Inspirational speaker and author, Susan Abar, will be the guest speaker for the Christian Women’s Fall Retreat. The retreat titled “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” will take place at the First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. All women are invited to attend the free retreat. Advance lunch reservations are required at a cost of $10. See the Oct. 18 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more details.