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I hope your back-to-fall routine is going smoothly and your children have settled into school and after school programs. Thank goodness we have returned to mostly normal but careful post-pandemic life with everyone allowed to make choices as to when to wear a mask or attend larger events. The silver lining is that we have learned how important it is to sanitize hands often and stay home when we feel unwell. We should keep our distance in crowds if possible, and respect those that choose to wear a mask. It is also important to keep up with vaccinations and flu shots to keep our immune systems strong and protected. We hope that fall will not bring a resurgence of the viruses but with kids in school and activities back to full capacity, there will be fall colds and flus as per usual. Do you have a fall cold and flu kit? Check your medicine cabinet and make sure your cold, cough and flu medications are not expired. Do you have working thermometer? Cough candies and sore throat spray? Being full stocked and prepared will ensure you don't have to find a pharmacy at midnight if someone in your family falls ill late at night.

Let's celebrate Autumn! Why not take a drive to a rural area to enjoy the beautiful colours of fall before the leaves drop? Our fall weather can still be quite nice for outdoor walks and visits to outdoor events such as Corn Mazes, Halloween events and Farmer's Markets. It is wonderful that our Family Fun Calendar is packed with great ideas for your family to explore and experience! Why not check out the all-new Royal Aviation Museum that just opened this summer? Of course, the Manitoba Museum and Children's Museum always offer exciting galleries and programs throughout fall. Have you ever been to Dalnavert Museum? It's a historical home turned museum in downtown Winnipeg. It also hosts events and tours throughout the year. Halloween themed activities take place at all these museums and if you love Halloween, check out our Halloween Happenings list to make the month spooktacular! Halloween will also be normal his year so let's go all out with decorating our homes and getting into that Halloween spirit! Have an excellent October and November.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Halloween!

Susan



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