It’s that magical time of the year when the scenery in New England transforms into a magnificent show of autumnal tints.

The trees are ablaze with reds, yellows, oranges and even the bushes and grasses change color. We know there’s a scientific reason for autumn’s display, that weeks of cool, bright sunny days and chilly nights will produce the brightest colors. But I think there’s a little magic involved.

It’s a perfect time to take a long car ride on New England’s leaf-lined roads to see rustic red barns, white churches and of course, there are pumpkins of all sizes just waiting to be picked and brought home to stand guard on our doorsteps.

I never tire of New England’s seasons.

All our quick trips will include leaf-peeping. On Oct. 8, it’s off to Woodman’s Seafood & Grille in Londonderry, with shopping at the Dollar Store, Fashion Bug and the 1/2 off Card Store. On Oct. 15, It’s off to Wal-Mart, with lunch at Valentinos Restaurant, Hudson, N.H., while on Oct. 22, it’s the annual trip to Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason, N.H., with leaf peeping. A mystery trip is planned for Oct. 29.

The Dracut Junior High School Honor Society will hold its annual Harvest Ball at the senior center on Friday, Oct. 29, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Ben Angelo Orchestra and lunch is a Italian buffet. Tickets — $5 per person — are on sale at the senior center. All seniors are welcome to attend and enjoy an afternoon of ballroom dancing with music of days gone by.

D’Youville Senior Care will be here on Thursday Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. to speak on “hip to knee therapy.” Refreshments will be served.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. we will have a talk on Fallon’s Community Health Plan.

Anyone who is experiencing low-vision issues is invited to attend the series on low vision. The low-vision support group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 10-11 a.m.

Big Screen Videos will show a past performance of the Dracut Community Chorus performed at Harmony Hall on Monday. Oct. 18, at 10 a.m.

Movie of the month is the comedy, Date Night, with Tina Fey and Steve Carell.

Please join me for coffee and refreshments on Thursday Oct. 28, at 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.