Critter Corner: Critters seem to know that the holidays are soon upon us. They know something is going on and they are there for their treats, though they are a bit early. They are all so cute about it too.

Artisan's Fair Women's Club of Arroyo Grande: This event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 211 Vernon St. in Arroyo Grande. Many wonderful items will be on display for you to choose from for the holidays and many vendors will be participating in this event. Additional information can be obtained by contacting

Cambria Gem & Mineral Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cambria Vets Hall. Admission is free, parking is free and there will be free door prizes. For additional information call (805) 610-0757 or (805) 610-0603, or visit them at

Dia de los Muertos: Santa Maria Parks and Rec will celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, 313 W. Tunnell St. in Santa Maria, on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free family altars, live entertainment, youth activities, a traditional procession, food and craft vendors, catrin and catrina contests and more. For additional information please contact Santa Maria Recreation and Parks at 615 S. McClelland St. in Santa Maria. Or call (805) 925-0951, ext. 2260.

Golden Oak Honey Festival: This annual event will be taking place on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Downtown City Park in Paso Robes. There will be arts, crafts, jewelry, honey and collectibles, kids activities, beekeeping information and more. For additional information call (805) 238-4103, or

Oktoberfest and Car Show by the Bay: This event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on 2nd Street in Los Osos/Baywood Park. There will be a pancake breakfast, 4-mile run, car show, live music, vendors, arts and crafts, food, a kids zone, costume contest and more. For additional information visit

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Crab-A-Licious Crab Feeding Frenzy: Will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. and the crab feed at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Community Center located at 313 W. Tunnell St. in Santa Maria. Cost is $45 per person and includes crab rice pilaf, salad and bread. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics of Southern California. For additional information call (805) 925-0951, ext. 2260.

Nipomo Community Thanksgiving Dinner will take place this year on Sunday, Nov. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Church Hall, located at 298 S. Thompson Rd. Hope you will all plan to attend, and remember there will be no to-go dinners. For additional information please contact Deb Geaslen at (805) 598-6083.

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