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PROFILED 28 I METHODIST WOUND CARE also inside SPOTLIGHTED 46 I TREASURED VESSELS FOUNDATION PROFILED 64 I VIKING OVERHEAD

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M AG ICAL M EM ORIES

Create a frightfully festive Halloween for the whole family

48 BAG IT UP!

The moment in fashion where form and function meet

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FALLIN G FOR FUN GI

The adventures of identifying and growing mushrooms

74 D EALS ON WHEELS

Why fall is a great time to purchase a new car

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PUBLISHER'S LETTER

52 WELLNESS

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SOCIAL CALENDAR

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BEST BETS

58 AESTHETICS

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FRUIT OF THE VINE

62 HOMESTEAD

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STRATEGIC SMILES

A PLAN TO EXPAND

WEIGHING YOUR OPTIONS

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MODERN LABOR OF LOVE

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TALK OF THE TOWN

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LIVING PET CLUB

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letter from the publisher

publishing PUBLISHER Misty Daniels EDITOR Heather Witherspoon

“How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You, that You bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in You.” Psalm 31:19

A season so drenched in tradition can brings back wonderful memories, as yellow, orange, and red leaves demonstrate God’s plan for change and transformation, leaving the old behind and welcoming the new. This year more than ever, that’s a welcome idea. So, break out those autumn decorations. Start planning your Thanksgiving menu. And order your family Christmas card. We still have much to be thankful for. Not the least of which is a God who’s still on the throne and still in control—and who loves us so much!

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Time has been crazy this year. How can it be October already? But here it is, this beautiful time of transition, as we leave the summer heat behind and blooming flowers give way to crisp leaves. It’s time to pack away our sundresses and sandals and break out all those glorious boots and scarves. Time to trade swim parties for bonfires. Time to start planning for the holidays. We may not enjoy football with complete abandon this year, but we’ll sure appreciate what football we can get.

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DAVID COOK

With so much happening in the Mansfield community, it’s sometimes hard to keep up. But the City has numerous communication channels providing information to residents on what’s happening with city government, city services and city events. Last year the City website was redesigned and now features several ways to get information. The Notify Me feature provides email or text updates on all city news and information, while the Mansfield Emergency Alert System sends notifications on severe weather and other emergencies and puts the control on how to receive those messages in your hands. The website also features meeting agendas, forms, maps and calendars. There are eight Facebook pages, including the main

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City page that posts regular updates, including previews and recaps of City Council meetings. There are also six Twitter pages, six Instagram accounts, two Nextdoor agency pages and a YouTube channel. All of these communication channels are available 24/7 and offer residents ways to connect with what’s happening with the City of Mansfield. Please take a moment to like, follow or sign up so you can “Stay Connected.”

RON JENSEN

On Nov. 3, 2020, Grand Prairie voters will be asked to consider renewing the ¼ cent sales tax for our Community Policing District. This is a renewal of an existing sales tax, not a new tax. The Community Policing Sales Tax currently is paying off the debt on the Public Safety Building (PSB) Police-Fire Headquarters and for police officer salaries, benefits, equipment and training. The proposition asks voters to consider extending the tax for 20 years to hire police officers and pay for their salaries, benefits, equipment and training, once the PSB is paid off. If approved, the amount you pay in sales tax in Grand Prairie stays the same. It is a continuation of the existing tax. Shoppers who do not live in Grand Prairie will help pay for public safety services. And, the city would be able to maintain the 1.5 officer per 1,000 population ratio of coverage. If not approved, the city would have to absorb the cost of police services back into the general fund, which

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GRA ND PRAI RI E would require elimination of police and city services to balance the budget; or ask voters in May 2021 to raise property taxes 4-6 cents per $100 of taxable value to fund police officers. The City of Grand Prairie’s population has increased by more than 30,000 residents since 2007 when the Community Policing Tax was first passed. In 2007, the Police Department employed 223 police officers, or 1.3 officers per 1,000 population. Currently, the department employs 286 officers, which translates to about 1.5 officers per 1,000. Crime has decreased by 47% since 2010, and Grand Prairie is consistently a Top Ten Safest Large City in Texas, as ranked by the FBI. We ask you to consider voting in the Nov. 3, 2020 election with regard to the continuation of the existing City of Grand Prairie Community Policing Sales Tax of ¼ cent.

JEFF WILLIAMS

Well, Arlington, we’re number one again. This time it’s in the highest 2020 census self-response rate for any big Texas city (over 300,000 in population). Our 67.2% self-response rate made us number one and, by the time you read this, that number might be higher. Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond. Your answers will shape our city’s future, for the next ten years. Arlington ISD’s new arts and athletics complex reached a milestone, last month, as the pool in the soon-to-open athletics center was filled for the first time. Diving boards were also installed in the first-ever natatorium for the Arlington ISD which includes the 50-meter pool with moveable bulkheads, a diving area, warm-up pool, and seating for 1,000 spectators. Part of the district’s new athletics center, a 2014 bond

A RLINGTON project, the facility includes the natatorium and an arena for basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and elementary gymnastics. Next door to the athletics center is the district’s future center for visual and performing arts. The CVPA is slotted to open this fall to serve the entire district—grades Pre-K-through-12—with world-class performance and demonstration venues. It includes a 1,250-seat concert hall, 425-seat theater, classroom space, art and dance studios, instrument repair center, and art gallery. The two facilities, which comprise the Arlington ISD Arts and Athletics Complex, are just two more reasons life in The American Dream is unlike nowhere else.

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community | SOCIAL CALENDAR

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FRIGHT & FUN HALLOWEEN A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

For 55+…Come join us as we have fun dressing into costumes, dancing to music from a DJ and snack on breakfast foods. There will be prizes to give out for the best dressed and best dancer. 9:30 am. $11. Senior Recreation Center New York, 2015 Craig Hanking Dr. Visit our website to register. N AT U R A L LY F U N . O R G

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The 2020 Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital Levitt Living Room Series is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 18. The series concerts are live-streamed from the Levitt Pavilion Arlington Facebook page. You do not have to be a Facebook user to see the live-stream. Please donate to the Levitt by texting FreeMusic to 44321. The Levitt needs your support to ensure that we are ready to rock and roll as soon as we can all return to the lawn...donate anytime.

Come shop and support local artisans, makers, and farmers at the Downtown Arlington Urban Market. Listen to live music and shopping. Vendors will be set up on the sidewalks in front of Legal Draft in Urban. Event is free and occurs on the second Thursday of the month. 4pm-8pm. 500 E. Division.

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THE BEACON RECREATION CENTER A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

Come see our new rec center! We have dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces, a gymnasium, fitness and weights area, aerobics and dance studio, classrooms, childcare, skatepark, adventure playground, outdoor splash pad and walking trail. 1100 Mansfield Webb Rd. N AT U R A L LY F U N . O R G NOW - NOVEMBER 1

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A LOT TO LOVE WELLNESS SERIES M a n sf i e l d

There’s A LOT to Love in Mansfield and that includes your health! Join the Cooper Street YMCA each Saturday for a free exercise series designed just for you! The pros will lead in an outdoor 45+ minute workout for various levels of exercise on the lawn at The LOT Downtown. Attendees will receive a free, limited-time YMCA membership! For socially distancing and safety precautions, limited reservations are available but attendees must RSVP in advance. Please bring your towel, water, light weights (optional),onsite restroom facilities are not available. 8am9am. 110 S. Main St.

