Top 10 Things We Love This Month – October 2017

1. More pasta, please!

Edoardo’s Restaurant is all about this classic dish through October, with options galore for patrons. You can choose your type of pasta, then your sauce, and top it off with an included glass of wine, beer or soda, all for the bargain price of $19.95. Linguine, fettuccine, carbonara, primavera … it’s like taking a tour through Italy every time you dine! Go for lunch or dinner and with the great mix of options available, you’ll be working your way from Amatriciana to Ziti in no time at all. Make Mama proud! Details can be found on the Facebook page.

2. A star in the making

If you’ve ever had a dream of being a professional performer, this could be your chance to shine. The local organizing committee for the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) is putting together a team to compete in Los Angeles next year, and auditions have already begun. You can either send in a video audition online, or audition in person at the end of this month (date to be confirmed). It is open to all amateur and professional artists, including singers, musicians, dancers and models. See wcopagrandcayman.wixsite.com/teamcaymanislands or call Antonio at 328-2161 for more information.

3. ‘Stranger Things 2’

Last year, Netflix scored big with Generation X’ers who couldn’t get enough of “Stranger Things,” a thriller set in the times of “E.T.,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and the like. Winona Ryder, who had been off the radar for some time, came back in spectacular style as a mother desperate to find her missing child, whose somewhat neurotic personality doesn’t do her any favors when trying to convince others of her suspicions. The young cast knocked it out of the park and the storyline was solid in an atmosphere steeped in nostalgia. We can’t wait for the second instalment, due to launch on Oct. 27.

4. Run, rabbit, run

Lots of candy will be consumed around Oct. 31, so perhaps the Halloween 10-10-10 relay and KRyS Global 30K solo run are a good way to burn some calories before replacing them with sugar. They both kick off at Morritt’s Tortuga in East End on Oct. 29 at an eye-watering 6 a.m. with teams of three tackling 10K each for the relay, or braver souls taking on the full 30K alone. Entry fees are $75 per team or $40 for the solo runners, who must be 18 years and older. Register online at www.caymanactive.com.

5. OPI Iceland

There is no question that Iceland, although cold and frosty is hot, hot, hot when it comes to tourism. It seems that everyone is heading to the northern land of hot springs, geysers and extraordinary landscapes that have to be seen to be believed. OPI, known for its fabulous collections of nail polish, has launched its fall/winter Iceland colors. As usual, the names are witty and unforgettable, such as “Turn On the Northern Lights!” and “That’s What Friends Are Thor.” Check out this fashionable range at www.opi.com.

6. iPhone X

The latest iPhone was announced by Apple on Sept. 12.

The iPhone X is all about the display; a 5.8-inch Super Retina screen, to be exact. Gone is the Home button and what’s in is face recognition to unlock your device. Of course, the cameras are all that and a bag of chips and the phone is constructed from durable glass and surgical-grade stainless steel. New features include wireless charging, water and dust resistance. Apple invites people to pre-order on Oct. 27 but SIM-free versions won’t be available for a while. This phone will make Tickle Me Elmo look like nuthin’ at Christmas.

7. Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness so expect to see lots of pink ribbons at various scheduled events, including the Brenda Tibbetts Lund 5K and 10K Memorial Run/Walk. What should be on your Top 10 list? Self-checking breast exams and mammograms. Early detection is key, as many survivors will tell you. It takes so little time out of your busy day and you could save a life – yours. See www.breastcancerfoundation.ky for more information and learn about ways you can donate.

8. Cocktail Week

Let’s face it, mixology has really become a buzzword over the past few years. Cayman Cocktail Week, held this year from Oct. 20-27 once again has an exciting array of events to tempt the palate and please the senses. From the Bond night at Barolo Lounge to the Don Julio Cocktail Cruise and Quentin Tarantino dinner at Agua, those in search of top tipples will be spoiled for choice. Some events sell out quite early, so if you haven’t got your tickets already, what are you waiting for? The magical world of mixology awaits. See www.caymancocktailweek.com for more details.

9. Bidding on unique experiences

Have you ever wanted to get guaranteed seats to “Saturday Night Live” or “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon? Fancy meeting Ed Sheeran in person or getting VIP access to a sold-out concert? Well, it’ll cost ya, but it could just be worth it to check something special off your bucket list. CharityBuzz.com has an impressive list of celebrity experiences, luxury travel packages and hard-to-get tickets on its roster, which change on a regular basis. You may even get a good deal, if you’re lucky.

10. Giving back

It’s hard to believe that the NCVO Radio/Telethon is now in its 38th year. Back when it began it was radio only, and then as the miracle of technology came upon the Cayman Islands, it grew to include television as well. It returns on Oct. 21 when musicians, performers and guest hosts will come together at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre to raise money for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. It runs from 7 p.m.-midnight, so tune in or stop by in person to get into the spirit of giving.