Summer and picnics go hand in hand. It can be anything from a lunch packed in a wicker basket to a gourmet spread under an air-conditioned tent.

Summer and picnics go hand in hand. It can be anything from a lunch packed in a wicker basket to a gourmet spread under an air-conditioned tent.

For the more than 100 members of the Orange County Cornell University Cooperative Extension's Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP), it was burgers and franks and all the trimmings recently at the Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Campbell Hall. As an extra treat, ice cream sundaes were donated by Stewart's Shops. The upcoming eighth annual Polo Picnic at 12:15 p.m. Aug. 30 will benefit the Elant Foundation, a nonprofit health and housing network. It will again be at the Blue Sky Polo Club on Bart Bull Road in the Town of Wallkill.

The upscale event includes a polo match, a cocktail party, music and a gourmet catered lunch served under air-conditioned tents. This year's party includes a live auction and a contest for the most original hat, as many of the women often wear colorful chapeaux.

As has become tradition for the fundraiser, awards will be given to community leaders for their continued support. This year's honorees are Carol Holbert of Montgomery, who will be given the Elant Flame of Excellence Award, and Barbara Lee Riemer of the hamlet of Wallkill, who will receive the Elant Signature Award.

A highlight of the outing will be hearing John Potter, the guest speaker. The 26-year-old Elant rehabilitation patient will share the story of his care and recovery following a serious car accident.

Tickets are $125 and are available by calling 291-3836.

Whether they are called yard or garage sales or dressed up as communitywide bargain hunts, recycling goods is a great way to raise a few dollars, especially for nonprofits.

Summer is the best time it seems, but there are new-to-you events and treasure hunts going on all the time. A few follow.

The annual Community Wide Yard Sale hosted by residents in Otisville will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A yard sale map will be available of residences where items will be for sale in addition to the parking lots of both the Presbyterian and Catholic churches. Diane Loeven, a village trustee, is chairing the event, which is a big deal and a community endeavor. Local businesses participate with sidewalk sales, and there are luncheon specials from the eateries. For information, call 386-5385 or 386-1022. The residents in Ulster County's hamlet of Wallkill will host a rain-or-shine yard sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Popp's Park on Route 208 in Wallkill. It is sponsored by the Historical Society of Shawangunk and Gardiner with funds from vendor space benefiting the restoration of the Andries Dubois House Museum in Wallkill. For information, call 744-2552. Temple Sholom at 5 E. Dillon Road in Monticello will be the location of a "giant yard sale" from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Board member Marcia Salton said there will be electronics, furniture, household goods and gently used clothing. Refreshments will be available. For information, call 794-8731. Congregation Eitz Chaim's Sisterhood will conduct its "huge outdoor sale" from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Abby Wolf said the items are varied, from air conditioners to giftware. For information, call 783-7424.

During Sabbath services at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crescent Hill Synagogue in Rock Hill, Rabbi Samuel Glaser will lead prayers remembering victims of the Holocaust who lived in Klodja, Czechoslovakia.

At least one Sabbath service annually is dedicated from the Sullivan County shul for the former Klodja residents. It's part of a trust agreement for the Torah that came from Klodja. It was lent to the shul from a group in London, England, who rescued 1,600 scrolls that had been confiscated by the Nazis. The scrolls have been lent to congregations all over the world with the stipulation that those who worshipped before them won't be forgotten.

Barbara Bedell's column appears daily. Call her at 346-3125.