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Critter Corner: Our critters are so cute. They come up with the silliest things, but they make us laugh and that is a good thing. The jays are still entertaining us with their big find — the dog kibble left on the table — they just go on and on with those antics and keep us in stitches. Now we have a little black cat that comes around, most of the time looking for the birds, but that is not allowed here anytime. She is such a pretty little thing but she cannot hunt our birds. She does not understand that at all, but she soon will. We did put some kitty food outside for her, but do not know if she ate it or the birds ate it. She has a pink and purple collar on but we have not been able to get close to her to see if she has a phone number so we could call her owners and have them come get her and stop her from being so mean to the little birds around here.

The Nipomo Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual October Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8 in a street fair format. There will be booths, and many vendors, and many food vendors too. So grab the kids and head on over to Olde Town and have a great time, as this is a great family fun event.

Nipomo Senior Center will hold their dine-out on Thursday, Oct. 12 at Applebees at 12:30 p.m., and their potluck on Wednesday, Oct. 18. For additional information please contact them at (805) 929-1615.

Nipomo Gyro's Mens friendship Club will hold their Oktoberfest on Thursday, Oct. 12 at Blacklake Community Center. This is always a fun event. Those interested in attending should contact Ed Henderson at (805) 929-2797 or Bob McGill at (805) 343-0827. Please contact them by Oct. 1 for your reservations.

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Pismo Beach Lions Club will be holding their special Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 7 a.m. to 11 .pm. at Joe Rose Center, located at 190 Cypress in Pismo Beach, on the corner of Cypress and Addie. Cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child. All funds will go to assist the Mateo family with their bills and alleviate some of the burden they are going to face with the recurring cancer. Please attend and help out this very needy family.

Do not forget the Nipomo Lions Club October golf event taking place on Thursday, Oct. 19. This event supports Backpacks for Kids and Eyeglasses for Kids, a very worthy event for our youth. Do not forget to bring your old glasses, and old cellphones. Lions can turn them in or even have the Leos fix them up so others can use them. They will donate them to the proper place if nothing can be done to make them usable for others who need them and cannot afford them. The golf event is golf and dinner $50. Dinner only $30. Golf only $20. It will be a modified scramble — you can have your own foursome or they will help you find one. For additional information please contact Mark Westfall (805) 343-0644 or Ed Henderson at (805) 929-2797. Hope you have a great time and support this very worthwhile cause.

Mission Hope's 8th Annual Bubbles for Breast Cancer charity event: As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the eighth annual Bubbles for Breast Cancer charity event will take place on Friday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Far Western Tavern in Orcutt. Tickets are $60 per person and all proceeds will go to support Marian cancer care at Mission Hope Cancer Center. For additional information contact (805) 922-7931, ext. 123 or visit

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