Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

As warm summer nights give way to cold and dark evenings, many people dread the onset of winter, especially if you are like me and love the outdoors.

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. While we are still enjoying fall weather, we know the inevitable winter season is about to hit.

So what do you do? Get some sun. This can be tricky, especially with the shortage of sunlight hours and if you work indoors for most of the day.

Most people know that sunlight provides us with vitamin D. But did you know that it also improves your mood? Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed — without knowing why. Try to spend a little more time outdoors. Keep your shades up during the day to let more light in. Sit near windows in restaurants and during class. A little vitamin D can go a long way in boosting your mood.

Fall festival

Lazard Temple COGIC, at 15750 La. 43, Greensburg, will have a fall festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the church. There will be food, fun, games and prizes. Call Tonya Jackson (225) 222-3607, Valarie Foreman (903) 363-8021 or Lois Bell (225) 222-6945.

Fall homecoming

Day’s United Methodist Church, at 23689 La. 43, Greensburg, will host its annual fall homecoming worship service at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at the church. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite food item and gather after the church service for food and fellowship.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email at