Hello, neighbors! Can you believe it's November already? We're already counting the number of shopping days until the holidays, but shopping is only one of the many things to do in the Susquehanna River Valley as we head into this busy season.

The region is full of open houses and holiday promotions this month.

The Milton Model Train Museum begins its Christmas season open house, which operates every weekend starting Nov. 23 and ending Dec. 30.

Music, art and theater lovers have a variety of options in November, including the Emerson String Quartet this Friday and Maya Beiser, "The Cello Goddess," Friday, Nov. 16, at the Weis Center for Performing Arts. A free performance of the Grammy-nominated Tierney Sutton Band will be held at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg, Wednesday, Nov. 28.

For some unusual and rare fun, be sure to watch the 1921 classic silent film "The Phantom Carriage," with a live original score, at the Ned Smith Center for Nature & Arts in Millersburg on Saturday. And what would the holiday season be without the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," running Nov. 23 through Dec. 29?

History enthusiasts will enjoy an Evening with Lincoln at the Slifer House Museum, Friday; learning about the history of the one-room schoolhouses of lower Northumberland County, Thursday, Nov. 15, at Northumberland County Historical Society in Sunbury; and about the timber industry in the region by attending "Living History" at the West End Library in Laurelton, Thursday, Nov. 15, hosted by musician and storyteller Van Wagner.

Ever wonder how old your house is and who lived there before you? Then be sure to attend "How to Research and Discover Your House's Roots - Who Built It and Who Lived There?" Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Elias Center for the Performing Arts, Mifflinburg.

Who enjoys the holidays more than our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews? November kicks off holiday kid fun with events such as science clubs and after-school art classes at Bloomsburg's Children Museum, and the program, "So How Does Santa Deliver all Those Presents in one Night?" at the Union County public library Monday, Nov. 26.

Check our website for more information on these and other events, plus more interesting tidbits that include classes on "Decorating Your Neck," making your own holiday cards, the Foods of Selinsgrove Tour, holiday shopping events, "Let's Talk Turkey" presentation and more at VisitCentralPA.org.

Have a wonderful November and a Happy Thanksgiving!

(Andrew Miller is executive director of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau.)