It’s definitely November in MI Town — with Miss Autumn packing up her bags and getting ready to go away for several months. Old Man Winter is out there, not so far from our doors. This week, we’re trying to stay out of the leftover Halloween candy, and talking about the cute and fun trick or treaters who stopped by our homes. We’re also trying to get used to waking up in the darkness, wondering what time it really is, and did we remember to change all the clocks in the house.

The Oct. 25 Itemizer-Observer listed many community bazaars that will be held in the coming weeks. All of them look very tempting indeed and the best thing about shopping for Christmas or birthdays or just for fun at our local bazaars is that the money spent goes to our residents and local organizations. Many grown children and grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews really enjoy receiving something that is unique and different. It’s a lot of fun to watch them put aside the bigger gift items in favor of toys and other things hand made by our local craftsmen and women. Shopping locally is also an excellent way to stretch your money — and that’s something we are all looking for in these uncertain and often scary days.

This Saturday is Veteran’s Day, and the Monmouth Senior Center wishes to honor veterans, those who are currently in the military and their families with a free breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, and scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy with your family, friends and neighbors at 180 Warren St. S. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the breakfast, or have any questions, please call the center at 503 838-5678.

The Second Saturday Family Art Class will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, at the Ash Creek Arts Center, located at 311 Monmouth St. in Independence. Children and parents can learn about 3-D Greeting Cards from Mary Harden. The class is free, and registration is not required.

We’ve sure enjoyed our Western Oregon University Wolves Football season, with all the fun of Homecoming activities this past weekend. We will bid the outgoing graduating seniors a fond farewell at the final game against Simon Fraser on Saturday. We are so fortunate to have so many good programs at both WOU and our own Central High Schools, where students are encouraged and welcome to participate in team and individual sports. Let’s do our best to support our kids and friends and neighbors and help encourage these programs. Check both schools’ websites for schedules and more information about upcoming athletic events.

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