OCTOBER 20

It’s a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals. BEWARE! There is no place to hide! SIXFLAGS.COM

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RAINY DAY: DIY RAIN BARREL CLASS A r l i n g t o n Wa t e r U t i l i t i e s

Arlington residents are invited to take part in a virtual class from Texas A&M AgriLife Water University. 6pm. Arlington residents can purchase a rain barrel and pick it up the morning of Saturday, Oct. 24 (in the parking lot of the Southwest Branch of the Arlington Public

Library). The first 25 residents to purchase a rain barrel will get $25 off the price of a rain barrel. Visit savearlingtonwater.com for registration and event information. OCTOBER 10 AND 24

MOBILE PET ADOPTION EVENT Arlington

Adorable adoptable pets looking for new homes will be available at the mobile adoption unit for immediate adoption! Visit with adoptable cats available inside PetSmart! Adoptions will be at the Petsmart® in South Arlington, 203 E. I-20 (Arlington Highlands) 10:30am-3:30pm. OCTOBER 16-17 AND 23-24

FOREST OF FEAR G ra n d P ra i r i e

One of the best displays of Halloween spirit in Texas .Witness the transformation of a campground into a drive through of creative Halloween displays! Drive through in your own vehicle and take in the spectacle. Hayrides will not be offered this year due to Covid-19 concerns. $15/vehicle park entry fee. 7pm10pm. Loyd Park at Joe Pool Lake, 3401 Ragland Rd. Call 972-237-4120 for more information or visit our website. G R A N D F U N G P. C O M

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OCTOBER 30 // STAR WARS: THE MANDALORIAN (SEASON TWO) DISNEY + The Child is back! Even if you are not a super fan of the Star Wars franchise, The Mandalorian offers action-packed fun for the whole family, not to mention one of the cutest characters in recent television history. With a late October release date, you do not need light speed to watch the first season and catch up.

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OCTOBER 6 // MODERN COMFORT FOOD BY INA GARTEN

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OCTOBER 30 // ELVIS COSTELLO HEY CLOCKFACE

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In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites — but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron! From cocktails to dessert, from special weekend breakfasts to quick weeknight dinners, you’ll find yourself making these cozy and delicious recipes over and over again.

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HEARING GOD'S WHISPER THROUGH ALL OF THE NOISE BY JOS HU A HOLOHAN

A decibel is a unit of measure that informs us of the intensity of a particular sound. For instance, if you do your research, you will find different sounds can be measured at a certain decibel. A whisper is first measured at around 15 Db, and the last mention of a whisper at its loudest registers around 30 Db. I am convinced that what we are tuning into on a regular basis informs us on how we look at things, what we believe, and ultimately how we behave and live our lives. Born and raised on Long Island, New York as a preacher’s kid, I went right to work after graduating high school. Working as a forklift mechanic for 15 years, the things I listened to varied over the years. Work for me involved traveling all five boroughs of NYC, constantly surrounded by the sound of heavy machinery, people barking commands at one another, heavy traffic, and blaring sirens. I now find myself penning the words to this article as a full-time Pastor in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. How I found myself moving from New York to Texas is a long story filled with divine intervention. The cause can be credited to nothing short of the Amazing Grace of God, and the Heavenly Sound that was able to find its way through all of the noise straight into the depths of my heart.

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PASTOR JOSHUA HOLOHAN AND FAMILY


The picture of someone driving their car and turning the knob

but became available to it through the Love of God displayed

which controls the volume of their music comes to my mind. I

for us at the center cross of Calvary where the justice of God

can only attribute where I am today and where I am going to

was satisfied by the Love of God. However, you find yourself

the Lord Himself, turning the volume control of my heart to

reading this, God wants to remind you that your life matters to

increase the intensity of a specific Sound. This whisper, as I like

Him. There is a noise in the form of a whisper that has forever

to call it, constantly reminds me that my identity is not wrapped

changed the dynamic of my family tree. Maybe through these

up in what I do, but in who God is, and what He has done for

strange times, we’re all in, He wants to use this Sound to change

me through the finished work of Jesus apart from my behavior.

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During this season of COVID-19, social unrest, and the elections coming, I think we can all agree there is a lot of loud noise. This truly is an unprecedented time in history, and I believe that it’s God’s invitation for all of us to tune the ears of our hearts to a specific sound. The two words Amazing Grace that have long preceded the words “how sweet the sound” from one generation to the next in the form of song have made a remarkable impact on my life. I want to talk to you briefly about the Sound of Grace. Grace is a word that is seldom used, and if ever, it mostly revolves around your family gathering around the dinner table when everyone is ready to eat. I think that is great! But is it God’s intention that Grace is something that is only mentioned at the dinner table? The world we live in today is full of so much noise. If you listen to the news for long enough, and the sounds that are being released from all of the available outlets, I don’t think it will be long before you start to feel weighed down, hopeless about your future, and just chock full of the cares of this world. About 11 years ago, I was introduced to a Pastor by the name of Joseph Prince through one of his books given to me by my father called Destined to Reign. I had heard the gospel before and knew that Jesus died for my sins, but somehow along the way, I never truly heard about the Riches of God’s Grace and what that meant for me. This book completely revolutionized my life because it helped me to see the person of Jesus through the pages of the Bible very differently. Previously I thought that if I did something bad, God would give me something bad in return, and if I did something good, I would get good in return. I began to dig into the scriptures more and saw Jesus getting all of the bad that He didn’t deserve at the cross so that I could get all of the good that I didn’t deserve through the cross, in what my Pastor likes to call the Divine Exchange (see 2 Corinthians 5:21). Somehow along the way, even while being blessed to grow up in church, I never once heard anyone preach this beautiful truth found in the New Covenant. This is the Sound that truly put me on a trajectory of seeing the beauty of my savior Jesus Christ not just at church as an event on Sunday, but at work, in the daily grind, and yes, even on a Monday morning ... hello! This is the Sound that brought about and continues to bring about change for the better in all of my behavior. Perhaps what God was trying to communicate to me as a believer in Jesus was that I was in this world, but not of this world. Perhaps this Sound didn’t originate from this world

