What a glorious time of year. The air is crisp and cool in the mornings yet the days are pleasant and warm. Soon the trees will start to turn and we'll head toward Thanksgiving and the holidays. Fasten your seat belts. This time of year goes by fast. Speaking of the holidays, we know it seems early, but if you or your business or organization would like to participate in our Christmas tree decorating contest, now is the time to start preparations. Trees are to be set up in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center sometime Monday through Friday, Nov. 26-30. The grand opening of our Holiday Gala is Dec. 1, where we will celebrate with the cookie walk, Santa photos on the porch and voting for our Christmas trees and gingerbread houses. To receive an application form for the Christmas Tree Contest, contact Mary Jane Harding at 782-2555. Tomorrow is our last flea market for the season. As usual, the hours are 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Gardnerville museum parking lot. Because the holidays are just around the corner, now is a great time to come out and check out what your neighbors and friends have for sale. A little bit of money could get you some great Christmas presents. The lecture series for September will feature Bill Jonkey relating the story of the bombing of Harvey's 32 years ago. Bill retired in December 2000 from a very successful career in law enforcement that included over 30 years with the FBI. Bill was an FBI Special Agent Bomb Technician, serving as a bomb technician and crime scene investigator at major bombings, including the bombing of Harvey's Hotel Casino at Stateline in 1980. The lecture will be held at the Gardnerville museum with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. The lecture will start at 7. Admission is $3 per person; free for DCHS members. Next Saturday, Sept. 15, is our Historic Minden Home Tour. The self-guided tour runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. All the homes on the tour are located around Minden Park. Your ticket is a booklet like those used for our barn tours. It gives the history of each of the seven houses on the tour as well as mentioning other homes of interest. All homes are within easy walking distance of each other. Tickets are $20 per person or $15 for DCHS members. All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at www.historicnevada.org. Contact Ellen Caywood by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.