We said goodbye to Daylight Savings Time, Halloween, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, and  hello to fallen leaves, early darkness — and now the season for giving.

At the Parkville Senior Center, the Adopt-a-Senior and Food Drive is underway again this year to bring holiday cheer to several local seniors  and senior-led families who have been identified as in considerable need by the Community Outreach and Home Team staff, and the community has always responded with amazing generosity

Interested in being one of Santa's Helpers? Stop by the  center for a brief bio of these needy seniors, list of requested items, and gift-wrapping guidelines.   Please bring in donations, large or small, by Dec. 13  These gifts will be wrapped and sorted by volunteers, but  if you have already wrapped your gift, please label with a description, including size and gender.  Nonperishable foods are also sought.

Before we leave the senior center, let's backtrack to Halloween to catch up on a milestone event.  Belated birthday wishes to Evelyn Walter, who  celebrated her 100th year on Oct. 31,  and  even though she  didn't go  "Trick-or-Treating," she told me that she had been the guest of honor at  five different parties, and that she  received   50 birthday cards

It's reassuring to know that there is  a new  walk-in medical facility conveniently located next to Giant Foods in the Parkville Shopping Center.  Express Care held its grand opening  on Oct. 31. ( Sorry  I missed it-I had a date with the dentist.)

Appointments are not necessary, and Express Care is open seven days and evenings a week for immediate care for non-life-threating conditions.  Medical insurance accepted, and Express Care has  on-site labs, X-rays and prescription medications. Phone 443-438-5137 for more information.

The Carney Village Shopping Center at Harford and Joppa Roads now has a new look, and, as a longtime Mars customer, I am happy that store  renovations have finally been completed.  Now there are  cart corrals, so   shoppers can push  their  full grocery carts onto the parking lot to unload their stuff without having to wait for a curbside spot..

 Where were you  when you heard that President Kennedy had been shot?  The 50th annniversary of his murder has been so much in the news lately that it made me stop and reflect, especially since I was  living and working in D.C..at the time. On the day of the funeral,  I stood in a mob of tall people  across the street from St. Matthew's Cathedral, which happened to be my parish church and, while I  could not see  the  funeral procession, I will always remember that I was there.