Critter Corner: Critters are all excited because Thanksgiving started their special treats, and do they know it is holiday time, even the birds are hovering around all over the place. It is so cute. Thanksgiving arrived and we had our house sitter put out the special grapes and some little special treats. They were thrilled! Now the birds get special suet and they were so thrilled that there is nothing left of it ... and their special feed that costs an arm and a leg ... that is gone too. They sure were happy. We will continue to supply them until after the new year, then it is back to the old stuff. Holidays are expensive, but back-to-normal everyday stuff is OK too!

Nipomo Native Garden will hold a volunteer work day on Saturday Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. This will be their last work day for the year, and they need to repair fence along Pomeroy Road, pick up trash, prune back shrubs, and update kiosk displays and clean them. Hope many of you will show up to help them accomplish all the tasks they have to perform for our beautiful Native Gardens.

Nipomo Lions Club will be conducting its annual food drive on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Blacklake area. All food or monetary donations will be picked up by Nipomo Lions by 11 a.m. for delivery later that day to the Nipomo Food Basket. Please have your donations visible from the street. If you are in another area and would like to donate, please contact Norm Burdick at 929-1101. He will tell you where and when you can drop off your donation. Every bit helps at this time of the year when the holidays are upon us and there are many that need assistance and food on the table. Thanks to all who participate. It will make the holidays a bit happier for those who are in need.

The Christmas Lights judging: We have had many calls about what, where and when this will take place in Nipomo and Santa Maria. We just have a number you might call. Richard Malvaerose, at 929-4970, or the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce at 929-1583, can answer your questions. Those in Santa Maria can call the Chamber of Commerce or visit 

Christmas in Nipomo will be taking place on Saturday, Dec. 16. Santa will be arriving in his sleigh after handing out candy canes throughout Olde Town. He will arrive at St. Joseph Church Hall in Nipomo, and there will be hot dogs for the children, along with goodies and hot cocoa, many crafts and Santa there to listen to your little ones about what they want for Christmas. So mark your calendars.

Lompoc High School will be performing “Yes Virginia” on Saturday, Dec. 2,  at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. They will again on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. with a final performance on Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. and on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. This is a beautiful play, set in 1897 New York City when a young girl about 8 years old who is upset because her playmates question the reality of Santa Claus. It is a very lovely play and one you should take all the little ones to see. It needs to be put on your must do list for Christmas.

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