The Barlett Recreation Department is wishing for many floats this year for the Fourth of July parade. There is a $150 for the top float. Go to bartlettrec.wordpress.com/4th-of-july-festivities to get a registration form and get entered.

Cash prizes also awarded for walkers, unusual/others, motorcycles, bikes, animals and cars. Pre-registration is encouraged, but you may register the morning of as well. Meet us at Precinct Park (Black Fly Field) at 9 a.m.

Judging will end at 10:15 a.m. as the parade will begin lining up. So please plan accordingly. Late entries will not be included in the judging. Parade starts at 11 a.m. and ends at Hodgkin’s Memorial Park. The rec department is in need of judges. Let them know if you would be interested by calling (603) 374-1952 or emailing bartlettrec@gmail.com.

Trail’s End will be doing a Cone for A Cause for the Bartlett Recreation Department in the park at the end of the parade. The Bartlett Firefighters will be on hand with some fun activities for the children, including face painting. Be sure to stop by and talk to them about any interest you may have in becoming a firefighter.

The Bartlett Church will be returning with its famous strawberry shortcake. The Believe in Book Bookmobile will be there as well with characters and books to hand out. The Cub Scouts will be firing up the grill and raising money for their cause.

The Morrell Family Community Complex update: The first phase of the project will begin mid to late summer. This first phase will consist of Community Gardens at three height levels and will be handicap accessible. Thirty plots are planned. A fitness/nature/walking trail with fitness stations, a parking lot, pavilion and a picnic area will be constructed. The plan would include having some science classes identify species of plants and trees, for the nature trail. Volunteers are need to help construct the garden plots. If you would like to help this fall with this, contact the Bartlett Recreation Department.

Friends of Bartlett Library book sale will be held at the Bartlett Elementary School on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up your summer beach books or build a stash for 2020 snowstorm reads. Buy books before, during or after the parade. The sale will feature thousands of books for all ages and interests at amazing prices. Paperbacks are 25 cents or 20 cents and hardcover book are $1 or $2. Homemade baked goods will also be available for purchase.

The Friends of the Bartlett Library will also be hosting a discussion of “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” by Annie Jacobson, on July 9 at 7 p.m. Area 51 discussion was originally scheduled in January, but canceled due to snow only to be canceled yet again in February for, yes, snow. The discussion looks to pull back the curtain on decades of conspiracy theories about UFOs and Nevada’s infamous Area 51.

Have a great week, hope to see you at the parade.

Amy Deshais can be contacted at adeshais@jbartlett.k12.nh.us.

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