October is behind us and now we're getting ready for Christmas – uhh…I mean, November! It’s a great month to reflect on everything you’re thankful for and the fact that everything comes in pumpkin spice latte flavor!

Why not start this holiday season by giving back to others? HEB’s Feast of Sharing is currently looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve delicious meals for over 7,500 community members on Friday November 6 from 4 to 8 PM at the Horseshoe Pavilion. The dinner is free and open for anyone who would like to attend! The sign up, call the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 432-682-2960.

You can also benefit a great program while working off all the candy you ate during Halloween by participating in Face the Race! The 5K Walk & Run is happening November 7, 2015 at the Scharbauer Sports Complex. Registration is at 8 AM  and the race is at 9 AM. Face the Race was created by the Junior League of Midland with the objective of increasing self-esteem in teenage girls ages thirteen to fourteen, when they most need confidence and the ability to set goals and achieve them. Face the Race is an after-school program held at Abell, Goddard, Alamo & San Jacinto Junior Highs that includes physical fitness training and courses on women’s health. Every girl who finishes the program walks away with pride and high self-esteem because they know they can set and reach goals.

Did you know you can have a conversation with the police that doesn’t involve you getting a ticket for speeding? The Midland Police Department is looking to do just that with their 'Coffee with a Cop' program. Join officers for coffee and conversation from 7-9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Starbucks located at Midkiff and Wadley. It will be an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and, of course, drink coffee. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members, one cup of coffee at a time. 'Coffee with a Cop' breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction outside of an emergency or emotional situation. For more information, call MPD Community Relations at 432-685-7582.

As we near the end of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on where we are and where we’re headed. Mayor Jerry Morales will be discussing important issues facing Midland at the Midland Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Economy on November 4th at the Midland Center. Doors open at 11 and the program begins at 11:30 a.m. Mayor Morales will talk about the City of Midland’s future plans, including parks and quality of place, the design and construction of new amenities downtown, and plans to strengthen and diversify our economy. For more information, please call 432-686-3576.

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We're on the way to a great November full of memories with family and friends... and turkey and pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes and questionable eggnog...