are you could be just like me, on a journey of tuning your ears to the Sound of God’s Grace (unmerited Favor) that the Bible describes as being the key ingredient to your salvation (see Ephesians 2:8-9). If you find yourself not knowing what you believe, you need to hear His gentle and quiet whisper toward you today, reminding you to stop working to try to get to Him, because He already successfully worked His way in the person of Christ to get to you. When I say salvation, I don’t just mean escaping from the grips of eternal punishment. Salvation is much more than that. It’s continuing to catch God’s generous heart for you on this side of heaven by allowing him to take hold of the volume control residing in your heart and giving Him permission to increase the Sound of His amazing Grace through the unveiling of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the things He freely gave you at the cross. Getting back to the numbers that I mentioned in the beginning of our time together, I want to draw your attention to the numbers 15 and 30. In the Bible, numbers carry meaning. Fifteen means rest, and 30 is the number of calling and/or going public. The first time the word Grace is mentioned in the Bible it is attached to the name Noah, which also means rest (see Genesis 6:8). God is truly calling humanity to tune into this Sound of Grace so that we can take advantage of spiritual geography within, that transcends our natural habit in which our confidence has been so strongly built around. It is amazing to me that a virus can quickly wake us up to the truth of how humanity is so intricately woven together while co-existing on opposite sides of the globe. I bet there is a Rest on the inside of us all that God is inviting us to access. I truly believe that God is asking us all to participate with His Grace going public in our lives first, as He blesses us with front row seats to His goodness. How do we participate, you might ask? Can I respond with, how much are you willing to receive from Him before you get your act together? Chances are He is willing to give you much more than you are willing to receive. As you live your life in the middle of the loud, you will begin to realize that He is not in the things that are loud, but in the gentle and quiet whisper to show off how close He truly is. When someone is this close, there is no need to shout “… Ahhhh — Amazing Grace, how sweet the Sound.” (see 1 Kings 19:11-12).

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SPOTLIGHT

FOUR DECADES OF DENTAL INNOVATION CONGRATULATIONS DR. JOHN BAUER PHOTOS BY LAUREN MEDEAN

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hen Dr. John Bauer began his dental practice, four decades ago, dentistry was experiencing a surge in innovation and discovery. He and his wife, Terri, still had a house bustling with kids and Mansfield, Texas was a sleepy, little town. Much has changed, over the past 40 years, but for Dr. John, it’s been for the better. As patients began making Mansfield Family Dentistry their dental home, Dr. John watched children grow up, head off to college, get married, and bring their own kids to him (and those kids grow up and bring theirs). Now, he and Terri are caring for three and four generations of many families. Dr. John and Terri have watched each of their kids leave the nest and launch lives of their own and have even been blessed to have one of them, Dr. Cody Bauer, join in the practice. Through it all, Dr. John has consistently been a leader in the latest and best immerging dental technology making a trip to Mansfield Family Dentistry a pleasant, anxiety-free experience. As a young dentist, he could hardly have imagined he’d some day be offering his patients soft tissue laser dentistry, 3-D digital imaging and cone-beam scans, pain-free injections, and intraoral cameras that allow the patient to see everything he sees in their mouth.

A TRUE DENTAL HOME In the early days, Dr. John enjoyed working relationships with local endodontists and orthodontists to whom he’d refer patients who needed root canals, dental implants, or braces. But being a voracious learner by nature, he’s spent the last 40 years

logging thousands of hours of continuing dental education, so he can now offer his patients all the services they need under one roof, where they already feel at home. For his more anxious patients, he’s added sedation dentistry. And as more of his patients requested cosmetic services, he also pioneered porcelain veneer technology, Invisalign clear tooth aligners, and has performed hundreds of complete smile makeovers. As patients presented with sleep and snoring issues, bruxism, and obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. John trained in custom oral appliances to provide them relief. Through it all, he and Terri—and now Dr. Cody—have kept their emphasis on relationships—their family serving your family. They offer everything from simple cleanings and filling to cosmetic procedures, including tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, inlays, onlays, tooth-colored fillings, and Invisalign clear braces, giving their patients a true dental home. “When we realize, during a routine check-up, for instance, that a patient needs a root canal, tooth extraction, or dental implant or when they inquire about a cosmetic procedure, the last thing they want is to be referred out to a strange dental practice,” Dr. John said.

ADDRESSING PATIENTS’ OVERALL HEALTH Throughout Dr. John’s career, much has been learned about the connection between the health of the teeth and gums and the health of the other systems of the body. Dr. John and Dr. Cody place an emphasis on patient education—at any age. “There’s a very real correlation between bacteria in the mouth and conditions such as

heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, even Alzheimer’s and low birth weight in babies,” Dr. John said. “Dr. Cody and I spend time educating our patients about the ‘why’ of good oral health, so they have all the tools they need for a lifetime of health, not just in their mouths but throughout their bodies.”

DENTAL IMPLANTS One of the stellar advancements Dr. John has refined is dental implant technology. A dental implant is a high-tech tooth replacement that can do anything a healthy, natural tooth can. Dr. John places a titanium “root” into the bone of your jaw. Once there, it looks, feels, and behaves like your natural tooth and, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Because the titanium in the implant fuses with your jawbone, the implant won't slip, make noise, or cause bone damage the way fixed bridgework or dentures can. And the materials can't decay like your own teeth can as they try to support regular bridgework. Dr. John has successfully placed implants for hundreds of patients with one or more missing or broken teeth or an entire mouth full. The future is looking bright at Mansfield Family Dentistry. If you’re looking for a new dental home for your family, call the experts local families have trusted for forty years. Call Mansfield Family Dentistry at (817) 473-0291 over visit MansfieldDentistry.com.

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DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS, FAMILIES AND YOUNG THRILL-SEEKERS WILL EXPERIENCE LOTS OF HALLOWFEST THRILLS BY DAY INCLUDING: • Mystic Acres Trick-or-Treat Trail with individually packaged candy and treats. • Larger than life seasonal décor that will be perfect for family and friend photos. • Plenty

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for Halloween thrills and chills with a new event for the entire family— HALLOWFEST. The event will feature Thrills by Day with plenty of familyfriendly activities and Chills by Night with rides on monster coasters… in the dark and haunting Halloween theming throughout the park. HALLOWFEST will begin tomorrow, September 25, and run weekends through November 1. Operating hours will be Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with limited capacity admission to prevent overcrowding. Reservations will be required, and slots are expected to fill up quickly. The company’s comprehensive and ongoing safety protocols will be in effect for the entire run of the event.

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SIX FLAGS WORKED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ITS EPIDEMIOLOGIST CONSULTANTS TO CREATE A SAFE HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE THAT MEETS OR EXCEEDS FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GUIDELINES. PARK ATTENDANCE WILL BE CAREFULLY MONITORED TO AVOID OVERCROWDING AND ALL MEMBERS, SEASON PASS HOLDERS, AND GUESTS WITH SINGLEDAY TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE A RESERVATION TO ATTEND HALLOWFEST. • All team members (including scare-actors) and all guests 3 years and up will be required to wear masks covering the nose and mouth while in the parks; • No indoor mazes, haunted houses, or indoor shows will be operated; some haunted trails and scare zones will be operated outdoors with social distancing strictly enforced; • A limited number of nighttime scare-actors will remain at least six feet

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be located throughout the parks for guest and team member usage. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HALLOWFEST AND SIX FLAGS’ COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY GUIDELINES, VISIT WWW.SIXFLAGS.COM/ HALLOWFEST.

