A lot of those pretty yellow leaves on the maple trees are starting to drift across the yard the past few days. And it's definitely colder. Not my cup of tea, and partly why I moved back to Crescent City.

The last couple winters have seemed colder to me, but maybe that's just old age creeping in. At least I'm not someplace where the next thing to expect is snow!

As I've said before, I'd welcome a couple inches of the stuff on Christmas morning - as long as it was gone by the next day. Of course, I have no say in the matter, and have to bear with whatever we get. And it all has its proper place, orchestrated by someone who knows much better than me.

This time of year, things start getting busier, and we have lots more to tell you about this week.

It all starts Sunday.

andbull; Redwoods Family Worship Center invites you to attend a one-day conference with Rev. Sherlock Bally, evangelist and end-times teacher. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Prophecy is definitely an interesting topic these days, especially when you view the current news through the lens of Biblical scripture - like, for example, Isaiah 17:1 about Damascus!

andbull; Friday, Nov. 1, Temple Beth Shalom will hold sabbath services at 7 p.m. at the Curry Coastal Pilot building in Brookings, led by Rabbi Les Scharnberg. Then the class on the 613 commandments will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at Temple Beth Shalom in Crescent City.

Channukah comes early this year - on Thanksgiving. Plans are in progress for the celebration.

andbull; Also Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a chili cook-off at the Crescent City Church of the Nazarene.

Anyone in the community who would like to experience some home-made chili is welcome. Sounds good to me - I haven't made chili in quite awhile - think I'll work it into the menu at home soon. If you like chili, why not plan on going?

andbull; Grace Lutheran Church is going to be pretty busy!

Thursday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., it will hold its annual Harvest Festival and 10-cent Carnival as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. There will be lots of treats and activities going on. Carnival games, face painting, prizes, Rene's Bingo Bonanza - a full dinner available, and lots of candy!

The folks at Grace are collecting shoebox gift items again to take part in Operation Christmas Child. They have set Nov. 3 as their deadline to collect gifts and boxes. Boxes are specific as to gender and age groups, 2andndash;5, 6andndash;10 and 11andndash;14. Boxes are then shipped to Samaritan's Purse Headquarters and from there all over the world. The church would appreciate donations. If shopping for the various items isn't your thing, you can donate cash - the cost of shipping for each box is $7.

The list of items calls for school supplies, grooming supplies (things kids would like and be able to use), small toys (nothing weapon-like) with extra betteries if needed, shake-to-charge flashlights and solar calculators for older kids.

andbull; New Life Community Church is also participating in the shoebox project, but its deadline will be Nov. 14.

andbull; On Nov. 9, the Lutheran Women's Missionary league will again bring that wonderful annual Christmas Bazaar with all those fantastic pies and other baked treasures. There will be a luncheon of soup, bread, pie and a beverage for a $5 donation, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can work up an appetite perusing and purchasing from the white elephant table, then satisfy that appetite at the luncheon.

andbull; Finally, there is the "American Idol" Concert at Cornerstone Church on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

Performers Phil Stacey and Chris Sligh will bring a musical treat. General admission will be $10, VIP seating, $20, and VIP Plus, $35, which includes the chance to meet the performers at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at Del Norte Office Supply, and

To contact Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email