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Column: Enjoying all the fun things October has to offer

I love October for a lot of reasons: crisp fall air, foliage changes, harvest dinners, Oktoberfest, and Halloween. Oktoberfest is a favorite because of the food, thanks to my German grandmother who convinced my WASP grandfather to buy her a restaurant where she taught my dad and his sisters to cook. Dad regaled us with schnitzel, sauerbraten, hasenpfeffer, sauerkraut, wurst, potato salad, apfel kuchen (apple cake), strudel, and eintopf (stew), plus dishes from his New England ancestors. Mom cooked Southern and Midwestern meals, topping them off with her incredible pies. We were lucky kids.

Area inhabitants will have the opportunity to experience real German cooking at Mountain of Faith Lutheran Church's Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday, October 17th from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the church on Stagecoach Trail in Cordes Lakes. Sauerbraten, sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad, and apple kuchen are on the menu. The event also features a raffle, door prizes, and live entertainment from the Sidekicks. Good food, good entertainment, good conversation, and good fun! What more could you ask for? Hope to see you there!

Ladies and Gents, the salon opened on Central Avenue in Mayer by Cordes Lakes' own June Dolder, provides a place for males and females to get their hair styled, have a manicure, enjoy a pedicure (complete with foot and calf massage), all at reasonable prices. Sometimes cutting our own toenails is a problem as we get older, and June provides that service for five dollars. Better to have June do it than risk amputating a toe. There's also a boutique attached to the salon showcasing local crafters and artists. My favorite is the goat's milk soap.

Cordes Lakes Community Association's Event Planners are deep in the planning for Trunk or Treat and Haunted House at the Community Center on Halloween. The annual Costume Sale on October 17th and 24th organized by Judy Slankard allows area kids to choose their perfect costume without starving their piggy banks. Costume prices start at fifty cents, and no, that is not a misprint.

Deadlines to put your hat in the ring for CLCA elections is coming soon. If interested, contact Nominating Committee Chair Mary Lou Brennan for an application. The election is from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10 at the Community Center. Absentee ballots are available if members can't make it to the polls. If you need an absentee ballot, send or hand-deliver a written and signed request to: Cordes Lakes Community Association, Attention: Secretary, Board of Directors, 16357 S. Cordes Lakes Drive, Cordes Lakes, AZ 86333, and a voting packet with instructions will be provided.

Closing trivia: Oktoberfest was first celebrated as a horse race on October 12, 1810 to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The event escalated into a week-long beer and food festival over the years. Several years ago Munich organizers changed the date from the end of September to October 2 to take advantage of better weather. Prosit!

Until next time.

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