DRACUT — In a recent conversation with my husband, he was lamenting that summer was almost over. “Hooray,” I said. “Here comes my favorite time of year.”

Autumn is an exciting time for me. It usually starts with a gasp of surprise at the sight of the first pumpkins, bushels of apples and of course, the round bales of hay that dot the countryside. Everything around us begins to change. The Earth grows cooler, the wind is crisp and the air is sweet again. We’ve come out of the summer fog and it’s time to expand our minds, embrace our bodies and celebrate our spirit.

The Council on Aging has an eclectic mix of classes, activities and opportunities.

The choices are varied and appeal to all aspects of our well-being, from learning to line dance to learning how to use a computer or access the Internet. You can develop your artistic side by taking an art class, quilting or knitting. Nourish your mind, body and spirit with exercise — yoga, tai chi or have a reiki session. The Friday morning bowling league is looking for more teammates, and for your reading pleasure our lending library is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Do you like to work on jigsaw puzzles? We have a group puzzle in progress every day in the library as well.

Do you have a little free time to volunteer and help a fellow senior, keep them company, or accompany them to a doctor’s visit? We could use your help. Call the center at 978-957-2611 for more information.

Quick Trips this month include the Christmas Tree Shoppe on Sept. 19 and a special “Big Bucks Bingo” on Sept. 26 at Wingate of Lowell.

All veterans and their spouses are welcome to join us for a pancake breakfast on Sept. 23 at 9 a.m.

My coffee hour is on Sept. 25, 10 a.m., at the Dracut Council on Aging, the best place in town.

Joyce Shadan is the executive director of the Dracut Council on Aging.