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In addition, this weekend only, the park is hosting a Buy A Mask, Give A Mask promotion that will benefit Central Elementary School, in Duncanville ISD. For every Halloween-themed mask purchased this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, the park will donate a Six Flags mask to the school.


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H R O U G H T H E M O N T H O F O C T O B E R , classrooms and families can add purpose to Halloween by collecting life-saving donations for UNICEF, v i r t u a l ly. B eg i n n i ng O c tober 1st , te acher s and parents are encouraged to register their children and create an online profile by visiting TrickOrTreatForUNICEF.org. There they will receive the “Virtual Collection Box” with a customized link and QR code. By participating in fun activities and watching educational videos, kids will earn Trick-or-Treat coins that add to real-life earnings. As coins are collected, they will be able to choose where they’d like their earnings to go, empowering them and connecting their efforts to a positive impact for children around the world. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF started in 1950 when kids across the United States collected coins in hand-painted milk cartons to help children affected by World War II. Since then, generations of children in the United States have gone door to door on Halloween with the signature orange collection boxes, calling out, “Trick-orTreat for UNICEF!” Originally a grassroots campaign, Trick-orTreat for UNICEF has now evolved into a month-long celebration of the power of Kids Helping Kids. Celebrating its 70th year, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is the longestrunning youth engagement campaign in America. It has raised $180 million dollars to help UNICEF support children with health care, nutrition, safe water, education, emergency relief, and more.

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Make an eerie, edible haunted house

By Audrey Ashe

You are getting sleepy, very sleepy…

As a metaphorical pendulum swings back and forth before your eyes, think back to your childhood and the magic surrounding Halloween. Inhale the crisp autumn air. Hear the rustle of autumn leaves. Admire twinkling jack-o’-lanterns peeking out from the dusk. Feel the weight of your treat bag full of sweet treasures. While you can’t literally travel back in time and bring those memories to life, sharing cherished traditions, treats, and a few harmless tricks with your own family can be just as special. Among hayrides, bobbing for apples, picking out or making new costumes, and decorating the yard, there is an endless array of fun-filled activities to choose from. This spooky season, plan to create some new family traditions of your own.

Traditions old and new

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November, when the veil between the spirit and human worlds was at its thinnest, all manner of ghosts and ghouls could be encountered. Lest they get confronted for their mortal nature, people donned ghastly masks to trick the ghosts into thinking they were fellow spirits. Since masks are great fun to make for people of all ages, gather your family ‘round to make a new keepsake ghost mask each year. Include distant friends and family by making it a virtual gathering. Create the masks using paper plates and string. Go to town with markers, paint, glitter, feathers — you name it. Then each year, have everyone make a new type of ghost face, from pirate to Pokémon, to add to their collection. Bonfires are a big part of the Halloween tradition for their warmth and making gooey goodies like s’mores. Why not take it up a notch and have an annual spooky cookout and campout? Roast your favorite hot eats and sweet treats under the stars, then get ready for a round of spooky stories and skits, ghost masks include.

create a physical or digital scrapbook of photos, drawings, and memories you and your family can reminisce over each year.

This haunted house is a great spin on the gingerbread classic. Simply buy or bake your own cookie construction pieces, then decorate your creepy cottage with edible decorations. Here are a few ideas. • Use orange and black food coloring to give the walls a festive makeover. • Make roof tiles from candy corn. • Place a few candy pumpkins around the doorway. • Create an iron fence using different pieces of black licorice. Try twisting and knotting it for a full effect. • Decorate marshmallows with ghost faces or make marshmallow mummy pops. Mount them on toothpicks or lollipop sticks to make them float.


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Medical Director Philip Ramirez, MD, CWSP, is board certified in family medicine and in wound care by the American Board of Wound Management. A Texas native, he graduated from Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine where he developed a special interest in wound care management and hyperbaric medicine. He is sought after as a lecturer, teacher, and advocate for the advancement of wound care and limb salvage. When not on the job, he enjoys time with his wife of 17 years and their four children.

This multidisciplinary treatment can include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is the delivery of 100% pressurized oxygen. This helps chronic wounds heal by:

“Wound care is about saving our patients limbs and improving their quality of life,” Dr. Ramirez said. “Although it doesn’t often make the news, it impacts millions of Americans. Our physician-driven, multi-disciplinary approach utilizes advanced outpatient clinical wound care, hyperbaric medicine, a variety of clinical treatments, therapies, and support services to help you or your loved one heal and return to the life you love.”

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“My husband and I had gone on mission trips in other countries,” she said. “But I felt like, if you want to make a lasting impact, you need to do it where you live. I loved working in healthcare, and I was good at it, but felt like God was calling me to more.”

helping trafficking survivors, and others. “I pictured a girl being rescued and a loving family waiting to welcome her back but learned that many of the girls were actually sent to jail,” Alicia said. “There wasn’t a good solution in place for them.” The result of all that asking, searching, and praying was Treasured Vessels Foundation, a long-term safe space where girls can go to heal and grow after being exploited by sex trafficking, a place where purpose and value can be restored to them, and a holistic and comprehensive therapeutic approach offers them hope for a sustainable future. With the help of Director of Community Impact Kelly Singleton and Director of Communications Abigail Ours, Treasured Vessels opened their first shelter in January of 2020 serving girls 18 to 24 and is working now to construct a second facility for girls nine to 17. Each shelter includes a licensed professional counselor—on staff at all times—a program director who’s also a nurse and case manager, and residential assistants, some of whom are awake and in the home with the girls 24 hours a day. Along with food, clothing, and lodging, the girls are provided with group therapy, substance abuse counseling, even martial arts. The program is tailored to meet the needs of each girl. “We received more applications—girls asking to join the program—in the last week than the entire year,” Alicia said. “The need is great. The program currently costs $25,000 a month to run and we only see that number rising, as more girls are rescued and given an opportunity to heal.” What part can you play? They need prayer, of course. But they also need funding, volunteers, and those willing to spread the word. The story for Kristen and so many others can have a happy ending. Will you join the movement and make a difference?

• Texas has 79,000 minors and youth victims involved in sex trafficking. • Dallas has 400 underage girls sold for sex each night. • Their average age is 12 to 14. • North Texas has 0 beds for trafficked children to heal long-term.

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ou have cancer.” These are scary, life-changing words. After the utter shock comes a fight for life — that precious gift we all sometimes take for granted. For me, it felt like I was held captive in a room from which I was desperate to escape. All I wanted to do was walk through the door toward the promise of a longer life and all the glorious things that come with it.

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Fixated on making it through that doorway, I powered through more tests, surgery, and radiation therapy like an automaton. Fighting the good fight, I remained upbeat and reassured friends and family everything would be fine. When I crossed the threshold of that doorway, I thanked God and felt elated and confident about the future.

