”—
H.U. Westermayer





Veteran's Day is November 11.
Sun Tzu was speaking as a general, but I think his words apply to how citizens should regard their soldiers.

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!”  --Sun Tzu

Save the Date 
Kinderhaven Festival of Trees!

Save the Date for 

Kinderhaven Festival of Trees!



Join Us For






“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.” –Anonymous.

Kinderhaven Festival of Trees Planning Begins!



Goodbye Dear Friends...

Clarice Parsons was an original Team Leader for week 1 beginning 10 years ago. Just the last few years her team generously took over that job for her. She was so dedicated to that responsibility and so respected by us all. Pam Bird loved CAL and Bizarre Bazaar. She even took time from her busy schedule to volunteer at the shop. She loved to spend an afternoon ironing, as she found it restful. Vivian Congreve, the dear mother of Carol Fels, our bookkeeper, and mother-in law to Joy Congreve was an active member and volunteer of BB. She liked to work with Cindy at BB, and Cindy loved working with her and Joy.



New Member Tea 2015

Special Guests

                                 NEW MEMBER TEA VISITOR


Transitions from Summer

"But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness.
The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head ...
The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the

intense midsummer relationship that brought it on."

- Robert Finch


“Habit is a vain and treacherous goddess. She lets nothing disrupt her rule. She smothers one desire after another: the desire to travel, the desire for a better job or a new love. She stops us from living as we would like, because habit prevents us from asking ourselves whether we continue to enjoy doing what we do.”

Nina George,The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel



Bizarre Bazaar continues to have record breaking sales this summer. We have been discovered! Thank you for continuing to quickly move the donations from the back door into the shop through lots of volunteer hours and efficiency.



Wine Fest Reservation & Payment
September General Meeting



The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone.


~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting



       August Memories


A flood of frenzied upheaval,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a match flame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,


Shadows caught in a blink.

Like a quick kiss;


One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away."

-  Elizabeth Maua Taylor, August



“Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.”
Harper Lee

It is June 6, 2015 but 71 years ago thousands of men were fighting for their lives as the Normandy invasion began. Below are a few quotes about that event over the years.

“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” ― Audrey Hepburn


Below is a poem by an author that I have always loved.

Her novels are terrific: Summer People, Three Women, and Gone to Soldiers. I still remember them from years ago.
She also is a poet and writes really accessible poetry. This is her description of June.
Home School is not a new thing. Here are a few lessons from our mother’s that have stayed with us through the years. 


The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize...

Clairee Belcher, “Steel Magnolias”


This little story reminds me of some no nonsense women I know, particularly my mother!


  It’s not ‘How do I fill my day?’ 
  It’s ‘How does my day fill me?’

             Charlie Rose

                        What a beautiful 


If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.—Doug Larson
May the roof above us never fall in, and may the friends beneath it never fall out.”

                        --Irish Saying

We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.


Robert Wilensky