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San Miguel set to celebrate holidays with parade, craft faire and baking contest

Santa Claus hitches a ride through town in an old-fashioned fire truck during the holiday Christmas parade in San Miguel in 2012.
Santa Claus hitches a ride through town in an old-fashioned fire truck during the holiday Christmas parade in San Miguel in 2012.

San Miguel will celebrate the holiday on Saturday, and several homes are already festively decorated.

At 10 a.m. there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally reopen the reconfigured San Miguel Park on K Street. At 2 p.m. the Holiday Craft Faire opens downtown with gifts, food and judging of the baking contest. Please bring baking entries in disposable containers to the booth next to the Post Office by 1 p.m.

At 6 p.m. the Christmas Parade begins, going south on Mission Street from 13th Street to the Mission, circling Father Reginald Park and coming back. Special guest announcer is KSBY meterologist Dave Hovde. Afterward, Santa will greet children at the Firehouse. Sponsors are San Miguel Garbage, The Elkhorn and the San Miguel Mercantile. See you there!

Lynne Schmitz

Toys and cars

The Toys 4 Tots Show and Shine on Dec. 4 was a huge success! Entries included 240 cars, 3 boats and 230 motorcycles. Four thousand toys were collected altogether for the North County. Many, many thanks to everyone who generously participated in this fun event.

Free breakfast at Leo’s

Leo’s Café on 10th Street off of Highway 101 recently celebrated its first year in business. The restaurant is thanking all its customers by offering free pancakes on Monday mornings and free biscuits and gravy (homemade, that is) on Wednesday mornings until 11 a.m. through the end of January. If you haven’t yet eaten at Leo’s, you’re missing out on great food.

Tasting room expands

Locatelli Tasting Room is expanding its hours to keep up with demand. It’s now open Friday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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