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wellness | ON THE OTHER SIDE

What I hadn’t anticipated was what was on the other side of the door. Life, sure, but not the same life I knew before. Someone told me, “Once a cancer patient, always a cancer patient.” Frankly, I thought this sounded a little dramatic. Now, being on the other side of breast cancer, I get it. An overused term for this is the “new normal,” which is both wonderful and challenging. The wonderful part, obviously, is that I’m alive. I celebrate this deeply and cherish every moment spent with friends and family, doing the things I love, and marveling at this incredible planet we live on teaming with life. So, what are the challenging aspects of survivorship? It’s different for everyone. For me, it’s a twofold issue with one amazing surprise thrown in. First, it’s natural to worry about cancer recurrence. Are there cancer cells running loose in my body that can multiply and create another tumor? What are the odds? But I refuse to spend my precious time worrying and wondering, “What if?” Being mindful, living in the moment, and focusing on

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positivity helps me avoid dark thoughts. The second is handling treatment side effects. For example, depending on your treatment, you can have ongoing effects from chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and painful lymphedema due to lymph node removal. If diagnosed with hormone-positive breast cancer as I was, you will be taking hormone-suppressing medication for years. While some women have few if any related side effects from these drugs, others suffer from life-altering side effects. They can be so severe that 25 to 40 percent of women stop hormone suppression therapy, willing to trade off the lower probability of cancer recurrence for improved quality of life. Personally, it’s a risk I’m not willing to take at this point, but I understand why women are driven to make this difficult decision. The surprise gift is the “pink sisterhood.” When you’re on the outside, it’s a group you never want to join. Once on the inside, it’s pretty marvelous. There are pink sisters all around who understand, provide support and empathy, and sometimes simply lend an ear when you need to vent. I meet these amazing, fearless women all the time, often when I least expect it. We share a common bond that transcends any differences we may have. With this comes an overwhelming desire to share and rejoice in our strength to fight and forge ahead with a collective passion ignited in us all.

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he sad truth is many Americans are carrying around too many pounds. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an estimated 160 million Americans are overweight or obese, including nearly 75 percent of American men and over 60 percent of American women.

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For those for whom diet, and exercise have not worked in shedding unneeded weight, bariatric (weight-loss) surgery may be the answer. While bariatric surgery can offer many benefits, all forms of weight-loss surgery are major operations with possible side effects and risks, though these are minimal.

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wellness | WEIGHING YOUR OPTIONS

Bariatric Surgery: Risks and Benefits You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you are more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40, or have a BMI over 35 and are experiencing obesityrelated conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. Before proceeding with surgery, however, you should have a thorough understanding of both the risks and benefits. COMMON RISKS If you’re considering this weight-loss option, here are some things you need to know. A VARIETY OF OPTIONS In 2018, 252,000 bariatric surgeries were performed in the U.S., and the following are three of the more commonly used procedures. Sleeve gastrectomy (SG) - The SG procedure involves removing about 80 percent of the stomach, leaving a long, tube-like pouch. The smaller stomach cannot hold as much food, and it also produces less of the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin, which may lessen your appetite. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) - With RYGB, the surgeon cuts across the top of the stomach, creating a pouch about the size of a walnut that can hold only about an ounce of food. Normally the stomach holds up to three pints of food. Next, the surgeon sews part of the small intestine directly to the pouch. Food then goes into this pouch and the small intestine, bypassing most of the stomach and the first section of the small intestine. Of these two, RYGB was initially the more popular option, but because SG tends to have fewer postoperative complications, by 2016, the number of SG procedures was three times higher than RYGB.

The more common risks of bariatric surgery include: • Infection • Excessive bleeding • Negative reaction to anesthesia • Blood clots • Lung or breathing problems • Leaks in the gastrointestinal tract Longer-term risks and complications can include: • Bowel obstruction • Diarrhea, flushing, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting • Gallstones • Hernias • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) • Malnutrition BENEFITS On the other hand, if you and your physician agree that bariatric surgery is your best option moving forward, there are many possible benefits. • Long-term weight loss – Most studies have concluded that more than 90 percent of those affected by severe obesity can maintain 50 percent or more of their surgically-related weight loss.

Gastric banding - This is a third option in which the surgeon places a band around the upper portion of the stomach and injects a saline solution to inflate it. The inflation creates a smaller stomach pouch, reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold.

• Remission from type 2 diabetes – A recent Cleveland Clinic study found almost all obese patients with type 2 diabetes remained free of insulin and other medications for at least three years.

After surgery - There are, of course, other bariatric options. Still, whatever procedure you undergo, for one or two days, you won’t be able to eat or drink, giving your stomach and digestive system time to heal. Gradually you’ll progress to liquids, then pureed, very soft foods and finally, regular food. For several months you’ll also need regular medical checkups to monitor your post-operative health.

• Depression relief – A poor body image or social stigma can lead to depression, and losing excess weight can improve emotional health.

If you don’t lose weight - It is possible not to lose weight or regain weight after bariatric surgery. These complications can happen if you’re not eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. In this case, it’s essential to see your doctor immediately to explore the factors contributing to your lack of weight loss.

• Improved cardiovascular health – Bariatric surgery can reduce coronary heart disease risk, stroke, and peripheral heart disease.

• Elimination of sleep apnea – People with sleep apnea can often stop using their CPAP machine at night. • Joint pain relief – Stress on joints can be relieved, often allowing people to stop using pain medications and enjoy more mobility. • Improved fertility – Bariatric surgery could improve a woman’s fertility during childbearing years. Weighing risks against rewards - Dr. Philip Schauer, one of the nation’s leading bariatric surgical specialists, concludes that this surgery’s risks are no greater than a knee or gall bladder procedure, and the outcome could be life-transforming.

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to achieve it. If you need significant dental work, don’t let budgetary or time constraints prevent you from seeking treatment. Dentists are happy to work with you to develop a customized longterm treatment plan you can sink your teeth into.

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aesthetics | STRATEGIC SMILES

STEP 1: Start a plan. Postponing treatment increases the likelihood of increased expenses, so don’t put off scheduling a consultation to start your personalized smile plan. Think of it as the dental equivalent of calling a plumber when you spot a small leak under the kitchen sink rather than waiting until your kitchen needs a full-blown renovation. The first step in any dental plan is addressing immediate pain or infection. Next, Periodontal disease must be treated. The underlying structures must be healthy enough to support new work in the long term. Never build on a faulty foundation. After any periodontal conditions are stable, your dental professionals will re-evaluate everything and fine-tune the plan made at the initial appointment. All future work recommended by your experienced practitioner will be noted and then phased in order of priority. Cosmetic procedures, such as veneers, can be done at any time after gums are healthy and any active infection is treated. Please note that veneers are not covered by insurance. Since long term work, such as crowns and dental implants, are best placed in a well-aligned arch, interested candidates might be advised to consult an orthodontist, too. STEP 2: Utilize insurance. Your dental professionals are interested in helping you best utilize any insurance benefits. The typical dental insurance covers about $1500 of dental costs per year. Don’t miss out on using the full amount. Sometimes dental offices will begin work on a significant treatment, such as an implant, in October. Then your dental provider might recommend waiting until January, when the insurance benefit has renewed, to place the crown on top of the implant, since those are separate charges. Future treatments are often planned by quadrant. Pardon the pun, but you might say the work is divided into bitesize chunks. If you are going into retirement soon, it’s a good idea to be up to date with all treatments so that the possibility of living without dental insurance is doable. After retirement, consider banking the yearly fee of what insurance would cost and self-insure that way. STEP 3: Slow and steady creates a winning smile. Rather than worrying about the long-term plan, just keep steadily whittling away at it every year. In a shorter time than you might think, your mouth will be well on its way to total restoration.

