A bit of rain today and highs in the upper 60s. There may be a thunderstorm this afternoon.

The 50th Annual Autumn Glory festival kicks off today! Here’s the complete Autumn Glory schedule for you.

(Remember that tomorrow there will be road closings downtown Oakland for the Fireman’s parade beginning at 6pm.)

The Autumn Glory Kick-Off dinner & Reception is tonight and is reportedly sold-out. If you have tickets we will see you at this great event that starts at 6:00pm in the Agriculture Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

Visit the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market today from 11:00am-1:00pm to pick up some autumn fruits and veggies and other goods.

Kristin Spiker, Food Supplement Nutrition Educator, University of Maryland Extension, has been a popular feature at Mt Fresh, showcasing recipes using seasonally available fruits and vegetables. Her final demo day this season will be October 12th, during Autumn Glory Festival. See some of recipes at the University of Maryland Extension site. Note to our readers: Please confirm this date when you visit the market today, as they may have meant the 11th.

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County will host a class today titled How to Get Published with Phil Berardelli of Mountain Lake Press at 6:00pm at the Oakland Library. Contact Bonnie at the library at 301.334.3396.

An interesting fish story: A new analysis by Oregon State University suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate scenarios — an option that may provide a new source of protein for the world’s growing population.

Back on land, the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery is now open for spring orders, and the online tree seedling catalog is now available.

Garrett Regional Medical Center will hold the next Look Good…Feel Better workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 5:30pm at the GRMC Lower Level. The workshop is for individuals currently undergoing treatment for cancer. The program is offered free of charge and each participant receives a complimentary make up kit valued at $250. To register or obtain more information contact Bev Rasel at 301.533.4366 or Gina Artice, RN, Cancer Patient Navigator at 301.533.4133.

The Sky Valley Homeowners Association is holding a class on titled Deep Creek Lake Water Quality and Your Garden. The class is open to the public and will be held at the Sky Valley Board Room on October 27th from 1:00pm-3:00pm.