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Critter Corner: Well little mama and little miss were here asking for their Thanksgiving treats already. They were here for Halloween and we gave them a few special grapes — that must have signaled to them that the holidays were here and they would have more. They are too much, and such a cute pair. They also tried to help Papa cook the other night. He was doing steaks on the grill and it was a bit late to be cooking, so they thought he might need a bit of help. Only after he put treats on the edge of the wall did they think maybe those might be better than whatever it was he was grilling, since that did not smell like grapes or special holiday treats.

Our beautiful orioles, I understand, have gone to Mexico for the winter. I sure hope they come back in the spring. We enjoyed them very much.

Nipomo Senior Center will hold their potluck honoring Thanksgiving this month on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 12:30 p.m. Please remember to sign up for whatever you are bringing to the event, so they don't have tons of the same thing like relish or such. You all know what is needed for a complete meal so do let them know.

American Legion Post 136 Arroyo Grande & Post 10978 Nipomo will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at Pismo Beach Veterans Hall located at 780 Bello St. in Pismo Beach on Saturday, Nov. 11, starting at 10:45 a.m. Civil Air Patrol Squadron 103, Boy Scout Troop 450, and guest speaker CW4(R) Richard Malvarose (our own Nipomo Chamber past president) will be on hand to honor our local veterans and their family members. A free, tri-tip BBQ made by Pat Dalton will be provided for those in attendance.

Annual Paul Teixeira Nipomo Community Thanksgiving will be held at St. Joseph's Parish Located at 298 Thompson Ave. in Nipomo, from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. Many nonprofits have come together to provide a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner for all. It was Paul's vision that this would be a time for friends and family from all walks of life to gather and be thankful for all that we have. Attendees are encouraged to take a moment to reach across the table and meet someone new, no matter who or where they come from. We as a community are amazing and you will not only have a great time but you will be happy to attend next year. Make sure you bring others, and remember, we are a community from all walks of life and all are welcome and appreciated.

Santa Maria Philharmonic Society will hold their Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Radisson. This benefits the Philharmonic Society and is an annual event. There will be dinner and dancing with big band music provided by Riptide. Additional information can be obtained by contacting

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Craft & Mystic Fair will take place at Elm Street Park on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be many handcrafted items, along with psychic readings, face painting, live music, food and more. The park is located at 380 S. Elm St. in Arroyo Grande. Contact (805) 489-2432 for additional information.

Salute to our Veterans will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., with classics in the Cohan2, with Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein. What a line up, and one that should be very enjoyable.

The L.A. Gift Show took place this past weekend and was very small with fewer vendors than expected. Many of the items we saw at the last show in July. I guess we'll have to wait until the January show for something new, and that is OK with us.

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