Critter Corner: Our many new birds are still with us and that make us so happy. They are so interesting to watch and to have around. Again, thanks to all who sent me information on them. I am still getting e-mail from many of you. Thanks, and please keep me posted on any new birds that you may have in your area. Little mama is still around and so is little girl. They were here just tonight -- our ever-watchful Ollie cat was on guard making sure they were okay as long as they were here on his watch. That is so cute to see, but he thinks he is their protector, and that is okay too. Before he came to live with us he would have chased them away, but after becoming our indoor cat he learned that those two were special and he was to watch out for them. He does a great job.

Elks Rodeo and Parade: Rodeo performances will be taking place starting Thursday and continue through Sunday. The annual parade, which is free, will move down Broadway in Santa Maria on Saturday morning. Discount tickets may be purchased at many select locations, or you can visit This is always a fun event for the family and the kids will love it.

Hunger Awareness Day is today, Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across San Luis Obispo County. The Food Bank relies on your support to make the campaign successful. This day is the Food Bank's largest one-day campaign aimed at raising awareness about hunger in our community and raising funds in support of the Food Bank's countywide programs. All donations stay in our local community and are used to provide food to low-income individuals and families who face hunger. They aim to provide food to assist all SLO County residents who often do not know where their next meal is coming from. Remember $1 provides $10 worth of nutritious food. You will find donation sights across SLO County. Additional information is available at

Nipomo Native Gardens will hold a volunteer work day on Saturday, June 3, from 9 p.m. to noon. The weather forecast for the morning is cool with light fog. Their tasks this work day are to assemble the storage building that they will be using for their Little Free-Library; replace the hopscotch board in the Children's Garden; plant some milk weed seedlings; fill ground squirrel holes in paths; general garden cleanup. They hope to see many of you and look forward to your support this Saturday. A big thanks to those who will be there to assist them.

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Nipomo Lions Club will hold their installation of officers and board for 2017-18 on Thursday, June 15, at Blacklake Golf Resort. Cocktails start at 5 p.m. (no host bar). Dinner and program are from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For information contact Diana Wiggins at or 929-8238. Cost is $45 per person. Hope to see you all there.

Blacklake Golf Resort free summer concerts will be taking place on Wednesdays. All concerts will start at 5 p.m. June 7 will feature Nataly Lola Band as Nipomo's own Nataly returns to Blacklake, followed by Unfinished Business. Grab the family and all your friends and head for Blacklake and a great evening. Looking forward to seeing all of you there.

On a very sad note: John Kubiak, of Nipomo, passed away Monday, May 22. He was a very valuable volunteer in the community for over 30 years, and leader of the infamous Anonymous Barbecue Team, cooking for the various non-profits in Nipomo, local charities in SLO County, and for people in need. He was a humble man who never wanted recognition and was quite the prankster with friends, and coworkers. His memorial service will be held June 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Birchwood Garden Barn and Home in Olde Towne. The event will also be posted on Facebook. 

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