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In San Miguel, ’tis the season to start planning for Christmas parade

Jingle bells, jingle bells! It is time to plan the annual Christmas Lights Parade and Craft Faire, which will be held this year on the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Dec. 17.

The committee is in need of all of Santa’s helpers to make the event a success. They are looking for ideas as well as volunteers on parade day. The more people involved, the merrier our holiday event will be! The first meeting is Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the San Miguel Mercantile on Mission Street.

Birthday calendars

The San Miguel Lions Club is taking names for its annual birthday calendar listings. Birthdays, anniversaries, memorial dates and meeting dates and times may all be listed on the calendar. The deadline is Oct. 1 to submit information and order calendars. They make great presents for the family to remind them of important dates.

New shops

Construction again is proceeding on the new shops on the south side of the Mercantile building. People are eager to open new businesses and shop here in town. Some shops are already spoken for, but there are still openings available.

For information on any of the items above, call Michael Sanders at 805-712-9120 or see him at the San Miguel Mercantile.

This month’s History Project on the Discover San Miguel website features the story of the Rios-Caledonia Adobe. For information on the website, call Laverne Buckman at 805-467-3216 or email her at

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Go to for information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. Topical entry forms and applications are available to fill out online. A history section features stories and pictures from early day families, the town and area.

Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.