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Medical professionals and aestheticians have a wide variety of laser skin resurfacing systems to choose from, but these are the most popular: Fractional CO2 Laser CO2 lasers represent one of the most powerful and effective tools for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. In addition to removing a small layer of skin cells, the process also stimulates collagen production, which increases volume and firmness of new skin cells. The sessions can take anywhere from 90 minutes to a couple of hours. CO2 lasers are ablative, meaning there is discomfort and you’ll need several days to a couple of weeks to recuperate before returning to normal. HALO Hybrid Fractional Laser T h is system c a n deliver bot h abl at ive a nd non-ablative wavelengths of light to the same treatment area. This hybrid feature means you get great results with minimal downtime. It works on visibly damaged skin as well as damage you can’t see, deep within the dermis. Most patients report only minimal discomfort from heat during the session. Contour TRL

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our appearance. Depending on the type of laser device, the procedures can resurface the skin to reduce wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scars, and other imperfections. The process involves directing tiny, highly concentrated beams of light at the problem areas. The light removes small layers of skin, resulting in an even, smooth skin surface.

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The Contour TRL (tunable resurfacing laser) treats sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, acne scars, and texture and tone. Like other lasers, it stimulates new cell and collagen growth, but it’s different because it allows specific targeting of problematic lines around the mouth and eyes. Many professionals regard it as the safest and most effective laser in use today. Broadband Light Therapy Also called BBL, this system belongs to the new generation of Intense Pulsed Light therapies. Some professionals refer to BBL procedures as a photo rejuvenation or photo facial treatment. It treats sun damage, rosacea, vascular lesions, hyperpigmentation, and active acne. Like the others, it rejuvenates collagen production and improves skin texture. Sessions take about 30 minutes and some people request numbing cream for the face prior to treatment, but most people don’t think this is necessary. As your skin heals, you’ll see dark patches and dry areas. Just keep moisturizing. Downtime is minimal. The day of the procedure, it’s best if you just chill at home, but after that, feel free to apply makeup as usual.


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A PLAN to Expand A STEP-BY-STEP STRATEGY TO ADD EXTRA SPACE AT HOME BY C H E RYL AL E XAN DE R

re you and your spouse tired of sharing the bathroom in shifts? Has your family gained a new member? Do the kids need their own rooms? Does your kitchen feel tiny and cramped? Is it finally time for the home office you have been talking about since you moved in? The list could go on, but one thing is sure — you are ready for more space, and the time is now.

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Here is a list that will help get the ball rolling in the right direction: First, decide on your budget. Unless money is not an issue, you will likely end up making some cuts to your ideal concept, so enter into this process with that in mind. An average cost for an addition is between $40,000 and $50,000. This aggregate national number does not take into account size, scope, slope of land, or geography. An extensive project could cost more than double this figure, if your addition is small and relatively simple, it may be much less. Once you have determined how much money you will need or can spend, then you’ll need to determine your exact property lines in order to develop a plot plan, including your home, landscaping and the location of the utilities. Then check local codes regarding restrictions about how close you can build to your neighbor. Next, take a close look at your existing structure and floor plan. At this point, you’ll likely need help from a residential designer or architect to come

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up with an addition that will not only be economical, but also one that is attractive, useful, and that will fit with your current home style. As well as interior design, think about how the expansion will architecturally affect the exterior of your home. Before work begins, make a list detailing the materials and the scope of the work to be done. Regarding materials (such as flooring, hardware, lighting, etc.), include first, second, and third options. Your first choice may turn out to put you over budget. Having a backup plan from the onset, will ensure that you do not lose time once your build-out begins. Determine at this crucial stage what you can and cannot live without, where you can compromise, and where you can go dirt cheap. Finally, hire the professionals. The number and type of people you will need will depend on the scale and scope of your project. Even if you plan a rather small addition, you will need a designer or draftsperson to prepare one or more working drawings to apply for a building permit, freehand sketches or rough diagrams will not suffice. For large projects, you will likely need an architect who can design an efficient layout and merge the addition’s design with your existing home. And do not forget to budget for the cost of the architect. After your blueprints are complete, you will get bids from contractors. If you have plans for your home addition available for contractors to bid from, you will get a better sense of cost because they will all be bidding from the same information. Another option is to hire a design-build firm. They provide a complete package of services, including design consultation, construction drawings, and project management. Though the idea of expanding your home can be daunting, when broken down into a few steps like these, an addition can be a relatively simple and extremely rewarding way to improve your home and lifestyle.


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MAD ABOUT MUSHROOMS Order your own mushroom growing kit • ForestOrigins.com • NorthSpore.com • BacktotheRoots.com • GMHP on Amazon.com Sources to help identify mushrooms in the wild • Wild Edibles by Steve Brill • Audubon Mushrooms Guidebook • Mushrooms Demystified by David Aurora • The Complete Mushroom Hunter by Gary Lincoff Identification apps • Rogers Mushrooms • Book of Mushrooms • Fungitron Mushroom Guide There are Texas mushroom groups on Facebook and Reddit. If you want to be sure of your mushroom type and freshness, try purchasing them from your farmer’s market or local health food store. Remember, when in doubt, don’t eat them!

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OYSTER MUSHROOMS GROWING IN SAWDUST

FALLING FOR FUNGI THE ADVENTURES OF IDENTIFYING AND GROWING YOUR OWN MUSHROOMS BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

If you enjoy growing some of your own food, don’t stop at tomatoes and herbs. Mushrooms can be fun to grow and crazy healthy to eat. They’re fat-free, low-cal, and packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. They’ve even been called a brain-healthy superfood. Although, they can be finicky to get started, once you give them the conditions they want and get them growing, they’ll knock your socks off with their daily metamorphosis. I began my mushroom growing adventures with a kit I got for Mother’s Day, a mushroom “block.” Within a week, I had robust crops of brown oyster and white oyster mushrooms growing on my windowsill, and they had the whole family riveted as my fungi doubled in size each day. I harvested them and made killer chicken parm with one, stroganoff with the other. I was hooked! My foray into mushroom foraging began when we hired a couple to landscape our yard, who turned out to be mushroom hunters. They pointed out a bountiful crop of chanterelles growing on a wooded section of our property.

