Welcome to October!

If forecasts are correct, Ketchikan’s October will launch with its famous foul weather.

Fortunately, October follows September — otherwise known as National Preparedness Month. We hope that folks are well set for the wind, rain and whatever else October might bring.

One thing that October is bringing to Ketchikan is the ARTober Art walk and Online Business Market coordinated by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.

The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and involves local shops and eateries stretching from the Rendezvous Senior Day Center at 2441 First Ave., where Ricardo Burquez has completed his latest mural on the exterior of the building, and continuing down Tongass Avenue and Water Street into the downtown and Creek Street area and on along Stedman Street to Ketchikan Dry Goods.

There’s also the opening reception at the Main Street Gallery for artist Priscilla Thomas’ “Space and Soul Together” retrospective exhibit.

As the KAAHC notes, this ARTober Art Walk is an opportunity to buy local, support art and be inspired!

And be prepared for blustery weather. Enjoy the first day of October and the ARTober Art Walk safely.