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Park improvements, holiday festivities coming to San Miguel

Mission Street in downtown San Miguel.
Mission Street in downtown San Miguel.

Work is set to begin this week on the project to enlarge the San Miguel Park by removing the section of K Street running through it.

To expedite through traffic, the same block of L Street below the park is being widened. Also, the property on the corner of 12th and K streets, purchased for the park some years ago through efforts of the San Miguel Resource Connection, will be included. Please drive carefully during the construction, which is expected to be completed next summer.

Coming up this month

December activities in San Miguel begin this Saturday, with the big Toys for Tots Show and Shine Car and Bike Show downtown on Mission Street starting at 9 a.m. Entry fee is an unwrapped toy for a child of any age.

The San Miguel Holiday Vendors’ Craft Faire and Christmas Lights Parade will be held Dec. 17. Guest announcer will be weatherman Dave Hovde from KSBY-TV.

A baking contest also is planned; it will include pies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and yeast creations. Bring baked goods in disposable containers that day by 2 p.m. to the former Coffee Station next to the Post Office. For information on the contest, call me at 805-467-3565.

Entry forms for vendor spaces and the parade are online at, or contact Mike Sanders at 805-712-9120 or Deadline for parade entries is Dec. 10.

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Go to for current 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.