After three evenings of studying them in books and videos, I whipped up a wild chanterelle risotto with them. Ooh, la la! Here’s the part where I tell you please, please, please don’t eat any mushroom you find, until you know what they are. I had mine validated by experienced mushroom hunters and still did copious research. There are field guides, phone apps, websites, and mushroom clubs to help with identification (see sidebar). When in doubt, DON’T eat them! Next, I bought living morel fungus from a company on Amazon and planted a perennial crop of morels. Mushrooms grow from spores — not seeds — and thrive in sawdust, grain, straw, or woodchips — not soil. A blend of spores and these nutrient materials is called “spawn,” which is a little like starter you may have used to make sourdough bread. Mine took a couple of years to get going, but they can produce pounds of morels each spring for decades once established. Now, we’re enjoying fresh-from-the-earth morels on pizza, in omelets, and in linguini. You can start your mushroom adventure with a commercial kit. Some grow right in the box they come in. My block allowed me three consecutive harvests. Others come with hand-cut logs inoculated with fungal spores (mycelium) and covered with cheese wax for protection from insects and other natural predators. One of the beauties of growing your own mushroom varieties, rather than wild harvesting them, is knowing what you’re getting. If you have young kids in your life, be sure to get them involved as you all start falling for fungi. If you’re brave, look for a mushroom foraging club in your area. Facebook is an excellent place to start. If you take all the proper precautions, there’s nothing more exciting than “getting your eyes on” and finding a healthy crop of edible mushrooms in the wild.

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Deals on Wheels

Incentives and redesign rollouts make fall a great time to purchase a new car BY PE T E A L FA N O

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REDESIGNED RIDES Auto industry experts say there will be more than three dozen redesigned cars and trucks for 2021. We picked 10 of the more popular models. While the pandemic may have slowed production, expect to see these on the showroom floor starting now and running through early 2021.

Ford F-150: The biggest redesign is the interior, although there are some changes to the body too. There is also a hybrid model. Fans of the most popular vehicle in Texas may have to wait a couple of months because of COVID-19. Base model starts at $30,000.

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Cadillac Escalade: All new inside and out. One of the new features is Super Cruise, equivalent to automatic pilot on a commercial plane. Base model starts at just under $77,000.

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Acura TLX: Redesigned to be longer and wider. More user-friendly controls. Not yet priced, but a base model from 2020 started at $30,000.

Toyota RAV4 Prime: This hybrid SUV runs on gas and electricity. Plug it in to recharge the battery. It is eligible for a federal tax credit. The base model starts at $38,000.

Kia Sorento: All new design for the exterior and interior. A Hybrid version will also be available. Most likely delayed until the end of this calendar year. No price yet, but the 2020 base model Sorento starts at $26,000.


ou survived. You spent this past summer driving to the store in your eight-year-old car, with tires that are balder than Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson’s head, an odometer creeping past 100,000 miles and an engine that goes from zero to 60 in about 15 minutes.

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You need a new car. But you waited until now because October is when automakers traditionally roll out most of their new-year models. Guess what? You may need to show a little more patience. The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed production of 2021 models, especially those that have undergone a complete redesign. Still, those shiny new cars and trucks should be arriving between now and the holiday season, so you probably won’t have to wait until the ball drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve to purchase a new ride. Tradition and getting a head start on marketing are among the reasons the new model year starts in the fall of the current year. In fact, some of the next year’s models are now available even earlier. Dealers are especially motivated in the fall, however, because they want to

reduce inventory and make room for those new models. So, there are plenty of incentives, among them increased cash-back rewards and customerfriendly financing. Some dealers also include free routine maintenance for up to two years. We have already seen some incentives ahead of schedule due to the pandemic’s impact on the global economy. There are a few things to remember if you are in the market for a car. While there are usually minor changes in most models from year-to-year, automakers typically redesign a model from top to bottom every four-tosix years, which sometimes means you won’t even recognize it as the same car. Do some research. If having the latest model is important, you might pay more for your new car, even with incentives. If a body st yle change isn’t that important to you, or if you prefer the old body style anyway, then you may get even a better deal on a new “leftover” model. However, be aware that it may depreciate faster because of the redesign, and you may not have a lot of choices. Also, keep in mind that in the age of technology, the new redesigned model may have more bells and whistles. Some cars already park themselves, beep and flash lights to correct you when you are meandering out of your lane, and apply the brakes if you don’t. Pretty soon, they will be brewing coffee for the morning rush hour. That brings up another tip. When you get a great deal on a new car, consider reinvesting some of the savings on an extended warranty, including the technology package. All those bells and whistles can be costly to repair.

Lexus IS: Redesigned front and rear and upgraded technology package inside. Kelley Blue Book estimates the base model will start at $40,000.

Ford Mustang Mach-E: The newest Mustang is an electric car. The automaker says it can go as many as 300 miles before you need to find an outlet. Starting at just under $40,000.

Nissan Rogue: Redesigned exterior, more power under the hood, and slightly better gas mileage. Not yet priced but figure starting at $25,000$26,000 for a base model.

Buick Envision: You will have to wait until early in 2021 for this completely redesigned luxury crossover. It offers a more spacious interior and upgraded technology package. Not yet priced, but plan on it starting around $37,000.

Ford Bronco: All new design for interior and exterior. First four-door Bronco. Base model starts at $34,000 for the four-door, and the two-door model starts at $30,000. You will probably have to wait until the spring of 2021.

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vacations ARMCHAIR E X P L O R AT I O N S L E T YO U R I M AG I N AT I O N S O A R BY AN N E T TE BROOKS

rom daring adventures and exploring new cultures to burying your feet in sugary sand on a secluded tropical beach, travel makes us feel alive. If you can’t make it to your dream destination anytime soon, why not go on mini virtual vacations by viewing online videos and travel shows? We’ve put together some ideas to help you get started and satisfy your wanderlust while staying safe and healthy during the pandemic.

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A great way to view the sights and hear the sounds of locales near and far is to take an online tour, and now we have even more options to choose from than ever before. Whether you’re a nature lover or can’t wait to check out an exotic, far-flung destination, online tours that include 360-degree and interactive 3D experiences are practically the next best thing to being there. If you are like most of us, the ancient Incan citadel Machu Picchu is on your bucket list. Instead of hopping on a jet to Cusco, Peru, then making your way up into the Peruvian Andes, sit back in your chair and take a 360-degree tour, such as the one found at YouVisit.com/tour/machupicchu. It gives you the ability to check out the entry, overlooks, heart of the citadel, and even some local alpacas using your mouse to take in a panoramic view. Love museums, art, and history? Google Arts & Culture (ArtsAndCulture. google.com) offers online tours of more than 2,500 museums that include everything from exhibits at the Museum of African American Art in Los

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the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bogota, Columbia. Or visually wander through historic sites, such as Ananias Chapel, a small, underground Christian church in the heart of Damascus, Syria. If you are into Native American history, how about a virtual visit to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, where without having to climb a ladder. Or experience a 360-degree view of the entrance into the ancient sandstone city of Petra, Jordan via Google Arts & Culture then go to VisitPetra.jo where you will find several videos to view. Augmented and Virtual Reality Trips Perhaps the “trippiest” virtual trips of all leverage advanced technology. Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information. Download the Google Arts & Culture app to access their AR feature that lets you project 3D models into the real world through your camera


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Wanderlust Watching BY H EAT H ER W I T H ERSPO O N

