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Critter Corner: We have tons of quail here, heavy with eggs, fat and happy. They are all over the place and eat like crazy. I guess they have to, to support the eggs they are caring around with them. They are so cute though and interesting to watch. Little Mama and Little Miss, our raccoon family that has visited for ages, are still around. They come and go as they please but are always looking for their grape treats and other goodies we may dole out to them from time to time. We do not feed them meals, as we do not want them to become dependent on us. But we do hand out treats at special times of the year and from time to time when they come around, especially grapes. They love their grapes.

San Luis Obispo Lions Club will hold their 60th annual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, March 11, from noon to 5 p.m. Cost is $8. Children under 6 are free. Location is the San Luis Obispo Elks Club at 222 Elks Lane, in San Luis Obispo. Contact Connie Rose with questions at

Morro Bay Lions Club in conjunction with parent teacher associations, will present Rock the Shamrock with Tunes and Noodles, a dinner dance, prizes, silent auction and more on Saturday, March 17. Dinner will be all you can eat corned beef and cabbage, spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, desserts, beer and wine available for purchase. Cost is $15 for adults (13+) $8 under 13, under 3 free. Time is 5 to 7:30 p.m.  Takeout will be available. Live music by Burning James and the Funky Flames will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Morro Bay Veterans Hall, 209 Surf St. Proceeds will benefit LOMS & Del Mar art and music programs. Tickets can be purchased in advance at There will also be a limited number of tickets at the door.

Santa Maria Noontimers Lions Club will present “ Night at the Races” on Saturday, March 10, at Eagles Hall, 668 South College St. in Santa Maria starting at 6 p.m. Spaghetti with a choice of sauces, salad, bread and dessert will be available for $20 for adults; youth (6-12) $10. There will be prizes. Tickets are available from any Noontimer Lion or call (805) 406-9989. This supports the sight programs. Please RSVP

Nipomo Gyro's: The annual St. Paddy's Day Party will be held at McGill's, 530 Snead Lane, on Saturday, March 17, with traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, appetizers, salad and dessert. The promise is that no one will go home hungry and no one ever has.

Nipomo Lions Club will be at Vons in Nipomo collecting eyeglasses. Your glasses will be recycled and donated to the needy through one of the Lions Eye Glass Recycling centers throughout California.

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L.A. Gift Show: The show was very nice so I am told. I was a bit under the weather and could not attend. So stop in at your local merchant and see what they came home with. A couple of my girls came home with some very lovely candles, décor Breeze fans and very cute jewelry. Next show will be in July and I do hope I will be able to make it.

A sad note: Several of you have been asking me to address this issue for sometime, and now is the time as it seems to be getting worse. Those of you who are older and have pets or a pet, please make arrangements for the care of your little friend after you are gone. Do not depend on your children. It has come to my attention that many children just turn them out or leave them behind to fend for themselves. They are old and they have been supporting and loving partners to your parents for sometime, so why just dump them off or turn them out to be on their own with no one to love and no one to care for them? You may not want them but someone might and someone may want to care for them. My children are not perfect but my daughter is her mother's daughter. She would bring in any little critter, let alone any pet of mine. I know they would have a great home with her but that being said, I will still make arrangements for my little guys that live with me to make sure they are not turned out into the cold to be taken advantage of in their old age. Think about it and put it in writing. Your little friends will be happy you did.

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