While it doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 23, how exciting when summer changes to fall! Hot, sweltering days melt into cool, crisp breezes. Cooler temperatures and pretty soon falling leaves also serve as a reminder that as the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs.

Even though summer is not quite over yet, it’s a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly. The weather can change quickly and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. A bit of attention now will save costly repairs and aggravation later.

How do you prepare for autumn? What do you look forward to as summer changes to fall? Here’s a few activities my family can’t wait to do!

GET LOST IN A MAZE: There is nothing quite like running around a corn field playing hide-and-go-seek with your family. The nice thing about corn mazes is that they are fun for all ages of the family, so little children all the way up to grandparents can come together and have a great experience as a family at a corn maze. Check with your local farms to see if they offer corn mazes.

PILE ON THE HAY: There isn’t a simpler or a more memorable celebration of the season than climbing into a wagon filled with hay. Bumping around a country road or grassy field bordered by trees dressed in fall colors is one of my family’s favorite fall activities. Years later, your children will still remember the smell of the hay and the cold fall air.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH: Not much thrills kids more than the chance to pick their own Halloween pumpkin. Throughout the fall, you-pick options abound in most areas.

LIGHT MY FIRE: There’s nothing that pulls my family together quite like sitting around a fire roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. No room to build a bonfire in your backyard? Check your local hardware store for small, self-contained fire pits, some of which can be placed right on your patio.

Friends and Family Day

The Apostolic Assembly of Christ Temple, 48123 La. 16 in Pine Grove, will be hosting its annual Friends and Family Day at noon Aug. 30 at the church.

The Rev. Darrell Williams, Apostle at Consuming Fire Power Center in Gretna, will speak. Call program coordinator Barbara Dokes at (225) 324-5768.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email at swarren@theadvocate.com.