October-fests, DIY Central and Cancer Care

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October in Prince William is traditionally a month of festivals and fun. This year is no exception. Our feature story is chock full of October dates and details to fill your calendar with festive fall activities. Dig deeper in our Destinations section for even more hot spots to be throughout the month.

Want some ideas for entertaining the family at home? Check out our Family Fun column for homemade seasonal fun to bring your loved ones together for celebrations and creativity. And if you’re spending more time in your own abode this month, perhaps you’re looking for ways to spruce up your interior. Home and Hearth shares the latest trends on cozy, comforting colors for easy DIY redos for your favorite rooms. Once those spaces have a fresh new feel, share them with loved ones and entertain with ease with our charcuterie tutorial in Local Flavor. You’ll be hosting like a pro in no time!

Life ebbs and flows for all of us with both expected and unexpected changes along the way. Some of these larger changes can significantly affect our benefits and finances. Stay on top of the best choices for you and your family with tips in Your Finances. And speaking of the unexpected, nothing seems to be able to catch us off guard more than car problems. Get ahead of the game and brush up on your car care know-how with DIY tips and resources in this month’s Lifelong Learning section.

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is a cause near and dear to my heart, as I am a breast cancer survivor myself. Our Health and Wellness column this month brings you local resources to support cancer patients and their families as they go through their cancer journey. From counseling to meditation classes and assistance with forms to connecting to needed care, there are resources and support all around us.

October also reminds us to get those annual mammograms. National Cancer Institute SEER data show that since regular mammography use started in the 1980s, breast cancer deaths in women have fallen more than 40%. Early detection saves lives. Be safe; get checked, and take good care.

All the best,
Rebecca Barnes


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