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Havre de Grace: Enjoy a haunted walking tour of Havre de Grace

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Check out the fall harvest, dear readers,

And your holiday pumpkins at the Saturday Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to noon, near the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave. A hint from the School Nutrition

Association to get your kids to love and eat vegetables-nickname them. Kids ate 50 percent more carrots dubbed "X-ray vision carrots" than they did just plain ol'carrots. Yum!

National Hispanic Heritage Month continues through Oct. 15. This month-long observance honors the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens who share the common language and ancestry of Spanish. Es bueno.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wear your pink ribbon.

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal between 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave, 410-939-2107. This weekly, Tuesday luncheon is provided by volunteers to anyone in need who enters.

Haunted history and ghost tours of Havre de Grace will be conducted Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween at 7 and 9 p.m. Call 410-939-1811 or email hdgmainstreet@verizon.net or visit http://www.mainstreethdg.org.

Historical walking tours of Havre de Grace by costumed guide are open Saturdays and Sundays (or by appointment), $12 per participant (or group rates). Phone 410-939-0565. To take either of the 1 1/2 hour tours, reservations are required.

Happy birthday wishes John Lindes (Sept. 28); Bob Jobes (Sept. 30); and Eric Jasper (Oct. 1).

Lady luck smiles twice! The Knights of Columbus is selling raffle tickets ($1) for a grand prize, 2013 Ford Mustang. The drawing will be Oct. 6. You need not be present to win. Phone St. Patrick's Church, 410-939-2525, for details.

Another raffle for a Havre de Grace police pedal car is sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Tickets at $5 are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. The drawing is Dec. 7.

Steppingstone Farm Museum will host a fall harvest festival Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone 410-939-2299 or visit http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org. Enjoy bluegrass music, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, clogging, straw maze, hayrides, crafts and food. Great family fun!

Did you miss the Havre de Grace Community-wide Yard Sale, Sept. 15? Perfect weather insured lots of attendance and sales. The Office of Tourism will sponsor two weekend community yard sales in April and September, 2013. Plan ahead.

First Fridays will be Oct. 5, 5 to 9 p.m.

Graw Days is Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace. This is a day-long family fun event celebrating the historic time in the city when the Graw Race Track was king (1912-1952), sponsored by Main Street Inc.

Betty Harden phoned to invite you to an all-you-can-eat waffle breakfast with tons of toppings, bacon, sausage and beverages for $6, Sunday, 8 to 11 a.m., at the Havre de Grace Elks Lodge, Route 40, 410-960-5492. Good eating!

Scott Wallace told me all about the new Wonder Toys Store, 311 St. John St., downtown Havre de Grace, 410-939-4525. The toy store is Harford County's premiere retailer for Melissa and Doug infant, toddler and pre-school learning toys. Additionally, for us older folks, the store features science kits, 3D puzzles, classic toys, art supplies, kites and indoor garden kits. If you are already thinking about Christmas shopping, pay a visit to Scott and partner, Jody Carnaggion.

Cathy Vincenti reminded me about the Oct. 11 Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Bayou Restaurant, Route 40 at 11:30 a.m. The chamber's bull and oyster roast is Oct. 12 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Drive. For tickets ($50) or questions about either event, phone 410-939-3303 or email hdegchamber1@comcast.net.

With our entrance into September and October, we are now in "R" months, once again. Traditionally, oysters are back in season once more. Raw oysters on the half shell, anyone?

Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or by note at 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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