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Fun Facts about October

Can you believe the 10th month of 2011 starts this Saturday?

Debbie's Dose of Food for Thought

The days are visibly shorter, leaves are turning colors and flitting to the ground, and pumpkins and chrysanthemums are everywhere. This is October. Enjoy the days as autumn gets into full swing and reflect on this quote. “October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” Hal Borland

The Moon

There will be another harvest full moon lighting the night sky on, Tuesday, Oct. 11. Be sure to head to local farm markets for fresh produce! The new moon will be Oct. 26. According to www.merriam-webster.com, the new moon is, “the moon's phase when it is in conjunction with the sun so that its dark side is toward the earth; also: the thin crescent moon seen shortly after sunset for a few days after the actual occurrence of the new moon phase.” Perfect for Halloween!

Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 10

Every year we celebrate Christopher Columbus’ Oct. 12, 1492 arrival to the U.S. on the second Monday of October. This is an especially important holiday for Italian-Americans. There are parades, dinners, church events, and more. Visit this site for information about upcoming events taking place in New Haven. Columbus Day is a public holiday in Connecticut and many other states.

Halloween

Halloween falls on a Monday this year and it is time to start planning ahead. Check out this site for some fun ideas.

National Monthly Observances

There are many national observances in October. Some of my favorites are National Apple Month; National Book Month; National Chili Month and National Animal Safety and Protection. For a complete list, click here.

Sports

If you love sports, this is the perfect time to watch baseball and football on television or to get tickets and head out to a game. In baseball, Divisions Series and League Championship Series take place this month and the World Series starts Oct. 27! Sunday and Monday Night football are also in full swing. Get your snacks ready and have fun!

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