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Critter Corner: The winter critters are beginning to arrive. The ring-necked doves are first on the list, though some of them stay year-round. We have those that we do not see during the summer but that arrive around September, October to visit with us, and they are arriving now. We have not seen the beautiful orioles for a few days now. I wonder if they are leaving? We just had all three cats to the vet for their annual visit to get flea medication and proper shots, and anything else they require. Seems like they had a bit of a flea problem, so we got them the proper medications. Even though they are indoor cats it is possible for them to get fleas. We now have all of them on a monthly pill that will solve the problem and make them happy and safe. This is a good time to check all your pets to make sure they are flea-free and ready for winter, and on a regimen so that when summer comes they will be ready for the those little varmints.

Olde Towne Nipomo Quilters will present their Harvest of Quilts on Sept. 16 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Hall, 298 S. Thompson Ave. in Nipomo. The quilt show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wonderful display of scores of locally made quilts will be hung for viewing. You will be amazed at the talent in your community. In addition, there will be quilts for sale, a boutique of unique handmade items including jams and jellies, fabulous fabric for sale at bargain prices, and tickets to win a gorgeous quilt. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. The featured artist is Cathi Unland, who will have even more quilts to show. Enjoy this celebration of an honored American art form for a $5 donation. Children under 12 enter free. Parking is free. Proceeds will assist the non-profit quilt guild in its philanthropic programs, including donations to Prado Day Center, Women’s Shelter of SLO, Painted Turtle Camp, Heart Cancer Center, Nipomo Library Reading Program, Santa Maria Veterans, Davito Kidney Care Center, and Smiles for Ryan (pillowcases).

Blacklake Gyro's Mens Friendship Club will be off to their annual convention this weekend in San Luis Obispo at the Hilton Embassy Suites. It should be quite an event for them and their spouses or significant other as it's always a great event and most informative.

Los Alamos Old Days will be taking place Sept. 22-24. For details on this 71st Annual Event visit www.LosAlamosValleyOldDays.com or email yourlavmc@gmail.com, or call (805) 343-3500. This is a fun annual event for the entire family, one everyone should enjoy.

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St. Mary's Church Fiesta: This event is being held on Sept. 24 in the church parking lot behind Town Center Mall at School and Cypress streets in Santa Maria. There will be free live entertainment, international food fare, BBQ, beer and wine garden, raffle prizes, games for the kiddies and more. Contact www.facebook.com/stmarysmevents or (805)922-5826.

Nipomo Native Gardens will hold their Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Native garden volunteers will be present to answer all your questions. This is a great time to get your garden started, so next summer the plants will be rooted and your garden will be on its way.

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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