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Critter Corner: Well, we have had some very interesting experiences this week. First of all we have had several Monty sightings. Monty is our resident mountain lion. He is such a beautiful male cat but never comes down from the upper parts unless he needs water. We have also had several coyote sightings, as a matter of fact one young guy ran between the third and fourth holes in the fairways with lots of golfers watching him. He was on a mission to get away from something or to make sure those gofers did not stop him. He was in a hurry just to get out of the fairways and some place safe. Not too far away was Mama Hawk, working that part of the fairway for mice for her babies. She of course was up in a very tall tree just looking things over. The young coyote was not interested in her at all, he just wanted to get away from all those golfers that were standing around watching him run as fast as he could. That was our excitement for the day. 

Yoga at Blacklake: Niccolla Welson is interested in starting up a Wednesday 11 to 11:45 a.m. yoga class. Cost will be $5 per session. Let the office know if you are interested. Time is of the essence, so let them know quickly.

Blacklake Gyros Mens Friendship Club will hold their October Fest on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the community room. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP to Ed Henderson at 929-2797 or Bob McGill at 343-0827.

Kiwanis Club of Orcutt will hold their poker championship on Saturday, Oct. 14. The location remains a mystery. You will have to purchase your ticket, then scan the QR code to find clues to the mystery location between 3 and 9 p.m. The location will be revealed Oct. 9 by scanning the code on the tickets you have purchased to participate. There is a limit of 150 tickets priced at $55 each, which includes a meal, major prizes for the final table contestants, golf packages, Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Feast tickets and more. If you require additional information please call (805) 937-9750, ext. 5, or email orcuttpoker55@gmail.com. This sounds like a fun event, one you should participate in.

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Nipomo Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19. Paid call firefighters and volunteers from stations 20 and 22 will prepare pancakes, eggs and sausage for the community, open Station 20 for tours, provide fun kids activities and hold a raffle for Disneyland tickets to benefit the NFA firefighters and the community. Please stop by fire station 20, located at 450 Pioneer Avenue (behind McDonalds) in Nipomo, between 7:30 and 11 a.m. on Nov. 19 and get to know your local volunteer firefighters. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. They are also available at the door on the day of the event or from any NFA member. Contact Judie Hagstrom (805) 260-0005, for more information.

L.A. Christmas Cash and Carry Gift Show will take place Nov. 3-5. Hope all of you will trot on over to your best merchant to see what is new and hot for the holidays. I will be attending and hope to find lots of great items and great gifts for family and friends. I'll keep you all posted as to what is new on the market.

Blacklake Fall Golf Classic is taking place on Thursday, Oct. 9, at Blacklake Golf Course. All golfers are welcome. There is an 11 a.m. shotgun start, 5:30 p.m. no-host bar, 6 p.m. awards dinner. Dinner is $30, golf $20. Golf and dinner are $50. Modified Scramble format entries will be handicapped. Bring a team or they will help you form one. The entry deadline is Oct. 15. This event helps to support Backpacks for Kids, Eyesight for Kids. Please bring your old glasses and cell phones. We can dispense of them and this will assist in raising funds to help children in our community. Contact person is Mark Westfall, 343-0644.

Toni Weitzel is the owner of the Best of Everything, featuring unique gifts and gift baskets, and a former president of the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce. Nonprofit and other community organizations may submit items for this column by contacting her at 343-0283 or toniweitzel3@gmail.com.

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