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TRAVEL MAN In just 48 hours, British comedian and filmmaker Richard Ayoade and his guest guide the viewer on a hilarious and in-depth look at destinations around the world. The show features food and culture possibilities and calculates the costs of hotels and airfare from London. Guests and destinations have included a trip to a Burger King sauna with Paul Rudd in Helsinki and a spin through history in an Alfa Romeo with Rebel Wilson in Florence. T RAV EL MA N

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phone. For example, if you’re curious about pangolins but can’t travel to Africa, Asia, or India to spy one in the wild, you can project a life-sized image of one right in front of you wherever you are. How cool is that? Cooler yet is virtual reality (VR), which involves the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. It’s a little like the Star Trek holodeck, but the experience is brought to you via wearable headgear. All you need is a VR system such as an Oculus to navigate through the Narrows in Zion National Park, walk through the Roman Forum, or visit Hawaii, to name a few destinations. A VR experience in Patagonia, for instance, even allows you to fly like a bird, soaring past waterfalls and over glacial formations. If Crater Lake in Oregon isn’t on your virtual reality bucket list, it should be. Take an immersive adventure around the lake that includes an interactive map. Jump to different locations and animated scenes depicting Mount Mazama’s massive eruption and the creation of the caldera, which holds the lake today. You can even interact with pop-up windows showing detailed information on local wildlife. Virtual experiences are not the same as the real thing, but they let you dream big, gain knowledge, and plan for the future. We won’t be stuck at home forever, and when you feel comfortable traveling again, your bucket list will be updated with some amazing new things to do and see.

Philip Rosenthal, the creator of the hit show Everybody Loves Raymond, takes you on food-centric tours in the U.S. and the world. His innocent and delightful demeanor, and the pure joy of discovering new cultures through human connection, will leave you hungry for more. One of the show’s highlights is at the end of each episode when Phil video chats with his parents, who live in New York. T RAVELC H ANNEL.C O M

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS No travel show roundup would be complete without mentioning one of the great pioneers of this genre. Bold in both personality and language, Anthony Bourdain gives a grittier, news-style view into his destination’s history, people, and culinary traditions. VAG ABRO T H ERS.C O M O R YO UT UBE.C O M

VAGABROTHERS Marko and Alex Ayling, the brothers and vagabonds behind Vagabrothers, take YouTube travel videos to another level. Don’t let their chill backpacking style fool you as they really know their stuff. In addition to featuring the ins and outs of destinations around the world, they have numerous videos that focus on gear, packing, cameras, and budget-friendly travel tips. SMI T H SO NI AN C H ANNEL O R H ULU.C O M

AERIAL AMERICA From sea to shining sea, Aerial America presents a bird’s-eye view of America’s cities and rural landscapes. While soaring at breathtaking heights, Jim Conrad narrates the history of our diverse and great nation.

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PROVISION planning M A K E A H E A D A N D S L OW C O O K M E A L S T H AT PAC K BY M E LIS S A TATE A PUNCH

HOMEMADE PASTA

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HOMEMADE PASTA MAKES: 4 SER. | PREP TIME: 60 TO 90 MIN. COOK TIME: 2 TO 4 MIN. INGREDIENTS: 4 large eggs, room temperature | 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour | 1 Tbsp. olive oil | 1 tsp. salt, plus salt for water DIRECTIONS: ADD all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor with a normal blade. Pulse for 10 to 15 seconds until the mixture becomes crumbly. REMOVE the dough from the food processor and form into a ball. Place on a lightly floured, clean, flat surface. Knead the dough for two minutes using the palm of your hand to flatten the dough and then fold over, again and again until it reaches a smooth and elastic consistency. If the dough seems sticky, add a little more flour. You want it to be pretty dry. FORM into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Let sit for 30 minutes. AFTER 30 minutes, unwrap the ball and cut into 4 equal wedges. Begin to work with one wedge while keeping the others tightly wrapped to prevent drying. SHAPE the wedge into a small oval. At this point, you can use a pasta maker attachment for your stand-up mixer or cut by hand. The following directions are to cut by hand. ON the flat, floured surface, roll dough into a long thin sheet using extra flour when needed to prevent sticking. Approximately 18 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide. USING a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into preferred noodle width. Once all noodles are cut, gather and swirl into a little pasta nest. Repeat with remaining pasta wedges. TO COOK PASTA, fill a large pot with water and a generous amount of salt. Bring to a rapid boil. Place pasta into boiling water and immediately begin to stir. Cook until desired texture. HOMEMADE pasta cooks much quicker than store-bought. Al dente pasta typically takes about 2 minutes. Drain pasta and serve immediately.

DIRECTIONS: THAW roast and coat with 2 Tbsp. steak seasoning. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven on high heat. Sear roast on all sides. Remove roast from pot and set aside. ADD 2 Tbsp. of chicken broth to the same pot and stir around with a wooden spoon to break up leftover beef and seasoning bits. Add vegetables and garlic to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until vegetables are browned on edges. Add roast back to the pot. Cover with 4 cups of broth and COVER pot and cook on the stovetop over 2 Tbsp. steak seasoning. medium heat until you reach a low boil for 30 minutes. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 3 hours. Beef should be tender and vegetables soft. Serve warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS: Homemade pasta can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days or frozen for up to two weeks.

TIPS & TRICKS: This same recipe can be cooked in the oven once the roast hits a low boil for 30 minutes. Remove pot from the stovetop and place in 250°F oven for 3 hours.

TATE FARMS STOVETOP POT ROAST MAKES: 4 TO 6 SER. | PREP TIME: 1 HR. | COOK TIME: 3 ½ HRS. INGREDIENTS: 4 to 5-pound beef roast (chuck, rump, pikes peak, 7 bone, arm) | 4 Tbsp. steak seasoning (preferably containing salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, red pepper flakes) | 4 cups of beef or chicken broth | 2 Tbsp. olive oil | 2 Tbsp. minced garlic | 2 onions, quartered | 15 to 18 new or red potatoes, halved | 8 to 10 carrots, cut into large chunks | 4 celery sticks, cut into medium pieces

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OVERNIGHT OATS MAKES: 1 SER. | PREP TIME: 10 MIN. | REST TIME: 2 TO 12 HRS. INGREDIENTS: ½ cup old fashioned oats | ½ cup milk | 1 Tbsp. chia seeds | 1 Tbsp. honey | ¼ tsp. vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: PLACE all ingredients into a glass container and combine. Cover container with lid or plastic wrap. PLACE in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Toppings can be added the night before or upon serving. UNCOVER and enjoy straight from the container the next day. TIPS & TRICKS: Toppings for Overnight Oats are endless. Some favorites are peanut butter, Nutella, fresh fruit, jams, jellies, and nuts. Recipe adapted from FeelGoodFoodie.net

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Take the guessing game of telephone and sprinkle it with a little “Pixie Dust,” and you get the Disney Edition of Sketchy Tales by Big Potato Games. You don’t have to be good at drawing to play. In fact, your drawings will go through some funny transformations, so the worse you are at doodling, the better! 4-8 Players, Ages 8+ $20, TARGET.COM OOEY GOOEY GOODNESS

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